I really dropped the ball in February and March, but with everything going on and a small uptick in hours at work tied up with literally everything else going on in the world, blogging didn’t feel like much of a priority. However, now that I am at home 99.9% of the time with lots of time on my hands, I’m making an effort to schedule some posts out and keep my blog and Instagram updated a little bit more. I also got Animal Crossing at the end of March and have been playing that quite a bit as well.
In February, I read:
- The Contact Paradox, by Keith Cooper (4.5/5 stars)
- An Illusion of Thieves, by Cate Glass (4/5 stars)
- Show Them a Good Time, by Nicole Flattery (3/5 stars)
- Mistress of the Ritz, by Melanie Benjamin (3/5 stars)
- This Earl of Mine, by Kate Bateman (4/5 stars)
- Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey (5/5 stars)
- The Genius of Women, by Janice Kaplan (4/5 stars)
- Bonds of Brass, by Emily Skrutskie (4.5/5 stars)
In March, I read:
- Nottingham, by Nathan Makaryk (4/5 stars)
- Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us, by Simon Critchley (5/5 stars)
- How We Fight For Our Lives, by Saeed Jones (5/5 stars)
- A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness (4/5 stars)
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (5/5 stars)
- A Study in Scarlet Women, by Sherry Thomas (4/5 stars)
- The Glass Hotel, by Emily St. John Mandel (4.5/5 stars)
Overall, I was really happy with the reads I chose for the last two months, and I’m hoping April will be better! I’m carving out time each day to focus on reading, because schedules are still a little necessary.
January felt like a weird month, a long month that felt like several years nested into the days, and just… L O N G. But I also didn’t get as much reading done as I would have hoped (even though eight books is a respectable number), or anything really, and honestly I’m okay with that. January and the pressure of performing in the first month of the new year is too much sometimes, and I think, especially for me who is currently working in retail, I need that time and space to give myself permission to do nothing at all and just unwind from the stress of the holidays.
I also started off the month with a disappointing read, so I think that threw off my whole reading excitement for a while. I’ve also been really into reading literary criticism/books about books and history, and I have a feeling this trend is going to continue for a while. But I also know I have a tendency to get stuck on certain subjects and genres, so I’ll see where it goes!
In January, I read:
- On Nineteen Eighty-Four, by D.J. Taylor (1.5/5 stars)
- Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, by Stephen Greenblatt (5/5 stars)
- Things in Jars, by Jess Kidd (4.5/5 stars)
- A Beginning at the End, by Mike Chen (4/5 stars)
- Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac, by Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky (4/5 stars)
- How to Watch a Movie, by David Thomson (1.5/5 stars)
- What a Difference a Duke Makes, by Lenora Bell (3/5 stars)
- The Map of Knowledge, by Violet Moller (5/5 stars)
I also finally acknowledged that I am 1000% a mood reader and I don’t think I’ll be setting myself monthly TBRs much anymore, unless I do have obligations or definite reads I want to get to. I’ve also been a little better about writing reviews and getting posts ready. I want to try to post at least four days a week, with reviews and other things, and I think I have a few ideas for consistent posts that will help be sure I do hit that four posts a week mark.
How was your January?