- I started the month in the best way, traveling through Italy. I went to Rome, Florence and Venice and it was amazing! Venice was so beautiful.
- Then I got home the 8th of January and I started my internship the next day – after a 20 days trip through France and Italy – and it was exhausting if I’m being honest. The internship has been kind of a disappointment.
- I also had exams during January, I did really well on those, but with everything that was going on, my anxiety got a bit out of hand after a few months of being in very low levels, which sucks.
- Still, overall it was a good month, I love the fact that I started the year traveling and I’m so grateful I got that chance!
What I Read
This year I’m participating in a few reading challenges, so I’ll be lkeeping track of that with some emojis!
🌸 =Reading Women Challenge 🌿= Catch Up on Classics ⭐= Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-fi Challenge 🌻= Year of the Asian
In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (4,3 stars): my favorite book in the series so far! I found the goblin market so interesting and the characters were so complex! This entire book was so bittersweet and I loved it! (review) – ⭐
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (3 stars): This was disappointing; the writing style wasn’t for me, I didn’t found the case interesting and the only really good thing was the characters. (review) – 🌿
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (5 stars): Lovely, flawed, amazing characters and a really interesting relationship and dynamic between them. (review coming this week!) – 🌿🌸
Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie (4 stars): This was really good, Thatcher is not my favorite but I love Jane and they work as a couple and I liked that we got to see more of the Cobalts. Honestly, I can’t wait until we get a Sulli and Akara book. I NEED IT! – 🌸
Mental Health Book Bingo
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (4 stars): Beautifully written, I loved the romance and seeing the evolution of the father/daughter relationship. I wasn’t even 10% into this and it had me tearing up. My only problem with this is that it dragged a little. It has depression rep, so trigger warning for that and for suicide. (review) – 🌻 🌸
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (4,5 stars): I loved all the characters in this book so much and I had a lot of fun reading this story until the moment when my heart was broken. Besides that, I really liked that this was a Fantasy standalone, which we need more of, and it’s a fantasy with anxiety rep, which we need even more – ⭐
Darius the Great in Not Okay by Adib Khorram (4,5 stars): This was fantastic, the family relationships were the main focus of this book and there were so many complex and interesting characters that even when there’s not much plot, I still found this absolutely compelling. The friendship part of the story was also really sweet and i loved that it was set in Iran and mostt of the main characters were iranies. Also, this was the second book this month that made me tear up, which is so unusual for me! Trigger warnings for depression- 🌻
You Are Here by Dawn Lanuza (3,5 stars): The writing style wasn’t that great, but I really liked the themes this addressed, like depression and second love, and I found a lot of what the author was trying to say relatable. (review coming this week!)
Here are some of my favorite blog posts I wrote in January:
- Diverse Nonfiction Book Recommendations
- Diverse Pride and Prejudice Retellings
- Year of the Asian Sign-Up Post & TBR
Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them?
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