January Wrap-Up | 2021

Welcome one, welcome all! We are here for the January wrap up that I promised you would come hot on the heels of my spectacularly late December wrap-up. And sometimes I do come through on my promises. January was a good reading month! And with it, I have decided to revamp my look here at Upside-Down Books and make everything a little more polished. Let’s hope nothing glitches whilst I fiddle with coding (because surely something will go awry). I have also not forgotten about my promises of an end of year wrap-up (especially as I didn’t do one of those last year). So there will be charts aplenty to come of what I got up to in 2020!

I managed to read a whopping seven books in January which feels like a great accomplishment. I was mostly ploughing through review copies because I’m definitely behind on those, and it was really satisfying to get a bunch of those done! I also enjoyed all the books I read, so huzzah for a good reading month!


What I read

THE BEAST’S HEART
leife shallcross

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Beauty and the Beast retelling
  • The Beast is a total heartthrob
  • Isabeau is a wonderful character and a strong woman

THE CHAMPAGNE WAR
fiona mcintosh

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • WWI historical fiction
  • Heiress of a champagne estate
  • Fiercely independent female lead
  • Lost love and heartbreak

THE MEMORY OF SOULS
jenn lyons

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Third book in A Chorus of Dragons series
  • Complex and spectacular
  • Diversity hotspot
  • Characters to die for

TROY
stephen fry

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Greek mythology reimagined
  • The battle of Troy as you’ve never seen it before
  • Sassy trojans, sulky trojans, warrior trojans: it’s got it all

WHY WE BROKE UP
daniel handler

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • The biggest f*ck you to an ex that has ever been written. Mail this one to THAT guy, I dare you
  • Hilarious and heart breaking
  • Addictive to read

THE FOUR WINDS
kristin hannah

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • The Great Depression, America
  • Tragically beautiful
  • A family struggling to survive, family bonds holding strong
KINGDOM OF SEA AND STONE
mara rutherford

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Fantastic sequel to Crown of Coral and Pearl
  • A prince hellbound to control the kingdom
  • Strong female lead
  • Addictive pacing

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Statistics

Genres read

Pages read

Total: 3090

Goodreads Goal: 7/65 ~ 11%


Life

So January was interesting! I spent most of the month away from my computer so not that much blogging (or any sort of content making) happened. Which was tragic. I really missed this! But we’re back now! I have a brand new, fancy sit/stand desk to help manage the snarky back situation which is super exciting, and super helpful too.

January was also spent mostly working with the exception of a small getaway that the family managed to squeeze in! Naturally, thanks to COVID, there aren’t that many places one can go but we did a little holiday down to the wine region in our state and that was lovely. It was a great time to put my feet up and get a bunch of reading in.

I also had great news that I’ve landed an internship at a wonderful local publishing house which I’m very excited about! This is a dream come true so I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I hinted in my previous wrap-up that some changes to content schedules may happen, and they will. With the internship on my hands (as well as work and uni and life in general) I will be cutting back how much content I’m putting out to avoid StReSs. I feel like blogging is always a bit hit and miss for me these days anyway so heck, who’s that worried anyway?!

The plan is to get book reviews done as well as wrap-ups, hauls and monthly releases (if I can manage the latter, that post is actually hugely time consuming to research!). I won’t be attempting any extra recommendation lists or top ten tuesdays, but I will when things eventually calm down again! It’s a big year for uni for me, writing my thesis and all, so we will see what the tide brings in.

The only other news is that as I write this (the very beginning of February), WA is going into a full lockdown thanks to a small outbreak of COVID. Hopefully by the time this is up the situation is no worse and normal life will resume, but once again, we will see what happens. That does mean I’m doing some work from home, but hopefully will have time to do more reading! Let’s have a look at what films I saw last month:

A KNIGHT’S TALE

Rating: 8 out of 10.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE

Rating: 9 out of 10.

THE NICE GUYS

Rating: 6 out of 10.

MULAN

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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