Today I bring you my January reading wrap up.

As always books are listed in the order that I read them and are linked to my StoryGraph reviews.  Screenshots are also from StoryGraph.

For the month of January, I read 10 books.
January Reads:
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

Lore by Alexandra Bracken
d’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Check Please Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu
Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault

# of days that I read: 21

Book Haul:
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton- Library
Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton- Library
d’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire- Library
The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman- Library
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco- Library
Check Please Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu- Library
Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault- Library
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire- Library

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman- Barnes and Noble Pre-Order


Hosted by Flavia the BibliophileDani @ Mousai Books, and Darque Reader Reads. Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile.  It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!

The theme for February is Tell a Fairy Tale Day: Fairy Tale Reimagining.
My pick for this month is The Land of Stories Series by Chris Colfer.

Screenshot from StoryGraph

Synopsis from StoryGraph: “Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.”


If you pay attention, I mean really pay attention to what goes on in the retail world of books you know how damaging Amazon is to the industry, it’s been said over and over again. Amazon is also horribly damaging to libraries which has been said multiple times too, you can read an article about it here. I DO NOT buy books on Amazon (have I in the past, yes), and make a conscious effort to reduce purchasing other items on Amazon due to their unethical selling practices.

However, if you need extra motivation to stop purchasing books from Amazon you should be aware that there is currently a class-action lawsuit against Amazon and the Big Five publishers (they are not named as Defendants) which you can read about here. The Big Five Publishers are Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers (they HAD an eBook embargo against libraries because of Amazon), Penguin Group Inc., and Simon & Schuster. The lawsuit alleges that Amazon colluded with these publishers in a practice called price-fixing. In this case, price-fixing means that while the publishers increased their prices for eBooks to other retailers, which are considered Amazon’s competitors, Amazon was protected and not affected by the increase (source). This practice is harmful to consumers who aren’t aware that they are paying higher prices at other retailers.

As a consumer, this makes me angry. I’m also tired of the “but books (eBooks) are cheaper on Amazon” argument, it’s not valid. If you continue to purchase eBooks from Amazon you are enabling a dangerous, and unethical practice.


Today I am going to discuss Backlist Reads or Backlist Books. I’m sure everyone by now is familiar with backlist books and has heard of the Beat the Backlist Challenge. Backlist books are books that you want to read that have already been published that you still haven’t read.  Books published before this year 2021 count as backlist books. Now, I don’t see backlist books as ONLY books that you own.  I feel like backlist books can be borrowed from the library, and if you know me, I love borrowing books from the library because it is a great resource. I did some math, I have 58 backlist books that I own, and to be completely honest, is decent, in my opinion. I have 23 physical backlist books and 35 backlist eBooks, and if you have read this post, you know that one of my goals is to read more backlist books. 

What do you think? Do you count library books as backlist books too?


If you are new to my blog, I have decided that I am no longer going to do Friday 56. Friday Update is a feature in which I provide an update on what I read during the week, sometimes what I’m currently reading and what book/books I plan on starting over the weekend.

For the week of 1/15/2021-1/21/2021 I read:
D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire- 64 pages which brought me to the end of the book
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig


Weekend plans: I’m not sure what I’m going to pick up next.



Today’s review is for The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan.  This review can also be found on Goodreads.


The photo is my own and can be found on my Instagram

CW/TW: Depression, Suicide
*Disclaimer: Seek out own voices reviews for cultural representation.

This book was heartbreaking and beautiful. The writing was so lyrical. I loved the flashback and memory scenes. I loved the relationship between Leigh and Axel, and how art was such an important part of the story. I also loved the aspects of magical realism. I absolutely loved this book and how powerful it is.