January 2021 Wrap-Up

I feel like January was a fairly productive month for me, reading-wise! It was my second month for my book blog, and I think I’ve gotten into a decent groove for posting. I have managed to fit some dedicated reading time into my daily routine, which I knew would be the hardest part of this whole experience.

I was able to finish eight books in January! Of these eight, three were ARCs, one was a review request from an author, and four were books on my TBR that I finally got to read. Based on this, I think my reading goal for 2021 was a bit underestimated, and I might end up overshooting it by quite a lot if I keep this up!

Here are the books I read this month:


Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din (2021):

This was a great read! Ana Lal Din is a debut author, and I was fortunate enough to receive this e-ARC to review. This book officially comes out on March 15, and I recommend pre-ordering now! Check out my review here.

The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville (2021):

Another March debut that I was lucky enough to read early! The Memory Collectors is an urban fantasy set in Vancouver, and was a little bit lighter than the Descent of the Drowned in terms of theme. This book is available on March 16th, you can check out the synopsis and my review here.

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood (2020):

This high fantasy novel came out last year, and it is packed full of action and interesting characters. A.K. Larkwood built an expansive world for this novel, and it also features a rather unconventional main character. If you like big books stuffed with details, you can check out my review here.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (2020):

Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a fairytale retelling that came out last year. Melissa Bashardoust turned the typical fairytale structure on its head, and the result was a wonderfully fresh and exciting story. My review on this book can be found here.

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (2020):

This book was packed full of main characters, but somehow managed to remain uncomplicated and held my attention the whole way through. I thought the world building was very well done, and I’m looking forward to the sequel, which is coming out this year! My review for The Bone Shard Daughter can be found here.

Anya of Ark by Kristian Joseph (2020):

I was provided a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. I always appreciate the chance to try out a new author, and it’s fun to explore lesser-known books. Unfortunately, this book just wasn’t for me, but that’s bound to happen occasionally. Check out my review here.

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson (2021):

For any vampire lovers out there, this dark and sensual new novel is out as of yesterday! I was lucky enough to get an e-ARC earlier this month, so I got a sneak peak at S.T. Gibson’s take on the brides of Dracula. My review for this book will be coming out in early February, but as a small spoiler, I highly recommend it!

Ruinsong by Julia Ember (2020):

Ruinsong was featured in my First Lines Friday post earlier this month, and I finished it just in time for it to be featured in this list! I’ll be reviewing it in February, but my overall impression was very positive!


I’m happy to say that I read a lot of great books this month! Overall they all received high ratings and I’m happy to recommend them to others!

Did you read any of these books in January? What books are on your February TBR list? Let me know in the comments!

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