January 2021 Reading Recap

Last year, I recapped my reading every three months, which allowed me to not realise for months of the year that I hadn’t been reading as much as I intended, and to forget to log some re-reads on goodreads. As such, this year I’ll be posting my reading each month, to more easily keep track of what I’ve read, and to pull myself up faster if I am reading less than I would like to.

While I have no actual reading challenge this year, my general intent is to read roughly one book a week—roughly one book a year. I also like noticing small trends or patterns in my reading. This was easier to do with quarterly recaps, and I may still consider my broader reading patterns at the end of each quarter if I think it is relevant, or maybe just wait until the end of the year to see if there is anything of interest in my reading patterns.

Without further ado, below is the small list of books I have read so far in 2021.

That Ain’t Witchcraft (InCryptid #8) by Seanan McGuire, purchased, re-read
Imaginary Numbers (InCryptid #9) by Seanan McGuire, purchased, re-read
Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews, purchased, new read
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, purchased, new read

The first half of my reading this month was a re-read of the most recent InCryptid novels, because I was excited for Calculated Risks (InCryptid #10) and Angel of the Overpass (Ghost Roads #3) books that I have pre-ordered (coming in February and March respectively).

Blood Heir was the first of a new series in a world, by authors, that I have been a fan of for years now . I received it close to the release date, and so read it immediately. Dragon Pearl was another book like this. I have been a fan of Yoon Ha Lee ever since I read his Machineries of Empire series, and while I missed the initial release of Dragon Pearl (in part because it was targeted at a younger audience and I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it), I’m not surprised that I eventually picked it up and enjoyed it.

As usual for me, the majority of the books are part of a larger fantasy/sci-fi series, and while Dragon Pearl is a standalone at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if this changed at some point in the future. The only difference from this month to most, is that I didn’t read any review novels with the exception of the Slay anthology, which I could not finish reading because of technical issues I had no control over. I have a new laptop now, and am willing to create a new kindle account if necessary, and hope that issues of this kind are over. Overall, this month was quite typical in terms of reading, and I hope to continue to read and review novels with around this frequency for the remainder of the year.

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