Let’s Rewind: January 2020

Okay, so January. Right.

The year got off on a slow, shaky start, but I think I’m good now.

Let’s Rewind is my version of a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.


Yo, January was kinda rough. In my blogging life, it wasn’t bad because most of my posts were reflections on the previous year, and I love writing those. I had fun blogging, although I felt a little guilty that my reviews queue was piling up. My reading life, however, got off on a slow start. I spent the first couple weeks of January not reading anything and DNF’ing what I did start, but thank the bookish gods for audiobooks because they got me out of my slow funk and got my reading momentum going.

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BBC #7: Dazzling 2019 Book Covers

I missed out on doing this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, but the topic so appealed to me that I decided to do a BBC post instead.

BBC is a meme I created to feature beautiful book covers. Since January is often spent reflecting on the previous year, I’ve decided to make this BBC post about 2019 book covers. The following are all great cover designs of books that were published in 2019; but the first three are my favorites.

Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

cover design by Grace Han

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Wanderlust Book Tag

When in doubt, do a book tag.
When unprepared, do a book tag. 😀

I have a bunch of posts planned that I’m working on, but none are ready yet so….here’s the Wanderlust Book Tag!!

The tag was created by Alexandra who’s Reading by Starlight. I got lucky and was tagged by the Orangutan Librarian (grazie!).

Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

This novel is a favorite. It’s about the Waverley sisters who were estranged until the beginning of this story when the younger sister returns home with a child. The Waverleys are a quirky bunch who live in a small southern town filled with eccentric characters. It’s said that the plants in the Waverleys’ garden are unique and that they have an apple tree that bears fruit that foretells one’s future.

This story was a quick, fun read. I loved the story, the characters, and the writing. I look forward to trying more by this author.

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Bookish Heavenly Virtues | Book Tag

Aaand here’s the Bookish Heavenly Virtues Tag, which was created by Ola and Piotrek over at Re-enactment of the World. The duo created the tag to correspond with the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag, which was created by a booktuber called BookishlyMalyza who seems to have stopped vlogging.

I did the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag a while back and paired it with cute illustrations of cats representing the different sins. Check it out here!

Chastity: Which author/book/series do you wish you had never read?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Many people like it. I don’t. I could have done without it, but instead I gave into the hype and tried it. I don’t think it’s as great as everyone says it is.

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Top 5 Tuesday #25: Why Rate It 5 Stars?

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 reasons why I rate a book 5 stars

Enjoyment

I rate many books 5 stars because I enjoyed reading them. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how well the story is told or written. I read to be entertained and if the story does that, then there’s a high possibility that I’ll give it a high rating, maybe even 5 stars.

That’s what happened with Tea Dragon graphic novels by Katie O’Neill (illus.). I enjoyed these books so much when I read them that my immediate reaction upon finishing them was to rate them 5 stars. I was entertained by what I read and loved it so much that I started rereading them after finishing. I know I’ll read them again sometime this year too.

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“Monster of Elendhaven” by Jennifer Giesbrecht

Here I am, finally getting these reviews out. So far my reading in 2020 has been sluggish; I think it’s because I’m so backed up on reviews. I need to get them out my head before moving on no matter how interesting the stories I’m currently reading are.

Anyway, here’s one I read in 2019 that was pretty good.

Genre:

Fantasy; Horror

Series:

n/a

Pubbed:

September 2019

Goodreads summary:

The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.

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“Assassin’s Fate” by Robin Hobb

Here I am at the end of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, the end of the Realm of the Elderlings series, a 16-book epic fantasy series that took me and Emily at Embuhleeliest about four years to read. We made it to the end and had our hearts and emotions ripped apart along the way. The story kept us at the edge of our seats as we wondered what will be become of favorite characters and how the story would end. And when it did… I couldn’t… I…

So much happens that I’ve procrastinated on writing this reflection for the past two months. But no more! I need to get this out (so I can review other books) and move on.

Genre:

Fantasy

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