January Wrap-Up 2021

What I Read!

Heyhey, BookNerds! The first month of 2021 is over, and it has been a strange one but it has been full of excellent reads. So this month I manage to do a lot more reading than I expected thanks to a nice break from uni! I managed to get through 28 books!! Super happy about that. Most of my reads were fantasy (surprise surprise) but I also had some general fiction and non-fiction mixed in this time around.

What I read:

  • We Lie With Death, by Devon Madson. – ARC – Chronic illness/pain rep, poc
  • The Lucifer Effect, by Philip Zimbardo. Library ebook
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. Library AudioBook
  • The Mask Of Mirrors, by MA Carrick. – Netgalley eARC – LGBTQ+ rep/some PoC cast
  • The Poppy War, by RF Kuang. own paperback – Chinese cast/PoC rep
  • Threadneedle, by Cari Thomas. Netgalley eARC
  • She Who Became The Sun, by Shelley Parker-Chan. – Netgalley eARC – Asian cast/LGBTQ+ rep/GenderQueer MC
  • Six Of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo. – own paperback – Disabled MC, PTSD, PoC rep, LGBTQ+ mc’s
  • Gideon The Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir. own paperback – LGBTQ+ Rep, Lesbian MC
  • The Priory Of The Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon. Library ebook – LGBTQ+ Rep, some POC cast, f/f relationship
  • Bad Habits, by Flynn Meaney. Netgalley eARC – minor side gay character
  • The Wicked King, by Holly Black. – own ebook – side f/f relationship
  • The Queen Of Nothing, by Holly Black. Library ebook – side f/f relationship
  • The Betrayals, by Bridget Collins. – Netgalley eARC – MC is bisexual
  • Empire Of Storms, by Sarah J Maas. Library ebook – disabled character (limp,chronic pain)
  • Tower Of Dawn, by Sarah J Maas.Library ebook – disabled mc, some PoC cast
  • Kingdom Of Ash, by Sarah J Maas.Library ebook – Disabled characters (Wheelchair/cane user and chronic pain/onset arthritis), Bisexual character, PoC.
  • House Of Earth And Blood, by Sarah J MaasLibrary ebook
  • Percy Jackson, The Lightening Thief, by Rick Riordan – Library audiobook- learning difficulties rep, disabled rep
  • Percy Jackson, The Sea Of Monsters, by Rick Riordan Library audiobook – learning difficulties, disabled rep
  • Percy Jackson, The Titan’s Curse, by Rick Riordan – Library audiobook – learning difficulties rep
  • Percy Jackson, The Battle Of The Labyrinth, by Rick RiordanLibrary audiobook learning difficulties
  • Percy Jackson, The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan Library audiobook – learning difficulties
  • The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan – Library ebook – learning difficulties, poc
  • The Son Of Neptune, by Rick Riordan –Library audiobook – learning difficulties, poc
  • The Mark Of Athena, by Rick Riordan –Library ebook – learning difficulties, poc
  • The House Of Hades, by Rick Riordan – Library audiobook – learning difficulties, poc, LGBTQ+
  • The Blood Of Olympus, by Rick Riordan – Library ebook – learning difficulties, poc, lgbtq+


  • ARC’s – 1
  • eARC’s – 5
  • Owned paperbacks – 3
  • Owned Ebooks – 1
  • Library Ebooks – 10
  • Library Audiobooks- 8

Book Reviews!

Book Review: The Poppy War, by RF Kuang – ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨(4.75 Stars) – Rin aces the Keju, gains a spot at an elite military academy, realises she has the ability of shamanism, and gets thrown into the middle of a war. This was a brutal but compelling read that slowly increase in pace, tension and brutality. With a sharp look at the brutalities of war, Kuang fictionalises historical events and creates something incredibly uniqe. This is a stor of vengeful Gods, war and revenge.

Book Review/Discussion: The Lucifer Effect, by Philip Zimbardo Library eBook- Zimbardo takes us into his Stanford Prison experiment, explores the ideas of good and evil, evaluates how our situations can breed evil in even the best of us, and uses real life example to create a unique picture of where evil truly comes from. The perfect read for those who wish to understand situational explanations for behaviour .

Book Review: We Lie With Death, by Devin Madson – (ARC from Orbit) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- This epic sequeal to We Ride The Storm plunges us deep into the story and straight back into the action. A new Levanti empire is rising, but betrayal, secrets and dark magic is lingering and the risks have never been higher.

Book Review: The Mask Of Mirrors, by MA Carrick – (eARC via Netgalley from Orbit) -⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟 (4.5 Stars) – Ren begins an elaborate con to work her way into an elite house hoping to ensre the safety of her sister through wealth. But dark forces are at work and even darker magic, and the mysterious vigilante, The Rook, keeps appearing in the most unlikely situations.

Book Review: The Betrayals, by Bridget Collins – (Netgalley eARC) –⭐⭐⭐ – A beautiful and abstract story of the grand jeu, tragedy and lies of the past. With disgrace and trauma lingering over the characters, their lives become intwined and they must face the past.

Book Review/Discussion: Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman Library Audiobook – Kahneman dives into the workings of our brains, our decision making, ‘gut instincts’ and judgements, and explains his System 1 and System 2 theory. From biases to heuristics, he examins why our brains make mistakes, but also why we may act appropriately without realising how we came to.

Mini Book Review: Gideon The Ninth (Locked Tomb Tilogy #1), by Tamsyn Muir(owned paperback) – ⭐⭐⭐🌟 (3.5 Stars) – A comical and mysterious adventure revolving around necromancy, a house of many challenges, mysterious deaths and a secret route to Lyctorship.

Bookish Posts!

New Social!

So I finally set up an Instagram account this month and entered the world of Bookstagram! This took me far too long to do (partly because Instagram made a mess of my account when I first tried, but I did it 😂). So if any of you darling BookNerds are on Bookstagram then I’d love to connect with you!

My profile: https://www.instagram.com/kitkatthebooknerd/


I finally manage to grab physical a physical copy of The Binding, by Bridget Collins and after reading and loving The Poppy War by RF Kuang, I also managed to grab The Dragon Republic and The Burning God.

Next Month

So since I start back at uni in February I will be reorganizing my blogging schedule. Hopefully I will still be posting at least once a week (twice if I am lucky!) and will be trying my best not to go on a big hiatus again. So I will still be here BookNerds, and will continue to try and keep up with all of your wonderful posts!

What was your favourite January read? Let me know.

Happy Reading, BookNerds! 💜😊📚


  1. WOW! this is a HUGE wrap-up! congrats! i’m glad you enjoyed your reads! my favorite read of january was SULA by Toni Morrison! I also followed you on instagram! welcome to bookstagram!!!! i hope you’ll like it there and i wish you a good february reading month!

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    • Thank you! Aha probably not 😂 I want to but I’m back to uni tomorrow so I won’t have as much time to read *sigh*. But I do hope to keep a decent pace at least! Hope your February is full of amazing reads! 💜

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