First Quarter Wrap Up: 2021

Late to the party, as usual, but here are all of the books I’ve read from January 1st to March 31st, as well as some life updates and shout-outs.

Books Read in January

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz — ⭐⭐⭐/5

Books Read in February

Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram — ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse — ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Books Read in March

Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher — ⭐⭐⭐/5

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo — ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

The Black Veins by Ashia Monet — ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Reading-Related & Other People

I’m really excited for university to end (my classes officially cease upon the 15th of May) so that I can get back into reading more books. I have my 2021 A to Z Reading challenge to get through, for which I have read a pitiful number of books so far. I need to step up my game!

One of the books I had picked for the A to Z challenge was Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. I hadn’t heard much about it beyond that it concerned the struggle of identity and bad relationships of a Jamaican-British woman in her twenties. A friend informed me that the explicit sex scenes were abusive and verged into rape, and I don’t think I can read that kind of book right now. I have changed my pick for the letter Q to be The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.

I’m still figuring out how I like to do wrap-up posts. Since my volume of books read has been so low thanks to my university semester, I think I prefer this quarterly wrap-up style. If things pick back up, I might return to a monthly wrap-up, but who knows? Also, this is my first time doing shout-outs! I’m very excited for this, and I wish I knew more people in the book blogging community so I could rec their blogs to all and sundry. (Hint hint, let’s be friends and chat about books). Here we go!

Ahaana wrote a great discussion post about diversity in publishing. I’m eager to hear more!

Rachel listened to her first audiobook! I wonder what she’ll listen to next.

Althea has made sure we don’t miss any sapphic releases this year! I added quite a few books to my TBR because of this post; it’s great.

Sarah did a fun book tag. I’m so nosy about other peoples’ reading habits, haha; this was great to read.

Aleks did a book tag on famous philosophers! This is such a clever tag idea; I loved reading her answers.


And that’s about it! I don’t have many other media recommendations, really. During my university semester I log out of Netflix and just don’t watch any shows until the semester is over, which stops me from getting distracted from my classes (a draconian measure, I know, but necessary). I have been playing Dishonored, however, and it’s fun to run around a plague-wracked, vaguely Victorian city assassinating baddies left and right.

I thought about participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, but ended up abstaining because of university, again. I’m currently working on a short story about a suicidal teen girl finding her will to live alongside befriending a dragon, which will (fingers crossed) be revised and submitted to every literary magazine I can find ASAP. If worst comes to worst I’ll hammer out “The End” during the second Camp NaNo session in July, but I want to finish before then and work on all of my other projects.

Writing, reading, and petting my cat is all I do in quarantine, guys. Fingers crossed I get vaccinated soon so I can go hiking and read books out in the woods!

6 thoughts on “First Quarter Wrap Up: 2021

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  1. Thank you for the shout-out Jess! Haha don’t worry, with your amazing content and friendly nature I am sure you’ll make lots of bookish friends with time. Lovely wrap-up🥰

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  2. You’ve read some really great books so far this year!! So many of these are on my TBR, and I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed Black Sun!! Thank you so much for the shout out!! 💖

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