It’s the final day of January today, which is wild to me because I feel like January has just slipped through my fingers and New Year feels like just yesterday! I know a lot of people feel like January drags, but I’ve never really related to that because January has always been a really busy month for me and this year was no exception. Despite that, I still managed to read a fair bit this month and I’m on track to complete my goodreads goal of 52 books this year! I haven’t got a lot of time to write this blog post though because I’m still super busy as usual, so let’s just get straight into the books.
Harry Potter 4, 5, 6 & 7
The beginning of 2020 was spent on finishing my Harry Potter re-read. I technically read most of Goblet of Fire in 2019, but I think I finished it on the 1st of January, so I’m still counting it in this wrap-up! I also then went on to finish book 5, 6 and 7 before moving onto some new reads. I won’t bore you with my thoughts on them because we all know I adore Harry Potter and nothing has changed there!
Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll
My first new read of the year was a library book that a I borrowed from my college, which was useful, but not particularly entertaining. If you didn’t know, I’m studying photography at college, so I was just doing a bit of background reading to see if I could learn anything in one of my breaks between classes. I only give this book 3/5 stars because while bits of it were useful, it was actually a bit basic for me. If you’re new to photography, then i think this book would be perfect for you because it does break things down nicely, without all the complicated language, but I knew almost everything in there already, so it wasn’t hugely useful to me.
Uncaged Wallflower by Jennae Cecelia
The final book I managed to finish in January was one that my Grandpa lent me at Christmas. I really love modern poetry, so I was excited to finally get my hands on a copy of Jennae Cecelia’s work, but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I was expecting to. There were a few poems that I really related to, but for the most part, I think I didn’t love as much as I thought I would because I’m just not at that place in my life yet. 2 years ago when I was stuck in school and in the thick of my mental illness, I think I would have found a lot of solace in her writing, but I’m out of school now, doing what I love and am in a much happier place within myself, so I just didn’t feel I needed the words anymore. It’s a shame that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, but not really a bad thing since it proves just how much better I’ve gotten at managing my mental health!
I managed to read 6 books in total this month, which is a really strong start to the year and puts me at least 1 if not 2 books ahead of my goal! I’m actually currently in the middle of 2 different books that I’m expecting to finish this weekend, so they’ve just missed out on being included in this wrap-up, but I thought I’d mention them anyway. I’m currently reading ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R.Tolkien and ‘How to be Autistic’ by Charlotte Amelia Poe. It’s my first time delving into the world of Tolkien and Middle Earth and I have a lot of thoughts on it so far, so let me know if you’d like me to do a review of the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy when I’ve finished them!
What books did you read in January? I’d love to know, so leave a comment down below or come and chat to me on my Instagram: @theoriginalbookdragon
Goodbye for now!
Over and Out