For many of us it still feels as if March 2020 is still going. That is when the COVID lockdowns began, social distancing measures were put into place, and the common person began looking at the weekly food shop wondering if it was safe. I for one embraced curbside pickup for everything from bread and milk, cat food from the pet store, and arts and crafts projects from the craft store to keep my child entertained. Maybe once this big pause on our lives lifts we can all mentally move on from March 2020 because as of right now I think that month that turned into year will be burned into our brains forever.
Despite how it feels, I promise you that January – March of 2021 has occurred and with it came a lot of wonderful new books, fun reads, and general joy in the bookish world. I personally have read more books in the first few months of this year than any other months in my reading life and most of them have been good! Let’s take a look back at the 1st quarter of 2021 at my reading here at Literary Weaponry.
Earlier you may have seen me post my monthly wrap up in it’s usual written format. If you missed that or are interested in it you can find it here. However, I do post both here and on BookTube and if you sometimes enjoy your bookish content in the form of a chaotic, hyper active woman losing her train of thought every 45 seconds then boy do I have good news for you!
Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alex E Harrow
Published: September 10, 2019
Genre(s): fantasy, historical fiction, magical realism, young adult
Read as: audiobook, library
Hello end of March! I can’t say that I mind March as a month. It is when the cold claws of winter finally start retracting and I can walk out my front door without having my breath whisked away by the frigid wind. But, I think it is really the promise of change that brings me some joy. Daffodils and crocus start popping up from the ground, tiny buds begin to grow on trees, and the grass begins to turn from its winter brown to a cheerful green once again. And, my favorite, the winter depression slowly starts to lift away.
Every month I get excited when I see my OwlCrate box waiting for me in the mailbox. Sometimes I know what the book will be, sometimes I don’t, but I’m always anxious to open it and see what is waiting for me inside. So far in 2021 we have received a stunning copy of Lore by Alexandra Bracken and The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna as well as some fun and useful bookish themed items. When my March box arrived, I dove right in.
Title: In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland
Published: May 18, 2021
Genre(s): fantasy, romance, magic, LGBTQIA+
Read as: ebook, eARC
Title: Malice by Heather Walter
Published: April 13, 2021
Genre(s): fantasy, romance, retelling, LGBT
Read as: ebook, eARC
Welcome to my January Wrap Up for 2021. This month we have seen the US capitol be stormed by racist, violent, fear mongering, hateful, terrorists. We have seen the worst president in US history leave the White House to be replaced by the oldest sitting US president and the first female, non white Vice President, the common people make fools of wealthy investors in the stock exchange via Game Stop, and (on a more positive note) some truly amazing book releases.
Pardon me while I take a breath here to call myself out. Please feel free to roll your eyes at me at any point, I probably deserve it. For years I would scoff at “Reading Goals” lists. I could understand that they likely worked for many people but decided that they weren’t for me. I was content shoving a rating onto whatever book I happened to pick up, often write a review, and be on my merry way and not think beyond that.
Well, I’ve changed my mind. The last year or two I’ve overall been very dissatisfied with what I’ve read and after some thought…I made a list. It started off as a errant thought about how to better enjoy my reading and progressed to this, my Reading Goals for 2021.
In the life of a reader, being in the middle of reading a series seems to be a common theme. We start a series, read the first book or two of it, then get distracted by the next shiny new story and forget to go back and finish the series. Or, as is more common for me, I read the first couple books and then I have to wait for the next one to be released and promptly forget about it.
Here are series that I hope to continue reading or to finish in 2021.