2021 January Reading & Life Recap

Greetings, fellow bookworms!                                            

Happy first day of February – and Happy Groundhog Day! I hope the winter has been going well for you so far! I know I’m looking forward to the beginning of spring, but we’ve still got a month to go before winter’s over! In the meantime I’ve been reading quite a bit. In this post, you’ll get to see what I’ve read so far this year, and also a little peek at what I’ve been up to.


First of all, BOOKS. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been reading a lot. I may do reviews on some of these later but for now I’m just listing them. 😉

First I have to make a note, though. Even though January has been a pretty good month so far and there have been a lot of laughs, my emotions have been all over the place. Reading Genesis and Matthew, I literally could not see the hope. All I could focus on was The Fall in Genesis and Jesus’s crucifixion in Matthew. My viewpoint was somewhat the same in all the other books I’ve read this month. While reading The Man Who Laughs I was shocked at how much emphasis there was on the darkness and evil of man. This is all because I’ve been a bit of a mess lately and I haven’t been looking at things in a very positive light.

Now I’m not saying any of this to get pity or anything like that. I just wanted to mention that at the time I read these books, I wasn’t necessarily focusing on the things I should have been focusing on, so my viewpoint is a bit skewed. But hopefully I’ll be able to give them a fair representation.


Humorists: From Hogarth to Noël Coward – Paul Johnson

Length: 261 pages

Time Taken To Read: Five days

Humorists was definitely interesting. I don’t think I’d read it again and I probably wouldn’t recommend it, but I definitely enjoyed learning about some of the humorists from across the years.

Toy Story: The Junior Novelization – Cathy East Dubowski

Length: 128 pages

Time Taken To Read: Seven days

Ha, ha, this book was for Yoveil. I actually thought it was pretty good because it didn’t just copy the movie: I felt like the author did a good job of representing the characters feelings well. I enjoyed reading this and hearing Yoveil interrupt me to say something like, “I know, I know. This is the part where Buzz says, ‘To infinity, and beyond!’” (She’s watched Toy Story so many times she practically knows it by heart)

The WingFeather Saga Book 2: North! Or Be Eaten – Andrew Peterson

Length: 354 pages

Time Taken To Read: Twelve days

I’m sure I’ll crush a lot of hearts here, but I could not get into this book. I kept thinking that I had finally gotten interested in it, but as soon as the chapter was done, I went back to reading at a snail’s pace. It’s not that I didn’t like the books: I really liked them and I would definitely recommend them. But it wasn’t the style I usually read and I think that’s what made it so hard to read through.

Holy Bible: Genesis

Time Taken To Read: Fifteen days

I’m doing a read-the-bible-in-a-year plan and it’s been awesome! Reading Genesis again taught me so much that I never expected to see, especially considering the fact that I’ve read Genesis so-o-o-o-o many times already. I loved the story of Joseph and I noticed more than ever just how incredible he was.

Despicable Me: The Junior Novel – Annie Auerbach

Length: 135 pages

Time Taken To Read: Six days

This was another book I read to Yoveil. I didn’t think this one was as good as the Toy Story novelization and the only reason I’d read it again is if Yoveil desperately wanted me to. It was still fun, though, and I kind of enjoyed reading it.

Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery

Length: 448 pages

Time Taken To Finish: Twelve days

Would I Read Again/Recommend: I’m planning a review on Anne of Green Gables for later this month and I’m really going to enjoy writing it, so I won’t say too much here. *evil grin* This was my second and also last time reading Anne of Green Gables.

My Mom Is The Worst – J.K. Coy

Length: 18 pages

Time Taken To Read: Four days

So, you guessed it, this is another one for Yoveil. You may remember her mentioning this book in this post, and it’s one of her favorites. We’ve read it four times and it’s a really cute book. ❤

Holy Bible: Matthew

Time Taken To Read: 8 days

Oh, Matthew made me so sad. As I mentioned earlier, reading through this time I could only focus on all the horribly sad things that happen in Matthew, instead of the joy and hope that Jesus came to earth to bring. Getting through chapter 27 was especially hard this time through. Obviously, Matthew has so much to offer and I’m going to have to read it in a few months with a fresh perspective.

Despicable Me 2: The Junior Novel – Annie Auerbach

Length: 139 pages

Time Taken To Read: 9 days

I have about the same thoughts on this book that I had on the first book. It was okay, but I wouldn’t read it again because I quite honestly didn’t think it was very well written. Yoveil loved it, though.

The Man Who Laughs: A Romance of English History – Victor Hugo

Length: 386 pages

Time Taken To Read: 14 days

Okay, here’s the thing. The Man Who Laughs was incredible. The story, the characters . . . everything was so good. But reading through this time, there was so much despair. Like I mentioned earlier, I felt like Hugo emphasized the darkness and evil in man, as well as the hopelessness and death in the world. (Also that one torture scene felt a lot more cruel than it did the first time I read it—that sounds ridiculous, I know . . . torture is supposed to be cruel. But I felt like I noticed more things reading through this time than I did last time)

Total pages read: 2,043


And there we are! As you can see, I read quite a bit more this month than I’m used to, but I read tragically few books that I liked or was able to enjoy. If you’ve read any of the books I listed here, I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially if you have something positive to mention about them!

Now it’s time for a mini life recap. What have I been doing besides reading?


Music

Gotta start with music. XD I’ve been listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack and The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack more than anything. I love them both. ❤ I also got back into Skillet. (I go through phases where I love them and listen to them all the time . . . and phases where I love them and don’t listen to them. *suddenly remembers that I was literally dreaming about meeting them last night*) I got one of my favorite Thousand Foot Krutch collections and a few Flyleaf CDs. I’ve been listening to Hamilton occasionally, but mainly only when I want to get motivated for something.

Writing

I’ve been so uninspired lately. Basically the only things I’ve written in the past two weeks have either been blog posts, or answers to my literature questions. I realized that my current novel has some pretty major holes in it that I need to work on. Ugh.

But, at the beginning of this month, Crazy Writing Week started again. CWW is basically a week-long competition between two teams (they also have a non-competitive team) to see which one can write the most. This was my second time doing CWW and it was a lot of fun! I was able to write around 32,804 words which was more than I had written in the past month. In the end, both teams were tied. 😉

My parents also signed Hattush and I up for the Young Writer’s Workshop, which hosted CWW. So far I absolutely love it and it’s been so helpful with my writing. It’s been so fun to meet some people on there and I really enjoy it!!!

Art

I’ve also been majorly uninspired to do anything art related. I hardly worked on anything during January (even though I got an awesome art set for Christmas!), which is tragic. I did practice drawing lips and while I have a long way to go I can definitely see a big improvement in my lips!

The big art project I did this month was a dolphin I made for Mama’s birthday.

*ahem* I’ll have to get a better picture of it at some point, but that one works.

It was a lot of fun because most of the time I do all my projects in a day instead of taking time with them and making them as good as they can possibly be. With this one, I knew that I had until January 31st to complete it, so I decided to do a little bit every day. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, though I’m still a little disappointed because I spent so long on it and I was hoping it would turn out better. 😦 However, I’m glad that I at least finished it. I had to start over four times before I got the perfect outline and I was feeling really discouraged—when I FINALLY got it. (All you artists out there know how incredible that feeling is!)


And . . . I was planning on writing more about what I’d been doing, but that’s really about it! January has both been incredibly busy and extremely boring. But all in all, I think it’s been a good start to 2021.


Have you read any of the books I listed? Did you enjoy getting a peek at my life? How has 2021 been for YOU so far?

17 Replies to “2021 January Reading & Life Recap”

  1. WOAH, that’s so funny! You and I posted January Recaps like 4 minutes apart!😂 I love yours!!
    I really want to read the Wingfeather Saga. And I can’t wait for your Anne of Green Gables review! The Man Who Laughs looks really good. The dolphin you drew is awesome!!! 😀
    Great post!!

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    1. OH MY WORD, that is hilarious! I didn’t even see yours until I got on tonight! 😂 (Your post was awesome, by the way)

      Yeah, I’m on the third WingFeather book and it’s really good! I really like the beginning and I have a feeling it may end up being my favorite out of the series . . . 😉 Yay! My next post is going to be my Anne of Green Gables review so it’ll be coming out soon. XD

      And thanks so much! 💖

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  2. In terms of books of January- Chronicles of Narnia and Castle in the Air

    In terms of music- my main listen has been the Original Broadway Cast of Frozen- whenever I get a new soundtrack, usually spend a while listening to the entire soundtrack. Having that However, still listening to other musical theatre songs.

    Writing- all it has been to my blog. Still waiting to continue on my middle grade fantasy novel- waiting for edits from my dad

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    1. Ah-h-h-h, sounds like it’s been a good month reading-wise. 🙂 (I still can’t believe you read the Chronicles of Narnia in a month!)

      Cool! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the soundtrack!

      And that’s awesome. 🙂 Writing is great. ❤

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  3. *hugs and hands you guinea pig shaped cookies…or some other sweet thing that’ll make you feel better*
    I loved your life update! I’ll say it again…your dolphin is GREAT!!!! I’m so jealous!
    32,804 words on CWW?! That’s great!!
    And I can’t believe that you read 2,043 pages!!!

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    1. Aw-w-w-w-w-w-w. thanks. *hugs you back and accepts cookies* ❤

      And he, he, thanks! I never heard how much you wrote during CWW . . . *hint, hint*

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  4. YES! THE GREATEST SHOWMAN!!!!!!!!!! *coughs* And oh my word! That dolphin is amazing. Love that this post had a little bit of everything it! Never get tired of talking about music with you.

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    1. Ha, ha, ha, I know!!! I love it. (Not as much as you, but I still think it’s amazing 😂) Aw-w-w-w-w, thank you. 🥰

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