January 2023 Wrap Up

I’ve said it before, but January was one of those months that felt long and fast at the same time? I definitely appreciate its length in a weird way because I read so much this month! 

My favorite books of the month are from a wide range of genres. I found myself going on a YA mini sprint this month between reading some books I picked myself and some student picks, but my two fave YAs were The Summer Broken Rules by K.L. Walther (I definitely get the hype) and Seven Percent of Ro Devereux by Ellen O’Clover ( a new release so worth picking up!). One that surprised me was Cece Bell’s semi autobiographical memoir, El Deafo -loved it so much!

I found myself getting back into non-fiction this month as well, with one of my new all-time favorites being Dr.Edith Eva Eger’s The Choice, following her experiences during the Holocaust and how trauma impacted her life and then work as a psychologist. I also really enjoyed Katherine Center’s What You Wish For (a 2020 release that’s been on my TBR ever since) and my reread of Elle Cosimano’s Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead, confirming that Finlay Donovan is one of my all time favorite series! 

I mostly enjoyed everything I read this month, but while I enjoyed them, I don’t necessarily get the hype surrounding The Villa (it was good, but it didn’t leave me mind-blown the way I usually want to feel with mysteries/thrillers) and I didn’t like Michelle Obama’s The Light We Carry as much as Becoming – her latest reads more like a self-help than memoir and would’ve preferred the latter genre again.. 

Exes and Oh’s by Amy Lea | 4/5 Stars

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama | 4/5 

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins | 4/5 

The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther | 4/5 

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes | 4/5 

Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour | 3.5/5

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng | 3.5/5 

Seven Percent of Ro Devereux by Ellen O’Clover| 4/5 Stars

Rebound by Kwame Alexander | 4/5

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger | 5/5 

Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid | 4/5 (short story)

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt | 4/5 

What You Wish For by Katherine Center | 4.5/5 

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano | 5/5 (reread)

El Deafo by Cece Bell | 5/5

I’ve been up keeping my usual TV watching habits with Below Deck, Below Deck Adventure, and Family Karma (these Bravo realities are part of my way to decompress at the end of some work days), but I also watched/kept watching:

Derry Girls S3 – I FINALLY finished watching the third and final season of Derry Girls on New Years Day. I totally admit that for some reason I lingered through this last season – maybe it was because I knew this was the least season – but its finale set during the Good Friday Agreement was so, so GOOD and honestly one of the best TV episodes I’ve ever watched. 

Abbott Elementary S2  – Since I’m a teacher, Abbott Elementary is the show that I can SO relate to based on my job, but can’t exactly watch whenever because it reminds me so much of my job?! That being said, I usually end up binge-watching a few episodes at a time and I’m loving this second season. So happy to see how many awards and critical acclaim it’s receiving! 

Seven Percent of Ro Devereux Review

What I’ve Been Reading: January 2023

Exes and O’s by Amy Lea Review

Current Library Checkouts & Holds: January 2023 Edition

My 2023 Most Anticipated Releases

What did you read and watch in January? Have you read any of the books I shared? Share in the comments! 

2 thoughts on “January 2023 Wrap Up

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s