January Wrap Up

January was such a messy month and felt so much like 2020 never ended, but had some pretty glorious and delightful moments too. Specifically, the fact that Kamala Harris is now MADAM Vice President!!! I am honestly still on Cloud 9. Does this solve all of the problems in the U.S.? Absolutely not. But wow, isn’t it so nice to know we have a leadership in place that doesn’t think 400,000 people dying of COVID-19 is acceptable? Setting politics aside, the other absolutely amazing moment of 2021 is that my friend got me a signed and personalized copy of Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh!! Nalini Singh has WRITTEN my name!!!!!! I’m obsessed with this present and also stunned by how thoughtful this gift was. Also extremely confused he legitimately seemed to think I wouldn’t love it. It’s my new most prized possession probably.

But we’re actually here to talk about books and I read a lot of them. I was off work for the first two weeks of the year and since I didn’t have anywhere to go, I read SO much. Lots of novellas because I didn’t have much of an attention span, but also a book I can already tell you will be a favorite of the year. So let’s talk about books! Before I dive into what I read, I have to say that so much of my reading this month was really inspired by the Swoon Awards! I made a list of every book I haven’t read that was nominated (minus the few I just will not be reading) and I plan to slowly work my way through them this year. Hopefully. I mean, it’s over 100 books, so will that work out? Probably not. But also, WOW. That’s so many books that were recognized because I have also read A LOT of those books! Oh, also, these links are to Goodreads and I have made a concentrated effort to review books in at least a few sentences on there as it was a goal of mine. I think I have two books to review from January and then I will have accomplished that goal!

January Wrap Up || firewhiskey reader

A Visual Representation of the Books I Read

A Written List of the Books I Read and the Rating I Gave…


Total Books Read: 41
Average Rating: 3.98
Format Read: 30 ebooks, 6 audiobooks, and 5 physical books
Authors of Color: 16
Own/Borrowed/Hauled: 21 owned + 7 ARCs, 10 borrowed, 3 hauled

Favorite Full Length Romance Novels

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon — I’ve talked so much about The Ex Talk, but I just need to take a moment to reiterate that I loved this book so incredibly much. It’s definitely a favorite of the year.

Gifting Me to His Best Friend by Katee Robert — This book blew me away. The way Robert managed to pack in SO MANY emotions is just wild. I loved this novella immensely.

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley — Susanna Kearsley manages every time to make me so completely invested and swept away. I got to recommend her yesterday to a friend and I live in hope that she will become as obsessed as me.

My Favorite Posts of Mine This Month

I’m so relieved and pleased to finally have the evermore + Romance Recommendations, Part One and Part Two completed! Those are probably my biggest accomplishments. But I also got you my Favorites of 2020 Non-Contemporary Romances, Non-Romance Favorites, and Favorite Backlist Titles. Plus, the Capricorn Book Recommendations and the Venus in Capricorn + Romance Novels post.

A Round Up of Posts I’ve Loved from Around the Internet

All in all, it was a very good month of reading. What was your favorite book of January? I would love to know!


4 responses to “January Wrap Up”

  1. OMG Jen! You read so many books! Teach me your ways! I need to be better about reading some of the Swoonies nominees myself. There are too many though lol. I’m happy that you rated The Sweetest Fix 5 stars. I’m hoping to pick it up soon! Also, I love how Bridgerton has gotten a lot of us to read a few more HR here and there!

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    • I’m so glad you all came up with The Swoonies! I read SO many 2020 releases, but there were so many more with a lot of people loving them!

      I hope you like The Sweetest Fix when you pick it up!! And yes, I fell out of historical so hard over the last year or so, but I’m dipping my toes back in at least. Lol


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