African Influence · ARCs · Audiobook · Australia · Authors/Writers · Books · Coming-of-Age · Debut · Family · Family Dynamics · Fantasy · Favorite Books · First in a Series · Folklore · Gaming · Grimdark · Indie Books · LGBTQ · Literature · Mark Lawrence · Middle Grade Fiction · Military Fiction · Parents and Parenting · Reading · Seanan McGuire · Sequel · speculative fiction · Wayward Children · Young Adult Fiction

Reading Check-In: January 8, 2022


A new year with new books to read alongside the previous ones.

A brief update to what’s going on with me:

Yes, I set my (Goodreads) Reading Challenge for 2022. Now that I’m no longer in grad school (and I’m commuting to work again), I should be able to reach 100 books across all reading challenges this year.

I believe I am suffering from “holiday fatigue” because after everything I had to do for the holidays, I’ve been feeling sluggish. I’ve been reading and gaming, but whenever I get to writing (i.e. reviews, essays or stories), I stop after a short time because I feel exhausted. Hopefully, this won’t last long and I’ll be able to keep up with my blog writing.

What have you finished reading recently?

This is the first book I read in 2022! I preordered the ebook and I bought the hardcover (there’s an interesting story about it). I started the book in the afternoon and I stayed up late finishing it. This is one of the best entries in the series to date! Alongside Every Heart a Doorway and In an Absent Dream, Where the Drowned Girls Go is one of my favorite books in the Wayward Children series! And, the title for the next book has been revealed; I have my theories as to whose story and Door we’ll be transported to, but we’ll have to wait until we have more information.

What are you reading currently?

I’m still making my way through this book (which, is a Buddy Read I’m doing with a friend). I can’t wait to read Akata Woman.

Yes, this book is as good as everyone else says it is. I suggest you move this book further towards the top of your TBR list.

This is the direct followup to Over the Woodward Wall. So far, I can say this series can be given to children as young as 10 to read. It is very similar to the Oz Series by L. Frank Baum.

I’m participating in a Group Read, in which I’m hoping to catch up on series I haven’t read yet. Each quarter of this year (3 months), 2 trilogies will be read and discussed by the group. I’ve read The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin already, so I can pay more attention to my reading of The Broken Empire Trilogy by Mark Lawrence (I’ve read the Book of the Ancestor Trilogy. This book was his debut novel and his first trilogy. So far, I don’t know what draws me in more to this book, the narrative (which is grimdark) or the protagonist (who reminds me of a younger version of Kratos from the God of War Franchise).

I’m working my way through the audiobook of this novel. I’m loving the narration by the voice actors, and the story itself! If you haven’t read the 1st book in the series, City of Lies, then I recommend you do!

What will you read next?

The 1st book in the “12 Months 12 Books” Challenge, in which we ask our friends and fellow readers for suggestions on which books we should read over the next year.

Another debut novel. I did read the Prologue and it’s an intriguing start to a new fantasy series.

This book will be released later this month and I’m almost ready for it!

I’m going to try to get to this space opera romance by this critically acclaimed author very soon.

What are you playing currently?

Although I couldn’t afford a Switch, I still can’t believe it took me so long to play this game. I want this to be the first video game review I’ve written since Persona 5.

Speaking of Persona 5, I love the irony as to how Persona 5 Strikers is this month’s Playstation Plus Game AFTER buying it on sale before Christmas.

What I’ve Been Up To

Those of you who follow me on Twitter and on Instagram will notice I’ve been sharing posts and videos from my other social media accounts. Now, I’m on both TikTok and Readerly. If you want to, then follow me and comment on my posts!

Reading Plans for the Next Few Months

I’m going to try and read as many books as I can. I’ve been getting more comfortable with my responsibilities as a librarian and I’m hoping I can keep up with the balance between reading for work and reading for fun (I work within collection development).

The indie authors have been extremely patient with me, and I’m going to make sure I read as many of their books as I am able to over the next several months. Thank you, indie authors, for your patience.

9 thoughts on “Reading Check-In: January 8, 2022

  1. I thought I was reading too many books at once, but you are reading even more 😂😂 but they all seem quite interesting and glad to see you are loving The Justice of Kings..

  2. Wow, this is an awesome start to the year! I can’t wait to start the Akata books, so it’s good to hear you’re enjoying them.
    (Also, a fellow librarian? I didn’t know that! Hi! *waves*)

    Happy 2022 reading! ❤

  3. I just got Over the Woodward Wall…glad to see you’re enjoying the series so far! I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, but one day, hopefully.

Leave a Reply