Another month of reading has come to an end. January is the month where readers often set goals of how many books they want to read in the year. I used to do this, but now I no longer set number goals, outside of a minimum per month. That is because I mainly want to focus on enjoying the books I am reading and ensure I am working through my TBR. With every month that passes and every book read, I have managed to take my TBR from an overwhelming pile of books to something far more manageable. This January 2021 reading wrap-up showcases the books I read this month and my thoughts on them.
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January 2021 reading wrap-up
This volume continues the story of the Shield Hero as he struggles to overcome the negativity surrounding his name. We also get introduced to a few more characters, namely Filo, who becomes part of the Shield Hero’s party. I can’t say that I noticed any differences between this volume and the same story part in the anime series. Overall, a good read, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
This was a book that my husband recommended that I read. It’s all about how and why certain ideas or stories stick while others don’t. The authors break down what makes an idea “Sticky” into several categories and give a few too many examples on each one. I found this book very difficult to get through as it seemed to be more rambling on about examples than anything else. In fact, the entire concept of the book didn’t stick with me. I feel that if they had been more to the point, I would have gotten more out of this book.
This book had been on my radar for a while and I finally got around to listening to the audiobook. The narrator was pretty monotone, which made listening to it a bit tiresome, however, I will say that the overall idea behind the book was interesting. However, I also feel the book lacked a lot of substance, the audiobook was only 3 hours long, and the concept of ikigai was glossed over instead of getting into more detail. Overall, I did enjoy this book and it did leave an impact on me.
There is a sequel to the book, which from what I have read about it, goes much more in-depth into the concept of ikigai than this book did.
Sword Art Online is one of my favorite series, whether in manga, light novel, or anime form. This volume covers the beginning of the third series of the story, Alicization. Kirito is once again thrown into a virtual world and needs to figure out how the game works and how to survive, but this time it’s much different and even he isn’t sure what is happening. I will admit, when the anime came out I didn’t immediately love Alicization, I think it’s the lack of Asuna in the story, but knowing how it progresses I was able to better appreciate the story in light novel form and look forward to continuing reading through this story. It can be fun to try to spot any minor or major differences between screen and paper.
I’m trying to read more writing craft books and this one is highly recommended. As someone who is currently working on rewriting a novel outline, this book was a wealth of knowledge. In fact, I wish I had read it sooner as I likely would have had a more solid outline to start with. I really liked how each chapter was followed by an author interview going over that particular author’s outlining process, so you got to see more than just one way to do it.
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams
Star Wars is one of those series I love but haven’t read enough of, especially in regards to the Legends series, previously know as the Expanded Universe. This book was alright. I did find that it slowed down a lot after an initial burst of activity and that caused my attention to waver a bit. By sticking with it I was rewarded with a pretty solid story in the second half of the book. Even so, I did feel some parts felt drawn out and other parts of the story felt more forced than well flowing with the main story. Overall, a decent read.
My son insisted I read this comic, as he is completely Godzilla obsessed and wants to share that love. This comic takes place before the 2014 Godzilla movie. It does a pretty good job of giving some backstory on Godzilla as well as Dr. Serizawa. The art was decent, though I felt like none of the Japanese characters looked Japanese, as everyone looked generically caucasian. Overall, a decent little story.
I first read this book back in 2018 and really enjoyed it. This felt like a good time to reread it. The story revolves around a community, and really the entire United States, being hit by an EMP and the struggles of trying to survive a world that suddenly has no technology, and the supplies in your area are all that you have. It really does a fantastic job of showing how quickly society crumbles. I highly recommend everyone read this book.
Also, I found that reading this book on my Kindle was kind of ironic, given the premise of the story.
January 2021 reading wrap-up stats
- Books read: 8
- Books purchased: 0
- Books purged: 1
- Books DNF’d: 0
I hope you enjoyed my January 2021 reading wrap-up. What books did you read in January?