January 2021 Rewind

 We are one month into 2021. January has been unbelievably eventful. Considering we are in the midst of a pandemic, the world refuses to stop spinning. While I'm grappling with my anxiety, I find that I'm getting very adept at learning to live with it. I finally got some meds last week, so I'm coping. One of the exercises that I read about while in the midst of an attack is to try and steer your mind from the episode. You can recite a poem or prayer; spell difficult words, try to remember the table of elements...etc. What I've been doing is remembering my favourite books and try to enumerate the characters from that book. It's helping me a little. 

Anyway, so this month, I read a total of 21 books:

  • When You Ask Me Where I'm Going by Jasmin Kaur
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • Code Girls by Liza Mundy
  • Royal by Devon McCormack
  • Whisky Throttle by Riley Hart
  • Fired Up by Riley Hart
  • Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
  • Burn by Devon McCormack
  • The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
  • The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe
  • Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson
  • Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki
  • Hard Knox by Riley Hart
  • The Rivals by Vi Keeland
  • Murphy's Law by Riley Hart
  • You're Not Listening by Kate Murphy
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • The Invitation by Vi Keeland
  • Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
I had a great month, reading wise. I can't decide which was a favourite. In the end, though I chose Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker. Honestly, guys. The history of this heartbreaking family left me in awe and a little speechless. I will be posting a review sometime this week. 

I didn't DNF anything in January. I'm not really in the habit of quitting on a book, anyway. So that will most likely not happen. 

So that's my wrap up for the month. Thank you all for commenting and for welcoming me back into the fold. I've mass-followed a bunch of book bloggers on Bloglovin the other night. I just think that we can drum up enthusiasm for this slowly fading craft by supporting other book bloggers. Comment, comment, comment. Doesn't matter if they return the favour or not.

Have a great week, and happy reading!


  1. I'm happy you are posting again. I like the new clean look of the blog as well. (21) books is impressive; I've read (3) from your list and especially loved My Dark Vanessa (it made my top 10 list for 2020). I hope your anxiety lessens - my children suffer with anxiety as well.

  2. I love that you are blogging again. I'm always trying to visit and comment, because I do want blogging to continue. It's fun!!! Great job on reading so many books and enjoying them all for the most part. I am curious about Hidden Valley Road - sounds intriguing! I want to read more nonfiction this year. I read a couple in January already.


  3. It's great that you read that many books and it's nice to see you again as well!

  4. Wow! What an awesome month for you reading wise--you read so many books! I am sorry you are going through the difficulties of anxiety. This has been such a trying year. I hope you are feeling better soon!

  5. You had an amazing month of reading. I am glad that you were able to get some medication and I hope it helps. I hope February treats you well!

  6. I don't struggle with anxiety generally, but there are times when I have to calm my mind so I don't freak out. Getting an MRI, for instance. When I have to do that, I breathe deeply and either sing calming songs to myself or even compose book reviews in my head. Definitely helps! I'm glad you were able to get some helpful meds and that you're finding some good coping mechanisms.

    And I love your attitude about the book blogging community. It's important to support our fellow bloggers and I certainly appreciate it when you comment on my blog :)

  7. Glad you are back, J! And that you are coping a little bit better. And amen to commenting, I need to find more blogs to follow. A lot of the old ones on my feed are inactive 🙄


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