Happy Monday, bibliophiles!
2022. It’s gonna be a momentous year for me—I’m graduating high school and starting college, after all! January’s been both fun and stressful, but I’d say it’s been a good start to this year so far.
Better than last January, certainly, but that’s a pretty low standard. I blame precalc.
After a barely snowy December, it’s finally felt like winter here. A little…too much so. I like snow, generally, but after the first few I start to get sick of the ice on the roads and waking up at 6 AM in the freezing cold. But that’s Colorado. At least the snow looks beautiful on the mountains.
My last semester of high school…I still haven’t managed to grasp it. But either way, it started out smoothly, and it’s gradually begun to feel more like…well, School. Lots of tests and quizzes to study for, which I’m not thrilled about, but I’m finally in a creative writing class, and I’m really enjoying it! I’ve gotten to write a lot of interesting poetry, and I feel a lot less nervous about reading it out loud now. I ended up stressing out about college a lot this month, but now that there’s more certainty in the future, I feel a lot better. And I think I’ll be very happy with where I’m going.
Editing the WIP has been on and off, but I’ve gone through the first initial read-through! Now that I’ve identified what needs to be done, I just need to tweak things here and there. I’ve been trying for years to be more open about sharing parts of my story with friends and family, and I’m getting closer, but I’m hoping sharing the story itself will be the next step. Kind of needs to be, anyway, if I want to get it published someday…
Other than that, I spent some time with family, got comics, went skiing for the first time since early 2020 (or was it 2019?), I got to see Danny Elfman live (which was AMAZING!!), watched the first two episodes of The Book of Boba Fett then timed out, re-watched Edward Scissorhands and Felt A Great Many Things, watched The House, and got around to drawing a little more.
I’ve also been getting more into X-Men lately—well, more than usual, at any rate. They’ve been special to me for years, but I haven’t been this much into them since…probably this time three years ago, freshman year. I think reading the newer comics has spurred it on again. There’s something oddly sacred about reconnecting with that part of my past self, of knowing that what gave her joy still gives me joy now. To know that I’ve grown so much since then.
I realized that I’ve never really explained where my blog name comes from—the “Mutant” part of “The Bookish Mutant” is a reference to the X-Men.
READING AND BLOGGING:
I read 21 books this month! I put my Goodreads challenge at 200 books because I’m anticipating a hectic year, what with moving into college and all that. Either way, I’m surprised—and glad—to have gotten around to reading this much, however hit-or-miss this batch was.
1 – 1.75 stars:
- Lightless – C.A. Higgins (DNF) (⭐️)
- Sisters of the Snake (Ria & Rani, #1) – Sarena Nanua and Sasha Nanua (DNF) (⭐️.75)
2 – 2.75 stars:
- Persephone Station – Stina Leicht (⭐️⭐️)
- Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad, #1) – C.B. Lee (⭐️⭐️)
- Traitor’s Kiss (The Traitor’s Circle, #1) – Erin Beaty (⭐️⭐️)
- I’m Not Missing – Carrie Fountain (⭐️⭐️.5)
3 – 3.75 stars:
- Rise of the Red Hand (The Mechanists, #1) – Olivia Chadha (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
- The Fallen (The Outside, #2) – Ada Hoffmann (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
- Landscape with Invisible Hand – M.T. Anderson (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
- Who I Was with Her – Nita Tyndall (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
- Batman: Nightwalker – The Graphic Novel – Marie Lu, adapted by Stuart Moore and Chris Wildgoose (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
- Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson (⭐️⭐️⭐️.75)
- Only Mostly Devastated – Sophie Gonzales (⭐️⭐️⭐️.75)
- Anthem – Noah Hawley (⭐️⭐️⭐️.75)
- Railhead – Philip Reeve (⭐️⭐️⭐️.75)
4 – 4.75 stars:
- The Kindred – Alechia Dow (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
- Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle, #1) – Rosaria Munda (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
- The Cost of Knowing – Brittney Morris (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
- Tides of Mutiny – Rebecca Rode (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
- Beyond the End of the World (The Other Side of the Sky, #2) – Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee (for school) (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
FAVORITE BOOK OF THE MONTH: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – 4.5 stars
SOME POSTS I’M PROUD OF:
- I had fun reviewing Railhead, Anthem, The Kindred, and Rise of the Red Hand!
- I wrote about why the second book in the trilogy sometimes fails, and it was so much fun to explore!
- I also made a follow-up to my sci-fi tropes post—spiders, anyone?
POSTS I ENJOYED FROM OTHER WONDERFUL PEOPLE:
- Starlight Reading made a lest of Latinx books that she’s read and are on her TBR!
- Bertie made a list of sapphic sci-fi books!
- Hundreds & Thousands of Books created the Best Books of 2021 Book Tag! Check it out!
- Becca also made an original book tag: The Book Club Tag! (I haven’t found time to do it yet, but I absolutely will!)
- The Inside Cover made a great end-of-the-year wrap-up!
SONGS/ALBUMS I’VE ENJOYED:
DID I FOLLOW THROUGH ON MY JANUARY GOALS?
- Set a reasonable Goodreads goal: yep, 200. Now that I’ve gotten through challenges where I’ve read 250-300 books (I still don’t know how I managed the 300 that one time…), I set it lower knowing that this year will be hectic, what with graduating high school and going off to college in the fall. (!!!!)
- Start 2022 on a good note! I saw Danny Elfman live, for god’s sakes. If that’s not starting 2022 on a good note, then I don’t know what is.
- Make another Black History month list—I’ve read so many amazing books by Black authors since last February!
- Review some of the albums that are coming out next month!! (So many!!)
- Actually post some art here, if I get the time…it’s about time
That’s it for this month in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!