January 2022: Monthly Wrap-Up

Hello, friends! How has the new year been going for you? For me, 2022 has been off to a good start! Honestly, it’s been a little low-key. 🤷🏻‍♀️ (Not that I’m complaining). Now that I’m officially a part of the workforce and no longer a student things in my life have really settled down. My day-to-day routine has become, well, a routine. Yup, kind of boring even.

Not gonna lie, I’m LOVING it, though? Stability has been good for me. 😂 I’ve been able to do a lot of the things I wanted to do when I was a student but never had the time/energy for. I’ve been eating way better, working out semi-more regularly, doing lots of reading, and getting back into my other hobbies. (And hopefully starting to blog more too?) ✨

I really want February to continue on with this trend. I’m hoping to have a more kind and relaxing year overall. We’re manifesting only ~good vibes~ in 2022. 💫

Books Read:

I managed to read 7 books this past month. Multiple of which were fabulous! 🤩

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland | I LOVED this one. Very atmospheric with lush imagery and super spooky vibes. 🥀

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan | An absolute 5-star read with incredibly immersive descriptions and enchanting world-building. 🌙✨ Check out my review for my full thoughts!

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman | A solid conclusion to this series. I have mixed feelings about Pullman’s writing – his world-building is EPIC but his prose isn’t easy to visualize and feels rambly at times. Still, such a great story overall.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust | This story was so unique and interesting, and I loved the Persian influence. However, the main character herself was just so passive that it was hard to totally fall for this story.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé | This book was a nail-biter for sure! I sped through it because I had to KNOW what came next. And that reveal? Definitely did not disappoint!

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin | Look, this book is trash. Evidently, I too am trash. I somehow had so much fun reading it?! Don’t look at me.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey | This book was bursting with heart and a really sweet read. (It did leave me feeling ~a little~ underwhelmed though.)

Next Month’s TBR:

I’m bringing back my monthly TBR! ✨ With one catch, however: fewer books. I’m trying to be more realistic with my goals this year, because I don’t feel the need to add any additional stress to my life, especially over something that should be bringing me joy.

How was January?

What are you planning to do in February?

Let me know!

Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.


  • Stephen Writes

    I’m late to this post, but I’m glad you had a good month and are enjoying work, Liza! You read some great books as well 😍 The Amber Spyglass is good but perhaps a bit dense like you say, while I am really looking forward to reading Daughter of the Moon Goddess. I hope you are having a lovely February 🥰

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