Monthly Wrap-Up for January 2022

Monthly Wrap-Up at Introverted Reader

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Monthly Wrap-Up at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my monthly wrap-up for January 2022!

This is the first monthly wrap-up post I’ve written. I’m a little worried that it will overlap too much with my weekly update posts but there are some things I include there that would work better here. We shall see. I like the idea of the monthly wrap-up because I think it will be easier to write my year in review if I have these to look back on. And what better month to start than January, right?

Reviews Posted:

4 Stars

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Young Readers Edition) by Jeanne Theoharis, adapted by Brandy Colbert

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, edited by Maria Tatar

They Better Call Me Sugar: My Journey from the Hood to the Hardwood by Sugar Rodgers

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask (Young Readers Edition) by Anton Treuer

Bookish Posts:

My Top Ten Books of 2021

2021 Reading by the Numbers

2022 Reading Challenge Sign-Up

Ten Recent Additions to My TBR

Ten Anticipated Book Releases in Early 2022

Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2021

Favorite Books of the Month

I finished 13 books in January and my ratings were all over the place. These were my favorites.

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5 Stars

Hello, Star by Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

4 Stars

Navigate Your Stars by Jesmyn Ward, illustrated by Gina Triplett

The Preservationist by David Maine

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey, read by Frankie Corzo

Other Books Read:

4 Stars

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts by Rebecca Hall, illustrated by Hugo Martínez

Ganymede (The Clockwork Century #3) by Cherie Priest, read by Edoardo Ballerini

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, edited by Maria Tatar

Kim Reaper Volume 2: Vampire Island by Sarah Graley

3.5 Stars

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by David Roberts

3 Stars

The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner, read by Ana Clements

At the Crossing Places (Arthur Trilogy #2) by Kevin Crossley-Holland, read by Michael Maloney

2 Stars

My Family and Other Animals (The Corfu Trilogy #1) by Gerald Durrell

1 Star

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, written and read by Chelsea Handler

Reading Challenge Update:

Challenge title links go to my personal progress page and host links go to the relevant sign-up page.


4 Stars

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Season 1–This is the one show that I watch on my own when my husband has to stay late at work. I mostly love the gorgeous costumes but the stories are good too. Miss Fisher’s forward-thinking ways are scandalous in 1920s Melbourne but I have so much fun watching her shatter perceptions of what respectable women should do. There’s a slow-burning romance that I hope develops further as the series continues. Oh, and before you ask, I haven’t read the books. I didn’t even know the show was based on a book series when I started it. I stream the show through my library Hoopla account.

Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster–My husband is more likely to watch comedy specials than I am but I do like Jim Gaffigan. HIs newest special was hilarious and all-too-relatable when he talks about the chaos of the pandemic. We streamed this on Netflix.

3.5 Stars

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1–I really liked Sonequa Martin-Green back when I still watched The Walking Dead so I was interested to see her take the lead in a Star Trek series. Martin-Green leads a fabulous cast but there were a few issues. The first few episodes feature a lot of discussions among Klingons, in Klingon. It’s cool that Klingon is an actual language, but it is miserably slow to listen to someone chew up all those consonant sounds! Those scenes totally killed the pacing. The story eventually moves past that, thank goodness. There are some plot holes and logic gaps that we had to overlook. And if I never hear the word mycelial again, it will be too soon. Still, the cast, including Michelle Yeoh and Jason Isaacs, were amazing and we’ll continue on to the next season. I checked this out on Blu-Ray from my local library.

2.5 Stars

Wonder Woman 1984–We have gotten really behind on movies during the pandemic. We haven’t been to a theater since before it began and we got used to ignoring Redbox in the early days when no one was sure how the virus spread. My subconscious finally registered that there’s a perfectly safe Redbox in my grocery store and I decided to go for it. We liked the first Wonder Woman a lot so I decided to rent this one even though we’d heard it wasn’t great. It wasn’t. It was a bit of a hot mess. Too many bad guys, too many explosions, events I didn’t understand…. You get the idea. I did enjoy Gal Gadot’s performance and was surprised by the role Kristen Wiig played. I like Pedro Pascal a lot and he did what he could with his role but his entire character was part of my problem.

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  1. It looks like you had a great reading month. I understand the feeling about falling behind on movies over the past couple of years. We haven’t watched many new releases, unless they were on Disney+.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  2. I’ve been writing a “monthly wrap-up” for a few years now and I enjoy being able to look back on those posts (I have a link in my sidebar for easy access), but they do get a bit long. I’m toying with the idea of having a separate post for the movies & shows we watch each month, which should cut the other post in half.

    You had a great reading month! I haven’t read any of your January books, but have noted a few. Thanks for the heads-up at Chelsea Handler’s memoir. Ugh.

    My husband binged on Jim Gaffigan videos last month and we wound up watching Comedy Monster, too. He’s a funny guy!

    I had no idea there were blogs hosting “Monthly Wrap-Ups” so thanks for the heads-up!

    1. This did get long. I’ll have to see what I want to do differently and/or if I want to continue. This does feel very similar to my weekly updates so we’ll see.

      Handler was trying to be shocking but it wasn’t terribly funny even when that form of “comedy” was so popular and it hasn’t aged well at all. It’s a shame because the parts where she was just being funny instead of racist/mean-spirited were actually good. The bad definitely outweighed the good though.

      I noticed that Katherine at Book Date always links her monthly wrap-up post so I followed her lead.

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