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January Wrap-Up

Is it just me or did January fly by so fast?! Maybe itโ€™s because I spent the first half of this month on break from school, but now for the next 3 months I have classes again. Yay ๐Ÿ™ƒ. Itโ€™s funny because usually when I have classes, my urge to read/blog/do bookstagram increases. Thatโ€™s probably just because Iโ€™m a huge procrastinator which is unfortunate, but at least that means Iโ€™ll have more content! Well, hopefully.

Anyways, this past month was pretty chill. I stayed home, watched a lotttt of shows and movies, read books, and basically relaxed until I had to go back to homework and studying and writing essays.ย I am really not looking forward to the next couple months of University, mainly because I always find it so hard to balance getting my work done along with reading as many books as I would like. Hopefully I’ll be able to manage both because I would ~like~ to read more books in 2021 compared to 2020, but we’ll see. That being said, I managed to read 6 full books (+ 1 DNF) in January so in my opinion, that’s pretty good. Definitely not the best, but could’ve been worse.

ANYWAYS, here is my monthly wrap-up!

SHOWS
i did have a good binge session because, like I said, I had nothing better to do for a good part of this month. I’ve only included the shows I actually liked here and finished! Let me know if you’ve seen any of these โค๏ธ

Derry Girls – I randomly saw this while browsing through Netflix and decided to just try it out. I was so surprised by how much I liked this show! It basically follows this group of friends in Ireland as they manage school and other social issues. It was a pretty standard teenage show, but I really liked how unlike most other ones I’ve seen, this took place outside the U.S.
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Bridgerton – Honestly, if you’ve managed to go this long without watching this one, kudos to you, because it’s all anyone could talk about. And, rightfully so. I’m not able to speak on the accuracy the show has from the books, but I sooo loved watching this! It was pretty quick to binge and really drew me back in to historical dramas. That brings me to the next show I binged…
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The Great – Oh my gosh. This was amazinggggg. I watched this after Bridgerton because I wanted something with similar ~vibes~ and wow it did not disappoint. The Great follows an Empress of Russia as she tries to overturn her husband so she can be in power. It’s actually a comedy and satire, which I was a little hesitant about. However, the humor translated very well and I really think more people should watch this. I will say there is a ton of mature content in this one, so if that’s not something you generally like then maybe steer clear of it.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine – One of my comfort shows. I watch this whenever I feel stressed or just need a good laugh and it’s really one of the best sitcoms out there imo ๐Ÿ˜Œ ๐Ÿ’œ
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Jack Ryan – I almost didn’t include this one on my list because I haven’t finished it yet. BUT, from what I saw it was pretty good. Also, it’s so hard for me to picture John Krasinski as anyone other than Jim from The Office sooo idk.

MOVIES
just like i’m a huge mood reader, i’m also a big mood watcher. most of these movies are action/adventure type things because that’s just what i felt like for january. again, these are not all the movies i saw, just the most memorable.

Blood Father – I don’t know if this is a popular movie or not?? But I had never heard of it before and just randomly saw it on Netflix. It sounded interesting enough so I thought ‘why not‘ but holy crap. You guys. I was not expecting to like it as much as I did! It’s basically about this guy whose daughter has been missing for several years. One day out of the blue he gets a call from her and finds out she’s in some serious trouble. The two of them basically go on the run and try to get away from the people who are trying to hurt her. For the most part it was your average action movie with the fight sequences and stuff, but the ending was soo … good? Like, in a surprising way. Anyways, I would recommend it if you’re in the mood for something similar.
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Erased – This is another action movie I randomly found. It follows a guy living somewhere in Europe (sorry I forgot where exactly ๐Ÿ˜ณ) with his daughter. It’s basically the typical ‘oh I have a secret, tragic past that I’m trying to move on from but it keeps coming back to haunt me‘ type of thing. The plot of this movie is way overdone in my opinion, and there was nothing really unique or special about this one. To be fair, I did expect that going into it so all in all I was satisfied with what I saw.
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Den of Thieves – ANOTHER action movie I found. That is the general trend of this month, obviously. I’m so sorry, I know a lot of people love this movie but I thought it was really average. Also, way longer than it needed to be. I will say, though, the ending was unexpected and I could totally see it having a sequel (which I may or may not watch).
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Friends With Kids – The only light, chick-lit type movie I watched this month and it was mainly to just take a break from all the action. I … did not like this. I was surprised to see that people online actually liked it?? It’s about these two friends who are the only people in their social circle who are still unmarried and don’t have kids. They decide (the two of them) to have a kid together just for the sake of having one so they can get that out of their way while they both separately look for love. The plot was just so bad (I’m sorry) and unrealistic. Also, it wasn’t funny at all, even though it tried to be. Idk. Maybe I’m just not the target audience for this but would not recommend.
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The Take – So this is a multi-language film and is about this guy who gets wrongly accused for an attack. He works with an agent and a local girl to find out who is really behind the attack and try to stop them. Again, this one was pretty average and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re bored or have nothing else to watch.
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Tenet – Obviously I had to watch this because how could I not?! Going in, I had high expectations because of the director (duh) and the premise also sounded super intriguing. It’s kind of complicated to explain and even the synopsis they give on the internet is pretty vague, so I essentially went into knowing hardly anything. I will say, while it’s not bad by any means, it’s definitely my least favorite of his movies that I have seen. Nothing can really compare to Inception (imo) but I feel like there were some aspects of Tenet that were complicated for no good reason. It was hard to follow at times, which I guess is the point, but that being said it was still pretty interesting.
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The White Tiger – I don’t have much to say other then I got super bored and could not finish this one. A lot of people did like it, but it was not for me at alllll ๐Ÿคง
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Outside the Wire – Not the best, but it was alright ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

BOOKS
i started off the year/month really strong but since school started again i haven’t had time to read as much. anyways, i still got through quite a few books and had some thoughts!

House of Earth and Blood – You can find my full review for this book here. To summarize, this was absolutely amazing and I just KNOW it’s going to be in my top 3 of 2021 when I do my wrap-up at the end of the year.
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Other Words for Home – Again, you can find my full review for this book here. I LOVED this one and it’s definitely something I think *you* should read, regardless of your age/gender/reading preferences. It’s just one of those books that everyone could benefit and learn from ๐Ÿ’–
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Wolf by Wolf – Find my full review here. I had hopes for this one, but it just didn’t live up to what I had wished ๐Ÿ˜”
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The Vanishing Half – Ahh this book deserves all the hype and more! It has been blowing up all over, even outside the book community, so I’m sure you’ve heard of it. All in all, I thought the story and plot were super interesting and I ended up with a rating of 4/5 stars. I would implore you all to check it out if you haven’t already.
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Everything, Everything – Oh…I did not like this book at all. Everything, Everything was really popular around 2014 (basically the same time as The Fault in our Stars, The Hunger Games, etc.) and I just kind of read this for the sake of it. It follows a girl who is allergic to essentially…everything. So, she has to stay inside with just her mom and nurse as company. Then, one day, a boy moves in next door, and of course, as these stories tend to go, they start a relationship. I had a lot of issues with this book, and I was considering writing a whole review. But, I think it is fair to say this book is a product of its time, and I ~just know~ that if I read this years ago when it was really blowing up, I probably would’ve liked loved it. I guess by now I’m kind of over the oversimplified cliche of a girl changing her whole life just for a guy she hardly even knows ๐Ÿ™„ If you’ve gone this long without picking up Everything, Everything that is amazing for you and I would suggest it stay that way.
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Dear Martin – I picked this one up on a whim from my library, but my gosh, it was such an important read. Dear Martin follows a teenage boy named Justyce who is a good student and is on track to go to an Ivy League once he graduates high school. However, one day he is wrongfully arrested by a police officer, setting forward the rest of the events of this book. This book discusses racism in America and is soo well written. I only wish it was a little longer, but that’s a small critique for an otherwise amazing book!
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Exit West – DNF. I didn’t include this in my list of books because I only read around 20% of it before calling it quits. Overall, I just found the writing style to be not to my liking and it felt quite sluggish (?) to try and get through.

And, that’s a wrap!
I would love to know in the comments how your month went and some books you read ๐Ÿ’œ

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Author: Aarushi @ aarushireads

Hi friends! My name is Aarushi (she/her) and welcome to my blog ๐Ÿ’– Iโ€™m a 19 year old reader and decided to start this so Iโ€™d have a place where I could write down all my bookish rambles and thoughts! In addition to reading, I love to write in my free time and am currently working on my YA Fantasy WIP. Found family, rivals to lovers, and a historical backdrop are just a few tropes I've added in. I love interacting with other readers and writers so be sure to leave your comments so we can chat! Thanks for being here <33 All my socials are aarushireads :) *profile pic created by prequel

6 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up”

  1. Lovely wrap up! AHHH I need to get to HoEaB and quickly get over the mental barrier of it being an 800+ page book because I am sure that Sarah J Maas will get me hooked! Other Words for Home has been on my tbr for a while and it sounds like an incredibly sweet book, I’m so heartened that you loved it. Wishing you an amazing February!

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    1. Thanks Cherelle, I hope February goes great for you too โค๏ธ & omg HoEaB was amazing! It’s for sure intimidating but it flew by so fast and I’m sure you’ll love it. Same goes for Other Words for Home, it was just the sweetest, most hopeful story ๐Ÿฅบ

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