MY JANUARY 2022 WRAP UP | πŸ“šβœ¨ 25 books in 31 days! βœ¨πŸ“š

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Can you believe we’re a whole month into 2022? I can’t believe it tbh, it feel like we’re 6 months in on my end. I kind of feel like I didn’t read a single thing this month but I was going through my Goodreads challenge and I somehow read 25 whole books, and most of them weren’t small either! I got majorly hooked on Matthew Reilly’s books this month and couldn’t resist binging them! I also tried to vary my current reads a bit outside of all the action reads, so there are some middle grade reads and a bunch of books all in other genres which I’m really happy with! I’m also really hoping we’ll see this from me in February too!

Goodreads Challenge Update!

I am 9 books ahead of schedule!

  • Pages read: 8,356
  • Books read: 25
  • Most disappointing book of the month β€“ Under The Whispering Door
  • Worst book of the month β€“ Red Rising
  • Most suprising book of the month β€“ Keeper of The Lost Cities
  • Best book of the month β€“ The House in The Cerulean Sea

🌻 – Buddy read // 🎧 – Audiobook // πŸ“š – Library book // πŸ” – Re-read
🌈 – LGBTQIA+ rep // 🟣 – disability rep // ✨ – 2022 release

*Click on the titles for my Goodreads reviews! You can also find my StoryGraph reviews here!
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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
  • Mythos [01/01] 🎧🌈- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I won’t retain half of this information but oh boy, this was a great time. I’m so glad Stephen Fry narrated the audiobook too!
  • Every Heart A Doorway [04/01] πŸ”πŸŽ§πŸŒˆ – ⭐⭐⭐.75 – My favourite re-read so far!
  • Down Among The Sticks and Bones [04/01] πŸ”πŸŽ§πŸŒˆ – ⭐⭐⭐.5 – Gosh, I was so uninterested in this story this timea round. I wonder if that’s because I re-read it every year or if I was just not in the mood.
  • Red Rising [04 – 06/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐.5 – Yeah this ain’t it chief
  • The House in The Cerulean Sea [08/01] πŸŽ§πŸ”πŸŒˆ – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – So heartwarming and cozy while also dealing with some really complex topics!
  • Under The Whispering Door [09/01] 🎧🌈 – ⭐⭐⭐ – A somewhat interesting idea with some very loveable characters but, ultimately underwhelming in every way.
  • Keeper of The Lost Cities [10/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐⭐.5 – Not mind-blowing but I had a really good time and I plan on continuing the series later this month!
Beneath The Sugar Sky
The Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, The international bestseller by Cho Nam-Joo |  9781471184284 | Booktopia
Jack West Jr and the Hero's Helmet by Matthew Reilly
The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly
The Three Secret Cities: A Jack West Jr Novel 5 - Pan Macmillan AU
Jack West Jr and the Chinese Splashdown by Matthew Reilly
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
The Two Lost Mountains by Matthew Reilly
The One Impossible Labyrinth, Jack West Jr Novel 7 by Matthew Reilly |  9781760559090 | Booktopia
Henry Hoey Hobson by Christine Bongers
The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Australia Day by Stan Grant
Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • Convenience Store Woman [13/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – This was absolutely brilliant and I highly recommend it! If you need a really quick read that packs a punch you should really pick this one up!
  • The Two Lost Mountains [14/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐⭐ – What an emotional rollercoaster.
  • The One Impossible Labyrinth [14/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐⭐ – I cannot believe this series is over. REVIEW
  • Henry Hoey Hobson [15/01] ⭐⭐⭐ – It’s baffling how much more enjoyable a book can be when you actually know where the locations are in the story.
  • The Pisces [23/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐⭐.5 – Very well written but might be too weird and because of that the message gets lost.
  • Australia Day [25/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Such a good book, I recomemnd this to all Australians, but I also think it would have an impact for readers from different locations to!
  • Weather Girl [28/01] 🎧✨ – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Such a good suprise! I read this with my book club tis month and had an anbsolute blast!
The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
Ice Station by Matthew Reilly
Area 7 by Matthew Reilly
Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly

  • The Great Zoo of China [28/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐⭐ – Jurassic Park but make it dragons!
  • Ice Station [29/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐⭐ – Alex Rider for adults. Not my favourite but I can see myself loving this as I go through the series!
  • Area 7 [30/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐⭐ – Definitely better than book 1!
  • Scarecrow [31/01] 🎧 – ⭐⭐⭐ – Yes! We finally met Aloysius Knight!!


I DNF’d Hamnet this month. I got roughly 20 pages in and honestly I just wasn’t vibing with it, I’m sure I’ll continue it in the future though.


πŸ” – Rewatch // 🌈 – LGBTQIA+ // ✨ – 2022 release

Harry Potter' Stars Return to Hogwarts! See the Poster for the 20th  Anniversary Special | Entertainment Tonight
Coco (2017) - IMDb
Encanto (2021) - IMDb
West Side Story (2021) - IMDb
Encanto (2021) - IMDb
National Treasure | Disney Movies

  • Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts [02/01] ✨ – ⭐⭐⭐ – What a pointless waste of my time.
  • Coco [08/01] πŸ” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Truly one of my favourite movies.
  • Encanto [08/01] πŸ” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Animated perfection.
  • West Side Story [17/01] ⭐⭐⭐ – This could have been good but Ansel Elgort is too fuckin creepy and it’s distracting
  • Encanto [24/01] πŸ” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – It’s official. This is one of my comfort movies now.
  • National Treasure [27/01] πŸ” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Considering that it’s an absolute classic, National Treasure is never talked about enough.


I wasn’t sure what stats I should include in my wrap up this month so instead I put in all the stats! Let me know which graphics you’re more interested in and I’ll make sure to include them next month too!

What did you read this month?
Did we read/watch any of the same things?

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15 thoughts on “MY JANUARY 2022 WRAP UP | πŸ“šβœ¨ 25 books in 31 days! βœ¨πŸ“š

  1. Wow that’s an interesting Wrapup.. I’ve been a huge fan of Jack West Jr and Scarecrow for more than a decade, so it’s nice seeing you binge read them all… I still have to get to Two Lost Mountains and One impossible labyrinth, but hopefully I’ll do that soon…

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    1. Thank you, I had a good month!
      Yes, I started reading Matthew Reilly’s books in 2021 and just got truly obsessed in January! I’m honestly so glad I decided to give his books ago because I absolutely love them!! I highly recommend them, I think One Impossibly Labyrinth was the best of all his recent books in that series! A great way to finish out the series!

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      1. That’s awesome to hear!!! Hopefully I’ll get to the last two soon… mine is a long term love for the characters, so I have too many expectations πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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          1. That’s awesome !!! It definitely needs a reread for me someday because I’ve completely forgotten the first three books… it’s been so so many years…


  2. 25 books! Ellyn! Were you attached to your headphones all month??? But seriously kudos. It’s so easy to get hooked on Matthew Reilly, I have been there. I’ve also been eyeing Kim Jiyoung for a while so it’s so nice to see that loved it. I hope February is as great (and full of graphics!)

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    1. I really was!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Oh my god, yes January was the month of my Matthew Reilly obsession and I couldn’t be happier about it, honestly! Kim Jiyoung is a great book, I highly highly recommend it!
      So far February is off to a great start and I already can’t wait to write my wrap up for it, it’s going to be a long one!


  3. You very much disliking Red Rising but not hating The Pisces hurts my reader feels haha nah, just kidding. Your feelings for the books are absolutely valid, I just really like the Red Rising saga and wanted to dump the Pisces book into the ocean (or nearest body of water).

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    1. I KNOW! It’s absolutely wild and makes no sense πŸ˜‚I’m so glad you enjoyed the Red Rising Saga and I still can’t quite figure out why it didn’t work for me, though I can see why so many others love it! Haha, honestly The Pisces was wild and I really wonder how it was traditionally published but hey, I’ll never pretend to understand the publishing industry πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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  4. I love how you’ve formatted your wrap-up. I’m always panicky when I read a ton of books in a month because I fear how messy my wrap-up would look like. Haha! But yours is so easy to absorb.

    Anyway, I am happy to find another Encanto fan. It’s my new Disney fave too! Have a great month ahead! 😊

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    1. Thank you, I’m never sure how to format my wrap-ups so they don’t seem so daunting to read, so thank you so much because your comment has made me feel a lot more confident! I feel your pain, the more books you read the harder your wrap up is to format! πŸ˜‚

      It’s my new favourite Disney movie at the moment and it became an immediate comfort movie for me!
      Thank you, I hope you have a fantastic month!


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