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January Roundup: Monthly Favourites

 Hello Readers & Friends,

I can't believe we're one month into 2021 already. January came and went so quickly. It's been a horrible month. Dark, cold, and the UK still in complete lockdown. But with February at least brighter days seem around the corner. 

January Book Roundup:

I bumped my GoodReads target up to 100 for 2021 so I pushed myself and got through 9 books this month. I was a bit up and down, I read some which were disappointing (The Magpie Society) and some which were just bizarre and not for me (Bunny). But here we are: 

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness ****
The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall ****
The Ravens by Kass Morgan, Danielle Paige **/*
The Magpie Society by Zoe Sugg, Amy McCullock **/*
The Lost Storyteller by Amanda Block *****
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalo ***
Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin ***
How The King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black ***
Bunny by Mona Awad **



Pride and Prejudice - Netflix

Okay I know this sounds wild but I've never read or seen Pride and Prejudice before, so I sat down and watched the film, the one with Kiera Knightly, and absolutely loved it! So now I have the Colin Firth TV series sat in my watch list as well, because I'm interested to see how it was adapted for a series. 


Bridgerton - Netflix

Clearly I've been in the mood for period things, but I absolutely loved Bridgerton. And, to my GREATEST surprise, so did Steven. It was like a historical Gossip Girl, I loved the characters, particularly Daphne and Eloise, and am fascinated by how women were treated back in those days. 
And, of course, the Duke wasn't bad to watch either. I loved it and it made me want to wear corsets and ballgowns and I can't recommend enough, even if you don't think it's your thing. (It's not my usual thing, at all! And definitely not Steven's! So that's your proof if you're on the fence.) 


I thought I'd take this blog post space to discuss Bunny by Mona Awad because it was so bizarre! I gave it 2 stars because I was just honestly so confused. It's described as a black satire about female friendships, and Heathers meets The Craft. I typically don't enjoy satires but this was especially strange. It basically follows four girls undergoing a Creative Writing MFA at Warren University who refer to each other as 'bunny'. They envelop introvert outsider, Samantha, into their weird clique which ends up involving cult-like behaviour and strange rituals involving animal sacrifices. The story takes several bizarre twists and turns, some parts I had to read twice because I was so confused about what was happening, and in a very Fight Club-esque way, you are never sure what is real and what isn't. The end was a whirlwind of revelations and complicated implications and honestly I didn't enjoy it even though I know many people have loved it. For me, I skim read a lot of it because the craziness of what was going on amidst what was otherwise a very realistic setting was really offputting for me, and by the end I was just thinking everything was happening in her head because it was just so far-fetched. I also didn't like any of the characters, so for me it fell flat there and meant I really didn't care where it went - not that I could have guessed anyway. So a weird one for me, I'd love to hear what you think!


Renaissance Girl -Alybob

I spend quite a lot of time searching for musicians in random places like Youtube, Soundcloud etc. I love indie artists and supporting undiscovered gems, and I fell upon Alybob on TikTok and this song has been stuck in my head ever since I love the poetic lyrics. 

How are you feeling for 2021? 
Love, C x 


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