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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

January 2021 in Review

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

2021 has arrived, and with it a new reading year. We started off a bit rough with a book I didn't enjoy too much, but we had some really good reads this month.

Here are all the statistics for the month!


I read a total of 6 physical books, 1 novella, 1 anthology, 1 audiobook, 2 graphic novels, 4 webcomics and 4 short stories for a total of 19 books and roughly 5,496 pages.

I ended up DNFing 3 things this month. One was a webcomic called House of Stars, and it was pretty much just retellings of fairy tales. I tried listening to Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham but I couldn't focus because of all the names and scientific jargon. I also tried to read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, but couldn't get past how unlikeable the characters were.

Here is a list of all the books I read this month. If you want to check out my reviews of them, click on the pink links!

Books Read

Webcomics Read

Sub Terra by Faye Stacy (Pond) ⭐⭐⭐

  • A completed sci-fi archaeology story that can be read online for free here

Sentient by Miyuli ⭐⭐⭐1/2

  • A completed sci-fi short story that can be read for free online on Tapas

KURA by immabunni ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • A young mermaid guarding a mysterious treasure meets a group of unusual pirates

  • A completed fantasy story that can be read online for free on Tapas

Starfighter by Hamlet Machine ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • This was a reread and my review can be found here

Short Stories Read

Waiting on a Bright Moon by Neon Yang ⭐⭐⭐1/2

  • Xin, a song magician, gets pulled into a station-wide conspiracy along with Ouyang Suqing, one of the station’s mysterious, high-ranking starmages

  • Can be read online for free on Tor

Lullaby for a Lost World by Aliette de Bodard ⭐⭐⭐1/2

  • Charlotte who died to feed her master's house, yearns deeply for vengeance

  • Can be read online for free on Tor

Little Free Library by Naby Neon Yang ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Upon setting up her Little Free Library, Meigan develops an unexpected friendship with a mysterious book borrower

  • Can be read online for free on Tor

Loss of Signal by S.B. Divya ⭐⭐⭐

  • Toby Benson is the first mind to circle the moon without a body in tow. But as he reaches the dark side of the moon and loses signal from Earth, the cold of space threatens to overwhelm him.

  • Can be read online for free on Tor

Male vs. Female Authors vs. Unknown

5 to 11 to 3






Best Book of the Month - KURA

Worst Book of the Month - Jurassic Park


3 Fantasy

3 Sci-fi

1 Mystery

1 Historical Fiction

1 Horror

2 Graphic Novel

4 Webcomic

4 Short Story

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