Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2021

So, January went by in a blur and also felt entirely endless. It’s been a little quiet at The Novel Cauldron lately. Toodles, my seventeen-year-old toy-poodle, passed away on January 25. She was safe and snuggled at home, surrounded by the people she loved.

We’ve been full of grief and entirely overwhelmed by gratitude. Toodles was such a sweet, shy, and special little floof and she will be missed and kept safe in our hearts always. She loved snuggles, sweaters, and carbs so I highly encourage you to indulge in these simple pleasures this week and give a gentle pat or special treat to your precious pets.

Baby Picture of Little Toodles

Reading Update

I’m honestly not quite sure how I managed it, but somehow I read thirteen books this month? But to keep things simple, here are my top five reads for January:

Three Star Reads

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Gilded Web by Mary Balogh  

The Pearl by Tiffany Reisz

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Highland Defender by Kathryn Le Veque

The Listening Path: The Art of Creative Attention by Julia Cameron

Four Star Reads

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Confessions of a Curious Bookseller by Elizabeth Green

Once Upon A Dream by Sierra Simone

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

In Love & Pajamas: A Collection of Comics about Being Yourself Together by Catana Chetwynd

Five Star Reads

Rating: 5 out of 5.

American Queen by Sierra Simone

It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day by Llewllyn’s Sabbat Essentials

Not too bad. I was shocked it was so many book.

I had good intentions to stick to read-a-longs and keep up with buddy reads, but I discovered I boarded the Mood Read Express.

No regrets.

I think I’m going to continue riding that train this year.

Are you sticking to your TBRs or do you have a seat on the Mood Read Express with me?

Glad to be back to writing again and here’s to a fresh February. Happy reading, friends!

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