January 2023 Wrap-Up

January Wrap-Up

I don’t know about you, but January seemed to take forever. I took the month to focus on getting back into things I used to love and semi-succeeded with it. At least in terms of reading, I’m happy to report that I’ve finished 5 books (well, 3 books, 1 novella and 1 short story). It might not have seemed like it, because I’ve not reviewed much of what I’ve read, but I truly had a fantastic time getting back into reading.

  • For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten (3.75 stars)
    While in theory, this book should have been everything to me, I didn’t find myself as invested as I would have liked to be. I’m not sure I will pick up the sequel, but I’m happy to see Red and the Wolf making it.
  • The Six Deaths of the Saint by Alix E. Harrow (5 stars)
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon (4.5 stars)
  • Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison (4.25 stars)
    I have the rest of the series already ready to go on my eReader and I plan to review the whole series once I’m done.
  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (5 stars)
    I 100% understand why this is a classic, it was so well written and gripped you from the first sentence. I’m looking forward to reviewing after I’ve watched the TV adaptation. I miss doing comparison posts, so it seems fitting to examine those two versions.

As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! OR find me on StoryGraph, which I adore more and more as an alternative. My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above, if there are posts for them.

I think a big part of my success reading so much (at least in comparison to how much I usually tend to read in a month) in January was due to me participating in StoryGraph’s January Pages Challenge. In an attempt to get people to read at least one page per day (or listen to one minute of an audiobook per day), they set up their own reading challenge and sweetened the deal with possible prizes. While I didn’t win any of the challenge prizes, I feel like it set me up with a great habit for the year to come. Here’s a graph of how much I’ve been reading last month:

A graph showing that I completed the StoryGraph January Pages Reading Challenge


In Other News

Usually, I have a bunch of posts set up for January to really kick blogging off right, but I didn’t have the best of starts to the year and generally felt pretty exhausted. I wanted to prioritize things that actually brought me joy and while I consider blogging to be a vital part of myself, I’d much rather focus on other things when I’m tired. Like, there’s no point in churning out mid-posts just because, when I’m not feeling it. So, I started the year with re-evaluating my priorities.

There’s Only So Much Time in Day

I want to read, write, watch TV, catch up with the people I care about, work out and on top of that I still need to do my job and rest as well. I can’t do it all, no one can, and it has been a challenge to not get frustrated by that. I’ve slowly gotten back into working out more regularly – mostly I’ve just walked a lot – but it’s really the creative outlets I’m missing most in my life. I seem to have zero energy for them. I’d like to change that this year and deliberately make more time for creative tasks, which brings me to my next point.

I MISS writing SO MUCH

I’ve checked out some of my old, unfinished WIPs and … I hated my writing in all of them. There’s part of my brain that knows that I’m not terrible at everything. My narrative ideas are solid, even when the execution is lacking. I haven’t posted on my secret fan fic account (sorry, I just can’t reveal that one) for close to a year now and I still got a message saying “please come back!!!” the other day. The thing is, I WANT TO. I want to write and create and draw my own characters and really dive deep into these worlds. There’s not just a lack of motivation, but I think also confidence. I’ve read some fantastic books these past years and my brain just says that I could never do that. I need to do some soul searching to find my voice and point of view.

Nick Miller from New Girl sitting in front of his laptop and saying "I got nothing" as he attempts to write his novel.

Basking in all the good TV

TV, as so often, has been my escape in January. There’s just been so much good content out there again and I’m glad I kicked off the year with such fantastic shows. On the one hand, we have the return of The Legend of Vox Machina, which is getting released in batches of three episodes per week – offering the perfect mix between binging and a weekly schedule. I just keep falling in love with everyone at Critical Role all over again, the fact that we’re now also getting the Mighty Nein and a movie (*fingers crossed it’s a Calamity movie*) almost had me in tears.

Speaking of tears, basically the whole world is bawling their eyes out at the masterpiece that is The Last of Us! As someone who hasn’t played the game, but still knows a fair bit about it, I am in awe of this show. It’s so good and I love that Pedro Pascal just doesn’t miss with his roles. Having said that, episode 3 “Long, Long Time” will stay in my heart forever.

I Played Another Game – Rakuen

I don’t even know how I stumbled upon Rakuen, but it was a delight to play. The game mechanics are fairly simple, so are the graphics, but they are SO FREAKING CUTE. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some terrifying stuff and it will rip your heart out of your chest, but I like the balance with the sweet stuff.

I’ve found that “short” games with a good storyline are my jam and Rakuen definitely fits that category. It’s about a boy at a hospital, who escapes to a magical world – on the one hand, to escape his own life, but also to help the people around him. By the end, I was just a puddle of tears. Not sure it has a lot of replayability, but I had a good time!


A big part of this past month was taking the time to wrap-up 2022 and let go of the year. I did so in various posts, which you can check out here:




Hope you had a great start to the year and are now basking in a fantastic February! Let’s chat!

15 thoughts on “January 2023 Wrap-Up

  1. I’m used to January being awful, but surprisingly it was pretty good. A decent month where I got a lot done and earned plenty from writing. So far, February’s been a little difficult, but I hope it gets better with the passing of days.


  2. It seems like January was a month of focusing on the things you love, and reading was a big part of that. You read 5 books, including “The Six Deaths of the Saint” by Alix E. Harrow and “Kindred” by Octavia E. Butler, both of which you rated highly. You participated in StoryGraph’s January Pages Reading Challenge, which helped establish a good reading habit for the year. Despite your love for blogging, you took the start of the year to re-evaluate your priorities and focus on things that bring you joy.


  3. I agree that January was endless. I’m so happy you could focus a bit more on what you love, and yay for reading 5 books, that’s so great! Even greater to see your high ratings. I want to read Lovelight Farms at some point, but well. For now, I have other books on my TBR and, given how slow I have been with reading lately, I guess I won’t be able to get to it until a couple months 😅 Looking forward to reading it though!
    I’m sorry you’ve been having a hard time finding your way back to writing. I’m always here to chat about it, if you ever want to and I hope that with time, you’ll find your confidence again. You’re an incredible writer and I know you can do this ❤ ❤
    Hope February will be good to you ❤

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    • As always, thank you so much for the kind words. If I had any way of expressing my frustration with writing, you would definitely be my go to person, but I don’t even know what to say. It’s like I’m just completely stuck in my brain.

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  4. Looks like January was a good month for you! I hope you continue to like Borison’s series. It is so good! I need to read that Harrow book. I’ve heard nothing but good thing. Hopefully writing will come together for you in February.

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  5. Glad to see that you liked Lovelight Farms, I keep eyeing it, as it sounds like fun! I have also seen everyone obsessed with The Six Deaths of the Saint 👀 I loved the January Pages Challenges on StoryGraph, it was so much fun 🥰

    Sorry to hear that you haven’t been able to use your creative outlets, I hope you can reconnect with them soon!

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    • The Lovelight series is just super fun and cute. I think you would enjoy it too, even if we’re not in the Christmas season anymore.
      Please, for what it’s worth, do read The Six Deaths of the Saint!!!! It’s only 30 pages, it won’t even take a whole afternoon!!!

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  6. I SOMEHOW COMPLETELY MISSED THIS but also. IT’S FABULOUSNESS?? WRAP UPS ARE ALWAYS SO MUCH FUN LIKE THAT. ALSO YAY TO SUCH A GREAT READING MONTH!!! i cant wait for the lovelight farm reviews youve promised ALL OF THOSE COVERS LOOK SO PRETTY. the entirety of the internet is freaking out about the alix e harrow book SO I MUST READ IT TOO?? and also kindred!!!!!! HOPE YOURE HAVING THE GREATEST EVER FEBRUARY AND MORE!!! AMAZING BOOKS!!!

    im so sorry about january being a terrible month life-wise though and also not having enough time. and everything you said about your wips is just. I RELATE SO MUCH?? BEST OF LUCK WITH EVERYTHING, KATJA!!!!

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    • Awe, thank you, you’re the sweetest!
      That reading challenge really helped me out so much in January, but I’m pleased that February is also looking good. You MUST read The Six Deaths of the Saint. It’s only 30 pages, you have to find a way!!!


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