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January 2021 Reading Wrap-Up

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5 books in total
4.2 Star Average
12.5 % of yearly goal reached
40% were audiobooks
40% were re-reads
100% of books were written by cis-female authors
20% of books were written by authors of color

I know, I know, I’m finally getting around to this… at the beginning of March. I meant to do it sooner, but February was a weird month, so it just didn’t happen. But that’s okay, better late than never, right?

January was a fun reading month! I didn’t quite read all the books I wanted to, but I got to read (and reread!) some good ones!

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Read January 2nd-9th.

This book had been on my TBR shelf for a while, and I’m glad I started off the year with it! It was such a fun romance! My review is linked above. Purchase on Amazon here.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by She Who Shall Not Be Named

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Read December 19th-January 10th

It’s one of my biggest flaws that I’m a Harry Potter fan. I’m not gonna say anything about this but that the author is still cancelled, and that I already owned the audio book on audible, so she didn’t make anymore money from me.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Read January 10th-January 16th

This book was SO GOOD. I don’t usually read suspense/thriller/mystery/horror, but I’m glad I read this! I actually finally got to watching the Netflix series a few weeks ago, and although it was almost completely different from the book, it was cool seeing and understanding all the nods to the book. Purchase on Amazon here.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by She Who Shall Not Be Named

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Read January 10th-January 24th

See above.

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Read January 16th-January 25th

I had super high expectations for this one when I started it, but was sadly let down by it overall. My review includes my thoughts on trigger warnings, which I think is a really important conversation to have. Purchase on Amazon here.

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Book Review: “The Haunting of Hill House”

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Genre: Horror

Trigger Warnings: Suicide, mental instability, paranormal activity.


It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.


So, a quick funny story about how I came upon this book. I actually bought it for my roommate (who loves horror books) for Christmas, and never got around to giving it to her. I needed to read a mystery or thriller book for a Read-a-thon I’m doing for January, so I checked in with a few other people who are doing the same read-a-thon, and they affirmed this could count as a thriller. It’s a good thing I had it, because thrillers and horror aren’t usually my preferred genre of book!

I’ve heard so many good things about The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, so I decided to read the book first, so this review doesn’t take the show into consideration (although I am planning on watching it soon!). The book starts off very slow. Painstakingly slow. But in a very… uncomfortable way. The beginning of the book was eerie in its slow character building. I would read it at night before bed sometimes, and I always felt so uncomfortable, and would look up, terrified that I would see a face in my window or something.

Yes, I am a chicken.

The story was absolutely terrifying. It wasn’t bloody, or gory, but the terrifying part was the question of if it was real or just the experiences of a very mentally ill woman. I found myself questioning my own authority and views, convinced that I must be wrong. It was absolutely unsettling, to say the least.

Although, the two female main characters, Theodora and Eleanor, say that they’re so alike, they must be cousins. Maybe it’s because I like girls, but my first instinct was, “Ya’ll should just date”. But this was written during a time that a romance between two women would have been extremely taboo, so maybe that’s just the English major in me finding the homoerotic undertones where there aren’t any.

The ending is absolutely wild. !!Trigger warning, as well as a spoiler alert for this next part.!!