I guess it’s been a month since my last check-in, and I won’t recap everything. I did fall on my head and give myself mild concussion, read plenty of books and watched lots of mildly entertaining yet ultimately forgettable films. I’ve been playing a bit of Planet Zoo and Two Point Campus too. I guess I’ll just go back as far as the start of the year for this update or I’ll be here forever…

First off, here’s Scully’s grumpy face:

Yellow Labrador dog stood on leaf covered path in woods.

On the blog:

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2022

New Books on my Radar for January

Review: The Daughters of Izdihar by Hadeer Elsbai

Books read:

[ARC] A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon

Another epic tale of a battle between humans and wyrms. If you liked Priory, you’ll like this, and I found it faster paced. If you didn’t like Priory, this is very much more of the same. A theme of motherhood and duty and how the two collide, including another Queen who doesn’t want a child, but must.

  • Popsugar #49. The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  • ATY #5. A book with 4 or more colors on the cover
  • ATY Rejects: A science fiction or fantasy novel written by a woman

Return by Niki Baรฑados

A short comic memoir about feeling adrift, set during the pandemic. This was a short indie comic that came with a bundle I supported, and I liked it but felt it needed more substance.

  • Popsugar #26. The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list

[ARC] World Running Down by Al Hess

Adorable, the kindest characters ever found in a post apocalyptic landscape. If you need some feel-good sci-fi, add this to your 2023 TBR.

  • Popsugar #22. A book with a queer lead
  • SFF Titles: . down
  • ATY Rejects: A book related to “On the Road”

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

I loved this deliciously dark tale of people who eat books, and minds, for sustenance. Lots about fairytales, control and being limited by your experiences. Another story including forced pregnancies…let’s hope that’s not a trend for this year.

  • ATY . A book where books are important


I haven’t really been listening to audiobooks over the holidays so Blackmail and Bibingka has been put on hold. The weather and short days aren’t conducive to extra walkies. I have so many Audible credits lying around that I really need to get back into audiobooks so I can make the most of them.


I am booked in for radioiodine treatment for my overactive thyroid at the end of the month. Which means I have to be a hermit for a couple of weeks while I’m slightly radioactive. I also have started looking for a new job, since I can’t spend my days reading forever. *sigh*

Books acquired:


Bought – Physical:

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Bought – Digital:

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

The Agency for Scandal by Laura Wood

Game Over Girl by Naomi Gibson

Eating to Extinction: The Worldโ€™s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them by Dan Saladino

For Review:

You Are Here by Eva Woods (Sphere)*


*I requested this one because the main character is called Ellie Warren! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ