Mini Reviews: Books I Read in January 2022

The fact that I read enough books to warrant a post is a big win in my book.

This had been a good month when it comes to reading. I haven’t read this many books at once in a long time. Granted, they weren’t all super long, but it’s better than not reading at all.

I can’t say this will happen every month, but I’m taking it while I can.

Cosmoknights: Book One

cosmoknights book one cover

Author: Hannah Templer

Review Link: Cosmoknights Book One – Review

Thoughts: Since I already did a full review for this one, I’ll make this short. The medieval concept in space is different and I love all of the Queer and POC.

The artwork is also beautiful and colorful.

Not only is the concept fun and different, but the cliffhanger is something that made me really excited to read the second book.

As I said in my full book review, which I linked if you want to know more about it, this book is available to read on the Cosmoknights website for free.

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

Beasts and Beauty Dangerous Tales cover

Author: Soman Chainani

Thoughts: I like retelling of fairytales and this was no different. The stories are changed up with different morals, endings, genders/races/sexualities’ of characters, all with illustrations within each story.

All of the stories are short yet stand out in different ways. The two that stand out to me the most are Red Hiding Hood and Peter Pan, but I’m sure another story would stand out to someone else more than these.

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales updates the fairytales we’ve grown up with, with more representation and letting you know that you don’t always need a prince or princess in the end.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse charlie mackesy illustrated cover

Author: Charlie Mackesy

Thoughts: This illustrated book can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s about a boy who meets a mole, then a fox, then a horse, and each one teaches him different life lessons. It’s a short, quick, read with cute illustrations and everything is handwritten.

That’s actually my own quibble about the book. Sometimes I had a hard time figuring out the words. It’s in cursive and I’d say 98% of the time I had no difficulty reading it but a few times, it took me a second or two.

However, the book is full of quotes that can really help anyone on a bad day or a sad day or just a way to calm down and focus on something else…says the person whose computer wasn’t turning on and was getting frustrated and so just picked up the book, which helped me calm down for a few minutes.

Moon Knight Volume 1: From the Dead


Writer: Warren Ellis | Artist: Declan Shalvey

Thoughts: I wanted to get to know Moon Knight a bit more before the show comes out on Disney+ and had no idea where to start when it came to the comics.

I know the origin of Moon Knight and the basics of the character(s) but this book just briefly goes over what happened. It can be read by anyone, whether you know the character or not, but I kind of wish I started with a different comic.

However, I find Moon Knight to be such an interesting character and this just gives more depth to them. I also like the illustrations and how Moon Knight is investigating smaller cases but there’s an overall larger one going on.

I feel like this is for more people who are already familiar with Moon Knight and don’t need a long recap of his history. Or if you don’t like that either, it’s a pretty good place to start. If anything, it made me want to read more of his comics and I’m very much looking forward to the show.

shine your icy crown (you are your own fairytale)

shine your icy crown amanda lovelace silver cover with crown

Author: Amanda Lovelace

Thoughts: I’ve read almost all of Amanda’s books but this one just didn’t do it for me like the others. It felt like I’ve read the book before. There wasn’t a lot of poetry, more so sayings about self-help and loving yourself and sisterhood, which is all fine, but it didn’t connect with me in the way her others have.

It’s still a good book to read when you need a pick-me-up and the illustrations are nice. I was just hoping for something different.

It’s also noted to be about fairytales but I didn’t get that either. There’s one story about a fairytale but I was kind of expecting something like Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill.

Currently Reading


I don’t know why I’m reading two books at once, yet here we are.

It would be nice to do a post like this each month, but I’m not promising anything. I know stuff happens and I may not always read as much as I’d like every month. Right now, I try to read at least one chapter a day, which is something I started at the end of last year, a year I hardly read anything.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books and what did you think?

dr who reading gif eleventh doctor flipping pages with glasses on


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