Hello hello! Welcome to the first monthly wrap of the year. I have been debating retiring these posts for a while now, but I do want a place to highlight all of the top posts of the month before, so maybe consider signing up for my mailing list so that I can send all of this directly to your inbox and stop taking up space on the site itself. For now, though, let’s get into it.

Books I Read

I set out to read 100 books this year, and one month in and we’re already a bit behind. Still, I’m not complaining because this month I experienced so many delightful reads! My average rating was extremely high, and even the books rated lower were close to being bumped up. If you’re looking for a new book to read, truly all of these are great choices.

  • Carrie Soto is Back, by Taylor Jenkins Reid (5 stars)
  • Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus (5 stars)
  • Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail, by Ashley Herring Blake (4 stars)
  • Who Does That Bitch Think She Is? Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag, by Craig Seligman (4 stars)
  • We Deserve Monuments, by Jas Hammonds (5 stars)
  • Perish, by Latoya Watkins (4 stars)
  • Full Disclosure, by Camryn Garrett (3.5 stars)

TV I Watched

Somehow, despite mentally believing that I didn’t watch much TV this year, I did watch over 10 seasons of TV. This was helped by the fact that I was already most of the way through both versions of The L Word before the month began.

  • The L Word Season 1
  • Girls Season 1-3
  • Emily in Paris Season 3 (Review)
  • Dead to Me Season 3 (Review)
  • Ginny and Georgia Season 2
  • Kaleidoscope
  • The L Word: Generation Q Season 3 (Recaps)
  • The Lesbian Bar Project

Movies I Watched

It was honestly a pretty chaotic movie watching month for me! I didn’t love any of the movies I watched, except for Gone Girl which is a long time favorite of mine. Still, all of them except The Drop were at least somewhat enjoyable, and I’d even go so far as to recommend Love and Leashes as a twist on the classic romantic comedy genre.

  • The Drop (2.5 stars)
  • Love and Leashes (3.5 stars)
  • Brené Brown: The Call to Courage
  • Gone Girl (5 stars, rewatch)
  • Life After Beth

Posts We Wrote That You Loved

Here are the most popular posts of the month!

  1. Top 10 Most Anticipated Book Releases of January 2023– Looking for new books to read for 2023? Look no further than this complete list of the 10 books I’m most looking forward to reading that come out in January
  2. The L Word: Generation Q Recaps– As usual, my L Word: Generation Q recap posts did well because everyone needs to read them and make sure they’re not the only ones being driven insane by the plotlines
  3. 10 Exciting New TV Shows to Stream in Early 2023 | January February March Releases– I’m still so excited for so many of these TV shows coming to streaming later this year!
  4. Who was “The One” For Everyone in The L Word: Generation Q– Didn’t finish the season but still curious who everyone ended up with? I summarized everything right here.
  5. 2023 Oscar Winner Predictions and Picks– As timely as ever! Chinwe watched so many movies to get ready for this post, and then gave us her expert opinion on what movies she thought would win, and which ones she wanted to win.
  6. I Read 72 Books in 2022 and Ranked Them From Best to Worst– Maxx ranked all of the books they read in 2022, which is honestly an incredibly impressive feat

Some WTTN News

Maurice has recently joined the team to write a couple of posts! We’re very excited to have him on board the team and love what he has been contributing already. As always, if you or anyone you know wants to work with established writers and editors to grow your brand, reach out and start writing for us today!

Elsewhere On the Internet

My mostly offline friend Kylie and I started a podcast! I wrote a whole article about the pod, but I wanted to take the time to mention it again in case you haven’t gotten around to listening.

Lindsay Stenico wrote a review of Lovesick & Jaded where she linked back to an article I wrote all the way back in 2018 (back when I didn’t believe in capital letters) about the intimacy of poetry!

The PopCulty Podcast released an episode all the way back in July of 2022 where they referenced my article on Killing Eve’s Ending (spoilers abound!). I can’t believe I am just seeing this now, but I am!

Off the Internet

I hate January. It’s always a cold, miserable month without even the draw of holidays and sparkling lights. My winter depression was at a high, resulting in my slacking on writing and editing, but luckily the lovely team around me on this site picked up the slack. Other than that, I honestly didn’t really do much besides lay in bed and wish that my insomnia would allow me to fall asleep.

Nevertheless! We persevere into the month of love and light.

How was your January? Tell me all about it in the comments!