January lasted for about twelve years and friends, let me tell you, I’m thrilled that it’s finally over and that I can write this wrap-up!
January wasn’t a good, or bad month overall, it was just… well, January, as always this endless month between winter and spring where time seems to move painfully slowly and everything seems to be annoying, too. Not much has happened in the past month, between handling the cold, the snow, the endless working days and weekends going by in a blur, it’s been, well…
It’s been long. All that I hope is that February will be quicker and warmer and that spring will be here soon.
After my holidays in late December and all the celebrations, with getting back to work and long commute and everything, I have been flying through books lately and… it’s been good.
📖 Books I read
If I appreciated the world this was set in, somehow this book felt a little too slow for me to completely love it. Full review here!
Well that was what I’d call an ADORABLE graphic novel, I really really enjoyed it and please read itttt. Full review here!
I am a huge fan of Laura Silverman’s debut, Girl Out of Water and her sophomore novel sounded perfect and it was, no pun intended, PERFECT. Really. I cried okay. Put this on your TBRs! Full review soon!
Buddy-read this with the amazing Taasia! I wanted to get to Emma Mills’ books and I’m so glad I did, this was such a fun, sweet read and I loved this group of friends. Full review soon!
I was kind of nervous to read this, because it has been quite a hyped book, but damn I was really surprised. I loved the characters, loved the world, the twists, the everything. DEFINITELY put this one on your radar. Full review soon!
I have decided to include a new mini-category for the time being with my reading progress overall. I am not a reading challenge kind of person, but I have taken on two fairly easy and nice challenges this month and I’m going to try and track them a little bit here.
- Goodreads Challenge: 7/60 books : on track!
- Year of The Asian Reading Challenge: 1/10 books: on track! (The Reader)
I was still supposed to write a lot more than I did this month. I thought I would catch up with everything, new year and new resolutions and everything and finally finish my current draft of my WIP, but… well, life happened and I just didn’t take the time to do so. I’m so thankful for my sister, because she’s the one kicking my ass for me to get back to it and, miracle of miracles, it actually worked a little bit by the end of the month. I’m glad it did because I have less than 1/3rd of the book to get through.
I am just so. slow.
Oookay so… I’m putting this new category right here to track my writing progress, too. I need to finish editing my WIP this year, I really do. I want to do more, so this is my way of guilt-tripping me into GETTING BACK TO WRITING.
- Words written: 3088.
January has been kind of a whirlwind on the blog. I had new projects for January: I kicked them off early in the month with my new author features and I am thrilled and honored and so, so very happy to see that people seem to have enjoyed it so far.
I also happened to have the best month ever, statistically on the blog and I’ve been so thankful for it all, your warm comments and support and visits. Thank you for being here and visiting my small corner of the internet, I feel like sobbing every now and then because of it. Thank you!!
Anyway here’s what happened this month on the blog, in case you missed it.
📖 Book reviews
💻 Book blogging
📚 Book discussions
📝 Book Tags & Awards
💬 Author Features
In February, you can expect FAVORITE BOOKS to be reviewed on the blog and I’m very very very excited to boost them, as well as a continuation of the authors feature that I am having such a great time with. I hope you’ll love it!
Okay so… I have A LOT of blog posts to share this month. If you’re looking to blog-hop, I got you covered here.
I got lucky enough to be featured and talked about in these AMAZING posts by fellow bloggers I love very very much, so shout out to….
- The lovely Fanna, for mentioning me in her fantastic post with Four other International Book Bloggers You Should (HAVE TO) Follow For Bookish Bliss
- 24h ya book blog, for asking me to join for this amazing post: Upcoming 2019 YA Book Recommendations From Book Bloggers!
- Noura invited me for her wonderful feature, The Life of a Reader !
📚 Books & Reading
- Olivia @ Purely Olivia wrote a super interesting post about Insta-Love vs. Slow Burn Romances // Which Makes For a Better Love Story in YA Contemporary?
- Hannah @ Mortal Reader asks the question: Why Do We Avoid Big Books?
- Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner shared 5 Reasons Why I DNF Books
- Tiffany @ Read By Tiffany asks herself this great question: When Do Predictable Books Work?
- Laura @ Boats Against The Current asks us: How do you remember what happened in previous books?
- Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages wrote a GREAT post filled with amazing book recs : All the Asian Books: My Favourites, Upcoming Asian Releases + more!
- Kat @ Novels and Waffles wrote an amazing recommendations post : 20(ish) Books For Readers Who are 20(ish) // A List of NA Books Written in the YA Style
- Fadwa @ Word Woonders shared 6 Reasons I Fell in Love with Rereading
- Kat @ Novels and Waffles also introduced a new series on her blog: Going Undercover // An Interview With Book Cover Illustrator, Maike Plenzke
- Kelly @ Another Book In The Wall shared a great post about: Why I Love Reading Backlist Novels – Another Book in the Wall
- Elizabeth @ Redgal Musings wrote a post I absolutely adored about writing: So You’re Published? & Other Annoying Questions about Writing
💻 Book Blogging
- Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm Life gives us 16 Blog Post Ideas To Help You Get Through (AT LEAST) A Month Of Blogging
- The ever amazing May @ Forever and Everly wrote an AMAZING post and a very important one, too : Discussing Blogger Appreciation and the Lack of It: Analyzing Answers, Stats, and Graphs From a Survey I Made!
- CW @ The Quiet Pont is writing an incredible and well-needed series about book bloggers, which you can and SHOULD read right here: The Pond Gets Loud: 8 Book Bloggers Share Their Experiences of Balancing Blogging and Life – Part I – The Quiet Pond
- Lashaan @ Bookidote asks us How Do You Connect With the Blogging Community?
- Michelle @ Books & Adventures wrote a great Bookish Discussion // Blog Hiatus: Is It Necessary, Why You Should Take One & How To Get Back In The Zone After One
- Stephanie @ Chasm of Books wrote a very insightful post: So You’re Feeling Burnt Out, Bookblogger?
- Dani @ Perspective of a Writer wrote a GREAT post I’d definitely recommend: What Does Blogger Love Look Like?
- Madeline @ Caffeine and Writing Dreams wrote an AMAZING post for those of you revising or thinking about it (or being clueless like I am) : An In-Depth Look at My Color-Coded 3-Level Revision Process
- Alex @ The Paperback Piano wrote a wonderful post: Mental Health Monday: Beating the January Blues!
- Melina @ Melina Eliza shared ways to genuinely improve your mental health.
Is there a blog post you are particularily proud of this month? Feel free to send it along with your comment!
How was January for you? Did it feel just as endless as it did for me? I hope you had a great month and that positive things happened.
What was your favorite book this month? Do you think this will be a great reading year? Tell me everything in comments!