How are we one month down in 2019 already?! This month has been fairly unproductive for me, aside from the occasional read, as I’ve been in recovery with my health meaning I’ve had very little time/energy to fully devote myself to many activities. Nevertheless, I’m determined to push that aside in February and full delve into my blog and remain as positive as possible.
Outside the world of blogging…
As mentioned above, I’ve been mostly unproductive this month, meaning I don’t have much to speak about in this segment of the Wrap Up. However, I’ll try and make it appear more interesting than it is. So, this month I’ve:
- Been to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald AGAIN in the cinema. This made it to a satisfying total of five times. I just love everything about that universe so much…
- Finally approached a health professional about my current state. This one is a little ‘bleugh’ to speak about, yet I’d still classify it as a personal achievement. I’m the kind of person that refuses to see anyone unless forced to when it comes to my health, so willingly making an appointment and speaking out about my problems was a big deal for me. The only way is up!
- Won a book from ReadersFirst! I’ve managed to get a few interesting titles from that site in the past, yet hadn’t had much lucky recently. However, I managed to win a copy of Kill [redacted] by Anthony Good and I can’t wait for it to arrive!
My January Reading Goals
This year I decided to take a different approach to my reading and make a TBR Jar. I’d pull out three titles from the jar at the beginning of each month and those would become my priority, before reading any other books I’ve been meaning to cross off various ARC sites afterwards. This system surprisingly worked! I found myself more motivated to read and actually managed to cross off quite a few books that have been haunting the back of my mind for a while.
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before | Jenny Han (2/5)
- The Disappeared | C.J. Harper (4/5)
- Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel | Val Emmich (4/5)
- [Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise | Michelle Halket, Sara Bond, Nikita Gill, Pierre Alex Jeanty, Amanda Lovelace, Canisia Lubrin, Trista Mateer, Cyrus Parker, Yena Sharma Purmasir, Iain S. Thomas, Liam Ryan and R.H. Swaney (ARC) (5/5)
- Bookshop Girl: Life’s a Beach | Chloe Coles (5/5)
Total Pages Read: 1,631
Current Goodreads Progress: 5/60 (8%) 1 book ahead of schedule.
Male Authors: 6
Female Authors: 10
Genres Read: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, LGBT, Poetry, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Anthologies
Triggers Found: Death, Strong Language, Anger, Alcohol, Bullying, Violence, Cannibalism, Teenage Pregnancy, Crude Humour, Arson/Fire, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Suicide, Suicidal Thoughts, Anxiety, Depression, Divorce, Rehabilitation Centre/Psychiatric Hospitals, Rape, Sexual Assault
Favourite Reads of the Month:
Top Five Tuesday
This month I’ve been trying to ensure I made at least two Top Five Tuesday’s, having fallen a little out of love with them in the final few months of 2018. I adore to read others, yet I’m finding creating and scheduling them being more of a chore than an enjoyment. Nevertheless, I’m sure I’ll find a way to make them more interesting for myself soon!
Character of the Month
This was a very difficult decision for me this month, having hoped to find a character to speak about in one of my currently reads, but to no avail. However, while surveying my shelves I managed to find an old love of mine and had a lot of fun returning to his world.
I managed to compose a few of these posts this month, namely a ramble and a January sales haul. As another attempt to finally cross off a long list of books I need to read, I decided to finally attempt a reading challenge this year. It’s been something I’ve always loved watching others participate in, yet never had the time to do myself while studying. Thankfully, now my degree is over I have the chance and thought POPSUGAR’s was the most talked about to try. Fingers crossed, anyway!