january wrap up

January Wrap-Up: A Fabulous Start to 2018

January was a fantastic month for me! Not only was it my birthday month (last year in my twenties!), I also was in the Caribbean, Key West, and Miami for the beginning of it. I also started writing a new novel, which I am having a blast creating, and I re-read A Discovery of Witches, which is one of my favorite books ever! And so far I’m winning at my blogging resolutions. Basically, A+ to January.

One Classic and One ARC Per Month

Part of my blogging resolutions is to read a classic and advanced readers copy each month.
Classic: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
ARC: WOOOOOW Month 1 and I’ve already failed this. Well, I blame Iron Gold, because that was one I could NOT put off.

Links I Loved

  1. Amy posted about her favorite pyschological thrillers of 2017. This girl reads thrillers like no one’s business, so if you like thrillers, you DEFINITELY need to check out this list.
  2. Megan talked about her most anticipated sci-fi/fantasy novels of 2018. I know a lot of you read that genre, so you should see if any appeal to you!
  3. Jackie talks about DNF-ing books and lists her reasons. See if they are the same as yours!
  4. Annemieke posted about the Goodreads Challenge and why you can be flexible when setting goals for yourself. This is a good reminder for all of us who are avid goal-setters!

January Book Reviews

Miscellaneous January Posts

January’s Best of Bookstagram

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Find me on bookstagram here!
And don’t miss my “Bookstagram” Post Series! You can see the posts here

Your Rep Discounts!

I occasionally “rep” for companies/brands on Instagram. That works in your favor, because if you decide you like what I’m repping, you can purchase the product using my discount code and save yourself some money!

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How was January for you? What was your favorite book this month?

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    1. Hahaha. it’s actually because I’m a lazy blogger that I do them. it’s basically a series of codes that I put in and everything auto-populates. lazy AF.

  1. Your wrap-up is so detailed – I love it! It’s nice to see variety, especially in books read. I recently decided to stop pressuring myself to read so much so I completed two books in January and I feel good about it. One I read was The Bear and the Nightingale. So. Freaking. Good!

    Glad you had such an amazing month! Always good to start a new year off right 🙂

    1. Thanks for the kind words (: I have heard nothing but good things about The Bear and the Nightingale! And I agree – it’s nice just to relax on books read for a bit, especially when life gets busy!

  2. I’m glad someone else thinks January was an A+ month! I feel so good about what I read and about general blogging things; although now jealousy is creeping in because you spent some of the month in warm, beautiful places. 😉 Here’s to an equally wonderful February! (and happy belated birthday!! 🎈)

    1. It’s my last year in my 20’s too. We can be terribly sad together! To be honest, though, I had never thought of it that way until now and NOW I’M DEPRESSED.

      Iron Gold was so intense I am still confused how I feel about it!

  3. What a great way to start off the year!

    Ooh, thanks for the link about psychological thrillers. I can’t wait to add too many books to my list. 😂

    January was a busy but good month for me. I read too many good books to pick a favorite!
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