January Wrap-Up 2020 | Beginning the Year with Some Old Favourites


Hello bookish buddies! How are you all doing? I hope January has kicked off an amazing reading year for you! I began by finishing off everything that was still on my Currently Reading shelf, moved onto a new read (which also became my first DNF of the year), then started a reread of one of my favourite series!

I’ve written five reviews for the five books I’ve read this month – a great start on one of my goals for 2020. On top of that I’ve been launching new products on Etsy, making plans for even more, and started investing into turning that little hobby into my own business. My full-time job role is changing, meaning I’ll be going part time, and I don’t think I’ll get an opportunity like this again.


I started the month by finishing up all the books I was reading at the end of 2019. I finished the 30 minutes of audiobook I had left on Girl, Wash Your Face, then finished off my ARC of We Used To Be Friends just in time to get a review out for the release date.

I treated myself to a copy of Vera Brosgol’s Be Prepared with my Christmas money – it’s such an adorable graphic novel, all about the author’s adventures at a Russian summer camp when she was younger. You can imagine the hilarious antics that ensue. While I was getting through that I was also reading The Fifth Season for new Goodreads group The Book Clinic. I’ve had The Broken Earth trilogy on my shelf for ages so I jumped at the chance to read it, but I just couldn’t get into it – I’ve not read high fantasy for a long time and the world building felt slow. I made the decision to put it down for now.

After struggling with one fantasy, I really started to miss my favourite fantasy series – The Chronicles of Ixia. So I did exactly what I needed to cheer me up after DNFing a book I was looking forward to – I ran back to the comforting arms of an old favourite. Poison Study is the book that brought me back to reading after a couple of years of not – it defnitely earned its spot in my list of favourite books of the decade. I was so happy to finally have chance to review it (even if it wasn’t entirely coherent) and was relieved to find I still love it just as much as I originally did.

I also finished Alicia Cook’s poetry collection Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately. It was emotional, easy to read, and I loved the twist of ‘remixing’ all the poems into found poetry for the second half of the book.


I managed to stick to my goal of posting once every two weeks! I did a wrap-up of my whole year, then rounded up my favourite books of the last decade. That was a wild ride. But enough about me – I’ve read so many amazing posts in January!


I’ve been having fun sewing and planning new products for my store! I’ve released a couple of book sleeves in some really cute fabrics and I’m hopefully going to launch bookmarks soon!

You can see all the patterns I have available on my Etsy store! I wish I had more to put in this section but I haven’t drawn anything this month – something I’m hoping to fix in February.

It’s been a fun start to the year! I think rereading one of my favourite series has been a great way to kick it off – and powering through a reread of nine books should be a great way to get ahead on my reading challenge! I was slumping hard this time last year so I’m just enjoying feeling such love for reading. I’m hoping to share that love by posting a bit more in Februrary!

How has your month been? Read anything good in January? Talk to me in the comments!

Love and lemons, Abi

12 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up 2020 | Beginning the Year with Some Old Favourites

  1. I’m sorry to hear that you DNF’ed The Fifth Season especially as you were looking forward to it, it is one I am hoping to read. But high fantasy can be really hard to get into and it isn’t always what you want so I understand. I hope if you decide to pick it up again, you enjoy it more.
    It is always a great feeling to step back into your favourite books!!
    Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately sounds like an interesting read and I love the cover actually!!
    I’m so happy you have been enjoying your creating for your etsy store, it is so cool!!
    I hope you have a great February!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah, I’m sad that I DNF’ed it but I definitely think I’ll be going back. I read through quite a few reviews and almost everyone agrees that things really pick up after the first 100 pages. I just need to be in a better mood to get past that point. I’ve been loving the reread it sparked though!

      Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately is a super cool book, I love the cover as well! I’m pretty sure it was drawn by the author, which I like.

      I hope you’re having a good month!! 😊

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  2. Rereading old favorites is a GREAT way to start out the year on a good note, in my opinion πŸ˜€ Sorry to hear that you couldn’t get into The Fifth Season, though – in my opinion, it’s worth it, even if the worldbuilding is confusing starting out. Hopefully if you decide to give it another shot you’ll have better luck! πŸ˜€

    Thanks so much for sharing my post!! I hope your February is lovely ❀

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    1. It is! I’ve really been enjoying it 😁 I’m definitely planning to give it another go, most of the reviews I’ve read all agreed it picks up after the first 100 pages. It was confusing me a bit so I’m glad to have your recommendation!

      Of course, it was a great post! Have a wonderful month ❀


  3. Thank you so much for mentioning my post. That’s so kind of you! I love your format and all of the lemon details. Very cute and happy! Your book sleeves also look amazing. Keep up the good work! Have a great month πŸ™‚

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  4. Okay first of all, those book sleeves are the cutest things ever! You are very talented!
    It’s always nice to reread an old favourite, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Poison Study just as much this time around.
    Also, a big thank you for including my post! It makes me so happy that you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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  5. Hey Abi!
    Thank you so much for linking my blog. I checked out your Etsy store and your designs look amazing πŸ™‚ Wishing you all the best with reading and your new business!

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