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.
- Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis 🍋🍋🍋
- We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding 🍋🍋🍋
- Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋
- The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin DNF (temporarily)
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋
- Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook 🍋🍋🍋🍋
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!
- Laura @ Laura Herondale’s Book Blog finally came back from hiatus with a wrap up of 2019!
- Nikki @ The Night is Dark and Full of Books held a battle between the first lines of a couple books – which one do you prefer?
- Ashley @ The Infinite Library listed a bunch of things she’d like to see more in YA novels – I totally agree with everything she said!
- Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner discussed why she’s taking a break from audiobooks.
- In a super fun post, Sabrina from Wordy and Whimsical recommended movies to her favourite books characters. A great post for book and movie recommendations!
- Margaret @ Weird Zeal shared a suuuper important discussion about why she doesn’t buy books from Amazon. Go read it if you need some reasons why you shouldn’t either!
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!