wrap ups

January 2019 Wrap Up

Oh January, what a month. I will miss you. I have seen a lot of memes and other tweets about how January went on forever and was horrible, but for me, the month flew by and I really enjoyed it. Here’s some of the reasons why:

Non-bookish things from January: 

School and other IRL Things: 

My college has short term throughout the month of January, meaning that I only had one class that only ran two hours a day, four days a week (this is the main reason January flew by). The class I chose to take was called “Digital Dining and Viral Media” and in it I learned all about food blogs (and had to start my own, if you want to read my weird ramblings about food, you can do so here). It was a really fun class that also really made me think, I really enjoyed it.

Nothing really happened in January other than school, but I did make my (half of) my dorm room look pretty. To quote my good friend, Katelyn, “Its like Shadowhunters, but subtle.”


TV and Movies: 

This section is most likely not going to be featured in many wrap ups because I don’t really watch TV and when I do its just the same handful of Gilmore Girl episodes over and over again. This month, however, I had a lot of time on my hands.


TV: Derry Girls

I watched the entire season in a day. That sounds a lot less impressive when you find out there are only six 22ish minutes long episodes, but I’m proud of myself nonetheless. I am very bad at binge watching, but this show was so entertaining and funny that I couldn’t help it. If you’re into comedy and don’t mind strong language, I’d highly recommend this show. James is my fave. Also, Erin, but I might be slightly biased.


Movie: Chef (2014)

I watched this movie for class, and then wrote a full review (also for class), which you can find here if you’re interested. This movie was funny and heart warming, and once again, if you don’t mind strong language, I’d recommend it.



Human by Dodie

Dodie released her new EP this month and I freaked out accordingly. I’ve been listening to this basically non stop. Every song is beautiful.

  • Arms Unfolded? Love her.
  • Monster? A bop that has a great music video.
  • Not What I Meant? I think about the lyrics a lot. I mean, read them. Listen to the song. I’m begging you.
    • And in the end will I feel proud
      That I grit my teeth, and followed the damn crowd
      Will I have grown a little empire
      Or made a fucking mess
  • Human? Can’t believe we got a studio version.
  • She? I can’t get over this song for a lot of reasons, I’ll just leave it at: I love it.
  • If I’m Being Honest? Once again, the lyrics man, the lyrics.
    • Hope has a cost, keeping all fingers crossed and held tight
      But I look idiotic with my limbs all knotted, it don’t feel right
  • Burned Out? I may have literally cried when I saw that a studio version of this song was released. This song means a lot to me, it has helped me get through some rough times and I love that I can stream it instead of rewatching the youtube video.

Finally, to the books:

I read 22 books in January.


A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/2-1/2
  • Format: Hardback; from library.
  • This book was so so powerful. I enjoyed it from the start to the finish.


Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/2-1/2
  • Format: ebook/paperback; both owned.
  • I really enjoyed this book, it has made me realize that I should try and read mysteries more often. Full review can be found here.


Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/2-1/2
  • Format: hardback; owned.
  • I loved this book so so much. My exact words upon finishing it were “Kemmerer has done it again.” Review to come when I inevitably reread it (probably in a few months, lets be realistic).


Insurgent by Veronica Roth

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/1-1/3
  • Format: audiobook; from library.
  • I have enjoyed this book, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite of the series. Post to come about me reading this trilogy if I ever find the energy to finish and edit it. The ending really surprised me, I’ll tell you that.


Allegiant by Veronica Roth

  • ☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/3-1/5
  • Format: audiobook; from library.
  • Yikes. That’s really all I have to say. Yikes.


Four by Veronica Roth

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/5-1/5
  • Format: audiobook; from library.
  • Tobias/Four is without a doubt my favorite character from the series. This book just solidified that.


Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Reread from 1/4-1/9
  • Format: audiobook, following along and reading snippets from paperback; both owned.
  • Buddy read with Luupi! Wow, I love Annabeth Chase. She’s great. What a queen. Percy Jackson? I’d die for him.


More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/2-1/10
  • Format: hardback; owned
  • I! Love! Brigid! Kemmerer’s! Books! Once again, review to come when I inevitably reread it.


Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent by Pen Avery 

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/9-1/10
  • Format: ebook via Netgalley
  • This was super cute! You can find my mini review on goodreads here.


Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell

  • ☆☆☆.5
  • Read from 1/10-1/15
  • Fromat: eARC via Netgalley
  • I really enjoyed this book! Full review to come closer to release date.


Sincerly, Harriet by Sarah Winfred Searle

  • ☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/16-1/16
  • Format: ebook via Netgalley
  •  I thought that I would like this graphic novel a lot more than I did, but I found myself being confused the whole time due to lack of exposition. I still enjoyed it, but I found myself questioning what was going on almost the whole time.


The Truth About Leaving by Natalie Britt

  • ☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/15-1/20
  • Format: eARC via Netgalley
  • This book and I have a very complicated relationship which you can find out more about in my review that will be posted closer to release day.


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/9-1/21
  • Format: audiobook, occasionally following along or reading snippets in hardcover; owned audio, book from library.
  • *knocks on door* Would you like to hear about my undying love Wylan Van Eck? No, how about Inej Ghafa?


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo 

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/21-1/24
  • Format: audiobook, occasionally following along or reading snippets in hardcover; owned audio, book from library.
  • *knocks on door again* How would you feel about talking about Jesper Fahey? Or Nina Zenik?


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/20-1/25
  • Format: ebook; owned.
  • Buddy read with Brittany! I loved this book a lot, my full review can be found here.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/25-1/25
  • Format: audiobook; from library.
  • Really enjoyable beginning to what I know is going to be a great series!


The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Reread from 1/26-1/26
  • Format: ebook; owned.
  • This just in, I still love Adam Parrish.


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Reread from 1/26-1/26
  • Format: ebook, using audiobook as aid on occasion; owned ebook, audio from Scribd.
  • I love Ronan Lych!!


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater 

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Reread from 1/27-1/27
  • Format: ebook, using audiobook as aid on occasion; owned ebook, audio from Scribd.
  • Not to be dramatic, but like, I’d die for Blue Sargent.


The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Reread from 1/27-1/27
  • Format: ebook, using audiobook as aid on occasion; owned ebook, audio from Scribd.
  • Richard Campbell Gansey III is a king. The king of my heart.


The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/30-1/30
  • Format: ebook; from library.
  • Am I reading an entire middle grade series about mermaids? Of course.


King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 1/29-1/31
  • Format: audiobook; owned.
  • *cue endless high pitched shrieking from the void*

Finally, we have reached the end. Those are the 22 books I read this month. Here’s some fun stats:

  • Pages read: 8,558
  • Average rating: 4.25
  • Format breakdown:
    • 8 audiobooks
    • 14 physical

Welp, that’s (finally) about it from me for the day. How was your January? Did you happen to read any of these books? How many books did you read? 

7 thoughts on “January 2019 Wrap Up

  1. 22 BOOKS IN ONE MONTH. I’m so proud of you!!! And also like, teach me your ways. I totally forgot you read SoC and CK in January (that felt so long ago) but wow I’m glad we both got caught up in the Grishaverse. And I’m also still impressed you read all of TRC that fast?? AND. I’m really happy you read ADSOM omg. I’m just very overwhelmed by how many good books are on this list lol. I hope you have just as great of a reading month in February! 💕💕💕

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    1. I would love to teach you my ways if I knew my own ways lol. I know!! I was looking at all of the books I read this month and I was shocked that I read SoC and CK, like wow. Here’s to hoping we both get some decent reading done this month!

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