Monthly Recap is a bit of a self-explanatory feature where I recap my life, share blog posts you may have missed, give an overall count of my reading progress and more.
It’s been forever since I’ve done a monthly recap. Literally two years ago. How am I supposed to know what’s happened the past two years if I don’t write it down!? Not much changes in my life however, ha, so this will be mostly blog related.
As for my life, well, I saw L. L. McKinney, Megan Bannen and Sarah Henning at Barnes and Noble! It was super unexpected and exciting and I so would have missed it had Elle not tweeted about it. As well as Megan and Sarah who I hadn’t previously followed on Twitter.
Other than that though, I am one month closer to going to ALA in Chicago and I could not be more excited for that as well. It’s coming.
I’m still burning through audiobooks at work as always. I’ve given up my musicals and show-listens to listen to all the books I can. I’m tentatively trying to hit 150 books but my Goodreads goal is 100. Let’s just say I’m already 1/5 of the way there. Not too bad, right?
I had a nice four day weekend for Martin Luther King Jr’s day due to bad weather on the Friday before.
WordPress Followers (Total): 307
# of Blog Posts: 19
# of Reviews: 7
# of Comments: 14
# of Books Read: 22(!!)
I did super good on the audiobooks even with having a few unexpected days off of work! I did realize that checking out all the books from Hoopla at once was a bad idea because 1. I forgot when they were due back and listened to Overdrive ones first, then didn’t get a chance to listen to all of them. 2. Books from Hoopla can be checked out throughout the month. I won’t make this mistake in February.
The month is not over yet though, I still have 24 hours left when this goes up. I’m going to try to listen to two more audiobooks and kind of binge-read a book below. Cross your fingers for me. 😂 I’ll update the total at the end of tomorrow. If you want to know my thoughts on these books, I’ll be doing another Entertainment Recap towards the beginning of February, there’s a lot to be said.
Bonus Two Finished Books:
# of Books Started: 3
I feel like for what I’ve read of these books so far is that they are all very dark and I love it so much.
# of Books For Review: 6
* When You Were Everything via Random House Children’s
* The Henna Wars via Page Street Kids
* Girls With Razor Hearts from Simon and Schuster’s Children’s
* Unscripted via ABRAMS Kids
* What I Like About You via Simon and Schuster’s Children’s
* Cracked Up To Be via St. Martin’s
It was the month (the year?) to get all of the eARCs from Netgalley. I am so excited to read When You Were Everything, The Henna Wars and GIrls With Razor Hearts. I read Cracked Up To Be last year (month) but I was approved for this copy with the new cover and forward and I could not resist.
# of Books Bought: 6
I bought The Fault In Our Stars from Audible as it was on sale. I don’t know when I’ll (re)read it but… (isn’t that the usual book blogger’s way).
I’m trying out a new audiobook app called Libro and thanks to Jamie’s promo code, I was able to get three for the price of one! I’m so excited to listen to Wilder Girls, Dark and Deepest Read and Dealing In Dreams next month. I have a feeling that Dealing In Dreams will be a nice read-alike to We Set The Dark On Fire but I may be assuming too much. We shall see!
Dead Little Mean Girl and Ninth House both had Kindle book sales so I had to buy them, of course.
# of Books Gifted: 1
Anna on Twitter had two Kindle codes for When The Stars Lead To You and I was lucky enough to get one! I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this book. I actually meant to get it as the Book of The Month when it was available a while back but sadly, I forgot. Now I have a Kindle copy though which means… I can read it anytime (my super big TBR clears). Ahem. Anytime. If anyone wants to do a buddy read for it, I am so up for that.
I posted a LOT this month and I am so proud of myself for doing it. I created a few new features and general posts: Monthly TBRs, Amber’s Television Thoughts and Entertainment Recap. I created my spin on mini reviews with Mini Indulgences, even though they’re not so mini. Let’s keep this progress up, yes? Side Note: I need to change a post title as well when I do more Wondrous Covers Wednesdays posts.
Features:[Jan 5] December Entertainment Recap [Jan 8] Looking Forward To: The Rest of January [Jan 9] Monthly TBR: January ‘20 [Jan 12] Amber’s Television Thoughts (Part 1) – Thrillers (Inspired by Shannon’s post) [Jan 15] Wondrous Covers Wednesday: Animated Edition (Part 1)/Illustrated [Jan 17] More Than This Provincial Life: Ten Times I Related To Fiction A Little Too Closely [Jan 22] Wondrous Covers Wednesday: You Look Familiar [Jan 31] Monthly Recap: January (You’re hopefully reading this!)
Reviews:[Jan 13] Raving Book Review: Sick Kids In Love by Hannah Moskowitz [Jan 16] Raving Book Review: I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver [Jan 20] Mini Indulgences: Five Amazing Books Starring Black Teens
I loved all (seven!) of the books I reviewed this month so much. They’re all so amazing.
Bookish Lists:[Jan 2] Top Fifteen 2019 Books I Read Last Year [Jan 7] Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To (Part 1) [Jan 21] 29 More Contemporary Books I Can’t Wait For (Part 2) [Jan 29] 58 Adult Fiction Books I Can’t Wait To Read
I love creating these lists for books I want to read this year(?).
Other:[Jan 14] 2020 Reading, Blogging and Writing Goals [Jan 23] When Authors Unexpectedly Come To Town (with L. L. McKinney, Megan Bannen and Sarah Henning) [Jan 27] My Bookish Survey For 2019 [Jan 30] 32 of My Favorite Covers Of 2019
Fun Fact: Megan used to be a librarian at the local library here and I went there all the time in high school so we probably unknowingly crossed paths.
My desire to watch Uptown Girls never ceases and have I (re)watched it yet? Not exactly, but I own it. On Itunes. As far as owning stuff on Itunes goes. I have been waiting forever for The Diary of a Teenage Girl to go on sale and finally hit the special price of $4.99.
After a brief break, I finished the season 3 finale of Riverdale and honestly I think I needed a longer break. And alcohol. They have me hooked though. Again. I’m so sad but I also need to know what in the world is going on.
I’ve been wanting finishing up the fourth season Fuller House and doing a rewatch of One Day At A Time with my mom (her first watch).