January Wrap Up 2017

We have officially come to the end of the first month in 2017. Did I achieve any of the goals I set on New Years Eve…no. Instead I was hit by an absolutely horrible reading slump. I’m surprised I even managed to finish Stars Above. 

I did find some other hobbies to indulge in during this slump. By that I mean I basically binge watched a bunch of TV shows and films in that time. So on that front, I will say that I developed a bit of an addiction to Yuri On Ice. Now, I’ve not watched a lot of anime shows but I’d heard so much buzz about this show that I thought I should give it a shot and now I’m hooked and am basically making everyone I know watch it as well. 

Besides that, my life has basically consisted of TV shows, work and a no reading whatsoever. Sad times. Here is my monthly recap. 

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Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection by Marissa Meyer: 4/5 Stars

Reviews
1st January: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
15th January: Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2) by Ryan Graudin
23rd January: Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen
30th January: Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen

Top Ten Tuesday
3rd January: 2017 Debuts
10th January: 2016 Releases I Meant to Read but Didn’t
17th January: Underrated Reads
24th January: TV Special
31st January: Cover Love

Waiting on Wednesday
4th January: Cold Summer
11th January: Empress of a Thousand Skies
18th January: Wintersong
25th January: Goodbye Days

Miscellaneous
12th January: End of Year Survey

Favourite Posts in January

Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf asks, what makes a good protagonist?

Reg @ She Latitude talks about her Blogging Bucket List.

Alex @ Fiery Reads wonders if hype is always a bad thing.

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm discusses how she learned to DNF a book.

Summer @ XingSings celebrated her 2 year blogiversary

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions also celebrated her 4 year blogiversary. 

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction talks about seeing the book blogging world through rose-tainted glasses. 

Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight wonders if we should always give books a fair chance.

Nick and Nereyda @ Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite Book List provided a slew of discussion posts in January. So here’s a summary of them.
Nick talks about her incredible weight loss journey. She also introduced a new feature, the Variants of YA. Teaming up with Rashika @ Xpresso Reads, this feature hopes to highlight all the wonderful diverse book set to be released this year.
Nereyda treats us to these discussions on if relatability affects your enjoyment of a book. She also provides some great tips on how to support book if you don’t buy them. 

February Goals

As you can see, January was a slow reading month. So I’m hoping that now I’ve managed to finish a book I can get back into my reading groove. I’m currently reading Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee and so far I’m enjoying it. This month also marks the release of A Conjuring of Light, so even if I fail at reading any other book this month, I can guarantee that I’ll be speeding through that book. 

Blogging wise, I want to continue blog hopping and commenting more. I’ve decided instead of commenting daily I’ll basically do a commenting spree on select days. I also want to finally write up more discussion posts. I have idea but my brain sometimes takes a while put those thought into coherent sentences. I’m also wondering if any of guys would be interested in reading some TV/Film reviews? Since I’ve been in this slump, I’ve had plenty of time to binge watch haha.

Basically, I’m hoping to be a bit more productive in February both in the blogging world and in my life in general. Wish me luck…I think I’ll need it. In the meantime, enjoy the absolutely stunning opening titles to Yuri on Ice. 


January was a slow start to the year for me.
What was your highlight of the month?

 

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17 thoughts on “January Wrap Up 2017

  1. The slump has hit you too?!? What is going on 😦 Whenever I pick up a book, I just think “meh, I don’t want to” these days. And that even though I have such great books ready for reading right there on my shelf. I am hoping that the buddy reads I have scheduled will help a bit. You know, because they kind of force you to read.
    Oh well, can’t complain about watching too much TV though. That is totally the life for me.

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    • I’m making progress and have just finished a second book so hopefully that’ll kick start my reading groove again. Finding the time to actually write up the discussion posts is such a pain. If only my laptop could just type my thoughts out for me haha.

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  2. I’m sorry to hear about your book slum, Lois. That does not sound like any fun at all. I hope February will be much better for you. I have been very interested in watching Yuri On Ice. All the gifs that I’ve been bombarded with on Twitter has piqued my interest and shippy feels, so I’m going to have to do that soon.
    Thank you for sharing our posts! ❤
    Take care!

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    • It sucks but things are slowly picking up so hopefully I can read a couple more books this month. Yuri On Ice is absolutely adorable. I don’t watch a lot of anime and I was a bit skeptical about the show at first but it’s actually so cute and the shippy feels go into overdrive. I’d definitely give it a shot.

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    • Now that definitely does not sound like a fun January. There’s nothing worse than being sick.

      I’ve been feeling the urge to re-read some favourites of mine so I might give that a go and see if that helps with the slump.

      I hope February makes up for the shitty January.

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  3. Oh man, what a bummer about your reading slump! Hopefully February will be a better reading month. I read a lot in January but a ton of the books I read were just “meh”, so I’m hoping I’ll have better luck this month. Yuri on Ice is such a cute show! I’ve basically never watched anime before but a friend recommended it and I think it’s really fun. The opening credits are the best part! Hahaha.

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    • February is better in terms on reading but i’m having so much technical difficulties this month. I’m laptopless as of right now ad still waiting on an update to when I can get it back. I’ve not watched many anime shows but Yuri on Ice was incredible.

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