January Wrap Up 2018

I think I’ve reached that point where writing 2018 comes naturally to me now, but I’ve decided that 2018 starts in February. Why? Because I was sick for most of January along with the rest of my family. Thankfully, I dodged the worst of it and was hit with a chesty cough instead of the full flu so I was still on the go at work, which was very busy. 

So, I’m still in a slump. I managed to read a total of one book in January, The Language of Thorns. I loved the book. I thought the tales were twisted, dark, and wonderful. The illustrations accompanying the stories further enhanced the reading experience and brought the tales to life. However, I’ve still not been in the mood to read, but I’m hoping I can break this slump soon.

With regards to the blog, I am still not as active as I use to be and that is in part to do with the slump and also down to the fact that January was such a busy month for me. Here’s a recap of my month. 


The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo: 4/5 Stars

8th January: Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers, #2) by Sarina Bowen
21st January: Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers, #3) by Sarina Bowen

Top Ten Tuesday
2nd January: New-to-me Authors 2017
9th January: Books I Meant to Read in 2017
23rd January: Books I Love but Can’t Remember

Waiting on Wednesday
3rd January: To Kill a Kingdom
10th January: A Touch of Gold
17th January: Blood Water Paint
24th January: Brooklynaire
31st January: Spinning Silver

Favourite Posts From January

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters brought back her Currently Watching feature and basically convinced me to watch Dirk Gently. Admittedly I fell asleep in the first episode because I was so tired. However, if you’re looking for more TV recs I’d suggest heading over to her page. 

Liam @ Liam’s Library provides some tips to help us read more.

Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall talks about the pros of digital and traditional reading formats.

Briana @ Pages Unbound predicts the trends we’ll see in book blogging this year.

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about her book blogging essentials and gives us some tips on how and why you should blog hop.

Nick @ Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist tells us why she rates books so highly.

February Goals

February is going to be an interesting month for me for many reasons. The main reason is that I’m starting a new job. I’ve already done two days and haven’t burnt down the building yet. There’s a lot of information to process, but as they say, practice makes perfect.

So, I have no real goal set for this month. I’d like to read more than one book, but doubt I will. I also want to start writing more discussion posts again. I have a few ideas, but it takes a while to turn my thoughts into coherent sentences.

In terms of what I’ve been watching, I’ve slowly been making my way through the first series of Grimm again. However, my highlight for February has got to be the Winter Olympics. I love winter sports so I will be in my element. 

January was a trial month for me.
How did January treat you?
What was your book of the month?
What are your goals for February?


22 thoughts on “January Wrap Up 2018

  1. You may have just read one book, but you read a FANTASTIC book 😉 And I am a little sick too. I guess it’s just stupid flu season :/
    Thanks so much for the shout out! ❤ ❤ ❤
    Good luck with the new job 😀 I know it's tiring in the beginning, but I hope you'll grow to love it!

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    1. I am quite proud of my book selection haha.
      I hope you’re feeling better. Even now people are only just getting over their flu.
      I’m really enjoying the job so far. Everyone is really nice there and so helpful. Slowly but surely I’m getting the hang of things haha.

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    1. Honestly, the Language of Thorns is one book that can only be experienced with the physical copy. It’s a visual delight and the combination of the tales, the writing, and the illustrations make the experience so much more enriching.


  2. I’m sorry to hear you were a bit sick last month :/ I hope you’ll feel better and that February will be great and sick-less for you! ❤ One book is already great, especially if you are in a slump and I am hoping you will be able to get out of this awful slump soon ❤
    Best of luck for starting this new job! I hope it will be very interesting. Being an adult is sooooo har, at times, ahah 🙂 ❤
    Sending you all the love for this month xx

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    1. I think everyone in my village got hit by the flu or whatever it was that was going around. It was so bad. Thankfully it’s passed now haha.
      I’m literally at that point where I’ve accepted that my slump will sort itself out when it wants to. There’s no use forcing it haha.
      The job is really fun so far and I’m learning a lot, but I still refuse to accept the fact I’m adult haha.
      Hope you’re having a lovely February. 😀 ❤

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  3. Oh my gosh, you’re in a blogging slump yet you still were able to publish 10 posts? That’s pretty incredible! I wish I could just do a quarter of what you’re doing monthly, haha.

    And gosh, I know! It seems like everyone has been sick this year; as we’ve talked about on GRs. I think there’s a flu epidemic going on because it’s been that prevalent. Thank goodness we have the medicine and technology that we do to treat it.

    As for February, I am pretty excited to watch the Winter Olympics. The ice skating and dancing are my favorite sport. (YURIONICEYURIONICEYURIONICE but, really, I’ve always enjoyed watching them before YoI.) 😀

    Anyway, I do hope that you have a lovely month, Lois! Have fun at your new job and don’t overwork yourself. 🙂

    Summer at Xingsings

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    1. I feel so guilty when I don’t read so I think I compensate by writing blog posts haha.

      I don’t want to jinx it, but I think we’ve gotten over the worst of the flu, but January was just awful in terms of illnesses and such.

      I AM SO PUMPED FOR THE WINTER OLYMPICS. I watched some snowboarding before work this morning and I had an adrenaline kick from it. How they do those moves is insane. I feel YoI has done an incredible job at expanding the audience for figure skating. I love it and it’s making to me want to re-watch it again haha.

      Thank you. ❤


  4. I’m sorry you had a rough start to the year with illness and a slump. I’m so happy you enjoyed The Language of Thorns! I was able to attend Leigh Bardugo’s book tour for this book, so I have a signed copy… that has yet to be read. I’ve only read rave reviews for it.

    I hope February has been treating you better!


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