January is a strange month. A new year, new you, they say, but I find that January is more like limbo. You’re still recovering from the festivities but forced back into a daily routine when all you want is to continue indulging and searching for adventures. January is limbo.
I hope that didn’t sound too gloomy, so let’s talk good news. I finished Beartown. I laughed, I cried, I raged, and I both love and hated the occupants of Beartown. There is a lot to say about this gorgeous book, so watch out for my review.
January was also the month I decided to catch up on my movies. After the disappointment that was Rise of Skywalker, I found myself going through Adam Driver’s catalogue of films, and let me tell you, that man is one of the most compelling actors I’ve ever come across. There’s subtle complexity in every performance that’s captivating.
On the blogging front, we had more of the usual mix of books, TV, and film talk. Here’s what I got up to. Continue reading
Here we go again. January has flown by in the blink of an eye and it’s like we never rang in a New Year. January wasn’t a bad month for me. I read and finished a book, started job number 3, and kept researching possible cities to visit. What sucked was getting back into the daily grind of work, more work, and then sleep. If it isn’t obvious, I’m craving an adventure. Luckily, Elantris was a brilliant escape, and Brandon Sanderson came up with a brilliant concept and introduced me to a world of magic and intrigue. It was a great way to kick off my reading year. Here’s what else I got up to in January.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I am waiting on
96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy & Ava Dash
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
James Patterson Presents a modern retelling of a classic Indian legend, 96 Words for Love is a touching coming-of-age story that reads like Eat, Pray, Love for teens.
Ever since her acceptance to UCLA, 17-year-old Raya Liston has been quietly freaking out. She feels simultaneously lost and trapped by a future already mapped out for her.
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.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I am waiting on
A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
Publication Date: January 2nd 2018
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.
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.
Goodbye January, you have come and gone in the blink of an eye.
This month has been average in terms of reading but it’s still better than nothing. One of my goals for 2016 is to find a good balance between the contemporary/fantasy ratio because I didn’t read as many contemporary books as I’d have liked in 2015.
As always my mood reading decides what book I pick up next. January was all about contemporary books. These three books were all so different from one another and they really reminded me of everything I love about contemporary books.