I feel that I’m starting every post this year like this but here we go again. Yes, I know it’s late but I still want to wrap up my month of January 2018. I was thinking about just smushing all my monthly wrap up posts into one, but I still wanted to talk about my bookish happenings each month, so they going to be abridged, separate posts. Hopefully they’re still enjoyable!
I read 5 books (5%) out of my goal of 100 books for 2018. Yep, I’m going for that 100. It’s a little intimidating, but I think I can do it.
January wasn’t the best month in terms of reading good books. I read a lot of books that just didn’t match my expectations, but they had such great concepts!
- Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1): this novel had such great potential, but I wasn’t a fan of the execution. Too much romance and not enough assassin nuns.
- To Kill a Mockingbird: a really thought-provoking novel through the eyes of an innocent child, but I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would.
- Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1): a short and fun read because, SPIES but I felt that nothing much happened.
- The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1): the concept of the ancient magical duel to the death excited me for this read but the romance overpowered the story a bit.
- Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1): this was a weird novel in a romance-heavy, high-key creepy way and I thought we didn’t get to know the characters that well as individuals.
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- There’s going to be a NEW Harry Potter mobile game!! This is a role playing game set before the time of Harry and the gang. Yes, I will definitely be trying this game.
- Get a preview of the sequel to the Flame in the Mist duology (and a little series cover change).
- The house editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is going to be released on the 26TH JUNE 2018!! I already have a beautiful edition of the Harry Potter series but this edition is SO tempting.
- The trailer of Love Simon came out in January. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli and I’ve heard only good things about the movie, but I want to read the book first.
- The final book to Kiersten White’s The Conqueror’s Saga series has a cover. It’s so pretty and explosive. I actually haven’t this series yet and I feel that I’m missing out.
I borrowed a ton of books from the library. I got strange looks attempting to check them out and lugging that pile around. I can explain – it wasn’t an impulsive decision I promise. My main library was going to close for renovations in February so I made the most of my time there.
I kind of fell into a reading slump. I was so determined to keep up with my reading challenged at the start of the year, but I think the consistent mediocre reads definitely contributed to my lack of motivation.
I decided to keep on going with my bullet journal as my organisation system but I think that I could be getting more out of it. I generally just use it for to-do lists, monthly planning and tracking some school stuff. Any suggestions or spread ideas would be much appreciated.
I fell into a musical spiral in January, specifically a The Phantom of the Opera spiral. I watched the special 25th anniversary performance at the Royal Albert Hall on film, and I was obsessed. I ended up finding myself rewatching this production MULTIPLE times.
Lastly, we’re going to end this post with my favourite quote from a book I read in January. There were so many good quotes in this novel, so this was ONE of my favourites…
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
– To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (Atticus Finch)
(Well, that ended up being a longer post than I intended.)
It’s a bit late, but how was your start of 2018? Was it a good reading month? Comment below!