January has been… A LOT. A lot of fun, a lot of adventures, a lot of stress at times but mostly a lot of joy. For the first time ever I said yes to many amazing opportunities that were given to me as a book person and it ended up being the most incredible experiences of my life. Obviously I went under some stress because it’s not usual for me to leave my comfort zone, but I managed to deal with it and I’m so proud of myself for it because January truly was incredible and extraordinary.
Without further ado, here is my January wrap-up!
❥ WHAT I READ
Let’s start with some stats! In January I read 10 books, which is my usual. I am still surprised with my reading though because I read two romance books (and loved them!) when I have only read one or two per years ever since 2017 as I started to like this genre less and less. What is also surprising is that I read more contemporary books than anything else, when fantasy is my favourite genre, but the biggest books I read in January were fantasy ones. Finally I also realized that I read a lot on my kindle (I read 5 physical books and 5 ebooks) and that I read a lot of backlist books, more than I read new releases (though I still read 2 ARCs).
Anyway, here is what I read in January:
- I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan, 4/5 stars
- Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren, 3.75/5 stars
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord, 3/5 stars (ARC)
- Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, 5/5 stars (re-read)
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 4.5/5 stars
- Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstorm, 2.5/5 stars
- Outmatched by Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young, 4/5 stars
- Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare, 4.5-5/5 stars (ARC)
- Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, 3/5 stars
- Histoire de Madame de la Pommeraye by Denis Diderot, 4/5 stars
❥ WHAT I LOVED
- Celebrating Friendsmas 2019
Ever since 2017 I have been celebrating Friendsmas with two friends, and we always have a blast. We always order take away food, exchange gifts and then rewatch High School Musical 1, 2 and 3. We obviously did it again this year and I am never getting tired of it. It was a lot of fun and I love my friends so much.
- Going out with my best friend
In January my best friend and I decided to start going out again, and therefor we went to different bars and overall had a lot of fun. I missed having that much fun with my best friend and I always love our drunk conversations because we are usually extra honest and it always feels so good.
- Being invited to a premiere
Usually when I’m invited somewhere at night I say no, but this times I decided to say yes for no real reasons. Therefor I took my best friend to the premiere of The Gentlemen and though we disliked the l
- Being invited to London to have tea with Cassandra Clare
This may be the biggest thing that has ever happened to me. If you don’t know, Cassandra Clare is my favourite author. I’ve been reading her ever since I was 17 years old, fell in love with The Infernal Devices and then found myself in The Dark Artifices. Well, I was invited to London to go have tea with her and some other amazing bookstagrammers/journalists, and then I got the ARC of Chain of Gold, the book I waited for six years. It felt surreal, it was the most amazing thing ever and I still can’t believe it happened. We talked about working together, about Jules, she told me times and times again I looked like Emma and so on. It was… everything. Listening to her telling me all those nice things when Emma and Jules both made my 2017 better meant the world to me. Ever since she answered to me on Instagram, telling me she was so happy she met me and that she loved my Emma cosplays, and you can also spot me in her last newsletter. I’m speechless.
- Talking on a panel about bookstagram
Did I mention January was amazing? Because I got to organise and then talk on a panel about bookstagram at the amazing American Library in Paris. I was with my friends on this (I even chose them haha) and it was simply incredible. We had such a great time and it feels surreal that I got to do this.
- Meeting Angie Thomas
At the end of the month Angie Thomas came to Paris and I went to her signing two hours early. My best friend and I were the first in line and we got to talk with Angie for so long, she is the sweetest. She even filmed a video for one of my students who adores The Hate U Give. I’m so glad she came to meet her Parisian fans and I never once thought I’ll get the chance to meet her.
- Reading the ARC of Chain of Gold
Obviously as soon as I got the ARC of Chain of Gold I started it. It took me a week to read it because I had very little time (I was extremely busy at work and at uni, and I had some bookstagram obligations such as the panel, and then my cousin was born) but I adored it. I won’t talk about it but I’m still debating between a 4.5 and a 5 stars, only because I believe the sequels can be even better. No matter what I feel so lucky to have been able to take my time reading it, not rushed by everyone talking and screaming about it. I was in my own Shadowhunters bubble and I missed this feeling. So much that I sobbed when I finished it and have been feeling sad ever since.
❥ CHECKING ON MY JANUARY GOALS
As I do every month I set myself some goals at the end of December for January, and it is now time to check on them. I haven’t really accomplished them all because I was so busy but I still did okay! For example I did study and work, but not as much as usual. I did keep up reading, blogging and bookstagramming, though I needed a break from the blog when January ended. I almost did all the adult stuff I’ve been putting away for a while but I didn’t register myself for the driving licence (I had no time) and haven’t started writing again.
❥ WHAT I WANT TO DO IN FEBRUARY
Therefor here are some more doable goals for February:
- Work a lot,
- Register myself for the driving licence,
- Go out with my friends.
And that’s it!
I hope that you had an amazing January. I’m starting 2020 the best way possible and February is looking incredible already.
How was your January? What did you read?