Hello everybody! The end of the first month of 2017 has come and that only means one thing – it’s time for a monthly wrap-up! I haven’t been as present on this blog in the past few weeks but that’s only because I’ve been busy reading and working on my BookTube channel. This month has brought a lot of new things to the table and that’s a good thing. I’m keeping myself busy! I also finished 10th grade in January, so that’s good as well. Even though I’ve spent a large chunk of January on break, I’ve found things to keep myself busy and overall it was a productive month.
I’ve read four books this month, and didn’t haul any, so there won’t be a book haul section for this wrap-up.
*Scrolls through Goodreads* I actually don’t think I added as many books to my TBR pile this month as I usually do, which is surprising. I guess I was able to control myself a bit this month.
- Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
- All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
- River God (Ancient Egypt #1) by Wilbur Smith
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
- In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers
- Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
- A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
- Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
- Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan
- Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
- Untitled (Untitled Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- The Unseen World by Liz Moore
- Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill
- Freeks by Amanda Hocking
- Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
- A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe
- Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword #1) by David Kudler
- Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun
- City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1) by Kelley Armstrong
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1) by Marjane Satrapi
- Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
- The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
- Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt
Okay that was still very long… but to be fair, there are about five or so on that list that is part of my Travelling the Pages reading list, so I added them to my TBR. But still, I will probably end up never getting to most of these books.
I actually don’t think I’ve obsessed over anything this month… this is strange because I always obsess over something. Instead, I’ll just make a list of three things that I enjoyed most and engulfed myself in most.
1. Social Media. There was once upon a time where I had Facebook and Instagram and I spent literally hours mindlessly scrolling through the app on my phone, but one day it struck me that I was wasting my time. Sure, I had some friends, and people liked my posts and every once in a while I’d get loads of comments, but what’s the point? What am I achieving in life by doing this? So on a whim I decided to delete my Instagram app and deactivate my Facebook account.
I spent around 2 or so years with no social media at all, until recently when I created an Instagram and Twitter account for my blog/BookTube channel. I wouldn’t call the time I spend on there obsessive, but I do use it quite often. I am not obsessed, as in I don’t check the app five times an hour, no. I check it whenever I’m waiting on something or if I’m extremely bored, and when I do go on it, I don’t spend hours on the app. I literally just spend 1 minute on average on the app each time I go on, sometimes just a few seconds to see if there are any new posts I might’ve missed. I’m happy that I am now able to control the amount of social media I use because before it was out of control.
2. Sherlock. For the first time, I watched Sherlock as it aired on TV. Not just that, though, but it was the newest season of Sherlock in like 2 years, so it was a huge event. Although I didn’t think this new season of Sherlock was the greatest – as I did see some major problems with it – I was still entertained and it had some wonderful moments, and brilliant acting as always. I’m looking forward to what may possibly be in store for Holmes and Watson in the future.
3. BookTube. I just recently got back into BookTube, and I’ve been loving it. I discovered BookTube a few years ago, and I watched it quite a bit, but then I sort of stopped watching it until this month, where I not only began watching BookTube again, but began making my own videos as well. Usually this would keep me from reading, but if anything it has motivated me to read more. Plus, everybody on BookTube has been so welcoming.
I’ve only written one review on a TV show and that was for the first episode of season 2 of Shadowhunters. I’ll have a review for episode 2 of Stranger Things up as soon as possible! And I haven’t seen any movies this month either so yeah.
Top 5 Wednesday:
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Since I now have my BookTube channel as well, I’ll be listing the videos I’ve uploaded each month as well. Since I’m new and still adjusting to editing and filming videos, there are only three videos that I uploaded in the month of January, and I didn’t start my channel at the beginning of the month either so there will be more next month hopefully.
Overall, I think that January was a good month for me. I started my own BookTube channel, as well as a Twitter and Instagram as well. I got out of my reading slump, and I have even began eating healthier as well.
How has your January been? Reading wise, or just your life. Let me know in the comments!