January (2017) Monthly Wrap-Up

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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.


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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.

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*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.

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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.

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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.

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Top 5 Wednesday:

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Other:

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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!

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December (2016) Monthly Wrap-Up

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Hello snowflakes! Too bad I didn’t get any snow where I live, but hopefully some of you did! I love the winter, and December has come to a close so I’m putting together a wrap-up of this month. Without farther ado, let’s get wrapping!


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I went slightly less crazy with the books I added to my Goodreads TBR for this month, but the list is still ever-growing and doesn’t seem to be slowing down much.

  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray
  • The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Diamond Boy by Michael Williams
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
  • The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine
  • 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace by Johan Twiss
  • The Loneliest Whale by Lily Markova
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • Unhinged (Underworld #1) by Tempest C. Avery
  • When Ash Rains Down (Kingdom Come #1) by Cecelia Earl
  • The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
  • Strange Magic (Yancy Lazarus #1) by James A. Hunter
  • Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Abdieh
  • Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast
  • Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves #1) by Marissa Meyer
  • The Gatlon School for Vigilantes (The Gatlon Trilogy, #1) by Marissa Meyer
  • Asleep by Krystal Wade
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell by Liane Shaw
  • London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton
  • The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
  • The Scent of Legacy by Drina Steinberg
  • Trial by Fire (Worldwalker, #1) by Josephine Angelini

Okay, I might’ve lied just a teeny bit…. that’s a lot more books than I originally thought!

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So I’m one of those people who really gets into things. If I love a book, I immerse myself in that book and I need to figure out everything there is to know about that book. That’s basically the same for everything else I get obsessed with. For each month I’ll list three of my current obsessions, so maybe we can obsess over those things together.

1. Super Mario Run. This is a game that you can download on your iPhone. I’m not sure if it’s available on Android or any other smart phone, but I’ve got it on my iPhone, and it’s addictive. I used to play on my Nintendo DS for hours when I was younger, and then I sort of grew out of it, I guess, and got rid of my DS. I also don’t have a Wii anymore since nobody would play on it, but I still miss Mario. I didn’t realize just how much I missed playing Mario until I downloaded this game on a whim and began to play it. If you’re one of those people who loved Mario as a kid, I’d suggest giving this game a go. It’s like a blast to the past and is so fun and simple.

2. Design Home. Here’s another game/app on the iPhone. I wouldn’t really say I’m obsessed with this, but I do play it almost daily, which I guess counts. If you play Covet Fashion, or if you just like interior design, this game is for you. The game is just where you design a room given the theme the event gives you. It’ll make more sense if you look it up and start playing it. If you’re more into fashion, Covet Fashion is a must. Me and my sister have been playing that game together for over a year now and we both love it.

3. DanAndPhilGAMES. Dan and Phil made it on this list too. I wasn’t sure what to put for #3, but then I decided on Dan and Phil’s gaming channel on YouTube because they did a Gamingmas where they uploaded a gaming video every day of the month leading up to Christmas. It was amazing to say the least. I watched their gaming videos every night when I went to bed, and I’m surprised they were actually able to keep their promise and upload a video every day, because they’re known for not uploading as much as they promise to. They also finished with their Undertale videos, so now I’m excited to see what game they’ll be playing next.

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I haven’t written many film reviews this month, but that’s okay. I’ve got a longer list of book reviews to write compared to film reviews, so I should focus on the book ones first.

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My Fall Bookish Bingo FAIL!


I was going to make a different post about my Fall Bookish Bingo fail, but I decided that I could just add it to the end of my monthly wrap-up since it’s the end of the year as well, alas, the end of the challenge. Or, at least that’s how I’m doing it. If you have no idea what the heck I’m talking about, check out my Fall Bookish Bingo post. Now, without farther ado, let’s get Bingo-ing.

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So we can safely say that the Fall Bookish Bingo was a huge fail for me, but oh well. I was in a reading slump when I decided to attempt it, which wasn’t the best idea. But now, I’m out of my slump (which I contribute to A Thousand Pieces of You) and even have another reading challenge (in bingo-style as well). Only instead, it spreads throughout the year of 2017. I’ll create a separate post for that, so look out for that!


I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful December and here’s to another year!

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November (2016) Monthly Wrap-Up

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Hello bloggers and readers! As you can tell from the title of this post, I’m doing my first ever monthly wrap-up! A lot has been happening in my life this month, from Thanksgiving, to my blog, everything, really. Now it’s time to wrap it all up into one blog post for you guys to read! Now let’s get started.


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This would normally just be the most recent 5 books I added to my Goodreads TBR pile, but I feel the strong urge to mention every book I added to my TBR pile on Goodreads during the entire month of November. This is going to be long…

  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • What Light by Jay Asher
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
  • The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1) by Meg Cabot
  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents, #1) by J.K. Rowling
  • Seeker (Riders #2) by Veronica Rossi
  • Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
  • Divine Powers by Jillian Quinn (from Rant and Rave About Books!)
  • Untitled (An Ember in the Ashes #3 and #4) by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi
  • Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova
  • Fools Crow by James Welch
  • The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Boys on the Rock by John Fox
  • Inside The Maze Runner: The Guide to the Glade by James Dashner
  • Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen, #1) by John Gwynne
  • Dan and Phil Go Outside by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
  • Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1) by Ken Liu
  • The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni, #1) by Helene Wecker
  • The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 1: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus
  • The Blue Jay by Michelle Schlicher
  • American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman
  • Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

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So I’m one of those people who really gets into things. If I love a book, I immerse myself in that book and I need to figure out everything there is to know about that book. That’s basically the same for everything else I get obsessed with. For each month I’ll list three of my current obsessions, so maybe we can obsess over those things together.

1. Dan and Phil. This started probably 1-2 months ago, really, but I’ve watched nearly all of their videos at this point and I own one of their two books. So I think I’ve reached the point of ‘obsession’. But I don’t ‘obsess’ over real people like I do with fictional people. I basically don’t stalk them like other people seem to do (check their social media accounts 24/7, run fan accounts dedicated to them, etc.) I just enjoy their videos and think they’re funny, entertaining people to watch. Also, if you haven’t noticed, or if you were wondering who those people in the gifs at the beginning of my Top 5 Wednesday posts, it’s Dan and Phil.

2. WordPress. I am so obsessed with checking my notifications on WordPress. I get emails notifying me if somebody commented on a post of mine or liked one of my comments, so I don’t have to constantly check my WordPress, but instead just glance over at my email tab (which is always open throughout the day as I do my school and work if you were curious about how I reply to your comments or read your posts so quickly).

3. Christmas Shopping. I love shopping for Christmas gifts (aside from the constant inner struggle of trying to decide on whether the person will like the gift I picked out for them or not) and this year I’ve found multiple things for everybody on my list and I found it all on Etsy. I’m proud of myself for finding all of these gifts because I genuinely think that everybody will love the gifts. I just love spreading Christmas cheer.

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So there aren’t any new book reviews that I’ve written this month, but I am still converting the reviews from my Weebly blog, so those are actually new to a good portion of y’all and since I’m nearly done moving over all of my reviews from my old blog, there will be newly-written reviews for December! And also, all of my book reviews are from this month because that’s when I actually began posting stuff on this blog.

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I’m proud of the TV and Movie reviews that I’ve written thus far. I’m quite harsh, though, but that’s just because I see flaws that other people seem to overlook or ignore. Overall, I’ve watched some good TV and movies this month (a lot where I haven’t written reviews for, mainly because I watch too much TV for my own good).

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Since I just started posting on this blog in late October, most of my posts have been written in the month of November, but I’m still going to list them for you just in case you missed some.

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Tags & Awards:

Random:


So that’s it for this monthly wrap-up! And my first full month of blogging on WordPress! I think that this month has been very eventful and I’m proud of getting 48 followers on this blog. That’s a huge accomplishment and once I reach 50 followers I’ll be doing a Q&A post with questions that you ask me. I value every last one of you that take the time to not only read and like my posts, but those of you who comment as well.

Next month is bound to be even more fantastic, but there will also be less posts since I’m nearly done adding all of my reviews from my Weebly blog, as well as the tags. I am always trying to bring the best and unique content to this blog for your enjoyment and here’s to another month that’ll be just (if not more) great than this month!

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