Monthly Wrapups

January Wrapup (& February TBR)

January Wrapup February TBR

Hello fellow bookwormsย ๐Ÿ“–ย The first month of the new year is already over, so now is a good time to scream because time is already flying by so fast oh no! I cannot believe that my birthday is already fast approaching and that I’m soon halfway through with my Bachelor studiesย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

January Wrapup Kopie2

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J. Maas)ย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐Ÿ“–ย RTC!
  2. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)ย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐Ÿ“–ย Reread
  3. Simon vs. (Becky Albertalli)ย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐Ÿ“–ย Reread
  4. Turtles all the way down (John Green)ย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย (4.5)ย ๐Ÿ“–ย Review
  5. The Reader (Traci Chee)ย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐Ÿ“–ย Review
  6. Wonder (R.J. Palacio)ย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐Ÿ“–ย Review
  7. The Forbidden Wish (Jessica Khoury)ย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย (3.5)ย ๐Ÿ“–ย Review
  8. A Study in Charlotte (Brittany Cavallaro)ย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐Ÿ“–ย Review
  9. Uprooted (Naomi Novik)ย ๐ŸŒŸย (DNF)ย ๐Ÿ“–ย Review

Average ratingย ๐ŸŒŸย 3.8 Stars

How I felt about January

I would say that my Reading Month was both good and bad – but not as good as last January where I read almost only 5 star books. I read a few books that I felt meh about and others were good, but didn’t blow me away. For me it took 25 days to find my first five-star book of the year – which was ACOMAF – as I didn’t count my two rereads for that. Yay for being able to add my first book to my “best of 2018” shelf on Goodreadsย ๐ŸŽ‰Like I already mentioned I spontaneously reread two of my all time favorite books, because I was feeling like it – a really good decision! Simon vs. and THUG are going to be books that I reread every year without fail, because they are so amazing and I can never get enough of them! I also finally read John Green’s new book that I got for Christmas and I must say that I really liked it – the wait was worth it! It was almost a 5 star book, but one thing rubbed me the wrong way, so it’s 4.5 stars, which is still good as I overall loved the story. The book made me emotional for sure! In addition, I had two solid 4 star books and two 3 star books that were not bad but didn’t stick with me either. In contrast to my first 5 star read, I have already found my first 1 star read. It was Uprooted which I DNF’d 50% in, because I found it to be rather not engaging and the love interest was too horrible for me to stomach. I was really looking forward to reading this but was sorely disappointedย ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

For this section of my wrapup Iโ€™m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme thatย has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooksย to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!

  • Life stuff was pretty bad. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but this semester is an absolute disaster and it’s not getting better. Especially now as I’m two weeks away from vacation (finally!!) things are getting more stressful and I have two huge papers to work on. In addition, I have been dealing with some intense back pain that has now spread and caused headaches because of the stress. This hasn’t been fun and I have been a bit more anxious lately than I usually am. This is also why I haven’t been consistently commenting and answering comments – it mostly happens that I answer everything at once instead of daily. I’m trying to ger better at that though and I promise that I always answer every comment!
  • Some things went down in the bookish community as well. I won’t go into this too much, but we had the case that an author (see tweet below) advocated against piracy (which is of course totally fine, piracy is never okay) but then make the mistake to assume that everyone has the same access to libraries which sparked a lot of discussion among us international readers that don’t have well stocked libraries. Furthermore, there was thisย petition by some authors to have negative Reviews from Goodreads, because they can’t handle criticism and would very much like to censor bloggers. Of course that led to outrage as well, because such behavior is absolutely harmful and the definition of censorship!

  • Wayward Sisters episode yesย ๐Ÿ’• If you don’t know, my favorite TV Show of all time – Supernatural – is hopefully going to get an all-female led spin-off called Wayward Sisters. A few weeks ago an episode centered on those women has happened and of course it made me really happy! I like the episode and want more, more more – therefore, I hope that the spin-off truly gets picked up, because the support of all the fans was what made this possible in the first place!
  • ClanChat & I won a giveawayย ๐Ÿ˜ย I’m still shook, because I never, ever win anything, as I’m not a person that generally has luck. But it actually happened this time. ClanChat is a Twitter event that’s hosted for fans of the Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard and has happened a few times. This time the event was even better than ever before and it was such fun chatting with all the fellow fans and getting to ask Susan questions! She is such a nice human being and I have all the love for her. By the way you should totally read her books and preoder Sightwitch! Anyways, during this event a few giveaways were hosted and I won signed posters and a postcard … I’M SO HAPPY OMGGG! I still cannot believe that I get swag that’s actually signed by my fave authorย ๐Ÿ˜ย This means a lot for me, because living in Germany I never had the opportunity to attend an event and actually meet her in personย ๐Ÿ˜ข

Cover Reveal Time!

I love all of these covers, they are really fitting and look good – you could say that January was an amazing month for cover reveals! Sadly, the UK cover of The Burning Maze wasn’t yet revealed – this is the edition I will be buying so I’m interested in seeing this cover as well!

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February TBR Kopie

  1. My Lady Jane (Hand, Ashton, Meadows)
  2. The Sun is also a Star (Nicola Yoon)
  3. Wolkenschloss (Kerstin Gier)

February 8th is the last day of my winter semester and you all know what that means: LOTS OF READING TIME!!! I’m super excited to finally be able to read whenever I want and I won’t have lots to do anymore, so this should hopefully (please) also decrease my stress and anxiety.

My TBR is rather short in comparison to that, but that’s because I didn’t want to have a long TBR list like I usually have for this month. After having my days planned tightly with papers and other errands to do, I want to be a bit more free when it comes to my reading. I have chosen the Top 3 books that I want to get to this month, but apart from that I will be reading whatever I want. I’m usually not a mood reader, but this once I don’t want to have a list too long, because the more books are on my TBR the less freedom I have. I will always love doing my TBR lists, but these last few months having too many books on them has sometimes let to me not feeling in the mood for a few of them the longer the month wears on. Who knows maybe I will end up with shorter TBR’s in the future months as well. This is just something I want to experiment with a bit!

The three books are definitely on my TBR are all from the library, which explains why they are books I need to get to. I’m very excited to finally get to Wolkenschloss, a German release from October 2017 that was constantly checked out of the library (there are 3 copies, but the author is really popular here) BUT finally was available. I have also been wanting to read The Sun is Also a Star for such a long time – I know it’s pretty insta-lovey, which I usually don’t like but the book is very diverse and sometimes I need a fast-paced contemporary! Not going to lie but My Lady Jane was an impulse library checkout, let’s see how much I like it!

What was your favorite book this month? Did you find the first 5 star book of the year?ย ๐Ÿ“–

31 thoughts on “January Wrapup (& February TBR)

  1. Thanks so much for featuring my post in your recap Caro! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also I’m sorry your month was a mixed one (I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed February is better for you) but at least you have your holiday to look forwards to and I’m sure that’s keeping you going through this semester.
    You got through a lot of books, I’m sorry Uprooted was a DNF one for you, I actually loved that story, but I’m glad to see you enjoyed The Forbidden Wish, that’s on my to-read list for this month actually. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Great recap, and again thanks for featuring my post! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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    1. You’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I have given myself more space to pick out books based on my moods and I have more time to read, so February should hopefully turn out fine ๐Ÿ™‚

      I really expected to like Uprooted as well, but sometimes things don’t work out like I want them too ๐Ÿ˜… The Forbidden Wish definitely had some really great aspects ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you ๐Ÿ’•

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  2. Ohhhh when is your birthday, that’s very exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m sorry to hear that January wasn’t the greatest month, I hope that February will be better for you โค
    I'm happy to hear that you read The Forbidden wish but a bit sad that you didn't rate it higher, I'll be looking forward to your review on that one to hear what you thought of it overall ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a lovely month! xx

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    1. My birthday is April 16th so fairly soon, too soon for my taste ๐Ÿ˜…
      Thank you, I hope for that as well ๐Ÿ’•
      I was a bit sad about that as well, because it had really engaging characters and an interesting world, but sadly I found that the book dragged a bit towards the end ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I’ll have my Review up (hopefully) soon ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you, you too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Re-reading favorites it also so lovely – it’s definitely something I want to make more time for in 2018. I read so many amazing books in January I can’t pick a favorite – but I was lucky enough to read a few 5 star books.

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  4. Awwww Iโ€™m sorry to hear about your back pain! Thatโ€™s never fun and itโ€™s hard to do things like comments when you arenโ€™t in top form. Congratulations on finding your first 5 star read! I was blessed to read a couple! I will have you know Iโ€™ve afopted the best of 2018 shelf! I love the idea and have 2 books on there already, lol.

    I read that about the libraries and itโ€™s tough. I have lots of international friends who canโ€™t get books that way, I DID NOT know about the petition! If they were to censor Goodreads Iโ€™d have to leave which would suck big time. Thanks for sharing my blogger power post too!! GAH, IM SO GLAD YOU LOVED IT! โ™ฅ๏ธ Hope the rest of your semester is smashing! ๐Ÿค—

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    1. Back pain is really annoying, but I have an amazing heating pad, that should make things better! I’m glad to hear that you read a couple of great books! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh wow that makes me so happy to hear! ๐Ÿ˜

      I’m very fortunate to have a really great library nearby, but back when I was living at home the library as really small, so I definitely know what it feels like to have an understocked library. I love Goodreads, but this petition really wanted to make it really bad :/
      You’re welcome and thanks!๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ’•

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  5. Ah, I’m so sorry you’re having a stressful month! I don’t have anything pressing coming up, but school is school, so it’s always stressful for me. ๐Ÿ™„ Lately my anxiety has been getting worse so there’s that too!

    Anyways, it looks like you had a pretty great reading month! I will DEFINITELY have to reread Simon Vs before the movie comes out, I’m so so excited for it since I love the book so much! โค And oh yes, that whole petition about changing Goodreads' review policy made me so ANGRY! Reviews are for readers, not authors, and authors need to stay out of reviewers' spaces. ๐Ÿ™„

    Hope you have an amazing February, and I'm so happy you enjoyed my post! โค

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    1. I feel you, the stress and anxiety can rise really fast :/ I’m sorry to hear that your anxiety is getting worse ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Simon Vs is amazing and I’m so glad that I reread it, because I cannot get enough of it! I am so so so excited for the movie ๐Ÿ˜ I will have to wait until June to see it, but I am already in love with the movie ๐Ÿ™‚ The petition made me really angry as well, I hate that they wanted to take away Goodreads as a space for Reviewers :/

      Thank you! I hope you have a great month as well! โ™ฅ

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  6. Thank you for the shout out! And for all the discussion you provided on that post. Still kinda overwhelmed by the discussion that it provoked!

    It really sucks that this month didn’t go your way and I hope that February starts to perk everything up a bit for you. I understand your thoughts on the Twitter discussions at the moment – I can only go on Twitter in certain moods atm because there is so much big stuff being brought up.

    Can’t wait to see your review of Turtles All the Way Down! I was the same as you, loved the book but had an issue and I’m intrigued if it was the same thing. Good to see that at least you got to pick up some good books this month!

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    1. You’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ Discussions like this can get really overwhelming, real fast. Just be sure that you take care of yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you, I hope that February gets a bit better, but since my semester is almost over I’m sure that it will ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree, there is a lot being brought up on Twitter daily and sometimes it can get pretty overwhelming to stay on top of all the discussions.

      The Review is up on Goodreads and the blog as of right now ๐Ÿ™‚ I read your Review and it was the same thing that bothered me. You explained it really well, with less rambling than I did ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Aw thanks, I really appreciate it. I really want to follow up on the NA stuff but January has been a bit hectic and I’m still getting back on top of everything. But soon hopefully!

        And heading off to check out the Green review right now!

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  7. Great post! I hope your February is better than this month. I hope you like My Lady Jane; I absolutely loved it ๐Ÿ˜€ Also can I just say that I LOVE your Wonderland/Chesire Cat themed blog โค โค โค

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  8. LOL that GIF about sums up how I felt about January too ๐Ÿ˜€ wow, your last January sounds amazing, but really – it’s so rare to have a month where most books are star reads ๐Ÿ™‚ oh no, that’s too bad that life stuff was tough ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope Feb is better! But I’m so glad you won a giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you so much for sharing (and liking!) my post ๐Ÿ™‚ โค
    I hope you enjoy the stuff you read in February ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. The GIF is perfect ๐Ÿ˜€
      That’s true, I have been really spoiled in 2017, because I read so so many books that I ended up loving, so now my mind is comparing both years ๐Ÿ˜…
      Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚
      You’re welcome, I’m absolutely in love with your New Blogger Series – so many helpful tips and tricks ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks, I have already found a 5 star read, so it’s going well ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy lots of books as well!

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