Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in January ❄ LOTS of Studying & Mental Health Books

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Hello fellow bookworms ❄ Hello it’s me and I’m back πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ As I announced on Twitter, I took a hiatus for most of January due to exam season, which was super intense this time and left me with little time and no motivation to do much. At first it was meant as a semi-hiatus, but because things go so intense with studying it ended up being a full hiatus with me not doing ANY blog hopping or answering ANY comments πŸ˜… I felt so very bad for that, because I love blogging, but I had little motivation to write any posts (I’m glad I had so many scheduled from Christmas break) and couldn’t bring myself to do anything blogging-related.

Like I said I’M BACK now and I’m trying to catch up a bit, so please be patient with me, I’ll answer all the comments, it might take me a while though, as I have one week off and then it’s unto my internship πŸ’– I also want to finally post my Anticipated Releases Post that was sitting in my drafts half-written the entire month and slowly get to reading all the blogs again too. As I was so absent in January, I didn’t include my favorite posts of the month, because I didn’t read much πŸ˜…Β I’m just slowly trying to get back into blogging!

Me during exam season

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What I read in January ❄

To my great surprise I ended up reading 11 Books in January, which was mainly due to the fact that I used most of my free time to read (and watch an episode of my shows), especially right before bed, as being on my laptop wasn’t good for my sleeping quality. So you could say that I read very consistently and also took my books on the train/bus! I also did take the blogging hiatus, so I devoted everything to at least reading books. They were definitely a welcome distraction from studying πŸ’Œ I didn’t find my first favorite book of the month (at least in January, I have found it by now 😊), but I did love lots of books and found my first 1 star book too 😱

Overall, I have decided to try to stick to very broad monthly reading themes, as that was a lot of fun when I did it in January and really motivated me to read! In January the themes were Mental Health (as I participated in the Mental Health Book Bingo) and rereading the Witchlands books in preparation of Bloodwitch πŸ’•

I also have a new Index !!

… to better track my progress with my reading challenges etc.!

πŸ”„ = Reread

πŸ’Œ = Library Books

🌼 = Moody Reader Challnge

🐯 = #YARC2019 (signup coming soon!)

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This amazing reread event was hosted by Marija @ insidemylibrarymind!! I had a lot of fun rereading one of my favorite Series, especially as Bloodwitch is coming out on Tuesday and I had wanted to reread the books to pay more attention to all the details and theories! I loved the books as much as I did when I first read them, maybe even more on my reread πŸ’–

1. TruthwitchΒ (Susan Dennard)Β β­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈπŸ”„

2. WindwitchΒ (Susan Dennard)Β β­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈΒ πŸ”„

3. SightwitchΒ (Susan Dennard)Β β­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈΒ πŸ”„

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Mental Health Book Bingo 🌺

The mental book bingo was AMAZING and I managed to share myΒ TBR with you earlier this month! I had a lot of fun participating in the Readathon, even though I was very bad with updating my Twitter thread, but at least I got to read lots of mental health books. I have always loved reading books with this topic and I’m so happy that my library had so many amazing mental health books, I’m very proud 😘 I did also reread some of my favorite mental health books and was very surprised that I still like All the Bright Places. I read it 5 years ago and have heard lots of mixed Reviews since then, but I personally still enjoy it a lot! 🌷

4. Queens of GeekΒ (Jen Wilde) β­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈΒ πŸ”„

5. Under Rose-Tainted SkiesΒ (Louise Gornall) β­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈΒ πŸ”„

6. All the Bright PlacesΒ (Jennifer Niven)Β β­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈΒ πŸ”„

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7. Every Last WordΒ (Tamara Ireland Stone) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 πŸ’ŒπŸŒΌ

8. PaperweightΒ (Meg Haston) β­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈπŸ’ŒπŸŒΌ

9. It’s Kind of a Funny StoryΒ (Ned Vizzini) ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 πŸ’Œ

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10. SpeakΒ (Laurie Halse Anderson) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ πŸ’Œ

11. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13BΒ (Teresa Toten) ⭐️ πŸ’ŒπŸŒΌ

Average Rating ⭐ 4.1

Favorite Book πŸ’•

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What I posted in January ❄

2019resΒ december2018mental healthΒ 2019challenges10books2019Β Empressofallseasons

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Life Stuff in January ❄

Hiatus aka Lots of Studying and Studying and Studying.Β You guessed it, I was studying for basically all of January and then some more, as I started studying my last week of Christmas Break πŸŽ„ It was back to University on January 7th, meaning it got a lot more busy, as we still learned new content for my big exam and I had to keep up with all my classes. I was basically studying every single day and also had a long weekend seminar that stretched over two weeks to do. The seminar was actually really cool and about job applications! I loved the person who did the seminar, because they were so motivational and encouraged us to be our best self it was amazing! My motivation levels were a bit low in January and I felt like I was just doing studying 80% of the time, so I’m glad that I finally took the exam and can do something else without having to worry that I should be studying right now πŸ˜…

Basically, January was a bit uneventfulΒ πŸ˜‚Β I didn’t do much else than study, read, watch some shows and procrastinate studying on Twitter xD I do hope February will be a bit more eventful with me having more motivation to actually think about writing again and do more blogging after the hiatus! January might have been study heavy and a bit boring tbh, but it was definitely a lot better than last January and that counts for something!

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Looking Ahead: February

Like always, these are my Top 3 reads πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Well it is already February, but still.Β This month’s theme will be SERIES, which means hopefully lots of Fantasy, as I did read a lot of Contemporary books last month. The reason I choose Series as my theme is because a) I have so many I want to start/catch up on and b) the Series Crackdown Readathon is starting on February 15th and I can finally participate again! I will hopefully be able to binge-read more, especially next week when I have time off and then some more, because at least I don’t have to study any longer πŸ‘

Me in February

However, like I mentioned I will be doing an Internship in February (from February 18th to March 18th) that runs for 4 weeks! I think I’ll still be able to do much due to the fact that I have the weekends and can do what I want once I get home. I hope it’ll go great (keep your fingers crossed foe me), because it would be a lot easier if the people there are nice and it’s fun to work with them 😊

What was your favorite book this month? How was your start of the year? ❄

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21 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in January ❄ LOTS of Studying & Mental Health Books

  1. Welcome back, Caro and congrats on finally being done with exams season! I’ve missed seeing your lovely posts on my feed ❀️ I’m so glad you had such a lovely reading month in January, I hope February will be great too! Happy reading 😊

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  2. Welcome back, and wow congrats on getting through all that studying! 😊 That’s amazing that you were still able to read so much, though! And looks like you got through some amazing mental health books. Hope your February is wonderful, and good luck at your internship! πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much!! 😊🌷 Books were really all I did in my free time and it was great to at least relax a bit in the evenings! I especially loved all the mental health books, they were great to read 😍 Thank you, I hope your February is great as well!! πŸ’•

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  3. I’m honestly so excited for you to be back again, Caro! Not just because I missed your posts in my reader but because it means you’ve got time for the things you love again! And with how full of studying and uni stuff January was, you more than deserve it! πŸ˜€

    Your idea to have a theme for your reading each month is so cool! I might have to try that later in the year too – or before we’re flooded with a ton of new releases that I want to get to ASAP. xD I saw the mention of the Series Crackdown readathon a couple of days ago on Twitter and I think it’s about time I give this readathon a try too if just to get caught up on some series I haven’t finished yet (all three very hyped. xD).

    AAAAHHH You finally get to read Bloodwitch this month! I’m so freaking excited for you and it’s like a perfect little treat for having gotten through exam season too! And! You’ve got King Of Scars though that one might hurt a bit more. xD

    My favorite book for January might have been The Gilded Wolves! I wish I could say KOS but I’m kind of disappointed with some things but we’re not talking about any of them yet. But TGW was really good and I’m thinking the sequel might be even better.

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    1. Thank you!! πŸ˜­πŸ˜πŸ’• I’m SUPER excited to finally blog again, because I really missed that, as studying did take away lots of my motivation and also time to do so. Now I can finally start writing some posts that I have been wanting to write since January! πŸ‘

      I don’t know if I’ll be able to completely stick to that (as currently some standalone books are smiling at me), but I like having at least a broad theme I want to dedicate time to πŸ˜„ Ohhh yes there are SO many new releases I wish I could get them all 😭 YES YES YES please join us, it will be fun!! πŸ˜πŸ“š

      YES IT’S FINALLY TIME! I’m reading it more slowly than I thought, but maybe that’s good because then I have to wait another year for the next book πŸ˜‚ Yeees, I am having a great time reading it!! πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ’— And so far I’m liking KoS even though I’m nervous about the ending now πŸ˜…

      Omgggg I need the Gilded Wolves and I’m so glad that you liked it!! Roshani Chokshi is the best and I cannot wait to read her new book 😍 We’ll definitely talk lots about KoS when Sandra and me are finished 😱😱😱

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  4. I’m glad your exams are over now and you’re able to come back to blogging again Caro! It seems like you needed a hiatus and honestly I’m amazed you manage to read as much as you did. When I had my exams it was studying as much as possible, no time for much of anything else. πŸ™‚ ❀️
    You got through some incredible books, and it seems like you loved them all too so added bonus there! πŸ™‚ As for February I hope you enjoy King of Scars, which is high on my TBR list too, you good luck with your internship as well!
    Happy February and happy reading! πŸ™‚ ❀️

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    1. I’m so glad they exams are over, because I really missed blogging and not having to worry about studying! I mostly read in the evenings, when I had some free time but I don’t think I could have read as much if I also had been blogging on top of studying tbh πŸ˜„
      I really had a good reading month at least! Thank you!!! I really hope to like King of Scars 😊🌻 I hope you have a great February as well! 🌺❀

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  5. Welcome back, Caro, I’m so happy to see you around here again ❀ It's so great that you read so much despite your exams, too, I admire that SO much! ❀
    I'm so happy you enjoyed Queens of Geek and Under Rose-Tainted Skies, I loved both of these books SO much! ❀
    I hope you'll have a fantastic February, sending you all the love! xx

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    1. Ahh thank you so much Marie!! I’m so happy to finally read all your posts again πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸŒΊ I was super surprised about that, but somehow it was a good way to relax in the evenings ❀ They are SO fantastic, I love them so much and could reread them all over again 😍
      Thank you!! I hope you have a great February as well! πŸ’•

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  6. Hey Caro!
    Sounds like January was a busy month for you, but good job on powering through πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to reading King of Scars as well. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that one!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hey! 😊🌷 It was definitely a busy start to the year, but now I’m glad that I got my exams done and can have a bit of a break! I still haven’t finished King of Scars, but I’m almost there! I plan to review it and I hope you like it too! πŸ™‚

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