Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in February 🌻 Internship & Being Tired

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Hello fellow bookworms 🌻 I cannot believe February is already over, but to be fair it’s a short month in general 😄 This month was definitely eventful and busy for me, which is both good and also challenging for me! One of the most exciting things that happened blogging wise were that I made a new blog design 😍 It still has the same color scheme (pink) and the Alice in Wonderland theme, but I felt like it was time for a little change. I also switched to making graphics with canva, which is a great free alternative, as my old Photoshop version stopped working (it’s sadly too old for my computer system), so here we go! 🌷

I also started committing to posting only 2 times per week, after I came back from my hiatus. Things were still busy, so I stuck to 2 posts, but now that I’ve done this a few weeks, I really feel like this is the right way for me to post! For me personally, I fee like 3 times was too much at times, as it used up all my energy, so I didn’t regularly answer comments and blog hop (not until they piled up 😢). Now, I have 2 posts and I find so much more time to stay up to date with my Reader and the community, which honestly makes me so happy 💖

Good vibes for everyone who needs them 💖

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Theme: Series

🔄 = Reread

💌 = Library Books

🌼 = Moody Reader Challnge

🐯 = #YARC2019

This month I read 7 books!! It’s a bit less than last month, but I was busy AND I had so much more high rated books, I found 5 favorite books of the year, which is INCREDIBLE, I’m so happy!! I loved all the books this month, so it was totally worth it, even though I had to fight to find time for reading during my internship that just started 😄 I stayed (mostly) true to my theme of reading books that were part of the Series (apart from Hunted), so I made some progress in reigning in all the unread Series I still harbor 😂 Not going to lie, I was sometimes in a weird reading mood, but what really helped me was getting cozy in my reading armchair and generally retreating into my silent room, as I’m usually very distracted by the TV!

Series Crackdown 📚

Round 6 of the Series Crackdown took place from the 15th to the 24th and I was so happy to join again! Like last time, I was very busy, so I couldn’t read as much as I wanted to. My internship started on the 18th so I was pretty tired when I came home in the later afternoon, but I still managed to read 3 books during the Readathon, even though I wish I could have participated in more of the sprints, but mostly I missed them because I was so tired 😅 However, I still had A LOT of fun and I cannot wait for the next round to happen, because the Readathon is so good for tackling Series 😍

1. Archenemies (Marissa Meyer) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2. Red Glove (Holly Black) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💌

3. Black Heart (Holly Black) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💌

Other Books

4. Bloodwitch (Susan Dennard) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5. White Cat (Holly Black) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💌

6. Hunted (Meagan Spooner) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

7. Fade (Lisa McMann) ⭐️⭐️⭐️💌

Average Rating ⭐ 4.5

Favorite Book 💕

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🌻 What I’ve been up to January 🌻 Series Crackdown TBR

🌻 Review: Bloodwitch 🌻 #YARC2019 Signup, TBR & Updates

🌻 Most Anticipated Releases (Jan – June)

🌻 Review: Archenemies

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For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!

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life stuff

I finally took that exam!! 🎉 To be honest, I was kind of sick of studying towards the end and really glad to finally get this exam over with 😂 However, I MADE IT and now it’s back to waiting for the results to be announced, which could take a while, as there are about 4 professors involved in correcting it! As I’m finished with exams, I also have no classes, so it’s technically the break for me until April, when it next semester begins again. I’m glad to have a bit of time off, as studying was making me anxious and nervous towards the end, resulting in a few sleeping problems as the exam drew nearer, my body really cannot handle anxiety well 😅 However, I’m feeling a bit better now and I’m happy that I have almost completed my studies! Getting statistics out-of-the-way is definitely a relief, now let’s hope I actually pass that exam *good vibes appreciated* 🌷

I started my Internship in the middle of February! To be concrete, I only had one week of being completely lazy and doing what I wanted after writing my exam, as it was into the internship for me! This lasts for 4 weeks, meaning as of right now I have hit the halfway mark nd 2 weeks left to go! Half of me was very tired after working 9 hours and a bit disgruntled as I technically have free time right now, but the other half was so very interested in the work! I’m working in an office that helps and advises refugees, which is such an interesting and important topic. So far everyone has been super nice and I really like getting to know the people and their background stories. I think it’s so important to come in contact with refugees and support them whenever you can, so I’m happy to be helping out in the office, as they do such great work! It’s sometimes a bit more quiet, as I cannot do as much myself, but I’ve joined a lot of appointments and that has been a great experience! I feel like I get to know so much more too! 😊💕

I was a part of the Bloodwitch Street Team ❤ You might have noticed that, if you follow me on Twitter, as I was participating in a lot of events to promote the release of Bloodwitch (on February 12th), the third book in the Witchlands Series! I had a lot of fun taking part in it (even though I was also busy with studying) and making nice aesthetics or fun graphics for it! Now Bloodwitch is obviously out, which means waiting for the next book to come close enough for promotion, but I’m very happy to be on the street team, as I love these books and promoting them is very dear to my heart! It’s definitely nice to see so many fellow Witchlanders involved and the last Clan Chat was so much fun 😍Let's Talk (2)

looking ahead

This month’s theme: Asian Authors & Female Authors ❤

I’m going to finish my internship next month, so the last two weeks are reserved for reading and done everything I want to 😈 I’m planning to catch up on YARC which is why I aim to read as many books by Asian authors as I can! I sadly haven’t read any this year yet, but now that I can finally unwind again, I would like to really put my focus on getting ahead with the reading challenge! I have some really cool books on my priority TBR that I have been wanting to get to for AGES, including Empress of a Thousand Skies and The Speaker, so I cannot wait to finally read them! I also have my Arc of Internment to read and I’m SO grateful that I was approved for it, as it was on my most anticipated releases list 😍 That leaves Wintersong … which I actually started reading on New Year’s day … but then life happened and I never picked it up again 😅 However, I definitely plan to finish it, as I really liked what I read so far!!

Then the lovely Margaret from weirdzeal is hosting a reading challenge (with a cool bingo board AND blog post prompts!) in honor of Women’s History Month that I also wanted to do, because I love bingo boards and challenges in general! I won’t be making a TBR, but I will update my progress on Twitter, as I’ll just pick up what books I feel like! Generally, I feel like I read lots of female authors (as they are very common in YA, which is great), but some of the challenges really can help me to read more out of my comfort zone! I will also be participating in at least one blog post prompt (the one about inspiring female characters) so stay tuned for that one next week! 💕

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What were you up to in February? What was your favorite book this month?  🌻

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27 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in February 🌻 Internship & Being Tired

  1. Congrats on writing that exam and starting your internship! It sounds like important work 🙂 I hope you get to rest a bit more this month!

    I’m so interested to see what you think of Empress of a Thousand Skies, I’ve read it this month and really enjoyed it!

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  2. Ooooh your internship sounds like such fun and so important too. We have a lot of refugees here too and its nice to understand and learn about what others go through. And sending good vibes about your exam!! I hope you totally wowed them. ❤️ I TOTALLY HEART EYES your new banners and how crisp and neat they look! I love vector art and have been loving using it more too. And thank you so much for sharing my two posts! I think 3 star reviews are so hard to write, hahaha.

    My favorite book this month was Taurok’s Vengeance, an indie space opera about a dragon race. Happy March Caro!

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    1. I really like the internship, the work is so important and really promotes compassion and understanding 😊 Thank you so much!!! 💕 I have gotten really obsessed with using more vectors, there are so many great ones out here! Always happy to share your posts! 😄

      Oh that definitely sounds intriguing! I hope you have a great March as well 💖

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  3. Posting 2 times a week makes a lot of sense to me. I am not saying I am doing great with blog-hopping or anything else myself, but I am also not quite able to do more than two posts. We want our content to be fresh and fun to read, but if we are tired and uninspired, that’s just not going to happen anyway. So, I am sure it’s better we stick to what works best with our schedules.
    I hope the grading of your exam goes well and that internship sounds super interesting. Starting a new job always tires me out like nothing else. I like meeting people and getting to know their stories too, but being out there just plain adulting is also so much more exhausting than it should be.
    I hope March will be great for all of us and as always thank you so much for sharing my posts! You are the kindest!!

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    1. Yes, exactly! I feel a lot more balanced with two posts instead of more and that’s the most important thing for me, as I really want to stay motivated and creatively inspired for my blog 😊

      Thank you! That’s certainly true, I was so tired in the beginning, but after a few days I got used to the work and now I feel a lot better 💕
      I hope that March will be great for you!! And I’m always happy to share your posts!! 💖

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  4. Ahhh yay I’m so happy to hear that you’re joining in for the Women’s History Month Challenge! 😄 And that’s amazing that you were able to find so many books that you loved this month ❤️ That internship sounds really incredible too – glad that you’re enjoying it!

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  5. I’m so glad you like your internship! It sounds so rewarding. I think what you’re doing is so amazing, even if it’s super draining. You’re making a difference! 💛 Also thank you for linking to my posts. 😊 I’m really glad you liked them!

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  6. I’m glad that you found a blogging rhythm that works better for you, Caro, It’s so hard to stay on top of things at times and so, so important to find a rhythm we like without burning ourselves out, either 🙂
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your exam, sending you lots and lots of positive vibes for the results! And congratulations on the internship, it sounds so interesting, I hope you will learn a lot and that you will keep enjoying it, too ❤
    Can't wait to hear what you think of The Speaker, I so, so want to continue on with this series, as I loved the first book! ❤
    Happy March, Caro, sending you all the love ❤ ❤

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    1. That’s very true! I’m very happy with my blogging and so much more excited for all the posts and blog hopping 💕 Thank you so much, I definitely appreciate all the positive vibes!! 💕 I really like the internship, it’s such important and interesting work, I’m really learning a lot during my time there! 😊
      I’m currently reading it and hope to like it, as I’ve heard that it’s even better than the first book!
      I hope you have a great March too Marie!! ❤ ❤

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  7. I bet your glad your exams are over for now Caro! 🙂 It certainly sounds like February was a busy month for you but you’re internship sounds interesting so I hope you’re enjoying the work you’re doing there. 🙂
    I have a copy of Archenemies, I want to get around to it soon but I am really glad you enjoyed it. Also I’m taking part in the Women’s History Month Reading challenge this month too. I’m not setting a TBR list either but I have plenty of books I can pick up for it so it’s just choosing which ones I actually get around to.
    Great recap, and thanks so much for featuring my post as well. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. I’m SO glad that my exams are done and I’m a bit more free now 😄 I really enjoyed my internship even thought it was also very busy and I had some long days, but thank god for the weekend, it was good to relax a bit 😊
      I really, really liked Archenemies and I cannot wait for the last book to come out this year 😱 YEEES, I really love the challenge and I’m just adding books to the bingo board as I go 📚
      ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. It’s a good feeling knowing that it’s all done right? 🙂 Hopefully you managed to relax over the weekend, I know how busy internships and work can be. You need to relax when you can.
        Oh that’s good to hear. I can’t wait to start it myself. 🙂

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  8. I LOVE your new blog design Caro!!! It’s really sweet and must have taken so long to create 😍😍 It is beautiful!
    I’m really excited about that women’s history month bingo, I didn’t know of it but now I want to take part too! I love bingo boards 😅
    Good luck with your internship that sounds super interesting. Hope you find some downtime as well, I have had the same problem lately too, I’m just endlessly tired 😅
    Thank you for featuring my post, it really brightened my day 😊

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    1. AHH thank you so much, that makes me so happy!! 😊💗 Bingo Board are seriously the best, I always love to try and fill them out as much as possible! And the challenge itself is so cool, I knew I had to do it 😄

      Thank you! I really like my internship and as of right now I only have one week left, oh how fast times flies by 😱 I felt less tired after a few days and the weekends are always great 😄
      Always happy to share your posts! 💗

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  9. Congrats on finishing your exam! Your internship sounds so interesting and I’m glad you’re enjoying it so much 😊 I’m doing the Women’s History Month reading challenge too and I’m so excited about it. I also read mostly women anyway, but it’s fun to branch out (especially when there’s a bingo board involved) 😍 Thank you so much for sharing my posts ❤️

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    1. Thank you!! My internship is really cool and once I got used to the new situation, I was really invested in the work 😊 Yes, I love the bingo board, it is really great to challenge my reading a bit!! 😍 Always happy to share your posts! 💗

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