January is kicking us into the month of love too soon for my liking. I’d like to know how 31 days of 2020 are already done?! Rewind the past month with me, what books I’ve read, posts I’ve loved, my monthly playlist and a lot more! This months rewind feature a cute photo of my teapot ornament…honestly it’s adorable hehe.
If I DNFed the book then I’ll include it in brackets and the page number I DNFed at..providing I remember!
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Boy Who Steals Houses by C G Drews
The Girl Who Steal Christmas by C G Drews
Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol 2 by Alice Oseman
Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Dear Dylan by Siobhan Curham (DNFed @ page 23)
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada
I’ll put in brackets whether the book was bought, pre-ordered, won or gifted to me. If it happens to be a review copy/arc then that’ll also be in the brackets!
Heartstopper Vol One by Alice Oseman (bought)
Heartstopper Vol Two by Alice Oseman (bought)
The Beauty Of The Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (preordered)
What I’ve Watched This Month
Whether it be TV shows, movies or a YouTube video I really loved and wanted to share with y’all. You can find it all in this section! Along with a lil ramble of how I felt about what I watched!
NCIS LA Season 7: Ep 4 – 24
NCIS LA Season 8: Ep 1 – 24
Heartland Season 12: Ep 1 – 2
RWBY Volume 7: Ep 1 – 10
Anyone who knows me well, know I’m not the biggest fan of movies, series though and I’m there. I love NCIS LA and as you can probably tell, I kinda went crazy with binge watching season 7 and 8. I watched about 4 episodes a day haha, anyway I loved both series and I can’t wait to dive into season 9. Of course then I need to buy season 10 and then I’m up to date I believe, since season 11 is still airing. Heartland is a long term love of mine, longer than NCIS LA. Its a series I started watching when I was maybe 12/13 and I adore it with my whole heart, yes I’ve only seen 2 episodes of it this month but for me, it’s one of those shows that I have to be in the right mood for. Otherwise I just zone out xD
RWBY hands down is one of the best things to happen to me last year, I binge watched volumes 1 through 6 last year and I started this show thanks to Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts. She’s amazing with her recs for me, and I adore RWBY so much and have been loving vol 7. I love the world, the characters and the animations *swoons*
I’m not sure if anyone knows this but I’ve been a subscriber of Kalyn’s since September 2018 which is pretty insane. Anyhoo I adore her videos, her content is some of my fav to just sit with a cuppa, unwind and relax. I also love her Podcast which you can find on any podcast app (Kalyn’s Coffee Talk). Anyway she’s started vlogging this year and vlogs are like my all time favourite type of video content. So I’ve been really enjoying watching her vlogs this month! If you’re not into vlogs then still check out her channel as she talks a lot about lifestyle, wellness, health and a lot more.
Oh January…it’s been a time.
I still can’t believe February is almost here, it’s also arguably my least favourite month because I’m single and the radios think it’s the perfect time to blast love songs all the time. Also the shops just get decked out with hearts and I mean…I love romance. I just don’t like it being shoved in my face.
random tangent but I saw Easter eggs in a shop the other day like…ITS JANUARY PEEPS EASTER AIN’T NOWHERE NEAR YET
I went back to work which has been fun but draining. I bought some fineliners and another journal…in lavender (if its purple or any variation of purple I will want it…I love purple) I’m making a life/travel journal in the lavender journal so I probably won’t share many of the spreads in it.
I got a load of reading done somehow this month, I can’t remember the last time I read this much. January was the month of disconnection and struggling to reconnect with myself…we’ll get there. Highlight of this month was probably my day trip out to Lincoln with my grandma and dad. A few photos below of some of the buildings and the cute teapot my grandma bought for me whilst we were there!
Around The Blogosphere
As I go about my blog hopping ways, I save some posts I loved, to share with you here. Ranging from reviews to tags to recommendations to discussions and if I stumble across any announcement posts from others in the community…yep you guessed it they’ll be going here.
Announcements can be from a blogging event (e.g something like Bookending Spring) to readathons to a bloggers new features.
YARC 2020 is happening, check out the info over on CW @ The Quiet Pond’s blog!
Charvi @ Not Just Fiction announces a new feature on her blog Read The Rainbow and I am so pumped for this feature!
Charvi’s been busy Pairing Off Popular YA Characters over on Not Just Fiction!
Haley @ The Caffeinated Reader raises an interesting discussion where she delves into Special Editions, Special Prices
Kerys @ The Everlasting Library shares her experiences with Listening to an Audiobook for the First time (also hi Kerys, welcome back to blogging, I’ve missed you lovely!)
Reviews & Recommendations
Sprout’s back on The Quiet Pond with some Queer Fantasies and Desi Books
Charvi @ Not Just Fiction has some 2020 Book Releases by Indian Authors
Kal @ Reader Voracious reviews Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts reviews Spellhacker by M K England
Xandra @ Starry Sky Books does The Behind The Book Blogger Tag
Charvi @ Not Just Fiction shares a Make Up Look Inspired by the Cover of Spellhacker by M K England
Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea launched her new blog series and y’all need to go check it out, if you haven’t already!
Bookending Spring 2020 ~ Hosts!
Sam and I will be looking for some hosts for our spring event soon! The sign up form won’t be live till the end of Feb though, but this is just a heads up, if you’re up for getting involved in the book community and are willing to help us out with the spring event, we’d love to have you! Old and new hosts are welcomed with open arms ❤
Just a reminder that you’re welcome to join this discord server! It’s a place for all book lovers, whether you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or booktuber. Hell if you’re just a reader you’re welcome to join, you will need either a twitter or goodreads which can verify you are indeed a reader. (just because we don’t want trolls ruining our bookish fun!)
The whole idea of the server, is to bring the bookish community together. We can also support everyone better, across the platforms which is great, spreading love is so important in this community. Particularly across platforms I feel, you can also make friends too.
At the moment we’re still a smol server, but we truly hope you’ll swing on by and join in the fun. ❤
In case anyone wants to snoop on what I’ve been listening during the months, this section will break it down for you! I’ll list the songs and artists and at the end leave the link to the YouTube playlist!
At the moment it’s a mix of K-Pop, with a sprinkle of rock and pop thrown in. Something I loved being able to see last year was how my music tastes switched back and forth in the months, sometimes it was a country month…other times it was a rock month. Then October 2019 hit and it was just K-Pop and country and here we are hehe. So the way I make my monthly playlists, is by writing down a song for each day of the month. Depending on the month, there may be more “bonus songs” than others. I know some people make playlists before the month or at the start to set the tone…which I love but I prefer seeing what tone/vibe I went with at the end.
January 2020 Tracklist (31 songs + 2 bonus songs)
Time Spent Walking Through Memories by Nell
Answer by Ateez
Horizon by Ateez
Star 1117 by Ateez
Precious by Ateez
Outro: Long Journey by Ateez
Castles by Freya Ridings
Deja Vu by Dreamcatcher
Find You by Monsta X
Bomb by AleXa
Jealously by Monsta X
Deep in Love by Day6
Running With The Wolves by Aurora
She’s In The Rain by The Rose
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Guns n Roses
Devil Side by Foxes
Psycho by Red Velvet
Summer of You by The Reklaws
I Do Too by The Reklaws
Adios by Everglow
Promise by Ateez
Aurora by Ateez
California by The Rose
How We Do (Party) by Rita Ora
RIP by Rita Ora
Heaven Was Needing A Hero by Jo Dee Messina
I Bet You Don’t Curse God by Christina Grimmie
Heaven Got Another Angel by Gordon Garner
Countdown by Beyonce
Bad Liar by Imagine Dragons
Cigarettes by Carlie Hanson
Time Spent Walking Through Memories cover by Minhyun
Feet Don’t Fail Me Now by Foxes
Rewind The Posts
Wow this is a monster of a rewind post, I hope you enjoyed it though! How’s your January gone? Do you have any plans for Feb? Lemme know in the comments!