Good morning everyone! Today is going to be my last post of the month, so we have my monthly wrap up post! The first one of 2016.
This month has been up and down for me. At the beginning of the month, even though I started off optimistic, a wave of pessimism struck me and I struggled to keep happy. But with the help of some good friends I managed to pull through that! I feel like this month was pretty uneventful because school decidedly took over my life, but I got a few things done!
I turned 17 on the 29th and my parents have given me a trip to Paris for my birthday! I have a sister studying there for a year so I can't wait to go and spend the week with her sometime in February. One of my best friends has moved back to America which was a sad point for me. Before she left we all went bowling... I haven't been bowling in years, but I surprised myself by winning the first round. I also started up a book club called Owls Be Reading this month because I've always dreamed of being in one myself. Join us, because we'll be staring I Am Malala on the 1st of February!
I've been having a lot of fun improving my photos for instagram as well. I spent one day as a Shadowhunter and have decided I am going to be changing up the Olivia Snaps posts a little... you'll see what I mean (hopefully) next week.
This was my first month working with a TBR and I semi-owned it, semi-failed it. Semi-owned because I read all the ebooks I was intending to and more. Semi-failed because I only read one physical book this month, and it wasn't the one of the two I planned to read!
I'm proud to be able to say that of these books that I read this month I've already reviewed Annabeth Neverending, Soul Reapers, Level Up and also New World Rising. So you can just go and read my thoughts about those ones in the reviews! Vulnerability as the Road to Change by Pratima Nagaraj is a self-improvement book about vulnerability. I didn't think I was going to appreciate it nearly as much as I did. Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk was a book I read in a day. I just loved the cute romance and I have a review of that one coming. I've also got a review of Stygian by Santino Hassell coming in February too. It was a steamy NA that I didn't know I was going to devour and love like I did. I read the whole thing in a day and spent day two rereading the whole thing again. That's the extent of my addiction to it. I am now officially someone who loves the NA genre as well. The book has changed me. The last book I read was Shearwater by Derek Murphy. I read it for an editorial review, and will be reading the full thing when I get an ARC in October. So the review is gonna be a long time coming for that one. But I loved the whole mermaid aspect. I don't think I've read many mermaid stories before.
Don't you just love my over-ambitious TBR! At least anything I don't read, I will pass over to the next month. I've brought over Emma by Jane Austen because I am halfway and didn't finish it last month. And Wonder by RJ Palacio is there again. But the new additions are:
Oliver Twist by Charles Dicken
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (Reread)
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson
The rest of them are ebooks which are all for review in this case. I've started The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths but I hope to finish it! The others are:
Gabrielle and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno
The Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Twelve Days in December by Michele Paige Holmes
Soulless by Jacinta Maree
The Bathory Curse by Renee Lake
The Backlist Books Challenge: 0/50 (Gonna do better next month!)
The 12 Month Classics: 0/12 (Working on it!)
Popsugar 2016 Challenge:7/40
2016 #BustleReads Challenge: 2/20
Olivia's Question: How has January been for you? What did you get up to? What did you read? What do you want to read next month?