January Wrap Up & February TBR (2020) // A Quiet Month

MONTHLY wrap up

Surprise suprise, it’s already the end of January!

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Okay confession time: the opening part for monthly wrap up post always confuse me. What should I write here? Time flies? Every month I write that 😭 Sometimes I just give a brief on how my month goes, but I have a whole other section down there so it feels repetitive. The opening is actually the hardest part to write and always took the longest time for me to finish πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

So yeah- any post opening experts, I really need your help here!

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  1. DECKED WITH HOLLY by Marni Bates // ✰✰.5
  2. A SHIVER OF SNOW AND SKY by Lisa Lueddecke // ✰
  3. SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS by Courtney Alameda {eARC} // ✰✰✰.5
  4. THE TYRANT’S TOMB by Rick Riordan // ✰✰✰✰.5
  5. CEMETERY BOYS by Aiden Thomas {eARC} – CURRENTLY READING

So January was not the best reading month. The first two books were leftovers from December, and I didn’t enjoyed them that much. SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS was great, but there are also aspects that I think could be improved. THE TYRANT’S TOMB was an impromptu read that I read in one sitting- once I started, I just couldn’t stop!

Despite the mixed bag, I’m actually happy with the books I read. At least I managed to knock down some books from my TBR before the weird funk attacked at the later half of the month!

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  1. THE WICKED KING by Holly Black
  2. THE FRIEND SCHEME by Cale Dietrich {eARC}
  3. THE DIE OF DEATH by Kenneth B. Anderson {eARC}

So yeah, not a huge list for next month, just a couple of ARCs and a series I’ve been wanting to continue. February will be a month of deadlines- ToR, Chapter 1-3 of my thesis, as well as my colloquium presentation. Tbh I probably won’t be able to read for the first half of the month…

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January… didn’t start really well. It was super stressful but I do feel a lot of blessings along the way so I try to keep that in mind. You can read the full recap on what happened on January 1st here.

Quite a lot of things happened in January, but it also felt like a quiet month for me. I had my semester break, where I met my school friends and hang out quite a lot. I spend soooo much time with Pedro (he turned 2!!! my baby is getting older *sobs*). He’s been getting really cute and cuddly, especially since he’s been having grooming session regularly. I love him so much and he’s just the best! 😍

I had my final finals. I only have 1 written exams, the rest were poster presentation, presentation, and movie-making (!!!!) so it was both chill but also stressful. It was bittersweet because it will be my last exams for a while, but I’m glad I didn’t have more exams to study for hehe. I think all the lecturers are giving us a pass though- and I’m certainly not complaining!

And it’s also officially thesis season! πŸ“„ My friends who are doing their thesis abroad already finished their colloquium and ToR and also already left the country (sobs). As for me, I also already started my bachelor’s thesis! It’s been great so far, but also really busy. The working hours are great, the supervisor is super helpful, and there are a lot of interns/thesis students in my lab so I have a lot of people to talk to! But I have a lot of adjustment and learning to do, and I also have to write up my ToR and chapter 1-3 as the deadlines are coming real soon.

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Which, also why this blog kinda dying at the moment haha. I still love blog hopping so I’ll still be lurking around, but I couldn’t find any other energy to write any post. So yeah, I’m really thankful for all the support you give me, both from comments, tags, likes, or even just plain lurking πŸ™ˆ It really means a lot! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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tasya

 


17 thoughts on “January Wrap Up & February TBR (2020) // A Quiet Month

  1. Thanks for sharing my post! And January is such a touch and go month, i either hate it or it works for me. And for some reason, it feels so LONG but that’s partly because I feel like so many weird things happen in just one month. For me, the news has just dragged, days and days of impeachment trial news and then lots of kind of bad news have made this month feel super long and heavy.
    But at least good books make it better! I read several rom coms and that helped me not feel too down. 😊

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    1. A lot of people have mentioned that January always feel like the longest month ever- maybe because it’s right after all the excitement of Halloween and other fun stuff at the other half of the year and now we have to wait for another year? πŸ˜€ But yeah, there has been a lot of things happened this month news wise, it’s pretty crazy!

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  2. I hope February treats you better reading wise. I’m keen to see what your thoughts are on Cemetery Boys – it’s high up on my radar!
    Also I 100% am with you on openings for these types of blog posts. I was legit staring at my keyboard the other night doing my own πŸ™ˆ

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  3. Exciting that you’ve had your final finals!! Also, it’s great that you’re getting so much support and feedback on your thesis, that’s always so important, and can help you feel more confident, in my experience. πŸ˜€
    Haha, I definitely struggle with post openings, especially wrap ups, because, yeah, it feels like all I can say is how fast the time flies. And at the end of 2019 I kept writing “the decade is ending, how weird” until I realized how repetitive and boring it was. I really admire bloggers who can come up with catchy, funny intros.
    Also, I’m happy you shared Sabrina’s post – I’m so excited about her joining W&W, and I’ve loved everything she’s posted. πŸ™‚

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  4. Lol, I always have problems with introducing posts too. I like to think I’ve gotten better at it over the years, but who knows.
    I hope you’re enjoying Cemetery Boys – I’m really excited for that book! I have my fingers crossed that you like The Wicked King too – that was my favourite of the trilogy.
    Sounds like you have a very busy time ahead of you. Wishing you the best of luck Tasya πŸ™‚
    Also, a big thank you for including my post! I’m honoured πŸ™‚

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  5. Oh, I totally feel you on not knowing what to write at the beginning of wrap-up posts. I always just briefly recap my life and broad reading in that first paragraph and then move along lmao. I hope you like The Wicked King! I didn’t have much luck with it, but I know so many people love it. Good luck with your thesis. πŸ™‚

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  6. Oh god I never know what to write at the start of my wrap up posts, either, you’re not alone πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I wish you all the best of luck for your thesis and everything, you can do this! And I hope February will be a better reading month for you. sending you all the love ❀

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  7. ngl, your mini existential crisis in the intro on what to post in that part made me laugh so hard because SAME. Every month flies by and I feel like a broken record, but I don’t want to just have a boiler-plate text to open every post because that is boring.

    I am sorry to see you didn’t have the greatest reading month. I loved Seven Deadly Shadows, I think because I went in with low expectations in relation to character development due to Courtney’s other books to the point I was blown away.

    Good luck with your thesis and happy reading!!!

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  8. Exactly! I really wish I could come up with creative wrap up openings, but it’s pretty hard πŸ˜‚

    Ohh I didn’t know the author has other book, so maybe that’s why. I still quite enjoyed it, I just wish somethings were different. I will definitely be checking the author’s other book!

    Thank you, Kal! πŸ’•

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