January Wrap Up & February TBR (2021) // New year, new activities!

Wow. January. What a month! πŸ˜„

January was certainly a busy, exhausting, but extremely rewarding month. I tried and learned so many new things and met new people. As the result, I barely have time to read anything but I’m not complaining tbh. It felt really nice to just go out and do things!

  1. BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD by Toshikazu Kawaguchi // 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  2. THE BRIGHT AND THE PALE by Jessica Rubinkowski // 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  3. REVENGE OF THE SLUTS by Natalie Walton (Currently reading)

Seeing how busy I was in January, I didn’t have many books I want to read in February other than DOWN COMES THE NIGHT by Allison Saft. If I could find more time to read than I would love to tackle some contemporary from my TBR but as of now, I think I better not put pressure on myself and just plan for one book.

While the rest of the world seems to be in a hopeful mood with the arrival of COVID vaccine and Biden’s inauguration, I would be lying if I say that I’m feeling the same mood.

2021 just didn’t start the right way for my country. In case you didn’t know, we had a fatal airplane crash which killed everyone on board, two successive earthquakes in Sulawesi, 2 devastating floods in Borneo and Manado, a volcanic eruption and a tornado in Java. All in the first 3 weeks of January. It’s been raining a lot too and while I’m enjoying the weather, I can’t help but worry on the possibility of flooding and how it will further damages the country.

On a more positive note, I started my first job ever this January! It has been a steep learning curve so far and after a year of inactivity, I’m still not used with the busyness and the workload, but I believe I’ll get the hang of it eventually! I’m really grateful that my company is such a nice place to work on: everyone is super helpful and friendly, and they’re also super strict about mask, crowds, and wfh/wfo balance. It takes some of the worries away. The only downside is that I’ve moved out again to be closer to the office but the internet at my current place sucks, so I have to go somewhere during my wfh schedule to access the internet/have a decent meetings πŸ˜’ It’s very counterproductive against the intention of wfh in the first place, so I’m looking for a new place right now.

It’s been really busy so I haven’t been in the mood for reading books, instead I find my joys on youtube and AO3! The k-pop binge is still going strong so I’ve been binging a lot of contents on youtube, especially NCT and Stray Kids. They do released waay to many contents, we’re really spoiled as a fandom 😭 As for AO3, as usual, I’m just reading waay to many ATLA and The Untamed fics haha.

Speaking of k-pop, my baby ahgase heart is crying over the news of GOT7 not renewing. The announcement week was such a rollercoaster: crying from sadness, and then crying from happiness over the fact that yes, they’re not renewing, but they’re not disbanding either. In fact, they’re leaving with the trademark GOT7 meaning that they are still GOT7, they’re owning the GOT7 brand! πŸ˜­πŸ’– it’s just insane because I don’t think any other act ever pulled this??? I mean Beast had to change their name, but GOT7 walked away with everything (hopefully including Jus2 and JJP trademark). Of course there are worries on how things will go moving forward and I did cried*, but I’m super excited with the directions each members are taking and trusting their bond to take care of the rest πŸ₯°

*who am I kidding? I still cried everytime I’m watching their videos and content lol

The songs of the month are JJProject’s Tomorrow, Today and Bad Bunny’s Dakiti. The latter is mainly for the beat, but Tomorrow, Today‘s lyrics really hit the feels for me and it’s something that will hit hard for everyone who’s facing difficult decisions at the moment.

Why must I decide about tomorrow, today?

How should I know what tomorrow will bring?

My path and my dreams are fading

If I could turn back time and see my future

I would know which way to go

I would know where my path is 

Why are you telling me to choose

When I only have my eyes half-open?

Somebody let me know, tell me which way to go

Cuz I don’t, don’t, don’t know

How was January for you?

15 thoughts on “January Wrap Up & February TBR (2021) // New year, new activities!

  1. Tasya! I’m really happy to hear that though not in terms of reading that January was a bustling month for you and you got to do new things… pleased to hear that you’re adjusting your new job well, all the best! Ahh I tried to get an ARC for The Bright and The Pale haha, I’m so heartened to see that you gave both your reads of the month 4 stars!

    Ah yes 😦 I have heard of the happenings in Indonesia and it truly is awful that such a year of “hope” would start out like that, but all we can do it just hope that the months get better! Stay safe and wishing you an incredible February!


  2. I’m so sorry you and your country has had such a rough start to your year, I’m sending all the positive energy and hoping that things will improve. πŸ’•πŸ’• So glad you started your first job and that your workplace is great – massive pity about you having to leave your home to.. work from home because of the internet troubles, but I do hope you’ll find a new place soon! AO3 has been life-saving for me for the past year, which is so weird because I haven’t ever read fanfiction before that, haha. But I’m so glad I found my way to fanfiction because it brings me so much joy. Hope your February will be fantastic! πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m sorry about everything happening in Indonesia, I can absolutely understand how that would cause a lot of stress and heartache! Sending lots of love with the hopes of things improving soon! β™₯ Congrats on your new job, that’s so exciting!! I also just started a new position and totally get the weirdness of diving back into a full time routine – it’s definitely been a transition! Sending lots of good vibes your way this month! β™₯

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  4. Firstly let me just say I’m so sorry for everything that’s going on in Indonesia πŸ˜” I’m sending positive energy your way and hope that things will look up πŸ’•πŸ’•
    Then, congrats for your new job !πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
    And thank you so much for including my post 😭❀❀ I wish you all the best, and hopefully you’ll have an amazing February πŸ’œ

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  5. 2021 has definitely not been off to a great start. there have been so many terrible news all over the world, and i really hope that you’re staying safe and healthy, as well as your family and friends. ❀️

    my job has just returned and it’s definitely an adjusting process. i am wishing you all the luck on finding a new place and that it doesn’t stress you too much. i’m glad your coworkers are great, though! i feel like that’s so hard to find!

    i feel like when i’m stressed, i also go to youtube and AO3 for comfort, which is probably why i’ve only been watching NCT crack videos for the past week, hahah. i hope you’re finding comfort and that your february is just as great!

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  6. I’m so sorry that 2021 hasn’t been off to the best start, I really hope you’re staying safe and am sending you all the love ❀ On brighter news, I'm so glad to hear the first job has been going well so far and that everyone's friendly, it's so good to be on a team like that. πŸ™‚ I hope that February has been kind to you, I'm sending you lots of love ❀


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