monthly wrap up

January Wrap-Up

Hi everyone!

How are you all doing? January has been a good month for me. Life is settling in to a new routine with baby, I’m getting much more sleep, and I’m so happy to have been able to carve out time to do what I really love, which means a lot of reading, writing and some blogging too.

I read a total of 7 books this month, which is the most I’ve read in a month for a while! (It’s really because there isn’t much else to do when a baby’s sleeping on your lap… πŸ˜…)

House of Earth and Blood was, embarrassingly, my first Sarah J Maas book. (I know, where have I been all this time?!) At 800+ pages, it was a longer than the usual books I read, and it took me a while to get into this one, but I ended up LOVING IT SO MUCH. (❀️❀️❀️❀️/5 stars. Review coming up soon!)

I also decided to dive into my backlist and read Throne of Glass… unfortunately, this wasn’t my cup of tea. There was less killing and scheming than I’d expected, and way too much ballgowns and love triangles. (❀️❀️/5 stars. Review coming up soon!)

I’ve heard so much about Tweet Cute, so of course I wanted to give this book a read! It was such a fun, breezy rom-com that I finished in no time! (❀️❀️❀️❀️/5 stars. Review coming up soon!)

Love, Creekwood was a super cute and charming companion novel documenting the lives of Simon and his friends. It was sweet and funny and I loved it. (❀️❀️❀️❀️/5 stars. Review coming up soon!)

Ever since reading and loving Front Desk, I’ve been looking forward to the sequel, Three Keys. Although this novel had a strong message, it got a bit too political for my taste. (❀️❀️❀️/5 stars. Review coming up soon!)

I LOVED The Ten Thousand Doors of January SO SO SO SO MUCH! The writing was so beautiful and the characters and their stories tugged on my heartstrings. (❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️/5 stars. Review coming up soon!)

I wasn’t too into basketball, nor was I a huge fan of novels-in-verse, so I didn’t expect to love The CrossoverBUT I DID. It was funny and witty and packed an emotional punch. (❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️/5 stars. Review coming up soon!)

Since Sarah J Maas has been kind of hit-or-miss so far for me, I figured that I might as well read her other work, A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’m about 70% through and I’m getting a bit of the same dresses-and-romance vibe as Throne of Glass, but… I admit I’m actually liking this book so far!

This month I kept on querying Children of the Sun and waiting, waiting, waiting. It sure isn’t an exaggeration that the query trenches are a tough place, but hey I’m going to keep on carrying on. Like they say, don’t let dreams be dreams. Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

I was planning to start revising my new MG novel, Vampires Don’t Drink Blood, late this month, BUT I kind of got sidetracked with a brand new idea and started plotting it and… before I knew it I was 15,000 words into the first draft! It’s kind of the prequel to Children of the Sun, but it also works as a standalone novel, and it’s been so fun to write so far!

I also participated in DVCon, which was a free online conference for writers. I loved that there were a variety of authors and agents on the panel, many of which I’ve heard of! I also met some new author friends in the Discord chats.

In the beginning of the month, I’d hoped to have a more flexible blogging schedule, which meant one review per week, one wrap-up post per month, and additional posts whenever I felt like… and it really worked! I also upgraded my laptop and got a bigger monitor which made editing blog posts a cinch! I’ve certainly identified some efficiencies in the process–I’d write a review right after finishing the book (when my memory’s still fresh), and sometime before the end of the month, I’d create 3 or 4 review posts all at once!

I also discovered Notion (after the lovely blogger Caro mentioned this on her blog) which made it so easy to organize my TBR, reviews and blog post schedule. (I also may or may not have my entire life organized on there hahaha… πŸ˜…)

I was on top of comments this month and I even got a chance to blog-hop and catch up with some of my favourite bloggers. Here are some of the blog posts I enjoyed reading in January:

This month I turned thirty. I started drafting a post, 15 things I learned at 30… but then promptly felt overwhelmed LOL. It’s still sitting there in my drafts folder. I have a job, a baby, and a retirement savings account… and I guess I’m kinda old?! πŸ˜‚

Other than that, life was pretty ordinary this month. With restrictions still in place, we didn’t have too much going on. However, I’m happy that I walked outside semi-regularly (whenever the weather’s nice) and did some light abs and shoulder exercises six days a week.

How was your January? What were your favourite reads?

Photo by Brady Bellini on Unsplash

34 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up

  1. Thank you so much for including my post, Sophie! It looks like you had a great month of reading (I love The Ten Thousand Doors of January!), and that’s so exciting you made such a good start on a new MG novel πŸ˜€ Also happy belated birthday!

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    1. Hi Briana. Glad that I’m not the only one who didn’t like Throne of Glass lol. I’m liking ACOTAR so far and I think I will continue this series πŸ™‚ Crescent City would have to be my favourite Maas novel so far though!

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  2. I am glad you had such a good time with so many of the books Sophie! I only read Tweet Cute and A Court of Thorns and Roses so far, but The Ten Thousand Doors of January is on my eReader for sometime this year πŸ˜€

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  3. happy belated birthday!! πŸ’– tweet cute IS amazing, i’m so happy you like it. i’m sorry throne of glass didn’t work out for you, i feel like the first book in SJM’s series give off a different vibe compared to the rest of the series HAHA. i really need to read crescent city soon aaaah

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    1. Hi Clarice! Glad that you enjoyed Tweet Cute too πŸ™‚ Haha does that mean that the series gets better after Throne of Glass? I’m liking ACOTAR so far so I think I will finish this series first. Crescent City is my favourite SJM novel so far πŸ™‚

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  4. Thank you so much for including my post! I’m so happy you enjoyed reading it XD
    Good luck with the querying process. I also really liked Crescent City, definitely one of my favorite books of last year. Seeing your thoughts on A Thousand Doors definitely makes me want to pick it up πŸ’›

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  5. Sophie!! ❀ Omg girl you did SO MUCH READING!! I'm jealous, haha!! House of Blood and Earth is on my TBR list as is Throne of Glass. I really need to swing around and get to reading them soon but as of late I got distracted by Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series which is really holding my attention so far. I'm so glad you enjoyed Tweet Cute too! I heard it's like the movie You've Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, is that true? Because then it's right up my alley! I can't wait to hear all your thoughts about The Ten Thousand Doors of January with your review and then we can both go into total gush mode over it ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. Hi Jai Lynn πŸ™‚ I was so glad I got a lot of reading done in January (although I slowed down a bit in February haha.) Hope that you’re enjoying the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series! I’m not sure about You’ve Got Mail, since I haven’t watched that movie, but Tweet Cute was super fun and adorable and I hope that you’ll like it if you end up reading it πŸ™‚

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  6. Happy Belated Birthday to you!!!!
    Looks like you had an awesome reading month. Tweet Cute sounds positively adorable. I must admit, I’ve not read a Sarah J Maas, but I feel like the love triangle situation in Throne of Glass would stress me out haha.
    I feel like I need to get on Notion, just so I can have some sort of order in my life haha.
    Thank you so much for sharing my post. ❀

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    1. Thank you Lois! Yeah I have a feeling that Sarah J Maas isn’t for everyone (been a hit-or-miss for me so far!) I love Notion which has been wonderful for organizing my blogging and writing so far πŸ™‚

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  7. So glad to hear that January was a good month for you! And it makes me so happy that you loved Ten Thousand Doors of January, since that’s one of my absolute favorites ❀ Best of luck with your ongoing querying processβ€”all that waiting does sound frustrating, but I believe in you And thank you so much for sharing my posts!!

    Happy February, and happy reading 😊

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    1. Thank you Margaret! The Ten Thousand Doors of January is probably my favourite book of the year so far πŸ™‚ I’m keeping my fingers crossed about querying though trying to not get my hopes up haha. We’ll see! Wishing you the best for the rest of the month.

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  8. Happy belated birthday!! And thanks for the shout out!!
    My January turned out to be pretty good. I didn’t have a favorite read this month, but I recently finished Raybearer and it was pretty good.

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  9. I hope you were able to have a nice day on your birthday Sophie. πŸ’• I am glad you have been able to establish a routine for your life and yes I discovered Notion last month and I have been loving it for making lists.
    I can totally see why you didn’t like Throne of Glass, I think if I read it now it would be very different to how I remember at age 14 (I think). I feel like the first two books in this series are quite different from the rest as it seems to take on a plot/tone shift. I think my favourites end up being Queen of Shadows and Tower of Dawn.
    I’m so glad you enjoyed Crossover, I haven’t seen it talked about too much but my library has it so I want to pick it up one day especially now seeing as you loved it. I never expected to love sport-themed books but I really do haha.
    Starting a completely new book to what you expected to be doing ahha, I love that but I’m glad you are enjoying it so much !!
    Thank you SO much for sharing my posts, I’m so glad you enjoyed them. I hope you have a great February !! πŸ’•

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    1. Hi Sophie! Thank you for the birthday wishes! I’m loving Notion overall, but I think I might be overusing it now since all this planning is stressing me out haha πŸ˜… I might tone it down for the coming month.
      Hope that you’ll enjoy Crossover if you do get a chance to read it. It’s short and sweet and barely takes time at all to read, but packs a strong punch! Wishing you the best for the rest of February πŸ™‚

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  10. Omg you have a baby!! Congratulations πŸ’—πŸ’— sorry for not saying anything sooner but I’ve been away from my blog and literally just found out whilst reading this post. Happy Birthday too, I hope that you had a lovely day.

    I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed House Of Blood & Earth, it’s 100% one of the books that I NEED to pick up soon. I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the Doors Of January so much as well. That book is just stunning – inside and out – and I can’t wait to read your review for it. I managed to get both of the authors books read last year and adored them both. The Once & Future Witches was even one of, if not the, best reads of 2020 for me.
    I hope your writing continues to go well also (: I have no idea how you juggle so much and still end up so productive.

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    1. Hi Charlotte! I’m glad to catch up! Hope that you’ve been well, and thank you so much for the birthday wishes! I hope that you’ll enjoy House of Blood and Earth, which is by far my favourite Maas novel so far. The Ten Thousand Doors was such a beautiful book, and I can’t wait to read The Once and Future Witches πŸ™‚

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      1. Thank you, I was ill at the start of the year but I’m better now thanks. And I hope you had a wonderful day πŸ’— thanks, I’m so excited to finally read it soon. And I hope you love The Once & Future Witches when you get to it then, it’s such a beautiful book too. Alix E. Harrow is definitely a new favourite author of mine now!!

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  11. I’m so happy you got to read a lot of books this month! I really liked Tweet Cute as well, it was such an adorable read.
    I love getting updates about your writing, Sophie! I wish you all the best of luck for querying and with your new idea, too and if you ever need someone to talk about writing with, I’d love to πŸ˜€
    I hope you’ll have a lovely February, take care of yourself ❀ ❀

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    1. Aww thank you so much Marie! I love following your writing journey as well. It’s so great to have fellow blogger-writer friends to cheer each other on. Wishing you a wonderful rest of February πŸ™‚

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