January Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Ups

I can’t believe it’s time for the first wrap up of the New Year already!

This month was extremely hit and miss for me which I go into more detail below.

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The only notable thing I have to report this month is that I officially became Vegetarian 🎉🎉

I’ve felt very exhausted this month. I’ve been struggling a lot with my mental illnesses and the current state of the entire world. I constantly feel like I’m not doing enough. Then I feel guilty because this isn’t about me. What right do I have to be sad when others are fearing for their lives? It’s a vicious kind of cycle. I’ve needed to take several breaks and then I feel guilty again because being able to “switch off” is extremely privileged. I’m just so overwhelmed by what’s happening. I expected this to all happen the moment Trump won the election, but I just can’t fathom how truly awful some people are. I’m scared for the entire world. I’m trying to signal boost things online as much as I can because I don’t have the means to protest physically, but it just doesn’t seem like enough. I’m trying to be hopeful about the future but it’s really hard.

I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve hardly been around the community this month and above is why. I just haven’t had the energy. This isn’t how I wanted my first full year of blogging to begin, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things soon. I appreciate all of you for sticking with me.

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Just one book this month!! In all honestly, it’s probably gonna stay like this for a while. I have a student loan I’ve been putting off paying for too long.

I received a copy of Freeks by Amanda Hocking from Pan Macmillan Australia! Will be participating in a blog tour at the end of the month so stay tuned.

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The first week of January was amazing for me. I read 5 books in 5 days. Two of them were books that were at the top of my YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK pile. All 5 were diverse reads. I was so confident for the rest of the month. Then everything went downhill and I haven’t read anything in like 2 weeks and I’m still struggling to pick up anything.

Whilst I managed to successfully complete the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon with reading 6/7 books. I TOTALLY FAILED Diverseathon which I’m super bummed about because I have been excited for it for so long. Last Diverseathon I read Homegoing and it became one of my favourite books. I was hoping to have a similar reaction with the group book this time around, but I only managed to read one book and it wasn’t the group book.

“But Lauren you read 10 books how is that failing?” because I read all of these in the first 2 weeks of the month and I haven’t wanted to touch a book since 😂😩

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (★★★★★) – Pretty sure this is the cutest book I’ve ever read. Still craving Oreos.
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (★★★★★) – I was worried about this book because it deals with agorophobia which I also suffer from. However, it was handled brilliantly and I loved it so much.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (★★★★★) – Lowkey think this book put me in a reading slump because I loved it so much. It broke my heart in the best way. I honestyl can’t stop thinking about Aaron and Thomas.
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (★★★★★) – I read this and listened to the audiobook and Lin’s narration was everything. It was a little slow at times, but it didn’t affect my rating because the characters and writing was so wonderful.

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Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera (★★★★★) – Super important book that deals with feminism and the importance of intersectional feminism. My fave thing about this is how you as a reader learn along with Juliet.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (★★★★) – I know there’s a lot of mixed reviews for this book and whilst it does suffer from a lot of Fantasy tropes and cliches I thought it was extremely fun and it was two princesses saving a kingdom and falling in love so!!!
Citzen by Claudia Rankine (★★★★) – This is the one and only book I read for Diverseathon. It’s not my usual poetry style but it really opened my eyes to the injustices black people face on a daily basis. I definitely recommend it!

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The Reptile Room, The Wide Window and The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket (★★★★) – I read these along with the Netflix series and it was so much fun. It’s such a great series! God damn the adults are absolutely frustrating as hell though, haha. If this entire series isn’t a metaphor for how adults need to start listening to younger people then idek.

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Obviously the majority of this month was spent NOT reading so that resulted in lots of other forms of media, haha.

MOVIES & TV

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Sing was such a fun movie! I took my younger siblings to see it, but I think I enjoyed it more than they did. I also absolutely loved A Series of Unfortunate Events. I MISS IT SO MUCH. The filming style was brilliant and it did a good job at staying accurate to the books. I’ve been enjoying Season 2 of Shadowhunters a lot more than Season 1!  

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The season final of Sweet/Vicious aired and I don’t know what I’m going to do if it isn’t renewed. It’s one of the best, most important shows on TV and you NEED to watch if you aren’t. I also binge watched White Rabbit Project and then when I finished that I decided to binge Mythbusters. I’m such a geek when it comes to science. I love all the random facts so much.

MUSIC

SO MUCH MUSIC STUFF HAPPENED THIS MONTH??? Ed Sheeran released 2 new songs BOTH WITH VIDEOS!!! The Maine released a new song. I fell in love with One OK Rock. From First To Last did a song with Sonny Moore and I’ve never been more emo in my life.

Did anyone listen to Triple J’s Hottest 100?? What did you think?? I feel like the Top 10 this year was one of the absolute worst. There were better songs in the bottom 50.

Anyway, here’s a playlist of my fave songs from January!

And like last year, here’s a playlist that will constantly be updated with my favourite albums that will be released this year!

GAMES

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I don’t by any means consider myself a gamer. However, I love watching Let’s Plays and playing ones that are heavily story based and that are point and click. I don’t have the skills for all those complex ones 😂. I really loved Life is Strange and was seriously missing it this month so I filled the void with Oxenfree and Broken Age. I absolutely loved Oxenfree. The story and characters were amazing. I need to replay it because I missed so many things. Broken Age had an incredible story and I loved Vella. The second half was pretty frustrating at times because the puzzles were a little complex me for me. I NEVER WANT TO SEE A HEXAGON AGAIN IN MY LIFE. The art in both games were absolutely stunning. I also fell back into a The Sims hole because of their toddler update. Of course this meant downloading Custom Content more than actually playing anything.

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There weren’t that many posts this month, but here’s a few of my favourites!

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What was your favourite reads or posts in January? Feel free to leave any links in the comments.

Like always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I hope you all had a fantastic January and even better February.

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23 thoughts on “January Wrap Up

  1. I struggled a lot with anxiety and depression this month as well, I totally understand where you’re coming from, Lauren. However I just want to let you know that you are enough. All day everyday all the time in whatever you do, you are enough. Oh! And I love you ❤️
    ALSO, I’m so glad you read Ari and Dante and loved it! It’s one of my favorite books of all time! 😍

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  2. I’m so glad you read Juliet Takes a Breath and enjoyed it! It was my favorite book of 2016, I think it’s such an important book and everyone should read it. It talks about intersectionality in a perfect way that it’s easy to understand for someone who is new to intersectional feminism. Also, you are right about the reader learning along with Juliet, I feel like I learned so much by reading this.

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  3. Self-care is extremely important right now, especially with the negativity in the world and in the book community. I feel like I’ve been absent on Twitter recently and I’ve actually been enjoying my time away from it. 10 books in two weeks is really impressive!

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  4. I understand your feelings of anxiety so much, I have been feeling the same way – everything seems a bit messed-up about the world right now, but never forget that you are allowed to take breaks and your health comes first 🙂 We are always here for you whenever you need to talk, and will be there when you come back if you need to step away from the community, blogging, or just social media overall. It can be overwhelming at times.
    On the positive side, you had an AMAZING reading month, wow ! I really want to read Juliet Takes a Breath, the cover is stunning and it sounds like a great, important story 🙂

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  5. Citizen by Claudia Rankine was one of the books I studied for English Lit coursework this year (it was amazing & challenged my thoughts on so many things), and I’m excited to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda & Highly Illogical Behavior after Not If I See You First. Congratulations on so many books this month and remember there’s nothing wrong with feeling burnt out. Reading and blogging should be a fun hobby!

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  6. Sorry to hear you didn’t manage DiverseAThon but you still managed to read a lot of what sound like excellent books (some that I’ve added to my own list now). I hope your mental health improves! I know a lot of people who are struggling with the same feeling (including myself) and it is very tough – especially the feeling of “not doing enough”.

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  7. Wow, lots of diverse reads! I’m so glad you liked all of them! I absolutely loved Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda and I can’t wait to read Ari & Dante!
    I hope you feel better soon- I have been going through some anxiety too, especially due to exams! Luckily they are all over now😊💕

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  8. Sadly enough, I know exactly how you feel about the whole guilty thing because I have the same. I constantly feel like I shouldn’t feel so bad because I don’t even live in America and a lot of good things happened in the last months. However, we should blame ourselves for how we feel, because that only makes it worse (it does for me, at least). I really hope February will be a month that you feel good again ❤

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  9. I’m sorry January seemed to be a tough month for you Lauren, I still struggle with my anxiety every now and again, it tends to be work that brings it out more than anything so reading and blogging is still an escape from all that, but no matter what it’s never easy so I really do hope you feel better soon. Take your time in feeling better, this isn’t the kind of thing you want to rush to get over is it?
    Still it seems like you got through some amazing books, even if the majority were during the first half of this month rather than the second. More Happy Than Not is on my to-read list and I have heard nothing but amazing things about it so I really need to get started on it soon. Also I really need to watch the Series of Unfortunate Events adaptation, I loved the books and from everything I’ve heard so far I reckon I’ll love the T V series as well.
    I hope you feel better soon, and I hope you have a good February as well. 🙂 ❤

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  10. Ah, Lauren!! You don’t need to feel guilty at all for taking a break from blogging, and from feeling the need to take breaks from the media + the chaos surrounding the Trump regime – any person who hopes to be emotionally stable does. The important thing is that you’re invested in being aware, and that you’re contributing to these movements in all the ways that you can. Very proud of you for making such a huge effort :’) I know it’s so, so hard.

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  11. I hope you’ll have more energy for the coming months!! We all struggle with the current situation a lot and some people from far away. I mean I live in Switzerland and I still can’t help but be veeeeeery disappointed with what’s happening in the USA. But I hope it’ll get better …

    You listed some really great books! And I’m also loving the second season of Shadowhunters! 😀

    Wish you a lovely February! ❤

    Yasmine @ Swissbookworm
    My January Wrap Up

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  12. Girl, I feel you about the Mental Health. I’m bipolar depressive with anxiety. Yeah its a fun life. haha. I had to take breaks this month from twitter and everything. I would read the news but not get engaged in or read all the fighting on social media. I hope you start feeling better. Message me anytime and I’d love to chat. I’m excited for you being able to read all these books. I can’t read when I’m having an episode. I just withdraw and rest. Or craft.

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  13. Yay! You played games! 😀

    I’m sorry this month has been so hard for you. Know that you aren’t alone in feeling the way you do. I think it’s important that everyone still balance out with doing things they love. Blogging, reading & other things are an escape for many people and if it’s one of yours, you should still use it as such. Self-care is just as important. ❤ I hope February is better for you!

    Also, good luck with being a vegetarian! I was one for 3 or 4 years in my teens. I gave it up at like 18 or 19 though lol

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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  14. Aww congrats on being a vegetarian, Lauren! It’s something I’ll never ever do myself but I’ve seen people feeling a lot better about themselves after they become one hahaha 😛 I’m sorry that January wasn’t super kind to you but cheers to hoping for a better February! Hehe it also seemed that you’ve read a lot of great books! Most that I’ve read and loved as well. And oohhh I’m also a fan of The Sims 4 hahaha but I stopped playing a few months ago because I’d been playing for like 8 hours a day and basically neglecting everything 😛

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  15. Sorry that January has been tough – but know that it’s always ok to take a break and take care of yourself first and foremost. We’ll all be here when you need us ❤
    On the plus side, you did get to read some AMAZING books and some of my all-time faves like Simon, More Happy Than Not, and Ari and Dante!!
    And my playlist is actually a little similar this month! Of course there was Ed Sheeran, and then I also fell in love with One Ok Rock this month! And FFTL releasing a new song with Sonny Moore was just nostalgic heaven 🙂
    And I totally agree, this season of Shadowhunters has been a lot of fun and better than season one already!

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  16. I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through some tough emotions and that you’re not feeling well – but you should know by now that WE ALL LOVE YOU regardless of how many books you read or how much time you need to take away from your blog ❤ ❤ ❤

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