Hi guys! I can’t believe tomorrow is already the first of February. Where did the month go? *thoughtful moment*
Anyway, for the most part, January was good to me. I hope it was good to you too! On that note, I’m here to share what I read and posted this month, and a few general life updates. Let’s dive in! 🙂
I managed to read 10 books this month! I’m really proud of that. All reviews are on my Goodreads! 🙂
- As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka – 4.5 stars (ARC, out)
- City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson – 4.5 stars (ARC, out)
- Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith – 4 stars (ARC, out 5/2)
- Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes – 5 stars
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – 1.5 stars *
- Magnus Chase & The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – 4.5 stars
- Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch – 3 stars (DNF)
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – 4.5 stars ** (buddy read with Erika and Ava!)
- The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead – 5 stars
- Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – 4 stars
* I read this for school and thought it was really boring, and that the ending was disappointing. If I had been emotionally invested or invested in any other way, it would’ve frustrated me. But I wasn’t. *shrug*
** I FINALLY DID IT. FINALLY. I’M SO HAPPY WITH ME.
If I had to pick a favorite, it would be between Crystal Storm, The Hammer of Thor, A Darker Shade of Magic, and The Indigo Spell. I LOVED THEM ALL, OKAY? ❤
This puts me at 10/80 books on my Goodreads challenge, or 13% done. I’m also 4 books ahead of schedule! 🙂
I managed to post 12 posts this month (this one not included), and that’s definitely a new record, at least recently. I’m really happy with posting so much, and hopefully I can continue to for the rest of the year. 😉
- The Winner’s Kiss – Review // Flawed, But Still a Good Conclusion
- Changes Coming This Year
- 2016 End of the Year Book Survey!
- 2016 Wrap Up
- January TBR & Anticipated Releases!
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Movie Review
- Discussion: The Small Details of Retellings
- Let’s Talk Love Triangles
- 14 Books I Think Are Underrated
- 5 Tips on Getting Out of Blogging Slumps
- 6 Tips on Improving Your School Performance
- 14 Diverse Books I Hope to Read in 2017
With the exception of one for TWK, which I posted so the entire trilogy would be reviewed on my blog, I didn’t post any reviews. “Changes Coming This Year” is completely dedicated to explaining why, but the basis of it is that I don’t have as much time and they’re the least popular posts.
I also decided, toward the end of the month, that I was going to expand my blog’s theme. In addition to books, Heir of Glitter is now also going to be a lifestyle blog. Because as much as I adore books, there are other things I would like to share with you guys, and making this decision has already helped me come up with more ideas for future posts. 🙂
My second semester of school started early on in the month, and my classes have been surprisingly easy to stay on top of. The past week has also been focused on registration for next year’s classes, and I’m happy to say that personally, it wasn’t stressful. I’m taking another year of honors classes as well as my first AP class (Advanced Placement/college-level, for international friends) and continuing with French. I’m taking an introductory creative writing class too, as an elective, and it focuses on writing short stories and poems. Once next school year rolls around, I might start sharing my work here. I’m not sure yet. Nonetheless, if I’m on less frequently starting in August, that’s why. I won’t worry about it yet, though.
This past weekend, on Saturday, my family went to the salon and I got my hair cut and my streak recolored. My hair is 5-6 inches shorter * now, and the pink-purple streak in my profile picture is now a blue-teal ombré. It’s so much easier to manage now, and I love it.
* It used to go down to about the middle of my back, and now it’s a little longer than chin-length.
I’ve also been keeping up with my bullet journal, and I’ll most likely do another post on it either in February or March. I have standard spreads to keep track of day-to-day things, my reading, and my blogging, but I’ve grown fond of one in particular: my positivity log. The past couple of months have been rough emotionally, so halfway through this month I started writing three good things that happened each day. They’re only simple things — finishing my homework at school, enjoying my ADSOM buddy read, a new episode of Shadowhunters, and talking books with my sister, to name a few — but they help me focus on the positive things that happen each day rather than any negatives there might be. 🙂
And that’s all for this post! How many books did you read in January? Which one was your favorite? Did anything fun/interesting happen? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂
I’m off to get ready for bed (because I may or may not have a habit of taking forever to write posts) and continue reading Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton. I’m not very far but it’s interesting. 😛
Until next time…