Starting A lot of Things / January 2020 Wrap Up

Oh, boy, the official January wrap up from your favorite redhead. Do you ever feel like these kind of posts create a lot of pressure? You want to include all the good things from the month and you’re nervous about forgetting something. At least, that’s how I feel when I start drafting these posts. Especially when i wait till the very last minute to start working on them. Opps.

Anyway, can’t go worse than the Iowa caucus. Thank goodness I’m only writing a blog and not running for president. Because five days late doesn’t matter when it’s only your blog on the line (and not all those votes)

   

Tweet Cute ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – an adorable read to start the year! Completely hufflepuff and baking alongside a rivals to lovers story. 10/10 recommend!

Dark and Deepest Red ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️– wow, w0w, wow! This was so well written, as all of Anne-Marie’s McLemore’s books are. Also, read the author’s notes, they’re writing is so poignant and the author’s note brings this story full circle.

Emergency Contact ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This was set in Austin and I feel betrayed no one told me before. Anyway, I really like this college setting and story.

 

The Kiss Quotient ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I’m going to say this is NA??? Anyway, it was sweet and cute and i read it all at once.

The Electric Heir ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️– Victoria Lee knows how to make my heart pound. i was truly scared for these precious characters. Also, so much philosophy worked out in one story. Excellent.

Becoming ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I listened to all 20 hours of this memoir and I am proud. Anyway, Michelle Obama is constantly inspiring and her words made me think quite a bit!

The Tattooist of Aushwitz ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Not my favorite story from the Holocaust but I did learn a bit. I just felt like the romance was weird.

 

It’s Not Like it’s a Secret ⭐️ – My first DNF of 2020. Mainly because the main character was really, really annoying.

Foul is Fair ⭐️ – I have a WHOLE rant on this on my goodreads. Deeply disappointed.

Only Mostly Devastated ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Okay, okay, this book really had me grinning. It’s SO CUTE and was the PERFECT end to January reads. 1000% recommend.

This month was really interesting for my writing because I feel like I did a lot, but I actually didn’t write THAT much. 

But I realized some pretty fun things and started working on an extra scene for my current book. It’s a post canon story, almost like fanfiction. If I ever get published (when I do get published, bravely rephrasing) it’ll be a scene I send to folks as a pre-order incentive or something, haha!

I also joined a writer’s discord chat and that’s been super encouraging!

and to finish up January, in early February I was able to get a desk and bookshelf, so I’ve started building my writing corner. So now, I actually have no excuse to not write. Opps.

January was a quiet and good start to the year. While I didn’t practice French everyday, I upgraded to an iphone 11, and what’s better than that? (probably practicing my french every day would be better)

Anyway, I also started trip planning for my first vacation for 2020 and I’m absolutely thrilled about that. It’s not for several months, but I’ve figured out my budget, the dates I’m going, and most of my itinerary. I’m VERY excited.

 

And yes, I probably had WAY too much coffee this month. But I’ve been visiting all my favorite coffee places around the Upstate. Which makes me extremely happy. Also, catching up with college friends.

Did I mention, it’s weird to move back to your college town but you’re not a college student anymore? because it is officially weird.

I’ve also gone thrifting a BUNCH because ya girl had to start decorating my new place. I’m not really posting pics of my stuff here but I’m filming a video of my decorating for my youtube. I really have no idea when I’ll upload it because i’m still in the process of decorating. But figuring out my own style and owning furniture is REALLY cool.

also, while I don’t have a decorating video put together, I do have an apartment tour + moving vlog.

Speaking of youtube, I’ve been super consistent about uploading content on youtube. Mainly because limiting myself to posting one blog post and one youtube video a week has worked VERY well for me. Highly recommend learning your own pace in life. 

Anyway, my channel has been doing well, views wise and stats all together. Growing much more steadier than it ever did in 2019. Hoping that energy keeps up in February, hahah, better go knock on wood.

Okay, now time for some monthly favs from all around!!! 

Olivia shared some free blogging resources which are super helpful! If you need graphics or pictures, Olivia has a whole list of affordable places to look.

One of my favorite things about 2020 so far, are Fadwa’s Color the Shelves posts. I love each of these interviews (even though I get way behind and end up binge reading them all at once) Anyway, favorite interview so far was with Anne-Marie McLemore but all the interviews are AMAZING.

Also, Ellyn interviewed me for her blogger interview series, you can check that post out, too.

The lovely Marie brought together wit and honesty into this post about why she will and won’t read your blog. I’ve always found posts like this super helpful and a look behind the scene at being a part of the blogging community.

Annie wrote this short and great post about getting to know the 2020 presidential candidates. It’s a great resource to start researching the candidates. 10/10 recommend. also, i cannot believe it’s been four years since 2016. I’m having a hard time emotionally lately with staying hopeful about the upcoming american elections but i know there’s so many brave people running for office and drama aside, the people working to fight injustice are what gives me hope.

I specifically mean that while someone tearing up a speech is cool, I am more inspired by folks like Greta Thunberg, Mari Copeny, and Ayanna Pressley and the work they’re doing on a daily basis. Not all of it might be made for tv moments but it matters deeply. Though nothing against tearing up speeches.

As you can see, I’m posting this wrap up in February. mainly because the first week of this month is always hectic – and I wanted to post my review and interview for the Gravity of Us before that lovely book’s publication date. So, I moved things around and posted my wrap up late. And anyway, i honestly don’t think it matters when I publish this post THAT much. Especially as long as I get it published on a thursday on my weekly schedule.

Anyway, I need to finish writing this so I can practice french, eat lunch, drink some water and get to work. here goes! 

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 How was your January? Favorite read of the year so far? How late is acceptable for sharing a monthly wrap up? 

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