January Wrap-up // Meh Books, Sucked at Blogging, But a Good Month Life-wise

The first month of the new year and decade is over!

Surprisingly, January didn’t completely fly by, and I had a decent month overall. I really hope to maintain this energy all throughout 2020, because I will scream if 2020 isn’t my year. (Also, sorry I’ve been absent lately. I’m busy and my mental health is killing me—just fun things.)

Like I said, January was a good month life-wise! I still had a little bit of Christmas break left over from December, and I like to think that I made the most of it. I also got two days off of school because of the Taal Volcano eruption, which I 100% didn’t deserve because I wasn’t affected by it at all. I didn’t even see a hint of ash fall, but maybe that’s because I stayed inside the entire time?

I watched a film and TV show in January!! (Wow, who am I?? I watch movies and TV like, once every two months.) But anyways, I enjoyed both! 😌

I watched the Korean film Parasite and the new Netflix show, The Witcher. Parasite is so worth the hype, and even though I’m not a film critic, I can say for sure that it deserved its Oscar nomination. In my opinion, The Witcher isn’t that good quality-wise, but it’s pretty entertaining. And Henry Cavill was born to play Geralt, so I’m excited to finish it once I have the time!

I also celebrated Chinese New Year! My school holds a program for it every year, and I also ate out with my mother and father’s side of the family! Sadly, these outings cut into my reading, blogging, and introvert time, but at least I got good food. *rubs belly*

Some other great things that happened in January were:

  • Spending time with friends. I’m convinced that there’s no better feeling than being able to talk to someone about anything and everything for hours on end without ever getting bored.
  • Progress with ping pong! I’m always whining about how unsuccessful 2019 was in terms of my ping pong career, but after a major loss in December last year, I feel like something just clicked. I’ve been taking practice more seriously than ever, and I’ve won against people that I previously lost against. So, yeah, hopefully I can redeem myself this year?

I read 9 books in January—so close yet so far to the long-coveted 10+ books, but I’ll take it! I’m still ahead of my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books this year, and I know that I have to be as ahead as I can get. 😌

In terms of quality, I’m half disappointed, half not. I picked up a bunch of books that started out as 4 or 5-star reads, only for them to deteriorate into 3 or 2 stars. That being said, I found some truly enjoyable reads this month—including a 5-star book!!! Yes, the Queen of 3-star Reads rated a book 5 stars. 😭

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  • Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor– This book definitely isn’t perfect, but I would still 100% recommend it! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† Live reading updates and brief thoughts.
  • This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada– I can’t believe I have a 5-star read just one month into the new year, but I’m definitely not complaining! The science and romance in this book are god-tier. Not to mention that it’s so action-packed and twisty. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne– If I were to rate this based on my reading experience, I’d give it 3 stars, but only because I didn’t pay much attention while listening to the audiobook. 😭 The parts I read physically were amazing though, and that’s why I gave this 4 stars. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

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I feel like I failed at blogging in January. I succeeded at scheduling posts almost the whole month through. But I barely interacted. I stated in my 2020 goals that I want to reply to comments within four days, and surprisingly, I’m doing well on that goal. However, I haven’t had time to blog hop lately, and I feel guilty about it. I feel like I’m alienating myself from the blogging community.

Also–if you didn’t know–my one year blogiversary is on February 26th, which is in less than a month! I’ve always had this mindset that I must get a crazy amount of followers/views/engagement in just my first year of blogging, so not seeing a lot of blog growth a month before my one year milestone made me sadder than it should.

I’m just being a whiny person in this section, I’m sorry!! I know that I truly have nothing to complain about! One good blogging thing that happened in January was the launch of my new blog series, Caitlin Reads…! Would love it if you checked it out if you haven’t yet. ❀️

Favorite Posts from the Blog:

Happy February, everyone!! (Even though we’re already a full week into it. Spoiler alert: I failed my “schedule posts a whole month in advance” goal.) I feel like it would benefit you to be informed that my birthday is on February 15th. 😌

What were the highlights of your January? FAvorite book? Least favorite book? Any February goals?

27 thoughts on “January Wrap-up // Meh Books, Sucked at Blogging, But a Good Month Life-wise

  1. I’m so happy you enjoyed The Hating Game, that’s such a fun and entertaining book. Pity you couldn’t pay attention to the audio – I felt the same way about Little Women, though in that case switching to the paperback did not help, haha. I also read The Unhoneymooners in January, and while I enjoyed it less than you did, it was still a solid read. Also, I’m so happy you loved This Mortal Coil, because I need to pick that one up.

    Honestly, I’m a little glad you said that The Witcher is not the best – I was in two minds about watching it, and you kind of pushed me into the “not interested” direction. It’s not even a genre I typically watch, but the hype has been overwhelming. Parasite, though, I’m SO GLAD you loved, because I’m super-excited for that one.

    Hope you’re having a wonderful February! Best of luck on your reading, and please don’t feel bad about not interacting as much!! Life can get hectic and overwhelming. πŸ™‚

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    1. I really get the hype surrounding The Hating Game, and I’m so happy! I hope to one day reread it via ebook because I know that I’ll probably enjoy it more! Ah, it’s sad that you didn’t like Little Women and The Unhoneymooners very much. I definitely see how The Unhoneymooners could be polarizing, but I just loved its take on the fake dating + enemies to lovers trope, and it just made me really happy while I read it! I hope you can read This Mortal Coil soon! Trust me, it’s a good book with excellent worldbuilding! It’s a little gory though, so be prepared for that!

      I mean, if it were a book, it would be the kind that you know isn’t that good objectively, but it’s still super entertaining and fun to consume! OMG YES! I’m so happy that it got the recognition it deserves at the Oscars, and I hope that more people can watch it without being spoiled for the plot or affected by the hype! It’s really such an amazing film, and I feel like it’s best to go into it knowing almost nothing ❀

      Thank you so much! I hope you're having the most wonderful February as well! Ah, that made me feel so much better 😭 I really do feel guilty for not being able to comment on everyone's posts because I want to give them the love they deserve, but it's just not feasible right now!

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  2. Caitlin you have over a thousand followers in your first year of blogging, that’s huge!! it’s totally fair to be disappointed it’s not motor, but that’s still a pretty awesome accomplishment that you should be proud of!!

    Also omg happy early birthday!! How old are you turning??

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    1. Ah, no, I don’t! That gigantic number you see is a combination of my WP followers and my Twt followers πŸ™ˆ But I know that I truly don’t have anything to complain about! Thank you so much for the kind words, they really mean so much πŸ˜­πŸ’•πŸ’•

      thank you!! OMG i’m baby…. I’m turning……… 15 … but i swear my mind is older, hehe πŸ˜“ (lol that probably made me seem even more young πŸ˜‚)

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      1. oop well, you still have an awesome amount of followers for one year of blogging hehe

        and omg you ARE baby you’re like two years younger than me wow hahaha

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  3. Aw, Happy Birthday and Blogversary in advance Caitlin! 9 books in a month is a great accomplishment, good job. I watched Parasite a while back too, it was really well done and I didn’t expect it to play out as it did. Totally wasn’t ready for that ending! Good luck with your ping pong training!

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    1. Thank you so, so much Tina πŸ˜­πŸ’• Yeah, I’m honestly really proud of myself, haha! I have no-school days to thank πŸ˜‚
      Omg yeah! I rarely like movies, but I definitely LOVED this one! Did you see it win Best Picture? I’m so happy that it got the recognition it deserves, especially because it’s an Asian film!
      Thank you! I hope 2020 is going great so far for you ❀


  4. Ahh shhh I can’t believe we’re a week into February!! Not. Cool. *melts* Ahem, anyway… I think you had a great month! 9 books is honestly really good… I only read 7. *nervous laughter* I hope February is an amazing month for you! πŸ˜€

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  5. Caitlin! There’s no such thing as being bad at blogging! You’re an amazing blogger, and not being absolutely on top of blog hopping/responding to comments doesn’t change that. πŸ’•β€πŸ’•

    Oooh, I love hearing about your ping-ponging, and I hope you keep us updated on your ping pong redemption arc, because I am *hooked*. Omgg, you rated a book 5-stars??? I have to read it immediately to see what kind of magic it has hidden within its pages 😁

    Hope you have an amazing February!! Maybe ALL your reads will be 5-star reads for your blogoversary month! πŸ˜‰πŸ’•

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    1. CHANA HOW DO YOU ALWAYS KNOW WHAT TO SAY ILYYY ❀ ❀ I'm so glad that at least one person find my ping pong "redemption arc" interesting, because I literally talk about it all the time, haha! I think it's going well! I definitely don't win *everything*, but I know that I'm a better player than I was before!
      Tbh, the book was more of a 4-star read, but I've become more lenient with 5 stars because god knows that I have to improve my GR average rating πŸ™ˆ
      I hope your February is going amazingly!! And no, my ratings for February have been lowww. I already have one 2 star read and one 1 star read… gotta love being such a hard-to-please reader :))


  6. Ah Caitlin, you’re doing AMAZING and you are such a fantastic blogger, I hope you’re not beating yourself up too much. We can’t do it all and you’re already doing so much ❀ ❀
    I'm SO happy you loved This Mortal Coil ahh I adore this book and really need to get the sequel, I can't wait!! πŸ˜€
    I hope you will have a lovely February ❀

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    1. Whaaa.. Marie, thank you 😭❀ I feel a little bad because I haven’t commented on one of your amazing posts in a long time, so I’m super happy that you think this way!! I hope you know that you’re already doing the most as well ❀ ❀
      Same! I have to read This Cruel Design ASAP! the science in This Mortal Coil was so cool!
      Hope you're having a lovely February! πŸ™‚

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      1. Ohh please don’t feel bad about it at all, we all get busy and behind and everything, you’re doing GREAT.Take care of yourself, that’s what matters the MOST ❀ x

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  7. I’m glad to hear that January brought a lot of great things even if others have been stressful! I hope you’re having a great February πŸ’—πŸŒ· I’m also so happy to hear that you’ve found the golden first 5-star book of the year! I really enjoyed This Mortal Coil as well, it was so interesting and intense 😱 I’m trying to challenge myself to watch more movies this year and I watched My Neighbor Totoro … and it was so adorable and wholesome πŸ˜­πŸ’—

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    1. Thank you so much, Caro! Same to you πŸ₯°πŸ₯° Honestly, it could also be 4 stars, but you know, I have so few 5-star-reads as it is 🀭 And yes! Interesting & intense are perfect words to describe This Mortal Coil! My favorite things about it are the world building and plot twists!!
      Widely unpopular opinion incoming, but.. Studio Ghibli movies aren’t that nice for me? 😭😭 idk, everyone says they’re beautiful, so maybe my expectations get too high :-(( I’m glad you enjoyed it though! Maybe I’ll watch it some day!

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  8. i’m glad to hear you had a good january! i have this sort of weird superstation that the beginning of the year sets the mood for the rest of it.
    i’m happy you enjoyed parasite so much. i’m not into movies, so i didn’t watch it, but i think it was nice seeing an asian movie getting so much hype.
    spending time with friends is such a great thing and i’m glad you found time for it this month. i think i’ve said this before, but having friends is really important to vent out or simply to forget about our problems.
    nine books is AWESOME! i’m also happy to hear you found a 5 star read and enjoyed the hating game better than i did! i’ve been struggling with audiobooks lately; i used to be pretty good about focusing on it, but i’ve been zoning out so bad. i think it’s just because i’m tired, hahah.
    and i need to check out β€œcaitlin reads”!!!! was so excited when you talked about it, and i love the idea already.
    hope you had an amazing february so far! πŸ’›

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    1. welllll… february was a horrible month :”) but I hope things look up again soon!
      ah, I’m not into movies too, but people who aren’t into movies will totally still love it! just trust me and watch it!! if it doesn’t live up to the hype, I don’t think a lot of things will be lost!
      Ah, I’m amazed at how much i read honestly, but that’s what no school does for you!! honestly, this mortal coil was more of a 4 stars, but i gave it 5 stars just because I need to rate books higher πŸ˜‚ ah, i totally get how the hating game is a lil’ problematic and bad, but it was honestly a really fun book, and i loved the transition from hate to love! oh same. right now audiobooks aren’t doing it for me. i don’t know when/if i’ll start listening to them again, because i’ve always had a zoning out problem.
      wishing you a wonderful rest of your year, lais!

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  9. January was a good month overall! Nine books are very nice!! I also read around that and surprisingly, I had a decent blog schedule, social life, etc etc. February is not going as well but that’s a whole other story! lol I just finished Loveboat, Taipei and while I enjoyed it a lot, I’m not obsessed with it like everyone else, I’m lowkey disappointed! I hope February is treating you well ❀

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    1. Ah, I’m so glad that January was a good month for you! You deserve it! Omg same! can’t believe I read nine books and also had a decent month πŸ˜… But I think it was because I got a lot of days off school!
      OMG SAME! february was a horrible month for me are we the same person?? And I feel the same way about Loveboat, Taipei!! I really didn’t like how what Sophie did was just brushed off and it really didn’t need to be that long :”(
      Hope you have a wonderful March and rest of your year, Marta!

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      1. saaaame about Loveboat, Taipei! I could have enjoyed it a LOT more if only a few things had been different! But maybe I just had expectations that were higher than they should have been ): hopefully march will be better and will bring better books!

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