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. 😭
- Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen– The Asian rep in this book is SO GOOD. Sad I didn’t love it as much as everyone else though. 😞 ★★★☆☆ Full review.
- Notes On a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig– This book is so easy to read and clearly well-researched. This is a preference issue, but I don’t like it when self-help books give ambiguous and ~spiritual advice. Would still recommend though! ★★★☆☆
- The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli– Very generic and white-washed YA fantasy. ★★☆☆☆ Live reading updates and brief thoughts.
- The Passengers by John Marrs– The definition of unputdownable. I had a few problems with it that prevented me from rating it higher though. ★★★☆☆ Live reading updates and brief thoughts.
- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren– Such a light and easy to fly through read! ‘Twas fake dating and enemies-to-lovers excellence. ★★★★☆
- Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali– Please don’t let my rating discourage you from picking this book up! I simply rated it 3 stars because I usually get bored whenever I read contemporary. 😓 ★★★☆☆ Live reading updates and brief thoughts.
- Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor– This book definitely isn’t perfect, but I would still 100% recommend it! ★★★☆☆ 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. ★★★★★
- 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. ★★★★☆
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. ❤️
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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. 😌