We’re now one month into a brand new year! What better time to revive my monthly wrap-up post AND give it a fresh new name? “Month in Review” was just too bland for my liking. That’s a Wrap isn’t exactly unique – I’m sure there are probably 8,000 other bloggers who use it – but I like it.
January was one heck of a month! I started my first year of living on my own (and I’m excited!) and crossed a new state off my list of places I’ve visited (California FTW!). I spent eight days in San Diego for work. Let me just say, there are much worse places to spend 1/4 of January than California. It was lovely there. I was so wiped out at the end of the long days that I didn’t spend much time outside of my hotel room, but I did have one day to do fun things. There was just one thing on my to-do list for San Diego – seeing the Unconditional Surrender (aka Times Square Kiss) sculpture.
I also got to see several lovely sunsets from the Convention Center. Not the most glamorous location, but you can’t argue with colors like these. #nofilter
Of course, all that running around in warm weather and then heading back to the frigid tundra of DC left me with a horrendous sinus infection that it took nearly two weeks to get over. I used all that downtime for the big blog redesign!
I’m in love with nearly everything about the new blog. I still have quite a bit of work to do (reformatting ALL THOSE REVIEWS) but it’ll get there in time.
The other big thing in bookish new is… I’ve been blurbed! I’ve been blurbed in eBooks before – and on Amazon and other places – but never in a PRINT copy of a traditionally published book. It was so exciting to walk into Barnes & Noble, pick up a copy of a book by one of my favorite authors and see my words on, like, the third page! This is from Tessa Bailey’s Risking It All.
That’s all the big bookish news from January, but here’s a quick breakdown:
Total number of books read: 24
Young adult: 4
New adult: 8
Books DNF’d: 1
Reviews posted: 17
Discussion posts: 2
Blog Tour, Teasers, Guest Post & Giveaway: Falling Away (Fall Under #3) by Penelope Douglas
In Review: Falling Away (Falling #4) by Jasinda Wilder (+ Giveaway!)
Countdown Blitz, Teaser, Excerpt & Giveaway: Falling Away (Fall Away #3) by Penelope Douglas
Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Melody Grace’s Beachwood Bay Series
Release Blitz, Sale & Giveaway: Aly Martinez’s Wrecked & Ruined Box Set
There are some awesome things happening in February! First and foremost, MY BIRTHDAY! Ok, so I’m not nearly as excited about turning a year older as I am to offer you 28 Days of Birthday Giveaways in celebration. Enjoy!
The thing I’m looking forward to most is ApollyCon! It promises to be a bookish good time with all kinds of amazing friends and authors. I can’t wait to *finally* meet two of the bloggers I’ve grown closest two over the last few months AND see my other blogger and author friends again. Plus, I’ve never actually been TO Philadelphia, so even more win!
Of course, there are some awesome books coming out in February, too. Here are a few I’m really excited to *finally* get my hands on! (Full disclosure: I’ve read The Return, but it was a borrowed copy. I can’t wait for a Seth that’s alllllllllll miiiiiiiiine.)
Books I need in my life immediately!
And, of course, I have to mention just a few February releases I read early that you MUST check out. I loved these books so hard!
Books YOU need in YOUR life immediately!
That’s pretty much it for now! Have a great month! 🙂