Hey peoples! So I’m a bit late with this round up but I was in Kingston last weekend and completely forgot to edit and schedule this post. Silly me. I forget things when I’m having fun.
January came and went super fast. Look, 2019 is going to need to chill and take its time. I’m still recovering from some parts of 2018. All in all, it was a good reading month, just not in the ways I expected.
I did start off with a TBR of five books. I wasn’t going to do a TBR originally but I said to myself, if I’m doing a reading challenge, having a tbr list makes sense. Well, that didn’t happen. Of the five I had chosen, I read two, started one and then read three others that weren’t on my list at all. I just really felt like impulse reading which I think I might actually stick to this year instead. (Blog post on that to come).
What I Read
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson – First 5 star read of the year. It made me break out the highlighter. Now I usually don’t go for self help, motivational type books (hence why I started The Happiness Project but haven’t finished it) because I usually find them boring or not relatable. This one though was a great read. Everything was just laid out in a common sense, pragmatic way. I didn’t agree with everything he said but I really enjoyed it. I would read it again.
- Puddin’ by Julie Murphy – This book was so cute. I had heard of it after Dumplin’ was released on Netflix and when I came across it in Sangster’s late last year, I figured I’d give it a try. It was a sweet YA novel and it gets my ratings for not only being inclusive, but also for featuring an asexual character. I’ll take my representation whenever I can get it please and thanks.
- Just a Girl Standing in Front of a Boy by Lucy-Anne Holmes – I had never heard of this book but I borrowed it from a friend of mine on New Year’s Eve. She is also an avid reader and we came up with the idea that I would borrow a book from her every month as a way for me to a. buy less books and b. take a tour of a friend’s bookshelf. I like seeing what kinds of books my friends are into and having discussions about them later. This book, ALL THE FEELS. I loved it. When I finished reading it I couldn’t stop smiling and I almost cried. I’m such a sucker for a well done, quirky kind of romance especially those set in England. If you’re a Jojo Moyes, Jill Mansell fan, I would recommend you give this one a try.
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – This is the sequel to Albertalli’s, Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda which I read last year. Someone had gotten me a kindle version of this book and I forgot I had it. It’s only when electricity went one night and I was going through my kindle books that I realised I had had it this whole time. I liked it enough but to me it wasn’t as good to the original.
- How to Stop Time – Matt Haig – Another one that had been on my kindle for awhile. I didn’t like this book. It had so much potential to be great but lawks the writer should have spent less time trying to be so philosophical and I dunno, actually developed the plot! I hear it’s going to be made into a movie, I think I might pass on that one.
I don’t know if it was the leftover fuzzies from Christmas, but I really found myself reaching for YA and books that can be described as light and sweet. January wasn’t a month for the heavy stuff.
Goals Check In
Earlier this year I had posted my 2019 goals and I think I’m doing pretty well so far:
Get a bookshelf – I am happy to report that there has been major progress! All the wood has been cut, planed and sanded. I did a dry test today to make sure the measurements are correct. They aren’t LOL! The bookcase is going to be too tall so I’m going to have to move my existing shelf higher (and by me I mean my father, unless he lets me use his drill). Other than that, I expect this project to be completed by the end of the month! Whooty Whoo!!! Now I jut hope all the books can fit… I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.
Clear out old books – I actually did this too. I went through my shelves, sorted them all and boxed up the ones I no longer feel the need to keep. I set up a book sale page on Instagram and have sold some. I also visited the used bookstore in Kingston last weekend and they said they will take the remainder and I’ll get store credit. Boom, easy. Look at me being all productive.
Ease up on the book buying – January was good. In total I bought three books:
- A Beautiful Work in Progress – Mirna Valerio – Kindle edition. This is a memoir written by Mirna, a black female marathon runner. She gives us insights into her personal life, her upbringing, how she became a marathon runner, what her life is like as a runner and how she stays motivated in a sport where people who look like her, aren’t usually the faces of that sport. I rather enjoyed this one.
- Beyond the Naked Eye: No Home for the Wicked – Gemini Jones – Kindle edition – I haven’t read this book as yet. The author had reached out to me on Instagram and had asked me to check out her work. Through my sister, I know how hard it is for self published authors to get their work recognized so I wanted to support. Also, the book sounded hella interesting so I’m looking forward to reading it.
- The Story of Beautiful Girl – Rachel Simon – I hadn’t heard of this book or author until I saw that a Jamaican on instagram by the name of betweenthepages_ja was selling a used copy for a very reasonable price. I decided meh, why not try it out. Plus Oprah liked it (The power this woman has…). I actually finshed reading it today so I’m still kind of processing. Right now I’m at, “It was alright”.
There are other goals but I haven’t quite reached those yet. I’ll let you know about those in the future but I think I’m on track to achieve most this year. (Check me February when it comes to the book buying though, warning you from now).
That was it for January. How did your first month turn out?
Til next time 🙂