Monthly Recap: January 2016

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Well, I made it through the first month of 2016! I’m happy to say that I’m quite pleased with what I’ve accomplished. Check out what I did this month!

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This month, I read a total of 9 books, which personally I think is super impressive! I got a lot of reading done over winter break and the few snow days that I had.

  • Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto (review)
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (review)
  • Front Lines (Soldier Girl #1) by Michael Grant (review)
  • Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (review to come!)
  • Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman (review to come!)
  • Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan (review to come!)
  • The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine (review to come!)
  • Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow (review to come!)

I have a lot of reviews coming up in February, courtesy of all these amazing books coming out next month! Stay tuned!

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Here are some of my favorite posts this month, along with the blog tours I participated on!

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As you may or may not know, Panic! at the Disco came out with a new album this month and I spent a good amount of my bus-riding time listening to this album! And yes, I also jammed out to Britney Spears. No, I’m not embarrassed (THEY WERE GOOD SONGS OKAY).


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  • The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, arranged by April Genevieve Tucholke
  • We Were Never Here (ARC) by Jennifer Gilmore
  • Armada by Ernest Cline
  • An Ember in the Ashes (ARC) by Sabaa Tahir
  • What You Left Behind (ARC) by Jessica Verdi
  • I Crawl Through It (ARC) by A.S. King
  • Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
  • Truthwitch (Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

Huge thanks to everyone who sent me books this month!

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  • As I mentioned in my December 2015 recap, I participated in my Science Olympiad competition on January 9th! My partner and I received 5th place for Protein Modeling, and I got a medal, which was pretty cool.
  • I finally finished all my midterms! It was probably one of the worst two weeks of this year, but I’m really glad it’s over.
  • I also made a swag binder, courtesy of Aila @ One Way Or An Author! She had this great idea which she posted on Twitter, and I can’t believe how much I love it.

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On the blog:

  • SST: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin | Review
  • Novel Newcomers: Interview with Sophie @ Bookwyrming Thoughts
  • Blog Tour: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

How was your month? Tell me in the comments or link to your own monthly wrapup!




29 thoughts on “Monthly Recap: January 2016

  1. I’m looking forward to reading so many of your reviews, particularly Assassin’s Heart, Reign of Shadow, The Shadow Queen, and Elementals. 🙂 I see you’ve got Truthwitch – I hope you enjoy that, I really liked it! And I’ll be curious to know what you think of An Ember in the Ashes, I have it sitting on my shelf but have yet to read it! What a great month you have had! 🙂

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  2. Wow! you’ve read some great books this month. I’m anticipating for assassin’s heart and reign of shadows. So, I’ll look forward to your thoughts on them. I loved Truthwitch, An Ember in the ashes and What You left behind. I hope you enjoy reading them. Happy reading! 😀

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  3. Seems like you’ve had an amazing start to the year! I read THE PROPHECY OF SHADOWS too and I didn’t like it that much, but hopefully you liked it more. I hear incredible things about REVENGE and FRONT LINES. Here’s to an amazing Feb!

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  4. I can’t wait to get Truthwitch, it sounds amazing! (Although, imo, isn’t kinda having the ability to shoot fire from your palms and kill people with one shot so much cooler than being able to tell if they’re lying or not. Like BAM PEW PEW) Shoot me a link when you post your review so I can read it!

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  5. Eep, nine books is certainly impressive! I’ve loved your posts too – the Edelweiss one was certainly really informative and I learned so much from it! I can’t believe you participated in the Science Olympiad – congrats on achieving 5th placee~! Could you possibly link me to the swag binder…? I have no idea what it is LOL but it sounds really interesting!
    All the best for February~!

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  6. Yay for making it through the first month! Ooooh I read Assassin’s Heart, Reign of Shadows, and The Shadow Queen also! I have We Are the Ants and Front Lines on my TBR! I loved your EW tutorial and tips post- great job! 🙂 OOOOOH PRETTY BOOKS I APPROVE! 😀 Have you read Truthwitch yet? You must! So good 🙂 Congrats on finishing all of your midterms plus receiving 5th place in the Olympiad! I can’t wait to see your SST Review 🙂

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    • Oooh, I’m so glad you loved them! Thank you so much 😀 I’m going to be joining Olivia @ The Candid Cover in her Truthwitch readalong so I’ll get to Truthwitch this month. Can’t wait to post my SST review! Thanks for commenting, Nori!! 🙂


  7. Look at all these great reads you got to! I’ve been eyeing Revenge and the Wild for a while now, but I’m not sure whether I should wait for the library hold or just go ahead and buy it. The Raven Boys is the best, I hope you enjoy the book and that your February is utterly fantastic!

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