Friday, 31 January 2020

January: Month in Review

Is it wrong to salute the passing of January by waving the middle finger at it?
No? Good. Because January kinda sucked for me.
Work has been really tough, I've struggled with a CFS flair up, and I've not had anything going on at home to balance out the bad... Mostly because I've no bloody energy to do anything!
So, January can officially go do one and I'm glad it's over.

I'm determined that February is going to be a better month. 
I've set out a list of things I'd like to achieve this month and I'm hoping that my fatigue abates so I can actually achieve it!
Work is still going to be busy (it's just that time of year) but if I can get my energy level off the floor, I can handle it.

I'm structuring my monthly recaps a little bit differently this year so that they encompass more than just reading challenge progress but since I didn't really do much in January, there isn't much to recap!

In January, I read 10 books. 

My favourite book of the month was Druid Vices and A Vodka by Annette Marie but it was a super hard choice between that and Helen Hoang's The Bride Test (which was wonderful!).

I have various reading challenges this year and I'm happy with the progress I made towards them.

Audiobook Challenge is at 2/20

New Release Challenge is at 3/30

Beat The Backlist is at 5/80

Retellings Challenge 0/10

Bookish Resolution - Shut Up & Read It 1/16

Bookish Resolution - Nuke Netgalley (pt.1) 0/16

Bookish Resolution - Nuke Netgalley (pt.2) 1/21

Bookish Resolution - Read The Series 0/12
(No complete series but I started on reading The Mercy Thompson series so I'm happy!)

Outwith the first week of January (when I was still off work from Christmas), I haven't watched any movies. However! That first week of Jan, I watched all four Indiana Jones movies for the first time and I went to the cinema to see the Little Women movie which was lovely.


Tv watching was much more productive.
I finished the Big Bang Theory re-watch we'd embarked on at the end of last summer, and binge watched all four seasons of The Good Place.

We also started Good Omens and S2 of You (but I haven't finished either of those yet) and made a little more progress with Lucifer S3.

I posted 20 blog posts in January. 

In future, I'd hope in this section to pull out the posts I'm most proud of (like discussion posts or something) but January was a month of reviews with a couple memes thrown into the mix and nothing that particularly jumps out at me for sharing again... Maybe next month I'll finally write a discussion post and/or have some family adventures to share!


I think I'll remember January as the month of Vesta. 
The month may have sucked she has settled in beautifully and her personality is really shining through... She's a wonderful lapcat (and reading/computer companion) so she fits right in!

That's it from me. How was your January?


  1. I'm so sad The Good Place is over....
    I hope February is a better month for you!

    1. It was such a fun show! Our binge watch turned out to be perfectly timed as we caught up right as the final episode hit. :)

  2. Haha, I love the gif. Sorry your January was rough. I hope you have a great February.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Thanks! I really hope February is better too!

  3. I'm with you in telling January good riddance! It wasn't a stellar month and it seemed to last forever. Here's to a better February for us both. The Bride Test was so goo. I just loved Esme and Khai. And it looks like you're already off to a good start with Beat the Backlist.

    1. Between beat the backlist and the new release challenge I can't lose with whatever I read! They tick off a challenge, lol. :)

  4. I hope February will be a much better month for you. Enjoy your books!

  5. I am all about the lap cat. I like cats in general, but I want to be loved back. My cat growing up slept with me. He was the best! I hope Feb is good to you, my friend. I will admit, that gif had me cackling. You did amazing with your challenges. Five backlist books! Fantastic! I love Hoang's book, so I am happy to hear you enjoyed TBT.

  6. January was kinda rough around here too. I hope February is a better month! Happy reading! :)

  7. I think you've had a good start to your challenges in spite of limited reading time so well done on that! You're doing better than me on watching stuff! I was determined to watch more this year but January has passed with no progress at all! I'm glad the cat has settled in nicely as that can always be a concern. I would love a furry companion but it is never going to happen sadly!

  8. Your cat is adorable, and I love when they like to snuggle! Mine does too! Sorry January was pretty dang awful though. I'm not really a fan of the month either. But it's over now and hopefully some fun things are headed your way. Great job on your reading, and on your challenges!!