Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2019

Is it just me or did January feel like the longest month ever?? 😱 I can’t believe it’s only been one month into the year because it feels like I’ve been back at school for months and the holidays were forever ago. I’ve also been playing around with how I format my monthly wrap-ups so please give me all the feedback, and let me know whether you like the changes (or even notice them πŸ‘€).

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TIFFANY’S LIFE 🌺

January marks the end of the holiday season which also means going back to school. I started the new semester, and it feels so strange to have different classes with professors I’m not used to having. Exams will start to pick up soon so I also need to begin my studying regime. ✏ Hopefully, I’ll be able to balance all my academics and extracurriculars with reading and blogging. My goal is to post twice a week, but I might bring it down to once a week during heavy exam seasons.

I also didn’t take that many photos this month (boo!! sad), so please enjoy these latergram photos. The mural photo was during my Downtown LA trip in December, and the ice cream photo was from the summer. 😬 I thought it was fitting because what’s a Read By Tiffany monthly wrap-up without some type of dessert, and it’s a delicious milk tea ice cream with fruity pebbles, green tea pocky, and a goldfish in a charcoal cone.

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BOOKS I READ πŸ“š

My Goodreads goal this year is to read 50 books, and I finished 7 this month. I’m honestly bouncing around with enjoy because I read so many amazing books that I love with all my heart. πŸ’– I started January off with a buddy read of Warcross by Marie Lu with A from Avid Reader Diary which I enjoyed so much more than I thought I would. It had such amazing characters, and it captivated me as much as her Legend series. I also finally!! read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and I was left so SHOOK. It definitely lives up to its hype, and it’s already one of my favorite books this year.

I had the incredible chance to read ARCs of You Asked For Perfect and Descendant of the Crane this month, marking 3/21 books finished for #YARC2019. πŸ˜­πŸ’˜ You Asked For Perfect was beautifully written with a relatable plotline and characters who were easy to love. Descendant of the Crane was majestic beyond words though I wished some parts had more development. I also finally finished my reread of Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus, and now, I’m considering starting the other series in the Rick Riordanverse.

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Blog Posts & Updates ✏

I’m still indecisiveβ„’ as always about whether or not to change the layout of my blog and its theme to something more widescreen, but for now, I think I’ll be focusing more on consistently producing content, especially since school has started. I’ve really been enjoying the blog posts I’ve written this month so hopefully, I can continue on this smooth trend. 😊

Book Reviews

Blogging
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Instagram πŸ“Έ

In other exciting news, I received book mail!! πŸ’Œ I was incredibly lucky to receive an ARC of The Kingdom of Copper which I am excited beyond words to read. My mom was also super excited for me, and she’s actually the photographer because the book was shipped to my home address instead of my university address. I’m trying to post more consistently on Instagram too (probably once a week) instead of my previous every other blue moon. πŸ˜…

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Goals ✨

Finally, I’m deciding to add a goals section to hold myself accountable and encourage healthy habits but also to push myself to grow as a blogger. βœ… My goals for this month are:

  • read 5 books (including 2 ARCs)
  • post twice a week on the blog & once a week on Instagram
  • drink 3 bottles of water every day
  • do homework on time
  • attend my professors’ office hours every week
  • walk to school once a week
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Favorite Posts In The Blogosphere πŸ’ž

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How was January for you? Let me know in the comments! πŸ’•

50 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2019

  1. Oh my goodness, “drink 3 bottles of water every day” is an excellent goal!! Honestly, I never drink enough water. I don’t know how my dehydrated body even functions. Anyways, what a great wrap-up! I can’t get over that ice-cream cone – so much sugary goodness!!! Also, thanks for including my blog post (though you wrote it so maybe it’s technically your blog post??? I dunno haha).

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  2. Your goals sound really good and reachable! Best of luck with them πŸ˜€

    Also, what did the charcoal cone taste like? I’m curious.

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  3. Love this wrap-up, Tiffany! I’m glad you had such a great reading month in January 😍 Congrats on reading 7 books – I also read 7 books in January, and my Goodreads goal is 50 books too hehe (twins!). I’m so happy you loved Warcross and Evelyn Hugo; I love both books so much! And omg it makes me so happy that you rated You Asked for Perfect 4.5 stars – I’m incredibly excited for that one because I know it’s going to be so relatable (and I live for relatable contemporaries). πŸ˜­πŸ’“

    You’re making me want to reread the PJO/HOO series too, haha – I love those two series so much. What Riordanverse books have you not read yet? And good luck with your goals for February!! I hope you have an amazing month πŸ˜ŠπŸ’ž

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    1. Thank you Dezzy!! We’re goals twins ❀ ❀ ❀ We're definitely going to slay! I loved both Warcross and Evelyn Hugo so much and You Asked for Perfect beyond words πŸ™‚ It's honestly the definition of relatable for us! I also recently started Wildcard.

      I think I've only read PJO and HOO :O I read the first book in Trials of Apollo but it was so long ago I don't really remember it! I also read The Red Pyramid but didn't love them so much. I've been debating starting Magnus Chase because of potential PJO cameos?? Not sure, but if you have any recommendations please let me knowwwww ❀

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      1. YES WE ARE hehe πŸ’– I’ve already read 9 books so far this year, and I’m 5 books ahead of my goal which makes me feel very accomplished!! πŸ™ˆβ˜ΊοΈ

        Oohh I definitely recommend the Magnus Chase trilogy!! But just a warning, I didn’t love the first book as much as the second & third books. I really did love the second and third books though. 😍 This series is heartwarming and funny like PJO/HOO (except more diverse), and I honestly enjoyed it a lot. I also read the first book of ToA but I completely forgot everything haha. I should reread it and continue the series too.

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  4. Lovely wrap-up! I’m glad you had a great reading month and that you received an ARC of The Kingdom of Copper. I love The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so I’m really happy you enjoyed it! Best of luck with your February goals and getting back into the swing of school!

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  5. YAy! I’m so glad you liked the 7 husbands of Evelyn Hugo; i hope to read it as some point this year! and I’m so happy that you got kingdom of copper (even tho i dnfed city of brass but it’s fine) that must have been so awesome! Thank you for linking to my post, it means a lot!! Happy reading and I hope you have a great February ❀

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    1. Ilsa…YOU HAVE TO READ IT!! It definitely lives up to the hype. It totally blew me away πŸ™‚ and ahhh *whispers* I haven’t read City of Brass yet, but hopefully it’ll be good. and Your post was honestly so great!! Super detailed and informative I need to share it with the world ❀

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  6. January felt like it lasted for about twelve years, I’m glad it’s over hahahaha and hope that February will be quicker and better. You had such a good reading month, I’m so happy you read and loved You Asked For perfect, I LOVED IT so, so much as well. I’m very excited to read Evelyn Hugo at some point, I only heard amazing things about this book πŸ™‚
    I hope you’ll have a wonderful February ❀ ❀

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    1. Why was this month so long?? I definitely hope February is better for the both of us ❀ I need all the good and productive studying vibes πŸ˜… You Asked For Perfect was truly toooooo relatable, and I loved it so much πŸ™‚ You will love Evelyn Hugo!! I was really scared going in because of such high expectations and not sure if they would live up to them, but it's definitely worth the hype. I went in not really knowing much about it, and I think it was the best way to read it πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful February too ❀

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      1. I’m so happy you loved it so much and that it lived up to your expectations, I am a bit scared of that πŸ˜‚ but fingers crossed I’ll love it πŸ™‚

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  7. I so agree, January was so long! I can’t believe I was on break from school just one month ago.πŸ˜…
    You Asked for Perfect!! I have heard so many good things, I really just can’t wait to read it. *bounces up and down in anticipation* I also hope you get to read more Rick Riordan. What other series of his do you want to read? I have read the PJ series, Heroes of Olympus, the Kane Chronicles, but have only read the first book of both Magnus Chase and Trials of Apollo. I feel like I should continue though?
    Thank you so much for mentioning my post, Tiffany, it means a lot to me!πŸ’—
    Also, this post was so beautiful, I absolutely love the aesthetic of all your photos and your blog and just IT WAS SO PRETTY, and made me happy.
    Great post, happy February to you, I hope it’s amazing!

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    1. Right?? I can’t believe we had a break at all! It felt like forever ago, and I already miss it 😭 You will seriously love You Asked For Perfect. It’s just too relatable! I’ve read PJO, HOO, the first book in Trials of Apollo and the Red Pyramid. I didn’t love The Red Pyramid that much and Trials of Apollo was good but not the same as PJO. I’ve been debating starting Magnus Chase, but we’ll see!

      and AHH of course I will share your post Olivia ❀ I loved the discussion so much. Your girl loves love! It makes me so happy to hear that you love the format of this post too πŸ™‚ These are my favorite to write, so I'm glad it's well received. Happy Reading Olivia!!

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  8. I loved that picture with the street art!! So amazing!
    January was long but also I didn’t have a lot of time to read, which is sad… I managed to read 3 full books and in the middle of another book!

    Great post! πŸ™‚

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      1. Omg YES! I wish I had more time to explore DTLA, I bet there’s a lot of hidden gems there!!
        February is going to be better (specially because it’s my birthday month yay!! 😬😬)

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  9. you have such a gorgeous blog! I love the way you formatted this post, so lovely!!! Last month felt like it took AAAAAGES to get through for some reason! Such a slog.
    I really want to read Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but my copy of the book was accidentally put in storage and I haven’t been able to get it yet! 😩
    Happy reading (and STAY HYDRATED! lol drinking water is 100% something I need to be better about)

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    1. Ahhh thank you so much for your sweet words ❀ I loved writing this post so much, so I'm so glad to hear that you love it! January was toooo long. Hopefully Februrary will be much better.

      ahhfdsfaklfsadf You NEED to read 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!! It was such a fantastic book. I hope you get to read it sometime soon, and I hope you have a wonderful February ❀

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  10. All the books you read this month make me so happpppyyyy??? both Evelyn Hugo AND “You Asked for Perfect”,,,,i cannot stop smiling fondly at those books??????

    also thank you so much for featuring my post!!!!! i’m so glad you liked it lskdfj

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  11. i loved this post, tiffany! i’m so glad you read so many amazing books (especially warcross because yesss)

    i had no idea that you asked for perfect qualified for #yarc2019? (i feel kinda dumb lmao) and now i need to read it asap!

    there’s so many great posts i need to read that are here, i’ll check them out asap! your posts are amazing too (the graphics though 😍)

    best of luck with your february goals and for february as a whole! happy reading, tiffany!

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    1. thank you, taasia!! this was such a wonderful month of reading and i loved all the books i read πŸ™‚

      and ahhh i don’t think you asked for perfect qualifies for yarc?? (i’m not 100% sure) i was referring to descendant of the crane! i think my wording makes it confusing πŸ˜…

      the graphics were so difficult to put together because i’m so bad at graphic design, so it makes me so happy to hear that you think they’re pretty ❀ i hope you have a wonderful februrary too!!

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  12. i really want to read the seven husbands of evelyn hugo since basically everyone seems to love it?! also yay for bookmail! your mom is awesome tbh for photographing it πŸ˜€ and good luck for your college! mine will start in a week, so hopefully we both could still blog consistently.
    thank you for including my post, twin! ❀

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    1. my twinnnnnn ❀ you will absolutely love the seven husbands of evelyn hugo!! it definitely lives up to the hype πŸ™‚ i was really scared before reading that i wouldn't like it, but it really blew me away. good luck for college for you too!! even though you won't be traveling this time, i still hope you have tons of fun and find times for relaxing πŸ™‚

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    1. ❀ ❀ ❀ I hope you had an amazing month too Kelly! The milk tea ice cream place is in Arcadia so super close to us πŸ˜‰ and Ahh I'm so happy you love the photos too. I hope you get to read Descendant of the Crane soon! Edelweiss was kinder to me than Netgalley πŸ™ˆ

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  13. Honestly, January 2019 was sort of the shortest month for me. JEE, bundle of mock tests, Pre Boards, and binging friends between hours of study was all about it. But, bravo on doing so much in just one month!

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  14. Ohhh that ice cream looks SO GOOD. Also love your picture in front of that mural – the colours are just popping πŸ™‚ I reread PJO not too long ago, which really put me in the mood to reread Heroes of Olympus as well, so maybe soon! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed You Asked For Perfect – I can’t wait to read that one it just screams my name πŸ˜€

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    1. IT WAS!! *whispers* ice cream foreverrrr You should reread HOO too πŸ™‚ I don’t think it’s as wonderful as the original series. You Asked For Perfect was SO AMAZING!! ❀ I loved it with all my heart. I really can't wait for you to read it (and let me know all your thoughts)

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  15. I’m glad to know you loved the Warcross duology. The latest installment was a bummer for me. 😒 I can’t wait to read The Descendant of the Crane. It’s gotten quite the buzz lately. πŸ€“

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  16. I am new to following your blog so I don’t know how your wrap-ups were previously formatted but I do love the way it all looks now. πŸ™‚ I have had Seven Husbands on my TBR so quite some time now. I forgot all about it. Nice to hear that it lives up the hype. I’m gonna add You Asked For Perfect to my list right now, that cover is beautiful. Thanks for the rec!

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    1. Aww thank you so much for your sweet words ❀ I hope you read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo sometime soon. It was absolutely amazing! You Asked For Perfect is also one of my favorites of this year too (even though the year just started)

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