If January felt like a long month, February felt even longer. 💝 How is it possible that the shortest month of the year felt twice as long as a typical month?
TIFFANY’S LIFE 🌺
February was filled with an exam after exam. ✏ I literally had at least 1 to 2 exams every week so I was constantly studying. I feel like I’m always talking about exams and schoolwork during every monthly wrap-up, but I guess that’s just the #collegelife. Luckily, I only have 1 more exam left before I fly back home to Los Angeles for Spring Break. ✈
On the bright side, I got to each a bunch of yummy food if you couldn’t tell from my pictures. During Lunar New Year, a local Chinese restaurant gave out cute piggy buns (because it’s the year of the pig). 🐷 I also got a chance to go to my absolute favorite ice cream shop near my school. AND if I wasn’t eating enough sweets, I had a super delicious chocolate banana waffle from a boba shop. 🍫🍦
BOOKS I READ 📚
This month I finished 7 out of my 50 books Goodreads Challenge, but if I’m being completely honest, I kind of fell into a reading slump. 😪 I only managed to finish so many books because 4 out of the 7 were audiobooks, and I was struggling to get myself invested in many of the physical books I was reading. Even though I read a couple of popular releases, I wasn’t blown away by any of them which sucks to say.
I also finished 2 books by Asian authors this month: Wildcard by Marie Lu and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. This makes 5 out of 21 books finished for #YARC2019. I’m really proud of my progress so far, and I can’t wait for even more amazing releases throughout the year. 💞 If you’re interested in seeing what books I’m hoping to read in March, here are 6 books on my immediate TBR.
Blog Posts & Updates ✏
Even though I didn’t post twice a week like I had originally planned, I still really enjoyed every post I wrote. 💫 Thank you all for being patient with me while I figure out my posting schedule throughout my struggles of balancing both blogging and school.
I was also super lucky to receive some exciting book mail this month!! 💌One day during my studying session, my mom texted me that I received a copy of The Princess and the Fangirl in the mail. I don’t know who was more excited about this because she immediately texted me photos so that I could post a bookstagram photo to thank the author and publisher.
Last month, I started a goals section for my monthly wrap-ups to hold myself accountable both in terms of blogging goals, book goals, and personal goals. Let’s see how I did:
- read 5 books (including 2 ARCs) ❌ While I did finish 5 books, I didn’t read any ARCs this month because of my horrible slump. However, I actually think I’ll be able to accomplish this goal in March so I still want to keep it on the list.
- post twice a week on the blog & once a week on Instagram ❌ I actually don’t think it’s a bad thing that I didn’t accomplish this goal because I was able to prioritize studying and focus on my schoolwork without stressing about blogging-related endeavors.
- drink 3 bottles of water every day ❌ My body demands water!! Luckily, I bought a new cute water bottle (with a straw!) that I recently started using, and I already drank 3 bottles of water every day in March.
- do homework on time ✅Your neighborhood study buddy is a diligent cookie.
- attend my professors’ office hours every week ✅This curious corgi had homework questions and got them all answered.
- walk to school once a week ❌ To be fair, it’s been a disgusting snowy mess lately, and I do not want to risk walking through windstorms and slipping on black ice!
This month’s goals:
- read 5 books (including 2 ARCs)
- drink 3 bottles of water every day
- complete 1 buddy read
- write 1 discussion post
- do something spontaneous
Favorite Posts In The Blogosphere 💞
- Ilsa from A Whisper of Ink shared her experiences with jealousy in the book community
- Fadwa from Word Wonders and I buddy read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo along with Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams
- Ju from Paper Blots celebrated the Year of the Pig with the Chinese New Year Book Tag
- Kate from Your Tita Kate wrote a thoughtful piece on being a critical reader and book blogger
- Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books shared how to stay positive while book blogging
- The Orangutan Librarian wrote about falling in love with contemporary YA
- Vicky from Vicky Who Reads put together the ultimate YA reading romance list and a list of underrated books by Black authors for Black History Month