Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2019

If January felt like a long month, February felt even longer. πŸ’ How is it possible that the shortest month of the year felt twice as long as a typical month?

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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. 🍫🍦

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BOOKS I READ πŸ“š

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. πŸ˜ͺ 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. πŸ’ž If you’re interested in seeing what books I’m hoping to read in March, here are 6 books on my immediate TBR.

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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. πŸ’« Thank you all for being patient with me while I figure out my posting schedule throughout my struggles of balancing both blogging and school.

Book Reviews

Blogging
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Instagram πŸ“Έ

I was also super lucky to receive some exciting book mail this month!! πŸ’ŒOne 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.

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Goals ✨

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 βœ…Your neighborhood study buddy is a diligent cookie.
  • attend my professors’ office hours every week βœ…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
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Favorite Posts In The Blogosphere πŸ’ž

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

34 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2019

  1. I’m happy you read so many books, but sad to see that so many of them were disappointments. I hope March goes a lot better!

    I also totally get how stressful it is when exams pop up and take over your entire life. When that happened to me last semester the blog completely fell to the wayside, so I’m impressed with your upkeep even if you didn’t reach the goals you set.

    I hope you have a wonderful spring break!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet and encouraging words, Malka ❀ I hope we both have a better month in March with wonderful books, and I have a feeling the ones I planned to read will be great!

      AHHH Gotta just push through this last exam!! I hope you're doing well with yours, and I'm cheering you on πŸ™‚ I'm excited to see what you accomplish with your blog too~

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  2. I had the same internal goal of walking to work more instead of taking a Grab (Asian Uber) but it’s been gross and humid and basically yeah that didn’t happen :/ :/ :/

    Sounds like you had a pretty good month though! Enjoy your break!

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  3. I had a bit of a reading slump early this February, I kind of crammed King of Scars and didn’t read ANYTHING for a week? That was weird! I finally got out of it by listening to some audiobooks, aka, the Poet X. THE POET X is amazing! I can’t recommend that audiobook highly enough!
    I would totally not want to walk to school in the snow. I would not want to walk anywhere in the snow. Good luck with your March goals!

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    1. OOO I need to get caught up in the Grishaverse to read King of Scars (AKA the second and third books in the series) I’ve heard really great things about The Poet X too!! I’ll see if it’s available at my library to request πŸ™‚

      I also can’t wait to beta read your work during Spring Break πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re having a great March too Liz ❀

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  4. sorry your reading month wasn’t the best! i hope you can slowly crawl out of ur slump and conquer that march tbr! “do something spontaneous” is a GREAT goal, can i just say. good luck on your goals, and have a wonderful march ❀

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  5. Best of luck for your last exam, Tiffany, you can do this! ❀
    Why do all of your wrap-ups make me so hungry? I love that you always share all of the yummy food ahh, if we'd live closer to each other, I'd definitely be up to find out about ALL of the amazing food places everywhere with you haha.
    I'm sorry that February was not the best reading month, I hope that March will be better! Sending you all the love and hugs ❀

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    1. Thank you Marie!! I’m so scared for it ❀

      I'm so glad to hear that my wrap-ups make you hungry! They make ME hungry when I'm writing them πŸ™‚ If we lived closer together, I'd drag you to eat all the yummy foods and we can become chubby balls together~

      I hope that you had a great reading month for February, and I have a feeling March will be even better πŸ™‚

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  6. I am lowkey jealous of all the delicious food you got this month! February was way too hot in my country – thankfully, it’s been cooler the past few days -, so I’ve been inhaling nothing but water and ice-cream. I miss having full meals, honestly, lol.
    I’m sorry that you were hit by a slump this month, but hopefully things will speed up again in March? I mean, it is spring, so hopefully the warmer weather will be able to inspire you more. In my case, I’m looking forward to the chilly evenings – this is what truly inspires me, hahah.
    Wishing you a great March! 😊

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    1. Ohh Where do you live?? I’m not sure if I’d prefer the hot or the cold :O

      I’m lowkey jealous though that you got to eat so much ice cream! It’s my favorite ❀

      Hopefully, March will be filled with more and better books. I'm exciting and really looking forward to reading more πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful March too!

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  7. I’d like to write an ode to all of your pictures, because seriously– how can such an aesthetic being exist? It’s just not possible.

    That banana waffle looks really, really good, and this recap post makes me totally want to incorporate more pictures into my own wrap-ups?? Also, I was totally disappointed by The Crown too! I really enjoyed the first three books in the Selection series, but the further on books really were not up to par in my opinion. :/

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    1. JUUU (Juli??) Julianna?? (which do you prefer πŸ‘€) You flatter me so much ❀ If we lived closer together, I'd drag you to all the yummy food locations πŸ˜‰

      You totally should incorporate more photos!! I want to see them!! (but totally no pressure) I was so disappointed with The Heir and The Crown, especially when I loved The Selection. It was such a feel good series. Maybe we should just stick to rereading America and Maxon's story instead~

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  8. i feel you about writing about college in every monthly wrap-up! πŸ˜‚ sometimes i feel sorry for everyone who read it because they must’ve been bored by now haha. anyway, it’s great that you could still read 7 books. i barely managed to read 5, though most of them are great. and those bookmail is so exciting, especially the princess and the fangirl! i hope you have a wonderful time next month, twin ❀

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    1. Right?? I’m always like “This month was filled with studying…like every month” I think it’s still amazing that you also read 5 books!! It’s pretty impressive when we have so much exam related and school work going on too.

      Congrats again on hitting 200 followers!! I’m so excited for you ❀ I hope you have another wonderful month of reading and best of luck also with school~

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  9. Quality over quantity!
    I think it’s pretty good that even though you didnt posted twice a week that you indeed are happy with what you wrote!

    OH goodness thoses food looks yummy 😍 that piggy is particularly adorable, ahh!!
    Goodluck for your last exam πŸ’« May you get the good grades you deserve and have a good spring break!
    (Also yeah.. I feel you. I pretty much failed walking the weeins three months in a row- we had lots of snow and freezing rain okay! I swear! πŸ™ˆ)

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    1. You’re so right, Kristina!! Thank you so much for making me feel better ❀

      I just finished my final exam and *fingers crossed!* I hope you've been able to eat wonderful food as well.

      Hopefully, the weather will warm up for the both of us so we can get some nice exercise in as well πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful March. Happy Reading!!

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  10. The pig looks so adorable!! Ahhhh Did it have any filling?

    When our extended family were celebrating Chinese New Year, I was hoping to get prosperity cake or some dessert from the restaurant (they had served us that a year or two ago) but we didn’t…still it was super fun with lots of food anyway! (Though I am a teeny bit jealous that you got the adorable bun πŸ˜‚)

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