Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2020

Hello, 2020!! Welcome to the new year. ๐Ÿฅณโœจ How is it possible that January was simultaneously the shortest and longest month of all time?


This month was a combination of winter break and school. I spent the first half of the month in Taiwan visiting family, and it was such a wonderful time!! ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผโœจ I wrote all about it in my A Week in Taiwan Travel Diaries post, but I got to eat so much of my favorite foods like minced pork rice, Taiwanese breakfast, and sushi. I also met up with friends from school at Raohe Night Market.

The second half of January was spent back at university where I started the spring semester of my senior year!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐ŸŽ‰ Unfortunately, I’m taking a lot more classes than I was in prior semesters so I know this will be a very busy semester. Hopefully, I’ll be able to manage blogging and reading in between my schedule, but I plan on writing a lot more posts ahead of time!


January was such a great month for reading!! I’m still debating whether to set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 50 books or 100 books. I finished 21 books this month although 9 of them were manga. ๐Ÿ˜… I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to finish this many books, but audiobooks were seriously my friend.

I read soooo many amazing books this month from rereading my favorite trilogy To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before as a part of Subtle Asian Book Club to falling in love with a new author AKA Katharine McGee who is the author of American Royals. ๐Ÿ˜ I also decided to read a manga series called Horimiya which was also super cute!


Book Reviews

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25 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2020

  1. Thanks for sharing my post, Tiffany! It means a lot ๐Ÿ’›

    I’m glad that you had a great time in Taiwan and that you had a good reading month! This post reminded me that I really need to read PS I Still Love You before the movie comes out. I really liked the first book when I read it years ago and I don’t know why I didn’t continue on with the series.


    1. Aww of course!! I loved your post a lot ๐Ÿ’– I really enjoyed Taiwan, and PS I Still Love You is going to be so so cute and amazing!! I hope you enjoy it if you watch it~


  2. Taiwan sounded so amazing. Itโ€™s one of the many places I want to go once I’m done with high school. 21 books is really impressive, I managed to get to 14 even with my busy schedule I had.

    Thanks for sharing my post! I really had fun making it, especially since I love TATBILB a lot and really can’t wait to watch the second film.


    1. Yes!! You definitely should visit one day, and I’ll give you allll the amazing recommendations ๐Ÿ’– Haha 9 of those books were manga so they were super easy to fly through. I think you should be super proud of 14 books!


      1. It is!! It’s got all those exact vibes so I can understand why it’s so well-loved ๐Ÿ˜


  3. it seems like you had a fun time in taiwan (traveling is the best!) – minced pork rice is the best. good luck on your studies – i’m sure you’ll do amazing! โค
    i got to visit my grandparents for chinese new year and it's something i haven't done for so long because my parents planned trips abroad every cny for the past three years. my grandma cooks the best chaozhou dishes and i'm so glad i had the chance to connect and catch up with my relatives over good food. after that, my parents and i took a trip to chiangmai, thailand and it was a very unique experience because chiangmai is really different from the other parts of thailand i've been to.


    1. such good food for sure!! and aww that’s so great that you got to visit your grandparents ๐Ÿ˜ i love my family so much too. i really really want to visit thailand one day because there’s such amazing food there too!


  4. It looks like you had a really great reading month, 21 books is amazing and a fantastic way to start off the new reading year ๐Ÿฅฐ I really want to read American Royals as well because I have heard that it’s such a fun book with swoony romances ๐Ÿ˜Š In January, I read a lot more nonfiction than I usually do (which is not at all) and it was a lot of fun to branch out a bit ๐Ÿ˜„


    1. i know!! i’m really hoping that i’ll be able to keep it up, and yaaaas you definitely should read american royals!! it was so fun and amazing ๐Ÿ˜ that’s so cool. i really want to read a nonfiction book this year!


  5. The Taiwanese food looks so good โค Ahhh good luck with your spring semester (ooh wait you'll be graduating at the end of the school year! congrats!) ALSO WELL DONE FOR 21 BOOKS YOU'RE AMAZING โค I really want to read American Royals but its holds on Overdrive are packed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    1. it was soooooooo good!! and i’m wishing you the best of luck for school too ๐Ÿ˜ญand ahhh i’m so sorry that the wait is so long but i hope you’ll be able to get to it soon (or not bc the sequel comes out soooo late and the wait is agony!!)


  6. The pictures from Taiwan are beautiful!! Oh my goodnessss, best of luck with your spring (and final!!!) semester! Woww, I can’t believe you read 21 books! Regardless of what you set your reading challenge to, you’re already crushing it. I’m super excited to read Blood Heir and am happy to see that you liked it!

    Hope you have a fantastic February! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•


    1. Aww thank you!! I hope you get the chance to visit sometime because it’s just so wonderful ๐Ÿฅฐ I’m also super excited for you to read Blood Heir!!

      Happy Reading ๐Ÿ’–


  7. Sounds like you had a very good month! That picture with pastries looks amazing.
    It makes me suffer, in a good way, because I really crave them now. Too bad in my city we probably don’t have anything like that, unless… it’s very well hidden. But! Just recently we’re getting some nice places with food from other part of the world, opened by people of said zones, which is amazing.

    But now I’m ranting ๐Ÿ˜‚ Good luck with your semester!


    1. Aww thank you!! They were sooooo yummy!! I honestly am craving them right now too. Thank you so much for all your sweet words, and I hope you have a great reading month! ๐Ÿฅฐ


    1. Ahh I hope so too!! School is definitely very hard, but I’m also making an effort to use blogging and reading as a channel for relaxation ๐Ÿฅฐ


  8. Ahh, I’m so so late to this, but this is a super lovely wrap-up and I very much enjoyed reading it, even almost two months later.๐Ÿ’“I hope your February went well and that you are doing well now!
    Thank you so much for linking to my post~ you’re the sweetest ever.๐ŸฅบI’m very happy that you enjoyed it and I also can’t wait to catch up on some of your posts that I missed while I was absent these past few months!


    1. Ahh Olivia I miss you so much!! I hope that you’re doing well and that we can catch up soon โค๏ธ I hope your year has been going well!!


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