January will always be my favorite month of the year! It might be the fact that I always see it as a fresh start, or maybe because I get so tired of holidays that I just want to dive into a familiar work-home-work routine. I try to treat every day as a fresh start, but nothing feels quite the same as the first month of the year.
This was one of the quickest passing, but also incredibly productive months in a very long time. I followed most of my new year’s resolutions and tried to organize my life to the little things.
Did you start the new year strong?
1 – Scheduling everything and taking full advantage of calendar apps!
I’ve been using Google Calendar for my monthly blogging organization for years now, but this month I decided to add more things to it to stay on top of all tasks and to-do lists. And I love how much I was able to achieve! A few simple tweaks in my routine, made a huge difference, allowing me to add more time to my days and accomplish more things.
After months and months of over-scheduling my weekends, I finally found out what I was doing wrong and was able to free up some time on Sundays to actually rest and do something else, other than work, study, blog or read.
2 – This was a great TV shows months!
We watched the 1st season of the Witcher at the beginning of January, and I loved it so much more than I thought I would. That’s why I don’t want to wait too long before starting reading the books, as I’d like to ride this excitement and get sucked into the Wither world.
Currently, we are watching the Walking Dead (again…). A few years ago I binge-watched the first five seasons and then grew tired of it. But I really love movies, TV shows and books centered around the survival and post-apocalypse themes, so I decided to make my bf watch it from the beginning so we can continue and maybe catch up. (I think season 10 is now out, so we still have quite a few episodes to go through).
3 – January was also an amazing reading month!
Do you remember my goal for 2020 to read fewer books?! Well… I didn’t listen to myself and read 12, TWELVE, books last month! Not sure how I managed to do that. Although out of 12 books – 3 were short stories and 2 books I DNF’d.
But January was a good reading month not only because of the number of books read but because 3 of the 12 books made it to my “Favorites of 2020” shelf on Goodreads!
4 – My first ever buddy-read also took place this month!
Thank you, Rafaela, for accepting my crazy idea to read «Skyward» by Brandon Sanderson in 5 days, and also big thank you for suggesting this buddy-read in the first place. I wouldn’t have picked it up if it wasn’t for you, and this amazing book would have stayed on my TBR for another couple of months and maybe even years!
It was my first buddy-read, and when we were discussing the book, I realized how engraved in my brain the no-spoilers rule is! It was so weird, at first, to be able to talk about things that happened in the book that I could never mention in my review. Rafaela is definitely better at this than I am. 😀
I hope we get to read more books together in the future!
5 – I wrote all those pending reviews!
Yes! I finally did it, guys! No more pending reviews weighing on my conscience. It feels great to tick tasks off my to-do list, including reviews!
MONTHLY READING STATS
JANUARY TOP TEN TUESDAY POSTS
JANUARY BOOK REVIEWS