January ’15 in Review

Posted January 30, 2015 by Lillian in Features / 2 Comments

 

monthly-rewind

What an amazing start to the New Year!!! I can’t believe that January is already over. I had some amazing reads this month. In fact I should really rename it to Catch-Up month as almost all of my reads were books I’ve been wanting to read and put off for one reason or another. Life wise, I’ve stuck to my guns with my New Year, New Me goals, at least for the most part ๐Ÿ˜‰ More on that Monday.

Other than reading and just generally getting back to normal life after the holidays, my month was rather boring. I read, and by that I mean I CONSUMED every book in front of me! I’ve also been on a crafting kick this month as well. I crocheted several hats for our church’s winter clothing drive and now I’m crocheting a tea set. Not sure why I decided to do this other than that I had a lot of yarn just lying a round and idle hands that needed something to do! What did you do this month?

Favorite Januaryย Read

Oh this is hard this month!!! I read a total of 12 books (and I’m close to finishing a 13 book) for this month. As I already said, I didn’t read so much as I consumed books this month! Of the twelve over half were 5 stars….so I decided to share with you my favorite among favorites from this month and it’s really based on how fast I read it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Book Cover for "Snow Like Ashes" by Sara Raasch

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winteriansโ€™ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winterโ€™s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winterโ€™s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winteriansโ€™ general, Sir. Training to be a warriorโ€”and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather โ€” she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winterโ€™s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, sheโ€™s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as sheโ€™s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesnโ€™t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics โ€“ and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

I readย Snow Like Ashesย by Sara Raasch on National Read-a-Thon Day and I wound up staying up til 2am to finish it. It’s an amazing book!! Can’t wait for it’s sequel in October ๐Ÿ˜€

Favorite Januaryย Quote

I cover my mouth to keep from screaming or laughing hysterically. It could go either way at this point. I’m beginning to enjoy the madness.ย ~Alyssa fromย Splinteredย by A.G. Howard

Reviews inย January

Other Januaryย Fun

Coming up inย February

February marks the blog’s one year birthday and I have a lot of exciting things planned: a giveaway, a little something special for my top followers (ladies and gents check your inboxes for an email from me in the coming weeks) and an interview with author Michelle Bryan (whose book was featured my first week blogging….see how it’s all come 360?!). I’m so excited and honored to share this last year with you all and I hope to have many more ๐Ÿ˜€

COYER is still going strong and I’m a little more than halfway through my goal. Here are a few of the books I’ll be reading to complete it next month. (covers link to Goodreads):

Book Cover for "Seeker" by Arwen Elys Dayton
Book Cover for "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon
Book Cover for "The Vanishing Girl" by Laura Thalassa
Book Cover for "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater
Book Cover for "The Last Orphans" by N.W. Harris

Also coming this month is a new reading challenge. Kay @ It’s a Book Life is hosting The Outlanderย Series 2015 Reading Challenge. Starting in February, we will be reading one book a month of the series. I’ve wanted to tackle this series for a while now, but it’s massive and having the support from other readers I think I’ll be more likely to complete it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Go check it out and join us!

What are you looking forward to in February?

This is going to be a busy month for me (blogging and personal)! My sweet baby boy is turning FOUR in a few weeks. I’m not sure I can handle that ๐Ÿ˜‰ and a few days later I’ll be 29. And just for the record I’d like to state that it is the FIRST TIME I’ll 29! Not that I’m really concerned about my age or anything ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I have a lot more crafting to do this month in prep for Liam’s party. I’m thinking Legos is the way to go as he is currently obsessed with the toys and movie. I found a ton of cute things on Pinterest to make, like this really cute Lego cake. What are your planning for February?

 

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