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January’s Monthly Round-Up

I had a really fun month in January, full celebrating: my housemates and I threw a party (just because), it was my brother’s birthday, and a good friend had a house-warming. It was fun but definitely took its toll on my sleep!

I had a quite a bookish month outside of reading. I received a free copy of the new paperback edition of The Other Half of Augusta Hope from the lovely people at HarperCollins to thank me for my review of the book. I was so pleased because this was one of my favourites from 2019 and became an all-time favourite as well.

Earlier this week I went to the Society of Young Publishers’s Annual General Meeting and listening to a great panel discussion about publishing in Britain; the highs, the lows, and the future of the industry in this country. I learned so much and it has inspired me to up my data skills too. I’m looking forward to more events this year from the 2020 SYP Committee!

Lastly, my place of work has started a book swap shelf and I picked up a brand new hardback copy of Richard Powers’s The Overstory! Guaranteed I’ll be periodically checking this shelf to see what other gems I can find and depositing a few of my own.

I’m looking forward to a somewhat quieter February where I can maybe get a little more reading done, but this was still a great month for books!

What I Read in December

  • Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth (Review) – 3 stars
  • The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans (Review) – 4 stars
  • Me by Elton John (Review) – 4 stars
  • Pine by Francine Toon (Review) – 3 stars
  • Red Snow by Will Dean (Review) – 3 stars
  • The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray (Review) – 3 stars
  • The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue (No review) – 2 stars

So a couple 4-star reads, one of which was my first audiobook (Me) – not a bad start to 2020! Red Snow was my final read for the Magical Readathon: Winter Edition but unfortunately didn’t live up to my expectations after Dark Pines. I was going to do the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge this year, and all of these would have been a read towards that, but I’ve decided not to because I can already feel it restricting me a little.

Upcoming Reads

I have so many ARCs to get through so I’m focusing on those in February, having ticked three of them off this month: Pine, The Last Day, and The Temple House Vanishing. All were fine but I seem to be having a bit of a poor run with ARCs recently. None have been bad but none have blown me away either. Along with my remaining February ARCs, I may start another audiobook autobiography; maybe Louis Theroux or one of the Queer Eye Fab Five? We’ll see!

Missed some posts?

Here are some other things I’ve been enjoying this month.

On the small screen

After seeing Little Women in the cinema (which I will put a review up for soon!) I decided I needed more Timothée Chalamet in my life, so I finally watched The King and Call Me By Your Name on Netflix. They were both fantastic in totally different ways. I loved Call Me By Your Name way more than I expected, though not enough to add the sequel, Find Me, on to my TBR after seeing some less than enthusiastic reviews.

I spent New Year’s Day cosy in bed watching documentaries on Netflix. One was The Two Killings of Sam Cooke which was super interesting. I adore Sam Cooke’s music but didn’t know a great deal about his life – especially about his involvement in the civil rights movement. The title is a little misleading as there really isn’t much about Sam Cooke’s death in the documentary, but it’s a seriously interesting watch regardless.

Another documentary I watched this month is RBG, also on Netflix; a documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and work as a Supreme Court Justice. If you’re a fan then I would recommend it, and it ties in nicely with the Notorious RBG book.

Making (sound)waves

I never have anything new to say in this section of my round-ups. All I listen to is the same three podcasts and Hozier (#basic).

I do really love Halsey’s new track though: You should be sad. It’s a perfect vengeful country bop and I can’t get it out of my head. Of course, I’m not happy about her obviously painful break-up from G Eazy, but damn if it hasn’t inspired some cracking tunes!

What else have I been upto?

In my 2020 Reading Goals post, I talked about how one of my personal goals is to travel more, so this month I booked a trip to Prague! I’m heading off to the Czech capital at the end of February with my bestie. It’s going to be all kinds of cold but I’m excited to wrap up and explore.

Another personal goal of mine for this year is to go to the theatre more and I’m pleased to say that with one month down I’m already smashing this goal, look at me go. I went to see The Duchess of Malfi at the Almeida Theatre in mid-January and it was fantastic and I have tickets to see Waitress in February, which I’m looking forward to a lot. I also just bought tickets to see A Doll’s House in the summer, starring the ethereal goddess that is Jessica Chastain, and I can’t wait for this one!

What was your favourite January read?
Anything else you’ve been loving this month?

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