I recently posted about how much I spent on books in 2014, and as a result, I’m trying to be an even more frugal spender in 2015. Not because I feel I spent too much in 2014 (I was very proud of myself, actually!), but because I now own too many unread books!
First up, the lovely Stef @ Caught Read Handed gifted me The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, and I’m so excited to get to them because everyone seems to have amazing things to say about this series!
I also won a copy of Ten Tiny Breaths from the girls at Lost in Lit – the cover for this one is gorgeous!
I picked up The Silent Sister, The Miniaturist, Station Eleven and The Silkworm at my local Tesco store when doing my grocery shop. Because I am that person who goes to buy food and comes home with books.
Finally, when Never Never was released, I was straight on it, read it in a day and posted a joint review with Brandie from Brandie is a Book Junkie and Stef from Caught Read Handed. I can’t wait until May for Part 2 to be released!!
Movies and TV Shows:
I re-watched all of The Tudors while revising for my exam in January. I’m hopeful that I’ll pass it, just. It was literally the hardest exam I’ve ever done. I missed out on seeing loads of movies I was looking forward to in the cinema, so I’m (im)patiently waiting for them to come out on DVD. I did watch Maleficent this month though, and it was pretty amazing!
Wrappin’ It Up!
Posts I Bookmarked:
- Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner wrote a personal post inspired by a book on enjoying life for what it is
- Jolien @ The Fictional Reader wrote a great post on book blogger guilt (come on, we’ve all been there!)
- Ceilidhann @ Bibliodaze posted amazing pieces on The Economics of Book Blogging, the politics of crowdfunding and wrote an enlightening piece called Are Big Money Advances Worth It?
- Stefani @ Caught Read Handed explains why she doesn’t want you to tell her to calm down and wrote a beautiful piece to kick off her year of happy!
- Joy @ Joyous Reads talks TBR piles and reviewing older books
- Backlist Books asks when are you well-read?
- Nereyda @ Mostly YA Book Obsessed shared her views on love triangles and double standards
- Ashley @ Nose Graze shares that she feels like a fake adult and asks how much of an obligation do book bloggers have?
- Danielle @ Love at First Page wants to find out what type of a reader you are (spoilers edition)
As always, I’m linking to the latest Oh, The Books! weekly recap post so you can find more amazing things to read!
In Case You Missed It:
I’ve been reading and reviewing like crazy in January! Not sure what has gotten into me but I hope it lasts! Check out my reviews of The Rosie Effect (3/5), Before I Go (4/5), Never Never (4.5/5), Bad Feminist (4.5/5), Who R U Really? (3/5) and Heir of Fire (4.5/5). I still have a few reviews to finish up before I can post them. January was a good month!
Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books To Read With A Book Club – Top Ten Bloggers I Give My Love To – Top Ten 2014 Releases I Didn’t Get To – Top Ten Anticipated 2015 Debuts
This month I also interviewed the author of Before I Go, Colleen Oakley, took part in the TBR Tag, reviewed my reviews, discussed buying books as cheap as possible, and asked you how much do you spend on books?
My most popular post in January (except for TTT posts) was Buying Books As Cheap As Possible and Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer and Exclusive Images!
It’s my birthday on the 24th of February, so look out for a giveaway or two on the blog to celebrate with me! And it’s my 1 year blogoversary in March (WUT?!) so I’ll be doing something for it too. Exciting stuff. What isn’t so exciting though is that I might be moving house soon, unexpectedly. I’m going to try and not let it affect my blogging/life too much though. Fingers crossed. How has the start of your 2015 been?
Awesome month! Happy early birthday ! Mine is the 11th ! Aren’t Feb. Birthdays just the best hahah
Thanks! Haha they perk me up after the come-down from Christmas! R x
🙂 We had the same idea today! I just posted a January Reading Roundup, myself! 🙂
I love doing these – reminds me of what I’ve written in the month too and what I’ve… “achieved”? R x
Thank you for the mention! I’m really glad you enjoyed my discussion post on guilt 😀
I like your format for the month in review! Books, TV, posts you liked. Cool. 🙂 Thanks for linking to my posts. ❤
Thanks, Stef. And no problem, I really wanted to do the Year of Happy, but I spent too long trying to be brave about Jan and now I think I’ve left it too late… I might catch up this weekend… R x
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Never too late! I still think you should do it. I’m looking forward to doing the prompt for February. Should be fun. 🙂
Ohhhh. It requires massive bravery from me, because I’d want to do my January one properly if I did it and be proper personal… *Deep breath* – I think I will. Going to use this weekend to schedule Feb and will fit it in! R x
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Yay! It was definitely hard to post it, but I’ve been happy with the feedback I’ve gotten on getting a little more personal on the blog.
I’m sorry you may have to move soon! Moving can be a royal pain in the arse.
Happy Birthday month! I think you should celebrate all month. 😉
I really need to learn from you and stop buying books. Damn it, I bought another one this morning. And yesterday. Grrr
This one is definitely going to be a pain! But I’m trying to stay remotely calm so my anxiety doesn’t go into overdrive!
Thank you!! I’ll have to have some cake… and drinks… and buy myself something nice… lol
Haha – I still buy, I just buy cheap 😉 R x
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You’re not alone, I’m one of those people that leaves to go do some food shopping and comes back with books too. It’s so hard not to when there is now a book aisle in my local supermarket and the prices always seem so reasonable, so buying five books is ok, right?
And I understand trying to be frugal, for the first time ever I’ve started keeping track of my book spending, it is not pretty, but I don’t care because I love reading, so I feel justified, sort of.
Looks like you’ve had a good month anyway. Now, this is gonna sound weird, but it’s my birthday on the 26th, and not only that but it’s my one-year blogoversary in March too, that’s a bit weird. Good luck with the potential move, I hate the hassle of moving, but if you do have to go through it I wish you a speedy and easy move.
Haha – yes, it’s always OK! I’m eating healthy too at the minute, so I buy books instead of crisps. You have to rationalise it somehow! Lol
It’s the “sort of” that made me want to do this post, because I felt justified in my spending too, but I wanted to prove it to myself and then share the results1
Happy early Birthday! I’ve found lots of February babies this year, which is unusual as I’ve never met many before! And we share a Blogoversary month! I’m looking forward to doing something for both, but not sure what just yet! Thanks, Becky, appreciate it, I think it’s best to stay positive, but moving is rarely fun! R x
Oh hey! Thank you for the link up, Rachel. You are the best. 🙂 It is also my birthday month! How cool is that? Lol. Anyway, a fantastic January over all. Here’s to a fabulous February!
Ahh! Happy Birthday to you!! Are you planning anything on the blog for it? R x
Nah. Keeping it on the d/l. 🙂