I can’t believe January is over! I feel like I was here telling you guys about my engagement just yesterday!
This month, I got my Nikon DSLR and I’ve been playing around with it, celebrated my birthday, revealed the new Happy Indulgence and got invited on radio. I also saw the 5th Wave movie which was super cheesy.
I’m super excited about my radio appearance tonight (7 February) at 7pm Sydney time to talk about Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club and Akarnae! I’ve been gearing up for it all week!
You can listen to it on the ABC Radio app or http://www.abc.net.au/radio. If you missed out on the live show, you can listen to it here.
It’s also Chinese New Year’s Eve which is one of my favourite festive times of the year!
Without further ado, here’s my January recap video:
Books I read during January
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – 5 stars (Review)
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan – 4 stars (Review)
Reawakened by Colleen Houck – 2.5 stars (Review)
Burning Midnight by Will Mcintosh – 3 stars (Review)
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay – 3.5 stars
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – 3 stars
A Madness So Discreet by Mandy McGinnis – 4.5 stars (Review)
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – 4 stars
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy – 2 stars (Review)
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers – 1 star (I totally forgot to talk about this in my video)
What about Aila and Jenna?
Aila has been busy with school, but she got by with binging the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson and 12 other books.
Jenna went on a book buying ban during January, but still managed to haul some books!
How was the start of 2016 for you? Tell me in the comments below!
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Yay for a DSLR! I still have no idea how to do special stuff with mine hahah. Oops? Also, I did not know you hated Assassin's Heart that much! Will you review it? Because I am curious 😀
This has been a VERY busy month for you! The radio show was fabulous, of course. And I see those camouflage Hunger Games books peeking at me. I don't remember if I ever posted mine! I should check, if not, I will- they traveled so far to reach me 😉 Totally agree with you on A Madness So Discreet, definitely a good one!
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It's so cool Shannon, I learnt all about aperture and framing and played around with the settings! I love it. Yeah, my Assassin's Heart review is actually coming up this Friday!
It meant so much to me to see you and Nick discussing it when I finished! Thanks so much for your support <3 I need to track down the first Hunger Games camouflage edition lol
AILA BINGED 15 BOOKS WHILE AT SCHOOL??? And the Mistborn trilogy no less? HOW?!
There are so many good books in your haul! You've really had such an exciting month. Congrats on your radio debut! My January has been pretty boring in comparison haha
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I know, she is just amazing Bec, I wish I could read that fast. Thanks, it definitely has been a great start to the year!
Oooh nice haul Jeann! Even though the UK cover of Truthwitch is kinda ugly, the spine is actually quite nice. I love the gold lettering! Your radio debut was so exciting and I'm so happy I managed to tune in live. Cannot wait for next month's chat. I'm so excited to hear everyone's thoughts on The Stars at Oktober Bend. It's one of my new favourite OzYA books.
Thanks Jenna, I do like the spine lol! I'm so happy that you guys tuned in, it meant a lot to me! Lol so you keep telling us XD
I love your monthly recaps, Jeann. They're really one of my favorite type of posts! haha, no book buying but you still got a ton of books. real slick. 😉 I'm so glad you were on the radio & I'm gonna check out the video now! I have Passenger, too, and I'm looking forward to what you think of Everything, Everything!
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Awww thank you so much Peach! Thanks for checking it out, I can't wait to read both of those!
Looks like your Jan went pretty well! Congrats on getting your Nikon DSLR. That's awesome.
I did go spending wise on books in Jan as well. I spent under 5 dollars but still managed to get quite a few new titles for my shelves. 🙂
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Thank you, I'm really enjoying taking photos with it! Wow, sounds like you got a few bargains!
I really want to read Truthwitch and The Dark Days Club! Hope you did enjoy or do enjoy these, if you haven't gotten around to them yet!!
I also wanted to let you know that I posted the link to a review from here on my other blog: http://letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com/2016/0…
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Thanks for that, I really enjoyed Dark Days Club and I'm looking forward to reading Truthwitch!
Aww, you're always so bubbly on camera, Jeann! I hope you're enjoying the new DSLR. Gosh, Crazy Rich Asians has been on my TBR for a while. So I'm so glad to hear it's as humorous as it appears in the premise. I actually just started a subscription with Audible, so I may decide to listen to it soon. Agreed! Saint Anything was different from Dessen's usual summery novels but still a really nice surprise. I liked how it had a darker angle, too. But I sort of hated, which was probably the purpose, Sydney's parents. Anyway, great video and post!
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Hehe thanks Summer! I am finally learning to use it correctly which is awesome! I loved Crazy Rich Asians so much, it would be fun on audio! Yeah, I really liked Saint Anything too. IT really created an impact. Thanks for watching!
Oh gosh, Truthwitch is on my TBR for sure!
Happy New Year, Jeann! And I will check out that radio gig, thanks for sharing the link 🙂
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Thank you Braine, I just updated the link to the live show 🙂 Can't wait to read Truthwitch!
My January was great in the reading department. I managed to read 24 books! Lots of books came in mail from giveaway wins and publishers. I only purchased a few ebooks, and the rest came from the library. Overall, I had a great month.
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Wow, you read super fast Lekeisha! Great to hear you had a wonderful reading month!
I've read What's Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass and it has kind of the same theme as Sarah's Saint Anything and it was written beautifully but I didn't like the characters so I kinda felt bummed about it and gave it a low rating. I might try Saint Anything though and maybe have it as my first Sarah Dessen book <3
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Ooohh I think you'd like Saint Anything then if you're interested in the same theme! I really enjoyed that one!
I hope your first radio gig went well, Jeann! I had to miss it because of Lunar New Year dinner, but I hope I can catch up on it somewhere?
I also really need to get The Weight of Feathers, it looks so beautiful!
Thanks lovely, I just updated the post with the radio link recording 🙂 I had Lunar New Year dinner too, but it was totally rushed lol!
"busy with school"
"STILL READ 12+ BOOKS"
BAHAH priorities, right there. :'DD
January was such an eventful month! (I love how you forgot Assassin's Heart in your vid lmao) and February seems to be fun as well. Have the best Chinese New Year *makes monkey noises*
Hahahha I actually read more books when I'm stressed too lol! It was such an awesome month, thank you Aila! Happy CNY to you too!
YAS CRAZY RICH ASIANS <3 I've been pushing this book onto all my friends who don't read, and even they love it buahaha. Burning Midnight sounds like such an interesting concept, but the ending…lel. Sounds odd. Aww sad to hear that you didn't like The 5th Wave, I really enjoyed it because it wasn't just another alien invasion novel, but revolved more around human psychology.
YESSS you totally pushed it onto me and I didn't regret it one bit! I loved it so much, I pushed it onto someone else ASAP lol who's borrowing my copy. Yeah, that ending was totally CRAZY! I do think it was definitely complex but man, those aliens 😛 let's train human kids as part of a wave like what? Lol
I feel like your month recaps are always exciting, Jeann. Lol. I'm so happy for you and all your accomplishments. 😀
Here's to an even more exciting February!
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Hehe thanks Joy! Yeah I am very busy for the most part, hoping to ease up sometime!