January Wrap-up post!

What did I do in January?

  • I started school! I’m in my second semester of my junior year of undergrad; my major is Children’s and Young Adult Literature with a concentration in Publishing and Editing. I have a double minor in Computer Science and Creative Writing.
  • I learned how to wear a KN95 mask!
  • I started my 2022 bullet journal!
  • I started a new habit of cooking every week!
  • I wrote about two thousand words on my Novella Project, which is not that many but is more than I had before.

What happened on the blog in January?

  • I accidentally deleted most of the images on the blog! I haven’t decided yet if I will fix this or if I will just try to pretend it never happened. The images that disappeared were mostly book covers for my old reviews, so technically if nobody ever reads those reviews again it doesn’t matter.
  • I started a new “series” on the blog, “Thoughts on”, which are really just repurposed things I wrote for school. Read my Thoughts on Beth March here.
  • I reviewed two books of the I Can Draw series by drawing everything in the book! Find that review here
  • My friend Jamie Rivera did a guest post on my blog about his best books of 2021 wrap-up! Jamie’s style of writing is incredible and very funny, so I really recommend this even though all the book cover images are missing (sob). Read it here!
  • A mini-review round-up of “The Temperature of Me and You”, “Manywhere”, “Wash Day Diaries”, “Love and Other Disasters”, and “Icebreaker”. I consider a “mini-review” to be anything that is about a paragraph long, but honestly I am so busy in general that I might just move over to this kind of style of review more often – bullet points and a short paragraph of thoughts. I never summarize the book in my review, just because in general I think if you want to read that book you can find a summary online, so my reviews tend to be a little shorter than a “normal” review anyway. Anyhow, find this review round-up here!
  • A full review of “Queer Body Power”! Find this one here.
  • A full review of the audiobook edition of “Real Easy”, find it here]!
  • A full review of “At the End of Everything”, which you can find here!
  • My first ever set of mini-reviews, of “The Whale Tattoo”, “Birthright: Recall”, “The Yellow Suitcase”, and “Between Bloode and Stone”. Find it here.
  • A full book review on Serendipity: Ten Romantic Tropes Transformed, audiobook edition. Find it here.
  • A full review of “The Ghost’s Host”, which you can find here. This is where you can really see that I only start writing mini-reviews when I am overwhelmed and it has very little to do with how much I liked the book. “Love and Other Disasters”, which I LOVED, got a mini-review, whereas this book, which I HATED, got a full review. I guess that’s just the nature of the beast!

Here’s a list of all the books I finished in January:

  • I Can Draw: Favorite Pets
  • I Can Draw: Everything Cute & Cuddly
  • The Temperature of Me and You
  • Manywhere
  • Wash Day Diaries
  • Love & Other Disasters
  • Icebreaker
  • Queer Body Power
  • Real Easy
  • At the End of Everything
  • The Whale Tattoo
  • Birthright: Recall
  • The Yellow Suitcase
  • Between Bloode and Stone
  • Serendipity: Ten Romantic Tropes, Transformed
  • The Ghost’s Host
  • Little Women
  • Millions of Cats
  • Too Many Tamales
  • Separate is Never Equal
  • Milo Imagines the World
  • Picture This: How Pictures Work
  • Stitches
  • The People Could Fly
  • Cat and Rat
  • Jounah
  • Yeh Shen
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
  • The Persian Cinderella
  • The Snowman
  • Flotsam
  • In the Night Kitchen
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Battle of the Linguist Mages
  • Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead
  • What’s Your Sign?
  • Katie the Catsitter Book 2: Best Friends for Never
  • Cold
  • Ophelia After All
  • Seventeenth Summer
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Curious George
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Story of Barbaar the Little Elephant
  • Understanding Comics
  • The Classic Fairy Tales
  • The Sealskin
  • The Wind and the Sun
  • Anansi and the Turtle
  • The Cauldron that Died
  • The Monkey’s Heart
  • Eat, my Coat, Eat
  • How the Brazilian Beetles Got Their Gorgeous Coats
  • The Hippopotamous and the Turtle
  • The Lion and the Mouse
  • The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
  • The Fox and the Crow
  • The Lion and the Statue
  • The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
  • The Ant and the Grasshopper
  • Snow White
  • The Juniper Tree
  • The Young Slave
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The Rose Tree

I don’t want to think about how many books that is! I’m very tired.

Coming up on the blog for February…

  • I joined Pondathon II over at The Quiet Pond! I am very into this, it’s so cozy and interesting. I’ll be introducing my character and my goals for Pondathon soon!
  • Bullet journal posts! I do a fair bit of bullet journaling and I would like to do some little reviews and talk about bullet journaling a bit.
  • Calendar???
  • Thoughts about Maggie Stiefvater’s seminar writing class
  • Other?? Reviews??
  • More “Thoughts on….” posts
  • Reviews (for sure):
    • Chef’s Kiss
    • Live, Local, and Dead
    • Real Easy (ebook)
    • Getting Clean with Stevie Green
    • Coming Back
    • Every Variable of Us
    • The atlas Six
    • The Boy with a Bird in His Chest
  • Review (maybe):
    • Lakelore
    • The World Cannot Give
    • The Moonstone Girls
    • Across a Field of Starlight
    • The Best Liars in Riverview
    • Eleutheria
    • A Quick & Easy Guide to Asexuality
    • Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish
    • Manhunt
    • Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies
    • Delilah Green Doesn’t Care
    • Girls Can Kiss Now
    • The City of Dusk
    • Tripping arcadia
    • Wild and Wicked Things
    • Survive the Dome
    • Count Your Lucky Stars
    • Anansi and the Golden Pot

Okay, that’s all for now, folks! I need to work on my ARC kanban board now, which Friend of the Blog Sage of Sage’s Shelves made! Want to become a Friend of the Blog as well? Just befriend me! Find me on Twitter @geographconcept most days of the week, comment on any of my posts, or email me at latitude@geographreads.com any time you like.

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