Wrap up

January in review || snapshots, books + goals

︵‿୨♡୧‿︵Welcome or welcome back! Today’s post, as the title states – is a January monthly recap…. I’ve been sitting here trying to think of something else to write in this intro, but I don’t really have much to say here, I guess. So, um – let’s get started with this month’s wrap up!

There, I made an intro out of that. 😩


Well, I had high hopes for this month. I was so excited to go back to school, and meet my friends again but…schools closed. We have online classes now, everyday. I’m so done with those.😐 I got my term exam results, and I scored 89% percent overall, I’m kind of (well, really) disappointed bc I know I could do better than that.☹️ 

The first couple days of this month were quite well spent, according to me, but that was all..I kept up my goals for a week then I just completely forgot about those. I really need to pick up on that😅 I’ve just been on gadgets, reading and hanging out with Oreo (my dog) this month.

Speaking of Oreo, he’s turning A YEAR OLD in February!!🥹 Ahh, I remember writing about the day I got him last year. It’s about time January ended, feels like it was going by too slowly. 😵

♡Books I read

I did a book review for the first time! I actually didn’t read at all last year, but I read 12 books this month. All of these were E-books, from z library. I also got Goodreads!

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Okay, I love this book so much! I especially loved the writing, which made the book so natural and real. I related to Cath a lot in various points of this book, and I would definitely recommend!😄
  2. One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – Probably the first actual mystery I’ve read, and I guess I liked it. This book was captivating, and I love books with multiple povs too. The ending was kind of predictable, though. 4/5 stars.
  3. One of us is next by Karen M. McManus– I didn’t like this book as much as the first one, and I wanted to stop reading at a point. Maybe I should try re-reading sometime, though.
  4. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson – LOVED THIS. This is my current favorite book, and I did a review on it too!
  5. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson – I just didn’t find this one as interesting as the first, but still loved it anyway! It was a good mystery.
  6. As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson – This book…I didn’t like it very much. It was super page-turning and suspense filled, but the ending was just, no. Actually, not just the ending but the whole second half.
  7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman – I actually don’t get why people say this book is so scary? I didn’t like this one that much either.
  8. Long way down by Jason Reynolds – Okay, this book is just WOW. I have no words. So well written, such an interesting ending too. I read this in one sitting and this book got me out of a reading slump.
  9. Love that dog by Sharon Creech – a good poetry book. It was confusing, short, sweet and sad. I’d say it was kind of bland, and it gets really sad at the end. I would recommend it if you’re looking for a short and quick read.🤷🏻‍♀️
  10. We were liars by E. Lockhart – So over hyped. the writing style bothered me so much, and there’s literally no plot. I only kept reading for the plot twist, which was ok, I guess. But this book was a one star read for me. Would not recommend.😑
  11. The inheritance games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – I’d recommend this book if you liked “One of us is lying“. It was a good book, but wasn’t as thrilling as I expected, and the ending fell a little flat for me.
  12. The silent patient by Alex Michealides – I literally have no words. the plot twist left me shook.

♡Songs on Repeat

Here, I’ve linked my 5SOS (5 seconds of summer) playlist. (that I’ve named “5 sauce”😂) I actually have been listening to my playlist quite frequently this month. Here are the top songs!

  • Jigsaw – Conan Gray: guys. conan released a NEW SONG!! Honestly, I don’t love it. I don’t dislike it either. But I will continue listening because it’s by Conan Gray.😌
  • Wonderland – Taylor Swift: I didn’t listen to this song until earlier this month, and it’s sO catchy – I love it.
  • Halley’s Comet – Billie Eilish: wow, this song is just perfection. that’s all I have to say, now go listen to it.
  • Traffic Lights – Sara Kays – my sister, who has okay-ish taste in music recommended this to me and OHmYgosh I LOVED LISTENING TO IT!!😮
  • Lowkey – NIKI: you’ve probably realized I have incredible taste in music by now.🤣 NIKI is so underrated! also, you must listen to this song if you haven’t already. It’s too awesome not to.
  • Delicate – Taylor Swift – ok, why hadn’t I listened to this earlier?😫🤚 this song is just so goOd..

(when you love a song sm but you just can’t bring yourself to write a review and all that comes to mind is “it was good.”)

♡Blogs of the month

︵‿୨♡୧‿︵ I actually did stay updated with the reader, and followed a couple of new blogs! here are some of my favourite blogs of this month:



♡Goals for February

Ooh, new section in monthly wrap-ups?🙃possibly. Here are my goals for this month.

  • Read 10 books, or more
  • Read the “Six of Crows” duology
  • Do a book review on my blog
  • Spend less time on screens
  • Post 3 videos on Oreo’s YouTube
  • Do a birthday post for Oreo’s birthday
  • Don’t forget to complete my online exams. (I tend to)
  • Fix my guitar and practice

I hope you had a good month, and happy February!💜 Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you next time.

What are your goals for February? What books did you read this month?

64 thoughts on “January in review || snapshots, books + goals

  1. I have read most of the books that you read this month and they are definitely awesome!
    I feel so happy that you mentioned me, means a lot thank you so much!
    Loved the post btw, the songs mentioned, I’m vibing with them 😌❤️❤️

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  2. ahh your dog is soo cuteee, man!🥺🥺
    and that burger uffff🤤
    thank youu soo much for mentioning my blog, it means a lot!!💙
    also omggg youu read oouil and oouin!! did you like both of themmm??? I loved both the books and I’m so eagerly waiting for the third one😫

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    1. i know, right?😌 he’s the cutest.💓💓
      you’re welcome!!✨💛
      yeahhh, I guess I really liked them cuz, like I said I’ve never actually read murder mysteries, or just a mystery in general before. But after i read the AGGGTM trilogy, and other books in that genre, I didnt think highly of it anymore. It’s still a good book, though.
      The second book, I liked reading in Maeve’s perspective, but that was it. Nothing else interested me in one of us is next, but I’m still eager for the third book to release 😀

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  3. I agree…January drug on!
    I love the pics! Especially the ones of Oreo.
    Also BOOKS! It looks like you read some good ones…and some not so good ones. I think I should probably add Long Way Down to my TBR! And prioritize The Inheritance Games. =)
    I feel like I always say this but you have awesome taste in music.

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  4. Ah I’m sorry schools went back to online sessions! 89% is not bad at all, so don’t be so hard on yourself! I’m sure you’ll get a better score on your exam next time. Nice bookshelf, by the way! Congrats on Oreo turning one-year-old in February!

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  5. Wow, our book tastes are really similar! You know my thoughts on Fangirl, OOUIL and AGGGTM, but I did not enjoy We Were Liars either- I almost loathed the book! And yesss, The Silent Patient is an amazing novel!
    Looking forward to your views on SoC and Oreo’s birthday post!
    Great post, hope you have a great February!

    P.S.- How did you think January was slow? For me it flew by!

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    1. Yeah, I noticed that!👀😄
      Ahh, i didn’t know you read either of those books, that’s great🙌
      Thank you so much!!

      haha, idrk to be honest..it just felt like time was going by too slowly and I had nothing to do on most days..

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  6. Oreo looks so cute!! Can’t wait for his birthday post!
    I haven’t read any of those books but I want to read them soon!

    P.S. – You’ve read KOTLC? Did you like it?

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  7. Hi, Evin! I love this post! No, actually I love all your posts!!💗 (I just cant like or comment because i like to pretend I’m on a hiatus lol) Wow, I thought January got over very quick. I have read one of the books you mentioned- OOUIL and it was gOoD! Thanks to you for mentioning it when we were talking the other day, it motivated me to read it. Ahh, z-lib is a great platform for people who can’t always buy books or don’t have access to a library. All the pictures are so pretty! And Oreo looks cute as always.✨ I’d love to play with him one day! Your blog redesign is so pretty! You are sunf!ower then who is Kevin? Have I been following a stranger on Spotify without even knowing 🤔

    Loved this post!! I hope you have a great February!💕

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    1. aw, no you’re too kind😭💙
      haha, pretending to be on hiatus, I’ve done that😂
      It was a good book! 😌🙌 Ohh, I forgot I mentioned that😂 glad you liked the book though!
      Exactly, I’m so happy a friend reccomended me to it. It increased my reading time by a LOT.
      Thank you! Yep, I’m sunf!ower.. Kevin? I have no idea who that is😂
      (Other than Lou’s pigeon, of course. His name is Kevin.)👀😂

      Thanks, you too! Love youu💓💓

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  8. omg I just finished one of us is lying by Karen M.Macmanus and the ending ShOcKeD me. I had a suspicion that it was uou-know-who at first until those Tumblr posts. it was so well played out! also, I love Traffic Lights by Sara Kays, she’s so underrated! have you heard Rich Boy by her?? another thing (I know this comment is getting really long but ye) I had been contemplating buying a good girl’s guide to murder, and then I read your review and decided to buy it. I can’t wait to read it!!
    haha ok that’s the end of this suspiciously long comment 🤣🤗

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  9. AHHH fangirl is so so good!! I loved Cath and Levi!! It’s been ages since I’ve read it so I think it’s time for a reread 😅😅 and I’m sorry you didn’t like we were liars :(( ! I feel like it’s definitely a hit or miss book so I understand where you’re coming from!
    Have a great February!

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  10. 5 sauce😂. That’s a cool name. Your dog is soooo cuteeee.🥺. Happy February and great wrap up *realises January is over😱* Fangirl is a great book. I want to be KOTLC but haven’t tried it. Any thoughts on the book? Spoiler free.

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    1. Thanks😂👍
      Happy February to you too! well, I enjoyed the first book. I haven’t read the other books in the series. But from the first one, it’s definitely captivating and if you liked Harry Potter, you’ll surely like this book too😄

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  11. Thank you so much for tagging us💖💖😭. Awwww oreo is a cutie pie! Wow you read so many awesome books!!! And also Delicate is my fav TS song ❤

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  12. Oh, my. You read the Silent Patient. I did too. I’ve been an avid reader for more years than you can imagine. I hate stories with predictable endings. This book definitely wasn’t written that way. When I reached the end, I realized I had no idea that’s where things were going. I think it was a GREAT book. Do you agree? Cheers, Muriel P.S, I’m also tired of the pandemic.

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  13. Wow, you read a lot of books in January! I only managed to read like six.
    But i agree with we were liars being overhyped. The plot twist came out of nowhere and did not seem to fit well with the story. I still found it pretty enjoyable though.
    And i know right?!! Coraline wasn’t all that scary as people think it is. I found it pretty meh.
    Those snapshots are so cool btw 😍.
    Also, i sent you a mail a while back? Do lemme know if you got it.

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    1. Hey, that’s still really good!👍😄
      Exactly – I didn’t see it coming, but it felt like it … didn’t belong there. yknow?🤷
      Thanks! I actually just checked, i didn’t get it. Could you resend it?

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  14. ahhhhh I’ve been meaning to read Fangirl for the lOngest time~ maybe this month I finally will? 🤡 and oof, I actually really liked One of Us is Next, *almost* as much as the first one.
    THANK YOUUUU for mentioning me!! 🥺👀
    oh and, happy birthday to oreo! Have a great february, evinn. <33


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