Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2014

Posted February 1, 2014 by Debby in Monthly Wrap-Ups / 8 Comments

January 2014: a fresh start!

A new year! Finally! This month was marked by boredom at work, due to being in between projects, procrastination on my thesis, and TONS of exciting new releases. Overall… I think that’s okay. I read 9 books (3,599 pages; average rating: 3.56) and posted 11 reviews and 13 other posts.

January Reads

Books Read:

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Avalon by Mindee Arnett
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
How Zoe Made Her Dream (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Book of the Month:

January Reviews

January Posts

January Obsessions

  • Sherlock by SHINee. CHRISTINA. I BLAME YOU. I explored more k-pop this month, but THIS SONG MAN. IT HAS TAKEN OVER MY LIFE. When I’m at work, on average I listen to it 4 times per day. And strangely I regret nothing.
  • Coffee Prince and Nodame Cantabile. Asian dramas ftw. I do not have enough time to watch them as I would like, but I binge watched both this month and just SO MANY HAPPY FEELS.
  • I found a new favorite YouTube channel: Sleightly Musical. It combines instrumental (violin) covers of awesome songs and sleight of hand magic. I just looooove their videos and I watched all of them. No regrets.
  • Men at Work. I just LOVE this sitcom. It barely gets the buzz it deserves. The new season started and as a result, I started bingewatching the first two again. I can’t even imagine how many times this makes because this show is a drug to me.
  • Sherlock. It came back. It was glorious. It was brilliant. And then it was over again. And I cried. *sigh*
  • Spreadsheets. Obviously.

In Real Life

  • I went to the Maroon 5 concert, but while they were amazing, some idiots in the audience totally ruined it for me. From now on, I’m no longer going for standing room at concerts. No no. Can’t handle it. I was excited by the prospect though that Adam announced that the next time they would perform in Amsterdam, he and James would sing She Will Be Loved in their underwear. That was preeeeetty hilarious. And they always keep those kinds of promises. So. *sigh* Guess that means I need to go next time too :’)
  • The BFF came round twice this month! In total he was only here about three days, but whatever. We always have a good time.
  • Boekenfestijn, the traveling book fair, came to Rotterdam, and I went there with Daph and Daisy. I love those girls. It was a really fun day, and I cooked for them and they stalked my bookshelves, lololol. Fun for everyone :’) You’ll get to see my Boekenfestijn haul tomorrow!
  • I BOOKED MY TICKET TO NEW YORK. I’M GOING TO BEA!!!!!

That’s it for me. How was your month?


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8 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2014

  1. Ah, Maroon 5!! That’s awesome. Sucks that some idiots ruined it for you, but that’s just double motivation to next time, right?

    Just out of curiosity, what are you writing your thesis on? I miss studying!! My life is work, work, work these days. Sorry if you’ve mentioned this a million times and I missed it!
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  2. The Maroon 5 concert sounds like it was amazing! I’ve never seen them live, but my sisters have and they say it’s a pretty epic experience. Glad you were able to go, but sorry that it was a bit of a testy experience for you. And also, just seeing that you truly enjoyed AMWF is making me REALLY excited about reading it!
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  3. Uninvited, Cruel Beauty, and Being Sloane Jacobs are books that I’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t gotten around to. 😛 And I own all the Percy Jackson books, but I’ve only read up to The Son of Neptune. Pathetic, I know, but I’m just going to wait for The Blood of Olympus, because I know that I’ll want to marathon the series. I just know it.
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  4. Aaaaah, Maroon 5 concert!! That’s fantastic! I have a co-worker that made me promise I’ll go with her next time they tour Europe!
    Yay for Sherlock!!! Now the trauma to wait till we have any idea when will the next season be filmed and aired, and then wait for that!! Why is that show so brilliant and so evil??
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