January was an extremely stressful month for me. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. My anxiety was very high and I had to limit my time watching the news and being on social media for self-care reasons. I would get overwhelmed by all the crap going on and feel myself just losing hope and going to dark places. People telling me not to worry or to stop letting things stress me out, didn’t help at all. Just made me feel like they didn’t think I had valid reasons for feeling the way I do. I don’t know why I have to keep saying this, but I can’t control the anxiety. I have meds that I take, but they are not a cure all. I do my best to practice self-care. It’s not like I can spend the next four years with my head in the ground. Not only is that impossible, but I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the mirror for being such a coward. I’m better than that. I just have to try and limit how long I watch the news or interact on social media.
As a direct result of how stressed I was my reading was pretty damn prolific this month. The read-a-thons I participated in helped as well. I read a total of 14 books in January. It was a mix of eBooks, audiobooks, and physical books. I did my best to stick with the TBR that I started the month with, we all know I’m a mood reader though so there were some changes. I switched out my classic pick of the month for the children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I got my heart broken by A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. I was creeped out by Karin Slaughter’s terrifying crime thriller Pretty Girls. Seriously, it scared the crap out of me. I haven’t been that freaked out since…well…Hannibal. You better believe my front door locks were tripled checked at night. Those are just some of the books I dove into this month. I go more into them in my January reading vlog and book reviews if you want to check them out.
My January Obsession:
Kind Bars, because they are easy to carry with me as a quick snack when my sugar gets too low. The medicine that I take for my type 2 diabetes can make me hypoglycemic. I have to check my numbers throughout the day and carry healthy low-glycemic snacks with me. It’s a total pain in the ass, but you do what you gotta do.
Oh and Kind Bars did not sponsor this post – blah blah blah etc. I buy my own damn Kind Bars at Sam’s Club or through Amazon.
BookTube Channels I Stalked:
What happened on the blog:
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Books I Read:
I did a reading vlog for January. If you’d like to see what I read and my initial thoughts you can check that out on my YouTube channel.
Ah so many books I want to read, but February is a short month. I will be participating in the #FeministLitFeb reading challenge. I posted a TBR on my YouTube channel if you want to see my reading plans. I’m also going to participate in the TBR Takedown 5.0 read-a-thon, which I will also be putting up a TBR for on my YouTube channel. Along with those two TBRs, I want to start Winter by Marissa Meyer and finish the books I’m currently reading.
That’s it for my monthly wrap-up. Let’s chat down below in the comments! What books did you read in January? Do you have a favorite or least favorite? Are you joining any reading challenges or read-a-thons in February? If you are please share the links to your tbr posts below, I would love to check them out.
I’m off to drink some tea and dive back into Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I’m loving it so far. I’ll be sure to share my thoughts with you all once I finish it.
Stay book nerdy & happy reading!