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Monthly Wrap Up: January 2019

I know everyone was saying that January was going on forever, but now that it’s over, I kind of can’t believe it? I’m also not really looking forward to it now being the shortest month of the year because I never get much done in February!

For me, January was a pretty great month. I wasn’t too busy, I got a tonne of reading done, and I managed to balance “me time” with socialising quite well.

Quill and I met up with some friends in London at the start of January. We went to a food market where you grab a bench and then get food from whichever stalls you feel like eating from. I went for Lebanese, and Quill got Turkish and German. It was a really nice place to hang out, although it was expensive because it was in London!

At the end of January, we went to see Cirque du Soleil: Totem, and I had an incredible time. It was a birthday gift from Quill, and he unknowingly got us box seats, which was a nice experience! It was my second time seeing Cirque, and it definitely won’t be my last. I’m always in awe of the performers, and the soundtracks are always incredible!

I also went ice skating for the first time in a year, and I remembered how much I love it! We’re going to go again in February, and perhaps spend a bit more time in Oxford this time, because it’s a really nice city.

Other than that, I spent most of January reading, blogging, and Booktubing!

Books Read

  1. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus (review|booktube) ★★★★
  2. Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay ★★★
  3. The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky ★★★★
  4. Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar ★★★
  5. Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao ★★★★
  6. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson ★★
  7. Rosewater by Tade Thompson ★
  8. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel ★★★
  9. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty ★★★★★
  10. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo ★★
  11. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan ★★★
  12. I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya ★★★★
  13. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker ★★★★

Statistics

Okay, so I haven’t really decided how I want to look at my reading statistics this year so for now we’re just going to look at the basics. I’ll do a statistics round up some time in April so that it’s more in depth and interesting.

I read a total of 13 books in January, which I think is pretty damn impressive considering I’m also working full time, blogging, and doing Booktube. Go me! These added up to a total of 4302 pages, and 508 minutes. My average rating was 3.2, which I’m happy with because last year most of my monthly averages were below 3 stars!

I’ve also started keeping track of my Booktube statistics because I find it really interesting. I’m struggling to keep track of my blog stats because my damn website keeps crapping out on me, so I’ll work on that later. As of 1st February, I’m now at 3193 subscribers on my Booktube channel, which is up from 3161 subs at the end of December! Pretty good, I think.

From what I can tell, most people discovered my channel through my reading vlogs, then my thriller/horror recommendations video from October (which is still doing well!), and then through my review of Two Can Keep a Secret. I’m going to keep track of these analytics so I can see how people are finding my channel.

I’m also very pleased because my monthly views added up to 1368 in total, which was only down very slightly from 1513 in December. The difference is that I was doing Vlogmas in December, so of course my views were higher! I have to say though, that I’ve noticed in my years of blogging and Booktubing that January tends to be the busiest month.

That’s all for my stats! Let me know if you’d be interested in knowing anything else in future. I can incorporate my blog stats as well once I fix my website and it stops bugging out.

Looking Ahead

February is set to be a good month in terms of balancing life and socialising, which is what I wanted. We’re going to Windsor just before Valentine’s Day to see Ian McKellan do a talk, and we’re going to do some casual falconry that weekend. There’s a big family event happening towards the end of the month, but other than that I’m completely free! I’m hoping to do a lot of reading because I’m taking part in several readathons, and I want to continue to blog and Booktube as much as possible, because it’s a fun way to spend my time!

Let me know what your plans for February are in the comments below! Did you have a good reading month in January? Have you read The City of Brass because I’M STILL FREAKING OUT ABOUT IT.

Monthly Wrap Up: October 2018

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Life

October was a pretty hectic month in real life, which meant I was incredibly grateful to Past!Amber, who decided to schedule a whole month of blog posts and Youtube videos. I didn’t get around to doing many exciting things, but I was working a lot so it meant I had very little free time to blog and do Booktube. BUT! I did do some things. Quill and I went on what turned out to be our first dinner date in over a month (!), and after eating we went to the cinema. It was lovely, and we’ve decided to make an effort to not let our date nights slide that much again.

There was a fun pub quiz with my work colleagues (my team came 2nd), and I went to the Chiltern Open Air Museum for their spooky open night. That meant we watched some fire dancers (dancing to no music… it was weird), took part in a chocolate workshop, went on a spooky walk through the woods where actors jumped out at us, and met a vanishing horse.

I took part in the Spookathon for the first time ever, which was lots of fun, and as I’m writing this, we’re just getting to the end of a horror movie marathon.

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Monthly Wrap Up: September 2018

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Me in September

September turned out to be a pretty freakin’ great month for me. I did a tonne of stuff that I am really proud of, like going to the gym after work (the busiest time) by myself for the first time, going to a large wedding where I didn’t know anyone but Quill, and I handled my job like a boss. I also managed to get ahead with scheduling posts for October, which means this blog will no longer be dead!

At the beginning of the month, Quill and I went on holiday to the Peak District, where we did a lot of walking, conquered Quill’s fear of cows, and went in some underground caves. It was a lovely holiday, and we were super lucky with the weather. On the way back, Quill surprised me by taking me to a cat cafe in Nottingham, which was adorable, and then I drove us home.

Another thing Quill surprised me with was tickets to see Jurassic Park (my favourite movie ever) in concert in Brighton. It was incredible. They played the movie and a live orchestra accompanied it. I teared up a lot.

On top of all of that, I’m also keeping up with my Booktube channel, and also meeting tonnes of new Booktubers and bloggers. I’m loving the book community right now!

How did your month go?

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Monthly Wrap Up: May 2018

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Me in May

I didn’t blog or vlog too much in May because I was promoted at work and it has taken up soooo much of my time. The promotion was exciting, though, so I’m not going to complain! I’ve taken on a lot more responsibilities, which is good because that’s what I wanted. I was in my previous role for four years (in addition to providing holiday cover for other people) and it was getting a bit dull. I’m enjoying the new role, but it’s a lot to take on so I’m still settling in.

At the beginning of the month, Quill and I went to Edinburgh, and we had the BEST time. I’ve almost convinced Quill to move there. It’s probably my favourite city to visit, and I want to go back already.

We also went to see Deadpool 2, which I thought was brilliant, and Solo, which was much better than I expected.

That was pretty much it for May!

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Monthly Wrap Up: April 2018

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Me in April

I went to the cinema quite a bit in April. The best film I saw was A Quiet Place. It was incredible. I loved the tension, and the unique monsters, and I loved that John Krasinski and Emily Blunt did this together. The acting was fantastic. And the deaf character was played by a deaf actress! I also saw Ready Player One, which was enjoyable, and Infinity War, which broke me. I have a lot to say about the latter, but I won’t talk about my theories or reactions because it has only been out a week. BUT THOR.

At the beginning of the month we had a family gathering for Easter, which is always tiring because my family is LOUD, but it was also fun. And the food was great. I ate a lot of Easter eggs on the run up to Easter, and I also stopped going to the gym so regularly because of reasons, so I need to work hard in May to tone my body back up.

We did a day trip to Bath, which I loved. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, but we got to see the Roman Baths and the cathedral and the markets, and we just kind of strolled around. I’d definitely want to go back in the future.

Books Read

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