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What’s Good, What’s Bad, and What’s in Between: January Wrap-up

Hello, everyone! Hope you’re all doing well 🙂

January has come to an end and I’m here to talk about it. I think it was a very productive month for me, maybe a little overwhelming at times and a LOT tiring all the time (then again, ‘tired’ is part of my personality at this point). But I’m feeling pretty good about it!

The Reading

So in January, I read a total of 5 books, one of which is non-fiction and another is in audiobook format (Yay me for finally trying audiobooks!)and a reread. I just thought it would be a great idea to start listening to audiobooks because I’ll be busier than ever in the coming months and I would need to multitask 🙂 It was definitely a new experience for me. I definitely drifted and lost focus a few times at the beginning of the audiobook like I predicted, but I got used to it fairly quickly and it just got better as I listened on. So I’m definitely going to try more audiobooks soon!

Anyway, the five books I read are

  • Changeling
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea
  • Until the Beginning (review to come)
  • Psychology of Success
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone – audiobook (review to come)

I’m pretty sure 5 books isn’t a lot for a lot of readers, but I’m pretty happy with it because it’s definitely more books than the previous months 🙂

I also posted a few reviews in January, including reviews of TV series that I’ve watched. (clicking the book cover/poster will take you to the review)

Book Reviews:

TV Series Reviews:

The Blogging

I’m really happy that I managed to post regularly last month! I did one discussion post in January on a topic that I found interesting, so if you haven’t you can check out my post on average ratings and whether or not they matter 🙂 . And I talked about my participation in Year of Asian Reading Challenge 2019 which is hosted by four amazing bloggers. I’m still very excited about this challenge!

Other than that, January was also a pretty good month for book un-hauls. I talked about the 5 Books that I’m Keeping and 5 Books I’m Tossing in one of my January posts, and I’ve since donated more books to orphanages and a library. In fact, I’ve pretty much been Marie Kondo-ing almost everything in my house. Which brings me to

The Random Things

I’m officially moving out of my apartment, so I’ve been very busy packing. I had no idea that I own SO MANY THINGS!!! It seemed to me that every time I pack a box and tape it up, there is just more things spilling out of hidden corners and it never ends! I really don’t like moving… And the worst part is the UNpacking process! I don’t even want to think about that 😦

On another note, January is also the month I started using social media again, specifically Twitter. I actually logged out of Twitter back in October or November of 2018 because I just feel like there’s so much drama and negativity around social media. But the moment I logged back in, there’s still drama, just about other things. From Marie Kondo being criticized (really harshly by some people) and the drama about bloggers, which was all over my timeline.

Here’s what I have to say about that:

First, if people don’t like Marie Kondo and her methods, then don’t watch her show. Simple as that. If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything. I’ve always thought that it is easier to not say anything rather than take time out of my day to comment something negative about someone I’ve never and will never meet. So…

And about the blogger and ARC thing, the way I see it, bloggers actually pay to blog about and promote books. Book bloggers pour a lot of their time, energy and money into their blogs. It takes hours to read and review books, not to mention other types of content. I personally don’t request ARCs (and I don’t think I will in the future, but never say never, right?) so I spend a lot of my money into buying my own books, which I’m sure a lot of people can relate to.

From my short time working in digital marketing and influencer marketing, bloggers and influencers get paid a LOT of money to promote products, and I’m pretty sure that at least some (some, NOT ALL) of them haven’t actually used these products and they’re simply promoting them for the job. Book bloggers/influencers don’t. Book bloggers genuinely love reading and will promote books that they genuinely love. So even though there may be ‘bad’ bloggers out there, the majority wholeheartedly love what they do and don’t deserve the negativity. And plus, there are bad individuals in every group ever. There’s this old Malay saying I learned from school that goes something like ‘don’t let a drop of vinegar turn the whole bottle of milk sour’ or something like that. I think it’s appropriate.

Okay, moving on.

I think a few interesting things happened in January, one of which is the egg that beat Kylie Jenner’s Instagram record and was also the highlight of my life on Twitter. I’ve never had that many likes on a tweet before (maybe because I’ve never been active haha)

And another interesting thing that happened was that I got invited to an author/poetry reading event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The authors that attended that event are definitely not YA authors, and I haven’t read their books (but I will! I have to win YARC!), but I really enjoyed it. My mom was invited as one of the speakers and to recite her original poem, which was very exciting. The event also served as a fundraiser to collect donations for the Uyghur community in China. I’ll definitely talk more about this event and the Uyghur community in a future post, most likely next Saturday.

Alright! I think I’m going to stop here for this wrap-up post. January was a pretty good month for me, and I hope it was great for you guys, too!

7 thoughts on “What’s Good, What’s Bad, and What’s in Between: January Wrap-up

  1. Your January sounded so interesting! I’m glad that you had a productive month! The books that you’ve read sound great too! I’ve been wanting to read ‘A Very a Large Expanse of Sea’ for a couple of months now and it’s definitely on my list! Can’t wait to read more of your posts! 😊

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