Monthly Memories : January 2017

Hey friends!

I used to love doing monthly recaps, but somewhere along the way, Nereyda and I just stopped doing them. I’ve been reading Lauren at Bookmark Lit’s monthly recap posts, and I love how she does them, so I was inspired by her to incorporate something similar on our blog here too. I’ll be predominantly talking about the books I read in the month, but I also want to share a little about my personal life, things I saw on the internet, just to give you more of a glimpse into my brain.

Januaries are equally tough and exciting months for me. Tough because, I’m just getting over the holiday season, and heading back to school for a new semester. Getting out of that holidays groove and adjusting to a new schedule always takes a bit of time. And exciting because, it’s a new year, new goals and time for a fresh start.

  • School wise, I’m quite liking this new schedule, though I admit it’s weird to have so many days off. I have classes 3 days a week, and so I get 4 days off. I like how spaced out my schedule is, and I’m enjoying my classes so far. I do wish I didn’t have an 8 am on Fridays, but I can deal with it. I’m taking courses in Epidemiology, Theoretical Statistics & Programming. My favorite class is the Programming one, because I just love writing code as I’ve recently discovered. I’ve talked about it before, but I completely overhauled my life last year, and quit a Master’s program that was my dreams and goals and switched to a different program. I was hesitant and afraid when I started the new Master’s program, but this is where I’m meant to be. I feel so much passion for Statistics and I can’t wait to start my career.
  • I also got a new job as a Research Assistant at school, which will involve doing coding. I haven’t started yet because there’s lots of paperwork and approvals, but I’m happy that I know that I have job. I’m looking forward to starting it this month.
  • This was the month, I finally started using my bullet journal properly. I have realized that some spreads work for me and some don’t. I usually feel very inspired to fill out my reading-related spreads, but not others. So for this month, I’ve decided that I’ll be doing book list spreads & workout & meal planning spreads only.
  • I have been struggling with getting a proper night’s sleep this month. I’m usually a deep sleeper and need at least 8 hours a sleep a night, but lately I’m lucky if I catch even 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Part of it is because my upstairs neighbors lead a …. uhhh adventurous sex life, and they keep waking me up at random times like 6 in the morning. I have gotten ear plugs, and I’m planning on playing some white noise while I’m alseep because I’ve heard they help you relax in bed.
  • Politics in the US are also probably another reason why I’m not able to sleep properly. Everything is a disaster and I’m scared for myself and my friends. I’m outraged at everything and I’ve been quite vocal about it on Twitter. I will say that I’m grateful for everything that I have learned about politics because I was living in quite the bubble.

  • Hands down the Women’s March across the world. It inspired me on a whole new level and made me even prouder to be a woman!
  • Getting a new job.
  • The Bachelor returning (LOL yes) and bonding with my roommate over the show.

I read 27 books this month, and quite a few were surprisingly re-reads. I’m more of a go with the flow reader, and you can tell I was more into romance. I did pick up some pretty amazing 2017 YA Releases which gives me hope that YA books this year will be better than last year. Here’s a full list of books I read this month.

Highest Rating

When Dimple Met Rishi Pretty Face (London Celebrities, #2)

5 stars

I seriously loved these two books so much! When Dimple Met Rishi (out May 2017), was fresh, funny, smart and romantic. I have lots to say about this book, but I’ll be reserving it all for my review close to release date. Pretty Face was also amazing! I’m usually not one to enjoy romances with big age-gaps between the hero and the heroine, but I loved it in Pretty Face. This couple gave me all the feels and gahh, I think I’m going to re-read it soon.

Lowest Rating

The Young Wives Club

I was looking forward to reading this one, but I ended up giving it 2-2.5 stars. I just hated all the guys in the book so much. It was a frustrating read overall.

Book Which Surprised Me The Most

American Street

This one surprised me because of how thought provoking I found it to be. It’s not my usual kind of book, with the ending it has, but it had an impact on me, which I wasn’t expecting.

Book Boyfriends of the Month

When Dimple Met Rishi Pretty Face (London Celebrities, #2) Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1)

Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi is quite honestly my perfect guy, so obviously he’s on the list. I also fell hard for Luc, who was quiet, grumpy, but wildly romantic. I binge-read the Arcadia Bell series and gahhh I adored Lon, Cady’s love interest. He’s another one of those quiet, gruff, but super romantic guy. I obviously have a type. 😉

Most Exciting Books on Deck For Next Month

Changes in Latitudes Midnight Target (Killer Instincts, #8) Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3)

All books from my favorite authors!

Image result for the bachelor season 21 poster Image result for riverdale poster

This month, I’ve been watching The Bachelor, and I just started Riverdale last week. The Bachelor is one of my guilty pleasure shows, and this season has been quite dramatic already. I think Nick, the Bachelor this season, has the personality of a rock, but the girls are all pretty awesome (Shark Girl anyone?) , except for a couple of catty ones. It’s been entertaining though and I’m excited for more episodes and to see how far ahead my favorites get.

I loved reading Archie Comics as a kid, so while I was little wary of the TV edition, I decided to try it out. They’ve changed A LOT from the comics, but I’m kinda enjoying the Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars vibes it has going for it. But seriously though, what have they done to Miss Grundy?!

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit shares some new books she’s looking forward to reading.

She also has a series of discussion on the impact of different book formats.

Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity talks about why she’s happy to DNF.

Kaja @ Of Dragons & Hearts shares some of her blogging resolutions.

Danya @ Fine Print talks about how mood can impact her reading.

An adorable father-daughter duo sing “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” from Toy Story on The Ellen Show.

This travel vlogger filmed a holiday vlog on my beautiful island and had me feeling nostalgic.

Buzzfeed has a new Harry Potter Sorting Quiz which gives you your potential Houses in percentages.

Buzzfeed also has a fun font quiz which can tell you something about your personality.

What was your January like? What was one positive thing that happened to you last month?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I love how you made the paragraphs for your monthly recap, Nick! And I’m so happy for you that your new Master’s program is working so well for you. It’s important to find a career where you’ll be happy – as you’ll spend quite a bit of time at work, you know 😀
    I hope February will be an amazing month for you, with your new job to keep things interesting as well as helping you pay the rent 😀
    Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Thanks, Lexxie. It was a surprising change, but I’m happy I made the change. 🙂
      Thank you! Yes, it will definitely help with the rent. I’ve been living out of savings, so it’s nice to know I have a small income now.

  • Angel @Angel Reads

    I really like monthly updates, expect I am so bad at doing them haha. I am so excited for When Dimple Met Rishi! It doesn’t have an Aus publisher yet, so going to have to have wait I think. Glad you had a pretty good month!

    I started reading the Elle Kennedy Midnight books and I’ve enjoyed them so far! Cannot wait to read more.
    Thanks for the post.

    • Someone else mentioned it doesn’t have an Australian pub yet, but I hope it becomes available there because it’s an amazing book that everyone deserves to read.
      I’m so happy you’re enjoying the EK books!

  • Iam glad you did this I love monthly updates 🙂 I am so glad you like your class schedule (minus that 8 am Friday class) and got a job! I have had awful sleep so I get that. I am not the best me without good sleep. WOW lots of books read. I so can’t wait for When Dimple Met Rishi to come out. Also hoping I get approved for Changes in Latitude. Hope you have a great February!

    • Yeah that 8 am Friday is tough, but I usually come back home and take a nap, so it’s not all that bad. I hope you love When Dimple! I have an ARC that’s traveling. If you want to be added to the list to borrow, DM Me! Thank you!

  • I love reading monthly updates! Yay for a job and a class schedule you like. Politics have been taking it out of me too. I have such a hard time focusing. I’m so excited to read When Dimple Met Rishi. I’m happy to see you liked it so much.

    • It really is hard to focus. Makes me feel guilty when I’m not focusing on it, to be honest. Dimple is an adorable, happy and feel-good book, so I hope you love it!

  • I’m SO excited to read When Dimple Met Rishi! I got a copy in the mail last week and I’m just dying to dive into it so I’m glad to hear that you loved it!

    • I hope you enjoy it, Kristin!

  • Congratulations on the new job Nick, and something you’re really enjoying like coding as well! That’s brilliant news and a nice bit of pocket money while you’re at school as well. Can’t wait to hear all about it after your first day! It sounds like you’re on the right track and I’m so excited!

    Your neighbours sound like a pair of frisky bunnies, you could be one knock away from from being invited in Nick, tread carefully 😀 I had trouble trouble sleeping too when I used to live in the city and invested in a tub of Mack’s earplugs and used a pedestal fan for white noise. It honestly worked a treat. Now I live in a super quiet area.and still need that white noise so always ensure I have a fan (even a desk fan) running in winter. It makes such a big difference.

    • Thank you! Yes, I’m looking forward to that pocket money quite a bit. 🙂
      Hahahaha! They totally are a pair of frisky bunnies. LMAO. Even though they do it a lot, they seem like a really boring couple haha so no thank you if that invitation comes. I need to get a fan! I used to have one all the time when I was home too even if it was cold.

  • I tried watching Riverdale, I did grow up on Archie comics, but just couldn’t get into it… too juvenile for me.
    You sure read a ton! Kudos!!! Happy February!

    • I can understand that!

  • I am so excited for When Dimple met Rishi! I’ve heard such good things about it and I NEEEEED it. Also I’ve never read the Archie comics but I do want to check out Riverdale!

    • It is the BEST and the SHIPPIEST!
      Defnitely check out Riverdale. Honestly, the show is so different from the comics so it doesn’t even matter!

  • I’ve heard really good things about When Dimple Met Rishi from a few bloggers now. I haven’t seen Riverdale, but I’ve got it on my watch list. Of course, my watch list is forever long, so who knows if I’ll ever get to it!

    • Riverdale is fun! I say get to it soon! 🙂

  • Awesome post, Nick!! I love monthly recaps and this format rocks! Grace does something like this, too! I may have to use it for inspiration, too 😉 Congratulations on the job!!! Those are hard to come by in the school so that is such a great thing!! I remember having to wait for my paperwork to go through for my college library job. Sooooo slow…

    And now I’m even MORE excited to read When Dimple! I’m stoked you were all over that one already 🙂 YAY!!!! Have a great week and stay warm over there!!

    • Thanks! Yeah, I love Grace’s wrap-ups.
      Thank you! I’m excited but omg those paperwork! I never want to see a paper application again.
      I hope you love Dimple!

  • Charlie Anderson

    I’ve been watching The Bachelor, too, since it is on Hulu. I haven’t watched in years and don’t keep up with it or anyone on it, so I knew nothing of Nick’s history, but he seems very much a player. As several girls have pointed out, I don’t think he’s there for the right reasons. And also, Corrine is psychotic. “How do you make a voodoo doll specific to a person?” That pushed me over the edge and makes me seriously wonder if she’s going to harm another of the girls at some point.

    As for your sleep, Unisom is non-habit forming and non-addictive. I started taking melatonin after I started teaching. Within two months it was having adverse affects and was keeping me up until after midnight. The man and I both take Unisom when we need to (the tablet, not the gels – they don’t help keep you asleep we’ve found). It has worked for both of us, and I take it sparingly. My only thing is I have to take it before 8:30 in order for it to wear off by the time I get up.

    • He’s not a player but he’s been rejected a lot. LOL. Corrine is totally psychotic but I thought Taylor was more psychotic in that episode, especially towards the end. Corrine was on The Ellen Show the other day and she seemed so much more normal!

      Thanks for the tip about Unisom. I’ll check those out!

  • I’m so glad you’re much happier with school and your goals. I know it was rough there for you, but that leap seems to have paid off. You had a pretty good January overall it seems. But yeah, it’s hard with what’s going on because of politics. 🙁

    • Thanks, Christy! I was super down for most of last year, but I’m so much happier now. Ugh politics. At least we have SNL?

  • Wooo yay I love wrap-ups! Obviously haha. It sounds like a good month minus the political climate and the horrible stuff happening. The Womens Marches made me so happy and inspired <3

    • The Women’s Marches were so inspiring! I hope we’ll see more protests and marches like that.

  • I am a sucker for any wrap ups. my favourite post to write is always my Sunday Summary post (it’s all about me!) and I may hate how much time my wrap up post takes each month but I love collecting links throughout the month to put on it so it works two ways. Glad to see you’re trying a new way to do a monthly wrap up post.

    Yay for a new job! Nothing like figuring out what you enjoy and then finding a job about it as well. I hope it meets expectations and you enjoy it especially as you’ll be at school at the same time. And it’s good to hear you’re enjoying your new Master’s program especially as it’s something you actually enjoy. It may have been scary at first but it definitely sounds like this is the right fit for you. As for your neighbour and their interesting sex life… earplugs is definitely the only way to go. You know, that and hoping they calm it down? Or at least keep it to sociable hours. Fingers crossed for you.

    Hopefully February is a good month for you, I know the political landscape in the US is terrifying right now but the Women’s marches definitely give me hope.

    • Oh yeah they take forever to set up, but they are a lot of fun to write up too. 🙂
      Thank you! I’m really excited to start the job. I’m well-stocked on earplugs and have had one good night of sleep so far, so I’m hoping it’s working!
      Thank you, Becky!

  • NICK <33 I miss you boo.

    LOLOLOL I've seen your tweets about your more…adventurous roommates [; I swear I'm just that petty type of person who would just try to one amp the weird sex noises and try to make them feel uncomfortable by making weird noises myself. LOL I mean I'm all for sex but damn, six in the morning? Hahaha I mean almost have to give them props for that. I'm barely able to function then let alone have sex.

    Oh god politics. I really should start being more vocal on twitter. I have been more so on facebook with my relatives who seem only capable of 100% defending every action Trump makes as being "for the greater good" or "trying to make America great again." Lmao they claim that us 'bleeding hearts' are brainwashed by mainstream media but I cannot help but they are in the sense that they're incapable of even hearing me out. They shut down any remotely negative (or even fucking questioning) thoughts I have about trump.

    Dimple Met Rishi is one of my most anticipated reads!! Cannot wait to read your review about it.

    Omg I truly swear we are like twins with our TV watching. I've just started watching Riverdale (having loved the comics as well) and am enjoying it so far. It is different than I thought, but still pretty good. You're so right about it being reminiscent about Gossip Girl, lol which is another show I loved. Hahaha, Ms.Grundy's character is so different though it's almost comical. She's super annoying lol. BUT I love what they have done with Veronica 🙂 I'd say that she is my favorite character on the show and I love her friendship with Betty. I also like what (little) we have seen of Jughead so far. I have my theories about who killed Jason but idk it seems so obvious and I feel like there is going to be a lot of red herrings.

    As for the Bachelor it is definitely also a guilty pleasure show for me too. Like I find myself cringing at how awkward the group dates inevitably are but also cannot look away from them and the drama. Omg Corrine is something else LOL. My favorite so far would have to be Rachel. She is such goals in terms of career (aha lawyer) who seems super smart and genuine. And I think she does appear to have good chemistry with Nick. Also she doesn't seem involve with the drama which is always a good sign. I also like Vanessa (Canada represent!) as she seems so straight up and honest. Her date with Nick was something I've always wanted to try and was super cool. I mean minus the puking, but that Nick handled that quite well I think haha.

    <33 Hope things are going well this weekend for you

    • Larissa, I miss your face too! <3
      Haha they aren't my roommates. Thank goodness for that. But they live above me! Haha yeah, I was impressed by their uhhh stamina in the beginning, but now I'm just annoyed!
      Oh gosh relatives that defend Trump. I'm sorry you have to deal with that. :/
      Dimple is the absolute cutest book ever! I hope you'll love it as much as I did. 🙂
      OMG so excited to chat TV with you! You can expect weekly messages about The Bachelor from me! 😉

  • DO I SEE NEW GRAPHICS? January is such a ‘blah’ month because it feels like we’re getting off such a high from the holidays. I think February is even more blah though because there is nothing to look forward to. I can’t wait until spring!


    The hubs and I are watching Riverdale as well. I’m not familiar with the Archie comics but I love this show! It’s like Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars.

    • Yes! Bought them on Hungry JPEG the other day! 🙂
      LOL my secret is to basically do nothing but study and read and watch TV.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying Riverdale! It’s a fun one! 🙂

  • oh January was such a great month and congrats on the new job…hope its a fun one and you learn alot. I haven’t been sleeping very good either especially with what has happened this past week its so heartbreaking. Its probably why I am upping my workout schedule, relieve the extra stress. But I am looking forward to some great books this month especially Devil in Spring.

    • Thank you! I’m excited to start.
      I’m sorry you haven’t been sleeping well. I hope you find something that will help you relax. Can’t wait for Devil in Spring!!

  • Congrats on the new job, Nick!

    Wow, you’re such a speed reader. I’m so jealous. I think the most I’ve ever read in a month is like 18-20 and that was a fluke. Never to happen again. Ha!

    I’m really loving Riverdale right now even though I’m old as hell and even my daughter is older than the characters on that show. But I don’t even care, I’m loving it.

    I’m starting Pretty Face today so I’m glad to see that you loved it so much.

    Happy February guys!

    • Thank you, Rowena!
      Yeah I tend to read fast, but I also have no social life, so I have plenty of time to read lol!
      I’m excited people are liking Riverdale. It’s a little campy, but it works. And oh my gosh, I hope you love Pretty Face!

  • ohhh congrats on the new job at school Nick! That is awesome news, and the 4 days off would definitely make a difference. OMG I heard about your neighbours through your tweets and that’s so disturbing omg. I’ve heard so many raves about When Dimple Met Rishi and I’m looking forward to it! 27 books is AMAZING.

  • LostinLit Becca

    Yay for your new job that’s awesome! I am a Bachelor watcher too! Such a guilty pleasure! I am not so happy with Nick right now!

  • I’m a little bit late to read
    this post, Nick. I’ve already congratulated you on your new job. It’s wonderful
    you like your new program. I’m happy for you. It’s never too late to change
    course. Neighbors with an adventurous sex life are not so funny in real life. I
    hope ear plugs would help. And I definitely need to start Arcadia Bell series.