January Wrap Up

It’s a new year and I’m blogging with a new energy! Well, kind of. I’ve done more than I did in December, at least, and I’m trying to schedule a couple of posts a week. It’s getting there!

What I Read

I’ve read 7 books this year, which is pretty good, but still puts me behind on my Goodreads challenge. Confident I’ll catch up though! I’ve been alternating between review books and Christmas/my own books which is something I want to stick to more this year.

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

The End of Summer by Tillie Walden

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Book Post

As I didn’t do the usual wrap up post in December I have a lot of book post thanks to catch up on so please excuse the long list! I’ve had some amazing post and have really enjoyed the ones I’ve read and am looking forward to the ones on the TBR!

Purple Hearts by Micheal Grant

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

Thanks Electric Monkey!

Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy

Thanks Scholastic!

Secrets of a Teenage Heiress by Katy Birchall

Thanks Egmont!

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Thanks HQ Young Adult!

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Thanks Gollancz!

And I’ve also had some fab requests accepted on NetGalley:

Clean by Juno Dawson

Thanks Hachette Children’s Books!

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau

Thanks Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books Group!

Savage Island by Bryony Pearce

Thanks Stripes Publishing!

What I Wrote:

I started getting up early to write during NaNo and I’m happy that I’ve kept with the habit so far this year. I’ve nearly finished my first draft of my WIP and I’m enjoying getting to the end of it now!

What I watched:

TV

We’ve been watching Brooklyn 99 as there’s a new season on Netflix. I thought it was a little rocky at the start but it feels like it’s getting back into the swing of things now. I’m so in love with all the characters.

Films

Nathan got some great films for Christmas  and we watched most of them over the holiday period. The Ouija prequel was really good (way better than the first film!) and Conjuring 2 was pretty creepy too. We also took a break from the horror and watched Doctor Strange – great origins film – and the Lego Batman movie, which is way better than a film based on toys should be!

What I Did

For our anniversary this month we went out to Chung Ying in Birmingham and had the most incredible meal – they have the most amazing vegetarian food and I’d really recommend it. We’re aiming to go out at least once a month this year and have a little baby-free time!

What Little Moore Did

Little Moore is getting so chatty and I love to hear him burbling all day long. He tells little stories and tells me what to do all day (‘Mama sleep’ ‘Mama chair now’) He’s such a happy chatty boy and I can’t believe he’s going to be two next month!

January Wrap Up

I’ve decided to start doing a little wrap up post for the month, not just for books but just everything in general.

What I Read

I’m really pleased with the amount of books I read this month. 12 overall, although that includes finishing some I started last year. I’ve read a good mix of ARCs and books I got for Christmas, and even some non fiction too!

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

The Call by Peadar O Guilin

The It Girl: Don’t Tell the Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

Lumberjanes Volume One: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes Volume Two: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson

Dear Charlie by N. D. Gomes

Baker Street Academy: Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Write by Phil Daoust

Get Started in Writing Young Adult Fiction by Juliet Mushens

The Yellow Room by Jess Valance

Book Post

IMG_7417

I was lucky enough to be sent some books from publishers and various people this month which I’m really excited to start reading. The Huntress is particularly gorgeous and deserves a phot0 all of its own!

Room Empty by Sarah Mussi

(Thanks Rock the Boat!)

The Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine

The Huntress by Sarah Driver

IMG_7384

Silver Stars and Dead of Night by Michael Grant

(Thanks Egmont!)

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

(Thanks Walker Books!)

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

(Thanks Vicki Berwick PR!)

Baker Street Academy: Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn

(Thanks Scholastic/Faye Rogers!)

What I Wrote:

I’m trying to write every day this year and I think the habit is sticking, which I’m really pleased about. I’ve been working on my WIP and nearly have the first draft done, and I also wrote a short story which I intend to submit to competitions.

Total word count: 19,665

What I watched:

TV

We finally finished watching Luke Cage on Netflix. It took me a little longer to get into this one than Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but once it got going I really loved it. Luke’s one of my favourite characters from the Marvel TV shows and his fight scenes were so much fun. We’ve now started watching Parks and Recreation from the beginning as I got another season for Christmas. I’m just in love with all the characters and it makes me laugh so much.

Films

We watched Aftershock, an Eli Roth horror film which I bought Nathan for Christmas and was a lot better than I was expecting. Also Casadaga, which he bought me for Christmas and was a lot worse than I was expecting. So you win some, you lose some. Dark Was the Night was an interesting monster movie, great beginning and end but I did get a little bored in the middle.

What I Did

Nathan and I celebrated an anniversary this month so we went out for an evening meal to celebrate, leaving Little Moore at home with my dad on baby sitting duties. It’s the first time we’ve done that since he was born, so nearly a year, which is pretty crazy. The food was incredible and it was nice to be just the two of us again. We definitely need to get out more!

What Little Moore Did

Little Moore is getting more mobile by the day. He’s now adept at commando style crawling, so we’ve got the stair gates in place and are constantly chasing him round and removing things from his path. He’s obsessed with our extension plug by the TV so we need to find a way to hide that.