Sunday, 31 January 2016

Do you like finals? I don't. | January Wrap-Up & February 2016 TBR

Aaaannnd the first month of 2016 is over! Ever since I started doing monthly wrap-up, I got more aware of time and months seem to go by so much faster, it's crazy!
I didn't have a very exciting month, compared to the previous ones, which is a little sad. I felt like I was just waiting for the month to be over, tbh, but I had reasons for that.

For the first two weeks, I had finals. I know guys, how cruel is it to schedule them just after Christmas break? It's so stupid. The worst part is that an association of students asked for them to be after the holidays and it has been like that for the past four years. Who does study during Christmas break? NO ONE. My boyfriend went back to Germany (but he'll finally be back in a week!) and I got sick. Moreover, I had to apply to a school for next year, it was really stressful because I had to ask my teachers to write me a recommendation. So yeah, it was fun time!

On the bright side, I started bullet-journaling and I LOVE it, guys! I learnt about it at the end of December, and it totally helps me because I just want to cross off all the bullets! 

I also got a new phone, because the last one was dying. Btw, I still haven't named it yet! I always name my phone/computer after a geeky character:
- my actual computer is Cress
- my last phone was Felicity Smoak

If you have any idea for me, I'll take it! For now, I might call it Gideon or the Knave, but it could change? I think there is an evil computer in Illuminae, so he could be my inspiration.

The last two weeks of the month, I started a new semester, which is enjoyable, but I still have four weeks to get through before a week of holidays, haha. I didn't do much either during those two weeks, because I've mostly been trying to be motivated to study (what a joke) but it's haaaaard.

In my cereal box, there was a BB8 I could put on my pen, how fun!

This month was just about waiting, because in February:
a) My boyfriend comes back
b) It's my birthdayyyyyy! I'm just mentionning it because I couldn't really buy books this month... Because I ask for books as birthday presents. So it was sad. I can't wait to get more books next month!

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis 4 stars
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios 2 stars
Fire Falling by Elise Kove 3 stars
A Dawn Most Wicked by Susan Dennard enovella 4.5 stars
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay 3.5 stars
The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld 4.5 stars
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 4 stars
Où es-tu Elisabeth? by Sophie de Mullenheim read in French 4 stars
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan 3 stars
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard 4.5 stars
Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake DNF
The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry 4 stars

TV shows:
New Girl
Jessica Jones
The Shannara Chronicles
The Big Bang Theory

The Children of Timpelbach

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (reread)
A book by Maria B. Snyder => Should I start by Poison Study or Touch of Power? 
Tell me down below!

And also, I want to get to February releases, because I'm excited for so many!

Top 5 books I'm excited for:
1. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
3. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
4. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
5. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Goodreads Challenge: 11/120 => 8% 

Flights of Fantasy: 6/50 => 12%. It's actually the easiest to accomplish, since fantasy is my favourite genre. I don't count the e-novellas for this one.

Retelling challenge: 1/20 => 5%. I'm waiting for more retellings to be published, there is Reign of Shadows next month and I just downloaded Spinning Starlight

2016 debuts: 2/15 => 13%. Sword and Verse was a disappointment but I loved The Love That Split the World!

Rereads: 0/15 => 0%. I'm failing, which isn't a surprise, but I'll try more next month!

How was your month? Did you read some exciting books? Tell me all about it :)


  1. Ahhh start Touch of Power! I'm planning on rereading it (bc I cannot actually remember anything from it) and I loved it the last time I read it! Would be cool to do a read along of sorts?
    Sounds like your life was really hectic though! >.< The Christmas break is the Christmas break for me - I didn't have any exams to come back to, because uni hasn't started yet for me xD
    You scare me with how much you've read and watched... xD There's just so much - I had no idea it was humanly possible! :P

    1. Yes and we can also do it with ADSOM, because you wanted to read it and I want to reread, haha! I'll tweet you about it, okay? :) You're lucky, I just want holidays again, you know! Thank you, the last one didn't receive texts anymore, how useful ;) For what I read, it's just that I'm a fast reader and when I'm at uni I live alone, so it's easier! For the TV shows, I'm just watching some that are airing right now so it means... 4 episodes a month for each? I always watch when I eat, super productivity ;)

  2. Wow! Reading 6 fantasy novels is AWESOME. You're totally going to kick ass at your challenge if you keep this up! Also, I'm in total agreement with you about setting finals after Christmas - WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS, SCHOOL? (P.S. What do you think of Shadowhunters? And Shannara? And Supergirl? I'm enjoying Supergirl lots, and I'm entertained by the other two.)

    1. Fantasy is my favourite genre so it's easier to read books like that :) Maybe they're trying to torture us, I don't really know...

      During the first episodes, I found Supergirl to be a little cheesy, but now I love it and can't miss an episode every week, they made a lot of progress since the beginning. It's great to have a TV show that focus on a superheroine, it changes! I find Shannara amazing, because it involves elves but it's also a dystopia, that's very unique. I'd love to know how this world came to be, though. For Shadowhunters, I have such mixed feelings. The third episode was terrible, but the fourth was way better (because we're seeing more of Magnus!), I'll keep watching and hope it's getting better :)