In My Life
This month was hard. It started out great, with a trip with my grandparents and spending lots of time with my friends, but then school started. This semester is going fairly well, but it is still extremely stressful and tiring, and I still have college applications looming over me, even though I’ve turned them all in.
Trump’s inauguration made everything worse. I honestly have trouble believing what our country has come to in so short a span of time. I’m angry and terrified, and honestly, feeling hopeless. The stress of school, which I’ve barely learned how to manage, is now matched with the stress of wondering what horrific thing Trump will do next. Seeing the world come together at protests is incredible, but it’s not enough to snap me out of the constant funk of despair. Additionally, the violence that we’ve seen across the world has broken my heart.
But this month was not all bad. Here are some good things:
- My journalism class published another issue, and it looks incredible.
- I made a jar in ceramics with a lid that fits.
- I started a (low key) bullet journal for 2017.
On This Blog
I had nine posts this month. Not as many as I’d like (I’ve already broken my three posts per week goal…wow), but more than there could have been. I’m happy with the content I put out, so that’s what really matters.
Top Ten Tuesdays
- Top Ten 2016 Releases I Will (Probably) Read in 2017
- Top Ten Diverse Books I’m Excited to Read in 2017
- Top Ten Books I Would Wear If They Were Clothes
- My 2017 Resolutions
- Parents in YA (why we need more bad ones)
- You Can’t Read Them All, So Make the Books You Do Read Count (about how to avoid reading problematic books in spite of hype)
In Reading and Reviewing
I read three books this month, and started four others. I know. It’s pretty bad. I am in the middle of two books for school—Twelfth Night and Dante’s Inferno—and I am enjoying both. I started two others, The Ghost Bride (which I might DNF because I have been reading it for a month) and Slasher Girls and Monster Boys (which I will finish, but it is a short story anthology and I am taking it slow).
Here are the books I actually read:
- Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) by Naomi Novik — 3.5/5 stars (probably won’t be reviewed)
- My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows — 5/5 stars (review)
- Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn — 3.5/5 stars (review)
Long story short, there will be lots of reviews to come, as soon as I finish reading the ones I am in the middle of.
This month was AWFUL for writing. I finished my WIP right at the end of 2016, and although I have lots of research, editing, and character development work I want to do…I just didn’t do it. I didn’t even really work on scholarships (although I did submit a few applications). I have big plans for productivity in February.
How was your January? Did you read any great books? What books do you plan to read February?