At A Glance: Month of January

Blogging and Personal News 

So I can’t believe we are at the end of January. Boy has this month gone by too fast for me!! But what a great reading and blogging month it has been. I have been working on being more organized. My goal for the month has been having more balance in my day.  I did have a tooth extracted a couple of weeks ago and I am hoping I will be able to begin a regular workout routine once its completely healed. I have been eating healthier and drinking my detox slimming water (super delicious) and I have started to slim down a bit so that once I start working out I can start toning up and building lean muscle. As for the blog, I have been keeping up on my reviews, been reading some wonderful books, and been keeping up on my goals to reorganize my goodreads shelves. But its taking much longer than I thought it would. But once it gets done, I will be so glad for doing it. Starting Feburary I will be on a stricter budget. Meaning no more buying books unless I get a good deal for them. My focus is library books and ARC’s. Which isn’t a bad thing at all. I haven’t read all that many library books in 2015 like I used to, and I want to be there more often. I am also focusing on my schooling. I just entered my advanced program through LWPI and I am loving it. For example, this past week my homework assignment was to create a pinterest account for weddings and build up various boards and I have had a blast with it. Its great because my first project due is to plan an fake wedding, through WIX.com and can’t wait to start on that. Should be fun setting a wedding style, couple backgrounds, all the wedding details and seeing what I am capable of.

As for my coloring this month, I didn’t get as much done as I thought I would. But had a bit of fun with it though. But like I said, I am trying to be a bit more balanced, and not overwhelm myself so much. I had fun with these pages. Still working on doing a good background. Hopefully the more I do it, the better I will get. So here is my progress.

Lost Ocean-Johanna Basford Coloring Book 

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Enchanted Forest -Johanna Basford Coloring Book

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Books Read and Reviewed 

Reading Challenges 

Bad Boys of Romance: 32/15

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Books N' Tunes Reading Challenge: 15/10

150

Hard Core Re Reading Challenge: 3/25

12

Oldie But A Goodie Reading Challenge: 33/20

165

Out Of This World Reading Challenge: 3/10

30

Pick Your Genre Reading Challenge: 8/6

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Spooks, Howls and Fangs Readings Challenge: 50/40

125

TBR Reading Challenge: 23/12

192

The Series That Never Ends Reading Challenge: 8/15

53

Blogger Shame Review Challenge: 6/30

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Top Picks of The Month

  • Great month 🙂

  • This month sure seemed to go fast, I am glad to hear it was a good month for reading and blogging. Sounds like the organization and your goals for the month went well too. I can only imagine how much effort reorganizing your goodreads shelves takes, but it probably will be awesome once it’s all done.
    I am on a pretty strict book budget as well, but luckily I still get enough arc’s and review copies to keep filling my reading addiction. I don’t get any books from the library as most libraries don’t have english books or not many and it still costs quite some money.
    That program/ study thing you’re doing sounds fun and interesting with planning a fake wedding, setting up a pinterets board etc.
    I love those pictures of your colouring, they look so pretty and make me want to get that ocean book as well, maybe later once I finally finished the colouring books I already own. Looks like you got some nice reads this month too. I hope february will be a great month as well!

    • oh I know, I swear the older I get the faster time goes by and what I wouldn’t give to go back to my younger years. hehe Oh yeah my goodreads shelves are going to take FOREVER…but I am going to be so grateful I did it once it gets finished. That is a shame about your library, I don’t know what I wouldn’t do without mine. The ocean book is pretty fun, all of them are really. And I hear she is doing a jungle book next.

      Hope Feb is a successful month for you Lola!!

  • Ann Lorz

    You were so busy this month. You reviewed so many good books.

  • You did seem to have a feel-good month. Congrats on doing so well health-wise.
    That does sound like a fun school project, but yet very practical. 🙂
    I am focusing on not making book purchases, too.

    You’ve got a good start with your challenges. Boy, glad to see I’m not the only one with a pile of challenges. 🙂

    Have a good February!

    • Yeah it was a pretty good one, which is great for the start of the new year and all my goals that I have. Yeah I am excited about the project, its going to take lots of time of course, but I have two months to do it, but it will be a good learning experience as well. Yeah I did quite a few challenges, I did choose challenges that would fit my reading goals though, and I set them lower than normal so that I am not stressing too much each month.
      Hope you have a great month too!!

  • January really has just flown by hasn’t it? I feel like I’ve been going going going the whole month. I hope you’re feeling better after having a tooth extracted. That’s never fun.

    • Too fast…way too fast!! But at the same time I am excited for February too! 🙂 Yeah my tooth is still achy, the surgeon really bruised my jaw up pretty badly, so that I think is what is taking so long to heal from mostly. Hope you have a great month of reading in Feb.

  • Aurian

    Wow, you read some amazing books, I am certain we have a very similar taste 🙂 If you want to read something wedding planner related, Nora Roberts has a great quartet, I never want to be a bride, but those books are great.

    • yeah I had a fun reading month. I actually have read the bride quartet series of hers and they are probably some of my favorite CR to read. Love them. That would be my dream one day.

  • Oh Ashley’s book really was wonderful. Sounds like a great month, Renee! Hope Feb is even better 😀

  • Sounds like you had a great month except for having to have a tooth pulled. It can be so much work to get organized but it will be worth it in the end. I love your coloring books. They are beautiful! You did read some wonderful books in January!