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January stats Fever! Let's See What I Was Up To All Month

January has been both an exciting and very stressful month on the blog. I have experienced unprecedented blog growth (so much so, that I am not embarrassed anymore to display my follow numbers, hey!), but it has also been quite stressful, because time doesn’t just magically stretch when you need it to (don’t you wish it did, though?) I am still in awe that one of my posts is about to reach 200 comments as we speak, and I am so thankful to you all for the support and the love! I’m happy to be in this community, even if I was mostly on a break throughout the entirety of January.

Speaking of which… I have finally decided to write only two posts + a wrapup every week. Yay for making the decision! (I was literally trying to make it for three weeks. Overachiever much?) And now that I have, things are better and easier. I should be coming back to the blogosphere and being more active with you all soon πŸ™‚

So what has January been like?

  • I don’t really have a follower count from the beginning of the year, and I don’t know where I could check it, but I gained at least 60 followers, if not 80, so woot! Fastest growth in my neck of the woods for sure…
  • I also reached 1600 Twitter followers, which was just 1 person short of 1700 yesterday… I think I must’ve crossed over today!
  • Despite the lack of time, I have somehow managed to read 12 books?? I have no idea either! This actually puts me 6 books ahead of schedule o.o
  • I have had loads of karaoke fun this month, and I mean LOADS
  • My name and quote is on the second cover of a book, #lifegoals!!
  • I hope you don’t think I’m obnoxious for bragging about all these things thoughΒ 😂

Apart from that, the month has been relatively usual and nothing out of the ordinary. It’s February 4th, we have JUST packed up our Christmas tree, life is moving on and I am getting ready for the most birthday-dense month in my family (with no gifts prepared…), and that’s about it!

But since I read so many books last month, let me share them with you and let’s see what was good and what was… less amazing!

~ Miracle Books Read ~

Snow Flower and the Secret FanΒ The Girl in the Blue Shoes

Okay, so they’re both actually 4.5 stars, but they definitely round to the 5 star category. Both reviews are coming up in the next two weeks!Β The Girl in the Blue ShoesΒ is an amazingly written scifi-ish literary thriller by a self-pubbed author whose writing just completely mesmerized me, and I loved it so much that he even put my quote on the cover! AndΒ Snow Flower and the Secret FanΒ will be a buddy read review in a couple of weeks. It’s a tale about women’s lives in 19th century China,Β and I am shook.Β It’s not like I didn’t expect all those things, but reading about them and comparing it to the life today… It’s just hard to fathom. I have spent many hours sitting and reading this book in the morning when I should have been working (#PerksOfBeingFreelance?), and it was time well spent (I couldn’t really pry myself away, is all…)

~ Steady Good Books Read ~

The Wind in the WillowsΒ The Mermaid and Mrs HancockΒ Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux Rosie Colored GlassesΒ Ape HouseΒ The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist

Some of these even share a half star rating with the ones above, so you can see how it was hard for me to put them in a separate category! They form the best part of my month, you could say.Β The Wind in the WillowsΒ is a beloved classic, that might be a little sexist and classist, as is expected from a book from back in the day, but is nonetheless adorable and heartwarming, and it just puts you to a fitful sleep when you’re struggling with insomnia (which is precisely why it was my bedtime reading!) The Mermaid andΒ Mrs Hancock is a new released that you’ve all heard about by now, and it was a steady good read that I would like to go back to one day.Β Black Elk Speaks was a nonfiction book, detailing the tales of a native medicine and holy man, who talked about his heritage and the terrible things Indians had to endure in the 18th and 19th centuries, and ANYTHING I say about it really is nothing – so I’m just going to say that if you’re from America, you should read it. Even if it will bore you a little, maybe, you should still know what your ancestors did.Β Rosie Colored GlassesΒ is a very touching book based on the author’s true life experienced with a mother that suffered depression and substance abuse, and I will be reviewing it this month.Β Ape House was actually a backlight book by the author ofΒ Water for ElephantsΒ (which I haven’t read yet, sadly!), and it’s a very touching, but frank tale about how animals are mistreated in our cheap, entertainment driven society. You SHOULD read it. AndΒ The GirlΒ was yet another memoir about Marilyn, aimed at pointing out how misunderstood she was, and how she ultimately did a lot for women in the industry. It was a great book, and if you like Marilyn’s work just a tiny bit, this is surely a worthy read for you, I greatly enjoyed it.

~ Okay Books Read ~

Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles #3)Β S.N.U.F.F.

Herding Cats was enjoyable enough, as the art and the content never fails to entertain and be relatable! However, I felt like the collection was put togetherΒ “from whatever didn’t fit other volumes”. The pieces didn’t seem to have much of a connection, and only the second part really had a theme. Nonetheless, if you’re a fan, you’ll certainly enjoy it! AndΒ S.N.U.F.F.Β was just too much of the same – if you’ve read Pelevin before, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Despite being well written, it was just drenched in mock-intolerance of any minorities you can think of, and while I can see that it was intended and planned, I did not enjoy it for the same reason of it just being vulgar and painful to read. I will not be reviewing these two on my blog, but I have linked the book names to my goodreads reviews!

~ Totally Meh Books Read ~

Release from Stasis: The Future is Now (The Future is Now #2) House of Shadows

I shouldn’t even be putting this book here. By my saying “I hated it SO much” I’m already giving it too much attention. Some of you might decide to read itΒ just because it was so bad! And it was so bad, that frankly, I refrained from reviewing it on Amazon, because my review would have been the ONLY review there, and I couldn’t let myself be the only asshead with a bad review! Just trust me that it was awful, but if you care to know the reasons why, my Goodreads review can be found here. And whileΒ House of ShadowsΒ was an alright story on its own, and doesn’t really belong with the likes ofΒ Release from Stasis,Β I still can’t forgive the wholeΒ damsel business and the way the love interest pounced on a hurt girl, sex solved everything and that was alright. Just no. You can read the reasons here.

~ The Stats! ~


january 2018 stats

It looks as though setting low goals IS the key! I am doing well so far, and it’s mostly cause I have been listening to a lot of books this month. It does wonders for eye strain and housework πŸ˜€

~ On The Blog In January ~

I am reducing the number of posts as of February, but January was still fun of fun! Lots of these posts areΒ #NewBloggers 101Β content which you seem to be enjoying a lot, and sharing too (thank you so much for all those shares!)

Β creatures of will and temperΒ Β My Favorite Book bloggers

requesting arcsΒ Β Β dumplin

a good edelweiss or netgalley profileΒ  Β feel good books

plague charmerΒ  Β the mermaid and mrs hancock

get commentsΒ  Β the king of bones and ashes

review policyΒ  Β j.d. horn

~ Next Week ~

Next week we have a review of a really wonderful bookΒ The Girl in the Blue Shoes,Β as well as Part 2 of theΒ Productivity series:

girl in the blue shoesΒ  Β writing and scheduling posts

~ Books Hauled ~

No Sad Songs Tomorrow Factory: Collected Fiction Doorways in the Sand Chasing Eveline
The Ways of My Grandmothers The Girl in the Blue Shoes Tess and Tattoos Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico
The Meifod Claw: A Comedy Dragon's Future (Dragon Courage #1)Β The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles #3)

Have any of you read any of these? I have finished and enjoyed several of them so far, but not the rest. The good thing though, is that this month I both read and hauled the same amount!

~ #New Bloggers 101 Content On Other Blogs! ~

I also wanted to bring attention to these posts by other bloggers who have helped the #NewBloggers cause:

Simant @ Flipping Through The Pages wrote a guide on how to write a good About page

Jennie @ Jenniely wrote about how to self-host and get your own domain name

Speaking of which, Daniela @ Nocturnal Devices wrote a similar piece about how to rebrand your blog

Continuing our topic of commenting, Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about how and why you should blog hop often

And last but not least, Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight tells us more about how to use Goodreads more efficiently

Austine @ Novelknight talks about how stats are important, but you are MORE important

As usual, I’m linking up withΒ Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday post, also with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s ReviewsΒ and Mailbox Monday, Feed Your Fiction Addiction. This would be the right time to say I’ll be joining these challenges for the whole year!

And that’s it for my January! What about you? Share your links with me in the comments!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

113 thoughts on “January stats Fever! Let's See What I Was Up To All Month

  1. Good evening.
    Japan is eight afternoon on 4th,
    Thank you for a wonderful newsletter. Always waiting forward to.
    The snow festival of Hokkaido Sapporo is held.

  2. Nice wrap-up post Evelina! I hope that this decision of posting three times a week proves beneficial for you. I can understand the often, writing posts are overwhelming. Truth to be told, even I was sad yesterday, thinking about all the things I need to write though I have no time πŸ™ Well, let’s see how it goes.

    And woah girl, 12 books? How did you manage to do this? But I am glad that you read so many good books. And your book haul looks interesting. Actually, I got rejected for Chasing Evelyn, lol πŸ˜› I do hope you enjoy all of these.

    And congrats on doing good towards your Goodreads goal πŸ™‚ I guess, you are going to nail this year πŸ˜€

    And wow, your name and quote on the cover of a book? That is really some fantastic news. So proud of you.

    I hope February is even better and relaxing for you πŸ™‚
    Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages recently posted…State of the ARC | February 2018My Profile

    1. Thanks, Sim! Yeah, writing does take up a lot of time, especially with the increased number of comments on my blog lately (means, more answering and blog hopping, too). Plus, it’s winter, it’s freezing cold and dark all the time, and that just reduces my energy so much!

      Yeah, I actually read 13 books, I had just forgotten one, it turns out xD oh! I wasn’t “accepted” for Chasing Eveline πŸ˜€ there was an instafreebie giveaway! So completely free πŸ˜€ but I think it might be over now. You can try looking though?

      I hope February is good to you too! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ <3

  3. Yay for the blog community and congrats on your stats! I co- read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan with my sister many years ago and it was really good, it’s a moving book.
    Enjoy your week!

    1. THank you, DJ! But please forgive me for asking – I can’t find the quote you mean xD I have looked through the post twice and I’m not seeing the quote πŸ˜€ which one did you mean? πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks, Jennifer πŸ™‚ I am trying, but I seem to have too many reviews to post still, and end up with those three posts instead of two anyway πŸ˜€ but hey, minus the pressure!

  4. Congrats on the great month, the book haul, the books read, the posts written, the followers– yay! I’m one of your newer followers this past month since I came back to book blogging. However many times you post a week is your personal decision and you have to enjoy it here or it’s not worth it. Have a good week!
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    1. Oh, really? Awesome! Then you might want to catch my buddy read review on Monday πŸ™‚ hey, have you read The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane though? I loved it. And what other book of hers would you recommend I read next? Cause I’d love to read more of her books πŸ™‚
      Yeah, I know what you mean! Indie books can be either really good, or really bad πŸ˜€ thankfully, this one was amazing πŸ™‚
      Oh, and thank you for the congratulations! Thanks for reading my blog, Cahleen πŸ™‚

      1. I read Tea Girl and liked it, but Snow Flower is still my favorite. I’m excited to see your review now! Shanghai Girls is another good book of hers, and the sequel is good as well. I actually happen to have another book of hers, Peony In Love, right here. It actually doesn’t have the best reviews on Goodreads, but I know a lot of people who liked it and the premise sounds cool, so I’m going to give it a chance.

        Love your reviews!
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        1. You’re right – I think I liked Snow Flower more too. The Tea Girl was an AMAZING book, but this one? Kept me away from work when I needed to work xD I think that says enough? πŸ˜€ I have heard of Shanghai Girls, but haven’t read it. It was on sale and I didn’t buy it! Now you’re making me regret it πŸ˜€
          Ooh! Wait! I think I also have Peony in Love! Wait.. I wasn’t even aware it WAS Lisa See’s! Wow okay I GOTTA READ IT!!
          I mean it’s Lisa See xD even if it doesn’t have such good reviews, it seems me and you are almost hard core fans by now, having read so many books by her πŸ˜€ when you read more than 2-3 books by an author, I think your tolerance for a certain author’s mishaps goes wayyy up πŸ™‚

          Oh, and thank you!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ and I thank you for being one of my followers! Yessss Snow Flower was SUCH a great read! I love reading Lisa See’s books, although I’ve only read two so far, I love her style and themes so much. And yes – very emotional!

  5. I’m so behind on reviews, I still have 6 outstanding haha it’s just finding the motivation to write them I guess. Congrats on your stats jumping up though! And you read so much last month…I read 6 books which is decent. I have yet to read anything this month haha, I’ll get there eventually πŸ™‚

  6. I have no idea why, but January always seems like the busiest month of the year But it’s so awesome that you managed to read that many books, while growing your blog and twitter on the same time!

  7. Wow! You are on fire! That is awesome. It’s always so satisfying to enjoy the fruits of your labor. In your case, lots of followers and a blurb on the cover of a book (that is really incredible). I admire your ability to have a full-time job, keep up with the blogging community, and still have time for karaoke. I was looking at No Sad Songs, and will be eager to see what you think.
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    1. Thanks, Sam πŸ™‚ well, I do work freelance – so I don’t have to commute, that saves a lot of time. However, any time saved on that needs to be sacrificed to, er, coming back to life – I often get migraines or just spells of weakness and need to lie down. So thank god for audiobooks πŸ˜€ but I do my best with everything πŸ™‚
      You’re one to say though! You do so amazingly with the number of books you read! I am always so impressed with you and your numbers πŸ™‚ although I’ve been reading fast myself lately – mostly due to the audiobooks. So I feel like I am doing well, inspired by you πŸ˜€
      Oh, and I’m currently reading No Sad Songs. Like a half through now, but I can already definitely recommend it. I rarely like contemporaries, the tone of this one! It’s really good πŸ™‚ do grab it!

  8. The Girl looks good…I have read and enjoyed several memoirs about Marilyn. I also love the look of The Girl in the Blue Shoes.

    Congrats on your growing follower list! Enjoy.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.
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  9. Congrats on the amazing blog growth!

    And, now, for what’s truly important . . . . what is your go to Karaoke song? πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you Janine! My go to karaoke song is I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, and I dare say I must be doing it well, cause one time this creep came up to me to ask me to sing it again for money, and another time everyone in the audience pulled up their phone lights xD I absolutely love doing that song πŸ™‚
      And do you have a go to song? πŸ˜€

        1. So I’ve been told, but it just comes easily for me, I guess it’s the right range πŸ˜€ I find it hard to sing a lot of the more popular songs though – because my voice is very high (I’m a first soprano, so the highest voice, basically), and there are not many songs for that voice xD most pop songs are for lower voices. I also do enjoy singing Paper Boats from the game Transistor though, although those low notes I can only do because of the mic πŸ˜€ such a beautiful song though – you should give it a listen!

  10. Congratulations on all your new followers Evelina, that is exciting news along with your name and quote on a cover πŸ™‚ I hope that with you posting three times a week you will have some time to enjoy the little things and not feel overwhelmed, it is admirable that you’re making these changes for you πŸ™‚

    You had a wonderful reading month and hopefully February will be just as good.
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  11. Congrats on the name/ quote placement! It’s okay to brag a little πŸ™‚ you deserve it- after all blogging is time consuming and it’s nice to be recognized! Plus your new blogger series is awesome so kudos for that. πŸ™‚

    Yay for the followers also! And karaoke!!! Fun…

    I’ve never read The Wind in the Willows. Huh that’s weird…
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  12. Congrats on the blog growth! That’s awesome! I feel like I should go down to one post a week + wrap-up because that’s where my life is right now, but I know there’s a balance between too few and too many posts a week to write– it’s easy to forget about blogs if their posts don’t pop up a couple times a week in my feed! So we’ll see.
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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I was actually trying to go down, but I notice that I still have to stick one post in here or there xD because I keep reading so fast, I just need to post reviews. A funny problem to have, huh πŸ˜€ but at least there’s less pressure.

  13. Ahhh, so many awesome achievements in one month, congratulations Evelina!! (Not that I’m surprised in the slightest!) I’m so happy you’ve found a posting schedule that works for you πŸ™‚ And 12 books readβ€”whoa! I managed half that in January, which I was perfectly happy with, but to be honest I probably need to pick up the pace a little to stay on schedule this spring…

    Have a wonderful week! β™₯
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    1. Haha, thank you πŸ˜€ you make me feel all smushy inside πŸ˜€ thank you for always making me feel great about my blog <3
      I said I would post twice, but then I found out I've been reading a book every two days, so now I'm posed with a problem of THE REVIEWS xD so I've decided to only post reviews of three stars and up on the blog xD the rest goes on Goodreads, and that makes it shorter and easier to write πŸ™‚
      I actually read 13 books, I just thought it was 12, but then found one more I hadn't written down πŸ˜€ so it seems that lowering your Goodreads goal works like magic! If I keep going like this, I might even read more than last year, despite lowering the goal o.o I think it takes the stress off it!

  14. Congratulations on getting more followers and overall blog growth! I am quite an irregular blogger and I’m afraid it shows but I don’t always have the time to blog. I enjoyed Herding Cats but now that you mentioned it, it did feel like some parts were not all that connected to others. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!
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  15. It is great when you start to see your blog grow isn’t it?! Congrats on having a great month for followers! A big congrats on being quoted on a book! That is absolutely amazing!

    You got a lot of reading done in January and it looks like the books were read were mostly good ones. Have a great week!
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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I find that a lot of seasoned bloggers enjoy this series, somehow πŸ™‚ and I’m glad! I’m glad it’s both finding its audience and is helping people get ideas about their own blogging and where to go with it or how to make it more effective or easier. Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  16. Yay for a decision ! less is better, if it means being more active πŸ™‚
    ahhh also congrats for the new followers, you totally deserves them ! all the way !

    Im eager to see if you can lend me some tricks in the next “What tool can help me be an organized blogger” !

    1. I also really, really enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read more of Lisa See’s books.
      Also, what’s the link to your blog? I can’t visit you back, the link you left doesn’t work πŸ™

  17. Yay for blog growth!! Also looks like a great reading month too. 12 books is great!! Have a lovely week!

  18. Hooray for an awesome January, Evelina!!! All those new followers are totally well-deserved, because you churn out some incredibly helpful advice and discussion posts. <3 I've also been posting only twice a week now, and it's still stressful for me because it's my final sem in high school and the workload is crazy, but I'm getting back into the swing of things.

    Here's to a fabulous February for us both! <3
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    1. Thank you, Aimee! <3 awww, you are making me blush. I've been so absent from the blogosphere lately, but I guess I just need the time to recharge. It must be the winter... It's just so hard to function and do everything!
      Oh man, your school stuff also sounds very tough to deal with. Don't know how you have managed to leave three comments on my blog then! You are amazing πŸ™‚ hope everything goes well with your school stuff! And yes, here's to a great February! At least it's not a long month xD

  19. I’m so happy you found a way to make your blogging experience work for you! And that’s amazing you read 12 books in January! I had plans to read around that number, because of winter break, but then I helped do a BETA read and that took a lot longer than planned. But it was a lot of fun, so I’m happy I got to do it. πŸ™‚ And a HUGE congratulations for all of your blogging accomplishments! That’s so amazing!! *hugs*
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    1. Thanks, Jen πŸ™‚ I actually read 13, because as it turns out I had forgotten the one :DDD hadn’t put it on the list, LOL… oh yeah, beta reads can take a while πŸ™‚
      Thank youuuuu!

    1. Yeah, dang, right? I think it’s the groups though. My #NewBloggers feature is built all for the sake of the group that I made, and it’s got like 150+ people, I think (I don’t even know the exact number myself xD)

    1. Elgee!!! I miss you!!! Haven’t talked to you in AGESSSS!!

      And thank you πŸ™‚ Yes, lol, I have finally showed off my number counters like several weeks back πŸ˜€ oh yay! I will go check yours out πŸ™‚

  20. Sticking to a specific number of posts per week can be hard, but three per week is a solid sweet spot! Ain’t nothing wrong with talking yourself up when you’ve had some great accomplishments — congrats. πŸ™‚ I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan before I started blogging and absolutely adored it, so I’m really happy to hear that you loved it!
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  21. Congratulations on the blog growth! That is amazing! And congratulations on having your name and quote on a second cover! That is amazing! I’m trying to find a good balance between blogging and my personal life and I think I want to aim towards 3 posts a week. I usually try to do one every day but I can’t keep up anymore.

    I hope you have a wonderful February!!
    Tina recently posted…A Weekly Wrap Up | Hello February!My Profile

    1. Thank you, Tina πŸ™‚ oh yeah, the blogging VS life balance is a tough one to find. Especially when it’s also a work/life/blog balance πŸ˜€ we’re real jugglers, aren’t we. One every day? Wow! I could never pull that off. You’re a superhero if you could do that even for a week πŸ™‚ I’m super impressed!

  22. Congratulations on all of that blog growth! That is a brilliant job to make and it can be hard to keep up with sometimes but you can do it. Also, it’s brilliant to be quoted on book covers so congratulations again!! Posting 3x a week is still a lot, but it’s good to have your schedule. I feel lucky if I post once a week >.>
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    1. Thank you!! I will be trying further as well πŸ™‚ well, it’s alright to post once a week as long as it’s something that gives you pleasure πŸ™‚ I think I am happy with my decision to reduce posts, finally. Took about a month xD

  23. It’s awesome that you have so many followers and commenters. I confess though, I don’t think I could keep up with such high volume of commenters. It’s hard enough for me to keep up with everything right now! What a great feeling for you though! I think it’s wonderful. I am so glad to hear you loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It is one of my all time favorite books. I hope you have a great February!
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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ yeah, I am struggling to keep up with that right now too. Maybe I’ll adjust.
      Oh, I’m glad you loved Snow Flower too πŸ™‚ it’s such an amazing book. I can’t wait to read more books by Lisa See.

  24. I’ve kind of been on a break for the year to date – so I get what you’re saying!

    HUGE congrats on your blog growth – what hard work you’ve put into everything and it’s showing! Although AHEAD of books schedule? Now THAT is showing off!! Ha ha.

    Hopefully I’ll be all caught up soon and ready to actually blog properly this year – but you know… I’m not putting pressure this year either and I just want to enjoy and do what I really want to do.
    Di @ Book Reviews by Di recently posted…Review: Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn HamiltonMy Profile

    1. Well, I’m glad you’re back πŸ™‚ I hope you are here to stay this time πŸ˜€

      Yeah, the AHEAD has worked out weirdly. I still say that’s because I’ve started text-to-speech reading them!

      Definitely don’t put pressure on yourself, but we’d love to see you back in the blogosphere πŸ™‚

  25. Congrats on the new blogging acheivements and the hard decision you took – plus getting your name and quote on a book, so cool!!

    The Girl in the Blue Shoes sounds like my time of book – I will definitely check it out, this year I barely read any sci-fi and I miss it!

    I feel like January is always a good reading month – maybe it’s the new year energy but I read a lot of books too. I have yet to read the new Marilyn Monroe biography but it’s on the list!

    1. Haha, thank you! Although it seems my decision doesn’t seem to be working out cause I just need to post all these reviews and there’s nowhere to put them xD xD so I post one review less every now and then, it seems… Good intentions xD
      And the Marilyn book was great πŸ™‚ I’m really glad I saw it on your blog!

  26. Congrats on all your new followers. You read 12 books? That’s impressive to me. January sounds like it was a great blogging month for you.

  27. Finally catching up on reading blogs. This post had a lot of info but it was so much fun to read, haha. I’m also so impressed. /1700/ twitter followers and 80 new blog follows? *enthusiastic applause*

    You’re so much nicer than me, haha. I have no qualms about being the only review on Amazon, even if the review it scathing xD I do worry that the authors will come after me though. I just don’t want people to be lured in by good blurbs about bad books lol
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    1. It’s actually 1800+ Twitter follows now, I don’t even know what’s going on O_o I’ve been having like +3 people on my blog every day this week? I am not even doing anything xD what is the secret? XD I am just puzzled all the time now πŸ˜€ it’s like that growth I’ve been waiting for all this time, and now I just don’t know why it’s happening πŸ˜€

      LOL yes I am often being ‘accused’ of being nice xD that is true. But I just can’t πŸ˜€ but yes, I totally agree about your point. Thinking of it in terms of someone buying it… Meh πŸ˜€

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