Reflection: January 2022

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I know, I know. This post is ridiculously overdue. Life has been hectic, to say the least!

January was an interesting month. I was supposed to be starting the year off on a great note by heading off to Puerto Rico for a Bachelorette weekend but instead, I caught COVID! Rude.

Additionally, I made a goal for myself for the first three months of 2022 that I would dive headfirst into training for my new job. Not that I hadn’t already in December, but I knew that training would be getting more in-depth and complex. Obviously, my source of income is more important than a blog that I do not make a single cent from. I am sure you understand.

With me thriving in my new job and it being full-time, I’ve also taken a step back to figure out exactly what I want to do with this blog. Do I want to keep paying for a domain and WordPress plan? Do I want to abandon the blog completely and just stick with my Bookstagram?

As of right now, I have no plans to abandon nor switch to the free version of WordPress. I am just trying to figure out time management, how to run a blog while working full time, and all that. It is an adjustment but one I am up for!

All that said… let’s dive into my January reading adventures!

My January Overview

# of books read: 5

# of pages read: 1,823

Genres read: Romance; Thriller

Top Books I LOVED This Month

Book #1: The Match by Sarah Adams

Genre: Romance

Pages: 291

Link to Goodreads page

My rating: 5/5 stars

What I loved: disability representation, specifically epilepsy; a single dad who would do anything for his daughter; an independent woman trying to make her own way in the world; humor; enemies to lovers trope; a romance with no sex scenes.

Book #2: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Genre: Romance

Pages: 487

Link to Goodreads page

My rating: 4/5 stars

What I loved: grump meets sunshine trope; workplace romance; enemies to lovers; a very slow burn; bilingual; Aaron Blackford; steamy scenes towards the end.

Book #3: Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Genre: Romance

Pages: 352

Link to Goodreads page

My rating: 5/5 stars

What I loved: workplace romance; strangers to friends to lovers trope; discussions about mental health; gettin’ nerdy about the weather; Jewish representation; average male body type representation; a few steamy scenes

Other Books I Read:

A Flicker In The Dark by Stacy Willingham

Genre: Thriller

Pages: 386

Link to Goodreads page

My rating: 3/5 stars

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Namey Taylor

Genre: Young Adult

Pages: 320

Link to Goodreads page

My rating: No rating – DNF’ed after 130 pages

Reason for DNF: Boredom.

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Genre: Romance

Pages: 336

Link to Goodreads page

My rating: 5/5 stars

My BOTM Pick This Month:

This month I chose Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly. However, due to the massive amounts of books sent to me over Christmas and for my birthday, I have yet to pick it up! I am hoping to before the end of February.

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