January Round-Up

Yes, yes, I know this is really late, but I saw these kind of posts on other blogs and really liked it as a way to summarise everything for the month.

I read a grand total of 53 books in January.

My Goodreads goal for the year is 300 books. As I only joined at the end of May 2017, my record of books read for 2017 is incomplete. I am quite excited to see what it will look like at the end of 2018.

I read a lot of picture books with my class, as you can see, so I think reading 300 books will be easily achieved (that’s why I’ve set it so high!).

Books read

Picture books: 34

Middle Grade: 8

Young adult: 6

Adult: 3

Non-fiction: 2


Sources of books

Library: 24

Bought/Owned: 13

Won: 2 (One from Author giveaway on Twitter, one from Readersfirst)

ARC: 14 (e-ARCs from Netgalley)

January posts

I managed to post fairly regularly this month, largely thanks to scheduling some posts over the Christmas holiday.

Book Reviews: Shadow Weaver, The Snowbear, Love, Hate and Other Filters, Home Sweet Home, Sporty Lou, Johnny Skip 2, London Hat Hunting Mission, The Hazel Wood

Also, don’t miss my review of The Cruel Prince which was published on 2nd January.

Multilingual flashcards: Happy New Year, Snowflake, Snowman, Snowball, New Year’s Resolution, Ice, Icicle, Winter, Robin, Polar Bear, Elephant, Lizard, Pangolin, Giraffe

Language Learning: This was a bit of a fail in the language learning department. I was in Austria with my boyfriend’s family over Christmas so was learning a bit of German and managed to pick up a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in German. Didn’t do much new in Korean, but recapped some of what I have already studied.

Korean in 3 minutes playlist – quick introduction to some of the most important phrases.

Other posts: I tried branching out a little with my posts this month – why not have a read of some of them?

Orange books in a book rainbow

6 ways blogging has changed how I read

How many reading sins are you guilty of?

January Achievements

Attended the book launch for Alwyn Hamilton’s Hero at the Fall, the third book in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy. (post to come!) The event was brilliant but I was too shy to talk to many of the people I recognised from Twitter….maybe next time…

Joined in with Multicultural Children’s Book Day for the first time – it was fantastic! I read and reviewed three multicultural children’s books, joined the link-up of blogs and the Twitter chat and completed my very first author interview with the lovely Winnie Mak Tselikas.

Attended the Association for Language Learning January Event – a conference about best practice when teaching modern foreign languages. It was fantastic!

My blog reached over 200 followers and over 1000 views!

Took a team of 36 gymnasts to a regional competition and we came second overall!

January Favourites

My favourite tea is still the Super Green Tea: Tropical Vitamin C from Tetley. Each cup has 20% of your daily Vitamin C in it and it’s tasty – hope it will help me avoid getting sick!

On TV – I don’t watch TV much, but have recently (finally!) started watching Stranger Things. We have only watched 2 episodes so far and I’m hooked…although slightly worried that I have been tricked into watching horror which is not my favourite at all!

Of the 53 books I read, my favourites were The Dollmaker of Krakow (review to come after I have stopped sobbing – loved this so much!) and The Toy Makers (see review here). Coincidentally, they’re both set in toy shops and are magical realism, a genre that is very hit or miss with me. I also loved Folk, Fly Me Home The Giant Under the Snow.

What did you think of my monthly round-up for January?

How did your month go?

Would you like to see more posts like this?

Let me know in the comments!

Also, please link your monthly round-ups below so I can catch up with your blogs!

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. AJ says:

    Lol I never thought of including my classroom reads on my Goodreads. Good idea!


    1. It’s a good way of keeping track so you don’t have the situation where you want a certain book but can’t remember the title, etc. Recently I have started organising them into shelves around certain topics which will hopefully help me with planning what I want to read with future classes. Also helps me keep up with what the kids are reading!

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