January Wrap-Up: Are you ready for some football?

Posted February 4, 2018 by Mallory in Bookish Things, Monthly Wrap-Up / 9 Comments

Linking up to The Sunday Post hosted by Kim at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer – a weekly meme where fellow book lovers post updates on life, blog happenings, and their recent book hauls.

Truth be told, I’d really love to be hating on January, but it was a pretty good start to the year! Lots of belated Christmas parties and my husband’s birthday – plus work is finally starting to calm down.  I had been jokingly calling January my “practice month,” but I think I’m going to upgrade it to full-fledged month-of-the year status. 

The Superbowl (American Football) is a mere five miles from my house this weekend.  We ventured downtown near the stadium last weekend and the pedestrian walkways have been closed for entertainment.  There are live bands, lots of food trucks, and one of the streets has even been turned into a snowmobile ramp for stunt drivers.  Prince also had a pop-up museum with his costumes for visiting fans. Many of the big businesses also set-up some sort of “fun” activity – Target printed our faces on marshmallows and had fake curling (plus turned me into a GIF!).  There was even a celebrity sighting – the kittens from this weekend’s Puppy Bowl!

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Hey, look… I’m a GIF!

Things got a little crazier as the week wore on – there are LOTS of out-of-towners (obviously) flying in for the game.  Our house has been put in a flight path and we’re getting a little tired of the extra noise and visitors complaining how cold it is (9 degrees fahrenheit).  It’s February in Minnesota … what did they expect?  Apparently, our Minnesota hospitality only goes so far this weekend 🙂

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On the Blog in January:

I started a loose blogging schedule this year that has made the whole blogging process feel much easier (even though I had zero compliance this past week). Here are the goals for February:

  • I signed-up for NetGalley!  This month’s goal is to actually request a book
  • Decide on how I want to track my 2018 reading and bloggin’ challenges on the site
  • Write a review policy.  Finally.

January Reviews

Other Bookish Things

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February TBR List:

I read five books this past month – including my first physical book in over a year! The biggest surprise was Illminae, which was part of my “read things I usually don’t read” goal this year.  I’m not sure if was totally in love with the sci-fi aspect; however, I really enjoyed the prose and book design.  My husband (who hasn’t read a book since I’ve met him) even wants to read it.  MIRACLES DO HAPPEN FOLKS!  Here are some of the books I’m planning to tackle in February:

9 responses to “January Wrap-Up: Are you ready for some football?

  1. Minneapolis sounds pretty hopping for the big game! Can’t believe it’s here already- January flew by! Glad you guys had some fun downtown though- that’s pretty cool. 🙂

    I liked Gemina more than Illuminae, although not everyone did. will be curious what you think of it! Frankly I thought it was more fun and tense?

    Stay warm and have a super week (see what I did there? Hah!)

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  2. Illuminae seems like a good start for your husband to start reading again. 😉
    As a Dutch person I have so little idea of the Superbowl haha. Except that it seems to be a big thing. I can imagine all the complaining being annoying though. Like what you said, what did they expect? It is winter.

  3. I’m currently rereading the Red Rising series before I begin Iron Gold. It’s one of my all-time favorites. I hope you enjoy it! I also loved Gemini and of course anything Harry Potter. I think it’s cool you’re having a Super Bowl in your city. I’ve never experienced that. Looks like you’re enjoying the attractions. Have a great week!
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  4. I just signed up for NetGalley, too, and got my first few ARCs. I am trying not to go overboard there because I’ve heard of people going nuts and ending up with more books than they can review. I took one look at Edelweiss and immediately felt overwhelmed ha ha.

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