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!
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 🙂
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.
- [3 Jan] The Man In The Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard ★★★★★
- [10 Jan] The Thing about Love by Kim Karr ★★★★½
- [11 Jan] Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5, Castles Ever After, #4) by Tessa Dare ★★★★
- [17 Jan] Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely ★★★½
- [24 Jan] Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland ★★★★½
- [25 Jan] Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3) by Lisa Kleypas ★★★
Other Bookish Things
- [2 Jan] Eight New to Me Authors in 2017
- [4 Jan] My 2018 Bookish Resolutions: Why I’m Reading Less
- [7 Jan] Sunday Synopsis 15: Can You Feel the Excitement?
- [9 Jan] 10 Books That Have Been on My TBR Way Too Long
- [14 Jan] Sunday Synopsis #16: We’re Still Thinking Holidays
- [16 Jan] 12 Books I’m Reading More of in 2018
- [18 Jan] Discussion: The Case of the Disappearing Book Reviews!
- [20 Jan] Sunday Synopsis #17: Minnesota Nice is a Real Thing
- [23 Jan] Five Star Books I Forgot About
- [27 Jan] Sunday Synopsis #18: Let Him Eat Cake, But Maybe a Book Instead?
- [29 Jan] I Can’t Believe I Read A Long Book
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: