Monday, February 4, 2019

January Wrap Up!


Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be wrapping up my first month of 2019! In January, I read 12 books. I also started my second semester of my sophomore year at UNC. I'm enjoyed my classes so far, and it's nice to just take 4 instead of my usual 5 or 6. There's a couple more exiting life updates, and those I'll talk about more after the books.

Without further ado, here are the 12 books I read during January.


Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

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Is it even a wrap up if I don't include a Christina Lauren book? I think this is my 14th book I've read by her, and I'm almost 100% positive I've read at least one CL book or novella every month since July. Am I addicted? Yes. I don't know what I'm going to do once I get caught up on everything. Love and Other Words was beautiful, and definitely one of my favorites from the author duo.

Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert

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Merry Inkmas was one of my least favorite reads of January. I tried finishing this before the end of the year, and even though the book was really short, I just couldn't do it. I really don't like insta-love, so when the main characters professed their love after a seemingly short time of knowing each other, I wasn't convinced. 

Gimme Some Sugar by Molly Harper

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Is this blog just a romance blog now? I read a ton of romance this January, Gimme Some Sugar being one of them. Gimme Some Sugar is part of a contemporary romance series that focuses on different characters in a small town. I hadn't read the other books, but decided to give this one a go after seeing it on Netgalley. I really liked it, but I wasn't as connected to the story as I hoped.


A Hint of Purple Vol. 1 by Chiho Saito

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Back in the day, I used to read a lot of manga volumes. I hadn't read manga in a while, so I decided to pick up A Hint of Purple, mainly because I heard it was similar to my favorite manga series, Marmalade Boy. It was a quick read and I'm pretty sure there are only 3 or 4 volumes, but this was a little too melodramatic for me. 

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

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Royally Screwed was the first audiobook I completed in January. I think I would have enjoyed this more just with text. The narrators were okay, but some on their intonation was a bit off. Also, I didn't like the male protagonist that much. He was pretty obsessive about "keeping" his love interest, which is a big no from me. 

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

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Surprisingly, I finished two audiobooks back to back! While I didn't like the narrator that much for The Wedding Date, I enjoyed her a lot more in the companion novel, The Proposal. I also liked their Carlos and Nikole's love story more; Carlos didn't react in anger everytime he got upset, which is a major improvement over Drew in The Wedding Date

The Thing About Love by Julie James

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I've heard so many good things about The Thing About Love for a couple years now, so when I saw this book at my local library, I decided to check it out! The Thing About Love is a romance between two FBI agents. Not only was reading about their case fun, but the two leads had great chemistry as well. 

Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale

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Take Nothing With You isn't yet published in the US, but I did read it due to my internship. I won't say anything else about the process, but I liked Take Nothing With You more than I expected. Take Nothing With You is a coming of age novel that follows Eustace as he discovers a love for playing the cello and later, his sexuality.  The book did lag a little in the middle, though. 

Dream Keeper by Amber R Duell
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I received Dream Keeper via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I hadn't read a YA fantasy in quite a long time, and it was refreshing to read from a different genre. Dream Keeper wasn't amazing and the book definitely needed more work with the world building, but it was one of a kind. Fantasies can blend together so easily, but Dream Keeper had a unique plot, which is hard to find!


Plus+ edited by Bethany Rutter
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Plus+ is kind of like a coffee-book table. It's a fashion book, filled with plus size women. I received this via Netgalley. To be honest, I'm not too sure how to review this. I liked seeing the representation, but I also thought that some of the pictures were over-saturated and didn't look too professional. The foreword and introduction were wonderful though, and some of the looks gave me some fashion-inspo. 

Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowalandson by Mary Rowlandson

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Can you tell that I read this for a class? It was all right, but honestly, not something I would read on my free time. It does provide insight into the time and the views of colonists towards Native Americans. I just don't have much to say about this. Let's blame it on the fact that I had two classes dedicated just to this captivity narrative that's only 40 pages, max.  

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely 
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Ah, The Real Deal. I thought I would love this one, but I did not. The plot was fine - a woman hires a man to play her boyfriend at a family trip - but it just lacked heart for me. The protagonists were very cookie cutter. Also, the cringey narration did not help at all.

Life Updates! 

As you are all aware, it's a new year! I started off the new year with some friends I hadn't seen in a while, and it was a wonderful time. We had a photoshoot, a wonderful dinner, played boardgames, ate queso, and watched the ball drop. Perfection. Here is a picture of me from New Year's.

Two weeks into the year, my second semester of my sophomore year in university started. I did have to change a class (I didn't like the professor), but I'm really enjoyed my schedule now. A full schedule at UNC is from 12 to 17 hours. I've always taken 15 at minimum, but this semester I'm only doing 12 and loving it. I have more time to have a social life, thank goodness! 

I only took 12 hours of classes for a really exciting reason! I'm interning as an editorial intern for Algonquin Books. Algonquin Books in an imprint of Workman Publishing. Algonquin has two offices: one is Chapel Hill (where I study) and one in New York. I've been getting the hand of the internship and loving it! It's exciting to be working in the field I want to have a career in.

As for other things that happened in January, I became a co-campus coordinator for my local chapter of Her Campus. The last CC stepped down very abruptly so I wasn't planning on having the position, but I'm excited with what we're going to accomplish this semester. I'm also planning on applying for summer jobs and internships. I've decided to take a risk and apply for some in New York, even though I know I probably won't get the internship, let alone afford housing.

Last but certainly not least (can you tell January was super busy for me?), I received my first physical ARC! I've been blogging for a while and have over 500 followers on all my platforms, but I have never emailed a publicist asking for a physical ARC because I was intimidated. BUT, a publicist at Simon & Schuster asked if I was interested in getting an ARC for Serious Moonlight for Jenn Bennett, and I said of course! It was super validating to get the ARC and made me really excited about future opportunities. Here is my tweet about it: (follow me on twitter, y'all!)



And that was my January! Have you read any of the books I read this last month? How was your January? 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

6 comments:

  1. This semester sounds like such an amazing time for you! Editorial intern and CC?? So cool! I was debating on whether or not to apply for internships in New York in publishing because, like you said, it's craaaazy expensive to live there. In the end I decided against it but I'm hoping to find a remote internship in a related field. Have an awesome time with your internship and leadership!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Hi Laura! Thanks so much for stopping by. :) It's so much fun, but also a lot of responsibility! I'm balancing it all right now, but it's definitely a change of pace!! For me, I think I just want to see if I get the internships or not, even if I can't afford it. Good luck with finding a remote internship Laura! :D

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  2. Congrats on your internship! That sounds like such an incredible opportunity.

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    1. Thank you so much Suzanne! It's been a great time so far. :)

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  3. 12 books is great! Sorry a lot of them seemed to disappoint you in some way, but glad some were great. Congrats on the internship! That is so exciting!!! Also congrats on the ARC!

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    1. I didn't even realize that most of them were a little disappointing until you mentioned it, lol! But I had some wonderful ones in there too, so it all balanced out! Thank you so much Kristen! January was especially exciting for me. :)

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