January Wrap Up

We are officially a month into 2019 and so far it hasn’t been to shabby for me! I have taken my resolutions to heart this time around and actually have kept with them? I know I am shocked too! I’ve gotten a grip on my eating habits (so far) and I’m slowly working myself back up to running material–which I hope to start integrating back this month.
Reading wise, for me though, this month has been a low-key doozy, I did a lot of re-reads solely because I felt myself inching into a reading slump–which is no bueno when Netgalley decides to approve a bucket load of books for you–so I haven’t really pushed myself in the reading area much just because I didn’t wanna dive head first into the abyss of slumps.
Nonetheless though, I got a decent amount of books read within the last 31 days! 

† denotes an ARC received in exchange for my honest review.

5-4 Stars

  • Luna And The Lie by Mariana Zapata – Re-Read – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata – Re-Read – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Wait For It by Mariana Zapata – Re-Read – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • These Precious Scars by Emily Suvada – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Priory Of The Orange Tree SAMPLE by Samantha Shannon – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2-3.5 Stars

  • Sunstone Vol. 1 by Stjepan Šejić – ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile De Pesloüan – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Perfectly Inappropriate by Stacey Kennedy – REVIEW – ⭐⭐.5
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐.5


  • #Awestruck by Sariah Wilson – BR with Soph – DNF RTC
  • Glow: Book I, Potency by Aubrey Hadley – DNF RTC

This Months music has been a throwback to my indie, folk, and pop love. However near the tail end of the month I did find myself waddling back to country–so I guess you could say January was a nice mix of things?
As usual here is a playlist of some of the songs I had on repeat this month:

  • Hope – The Chainsmokers, Winona Oak
  • Panic Cord (Hucci Remix) – Gabrielle Aplin, Hucci
  • 7 Rings – Ariana Grande
  • Don’t Save Me  – Winona Oak
  • Dancing With a Stranger – Sam Smith, Normani
  • John my Beloved – VERITE
  • Trampoline – SHAED
  • Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons
  • Survivor – 2WEI
  • Eyes on You – Chase Rice
  • Drunk Me – Mitchell Tenpenny



  • Bird Box (Netflix) – REVIEW – 🍿🍿🍿.5


  • Outlander (Starz) – Season 4: Ep. 10-13 – RTC
  • Chicago: Fire (NBC) – Season 7: Ep. 10-12
  • Carmen Sandiego (Netflix) – Season 1- REVIEW – 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • The Bachelor (ABC)
  • New Amsterdam (NBC) – Season 1: Ep. 10-12
  • The Titan Games (NBC)

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How was your January? Let me know!



  1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    February 1, 2019 at 10:29 am

    I can’t wait to read your review on Finding Alexei!

    1. sammers65

      February 1, 2019 at 11:53 am


      1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

        February 1, 2019 at 4:50 pm

        You’ve got me hyped to read it. I can’t wait for for contempary a thon!

        1. sammers65

          February 6, 2019 at 3:45 pm


  2. Para

    February 1, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Really can’t wait for The Priory of the Orange Tree. I read the same excerpt and was hooked immediately.

    1. sammers65

      February 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

      YES!!!! Literally am so pumped for it!

  3. Book_rambler

    February 1, 2019 at 11:12 am

    I loved Wall of Winnipeg and The Priory is in my TBR

    1. sammers65

      February 1, 2019 at 11:54 am

      I LOVE THE WALL OF WINNIPEG! Zapata is queen and one of my all time favorite romance authors!

  4. Becca Leighanne (Bex)

    February 1, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I’m so proud of you for keeping up with your resolutions!!!!

  5. Realms of My Mind

    February 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Looks like a lot of good reads! I’m definitely keeping an eye on Pirory of the Orange Tree

    1. sammers65

      February 1, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Jan was a good time and yay! Literally such a good book and I can’t wait to read the rest of it! Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Jayati

    February 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Wow, you seem to have had a good month! I read just 6 books, but well, that’s good enough for me. Also, hope you have a great Feb!

    1. sammers65

      February 1, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      Six is amazing! Hope you have an epic February as well! Thank you for stopping by!

  7. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    February 1, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    yay for rereads to guarantee a good start to the year’s reading! but oof to slumps, definitely not a good time for Netgalley to be “nice” – looks like we’ll both be spending February catching up on ARCs welp 📚

    1. sammers65

      February 1, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      Haha yeah Feb is literally going to be ARC month for me🤣🤣🤣🤣

  8. proudbookreviews

    February 1, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I like that you included your music, tv shows and movies. It sounds like you had a more productive month than I did!

    1. sammers65

      February 6, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you! Thank’s for stopping by!

  9. daniellepitter

    February 1, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    YESSSS Sam Smith & Normani!! They need to collaborate again and again 🥰🥰🥰 And Outlander!! I still have to watch the season finale. Bird Box was insane but since I can’t do horror alone, I had to watch it via YouTube reactors 🤣

    1. sammers65

      February 6, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      OMG YES! It is literally a BOP. OMG LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT WHEN YOU FINISH! I have thoughts! LOL.

  10. Clo @ Book Dragons

    February 2, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Aaah my January was me being ill the whole month and being annoyed at being ill >.> in fact, I still have a cough so thanks 2019. You know the funny thing, my Jan’s music was a hot mess of rock, indie and pop and then towards the end more country keep slipping in. Now, we kicked off Feb with country music so…similar music is happening here.
    *prepares to do battle with your slump* I’ll take your slump and make it part of my weird slump, which is still lingering *gives the reading slump evil eyes*

    1. sammers65

      February 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      oof to your rocky Jan! WE SHALL CONQUER THE SLUMPS THO!

  11. La Femme Livresque | A Reader To Whatever End

    February 2, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Wow….so many 5-star reads! 😍 I really want to read The Priory of the Orange Tree! ☺️
    My month was okay..I read 4 books, though I was hoping for more. No 5 or 4.5 star reads. 🙈

    1. sammers65

      February 6, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      4 books is amazing! Here is to Feb. being an epic month for you reading wise!

      1. La Femme Livresque | A Reader To Whatever End

        February 7, 2019 at 1:24 am

        Thank you so much! ☺️ Hope so for you too!

  12. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    February 4, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    I’m so proud of you for sticking to your goals so far this year, and I know you are going to kick running’s butt!
    You had such a good reading month, and I hope the good reads continue in February for you, love!

    1. sammers65

      February 6, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you! These goals are killer but im a determined bunny (at least for right now lol).

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