January Wrap Up

January was a whirl wind of new things, changing things, and goodbye to old things. I said goodbye to a job I grew to enjoy; and after a week and a half of limbo, I got to say hello to my new permanent day job. I changed up my hair this month, and implemented a different writing routine (that is still ever evolving). This month I took serious steps in helping my mental health, and said goodbye to some toxic habits that I’ve been holding on to.

January and really the start of this year has been a deep cleaning of my life and so far I am digging how this new decade is setting up to be. As usual though, with each passing month, I binged some great stories (which is why your here), so grab your favorite blankets and a bowl of popcorn and lets see what all I consumed this first month of 2020!

Book Wrap-Up

† denotes an ARC/book received in exchange for my honest review.
🎧 denotes Audiobook.

5-4 Stars

  • 🎧Demise of A Self-Centered Playboy by Piper Rayne  – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Confessions of A Naughty Nanny by Piper Rayne – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata – RE-READ – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🎧The Neighbor by Brighton Walsh – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • 🎧†Rock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🎧Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – REVIEW– ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2-3.5 Stars

  • 🎧Play It Again by Regina Kyle – ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Christmas in Silver Springs by Brenda Novak – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Bastard Bachelor Society by Sara Ney – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • 🎧Thick by Alexa Riley – ⭐⭐⭐.5

1 Star

  • NONE


  • Fame & Privilege by L.C. Reagan – DNF

Music Wrap Up
January started the year off with the same energy that the name of the genre I’ve been obsessing with does: With a pop (…get it? baahaha)! This month I’ve just been vibing today’s top hits and Halsey’s latest album. Like always though, here are some tunes that have been on my headset and speakers non stop this month:

  • The Entire Manic Album by Halsey
  • My Oh My – Camila Cabello
  • Rare – Selena Gomez
  • Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
  • What A Man Gotta Do – Jonas Brothers
  • Hot Girl Bummer – Blackbear

Film and TV Wrap Up


  • Murder 101 series (Hallmark Movie & Mysteries)
  • Miss Americana (Netflix)


  • Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER (Disney+), Season 2-4
  • Blue Bloods (CBS, Ion)
  • Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa (Nat Geo: WILD)
  • Magnum PI [Original series], Season 1-8
  • Project Runway (Bravo), Season 18; Ep. 4-8
  • Hawaii 5-0 (CBS)
  • Glow Up (Netflix), Season 1
  • U.S. Figure Skating Championship (NBC, NBCSports)


How was your January? Let me know!


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  1. Nicola Niemc

    February 1, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    I love Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now too! Such a strong song 😁

  2. Antavia

    February 2, 2020 at 2:34 am

    I LOVE this blog post! I’m glad your January has been an awesome start to your decade. Also, Rare by Selena Gomez, is a gem. The album is a bop! <3

  3. TheCaffeinatedReader

    February 4, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Halsey, YAAAAS. Sounds like January was awesome, yaaay! My January went pretty well, now, just to get through the next couple of months and finally get some warm weather again

  4. Ruby's Books

    February 5, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    It sounds like you had an awesome January, Sammy Sam! My January was cool, full of mostly good books and good music. I’m continuing discovering new music pat pats spotify Other than that, I really loved the new Little Big Town album, which I’ve pushed on everyone I know (and failed miserably at, if I may add). I hope your February is just as good, Sammy Sam!

    1. fictionallysam

      February 14, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      I did!! Okay Spotify has been doing the deed on their discovery weekly playlists–likkkkeeee it is 🔥!!! Solid bops for four straight weeks and counting.


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