Hello, Goodbye: January 2015 Recap

Hello there, awesome book nerds! The first month of 2015 passed by so quickly but it was pretty great and I’m hoping this mont will be too. Let me share what I’ve been up to last January and what I’m looking forward to this Feb!

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Graphics made by the lovely Georgie of What She Reads

Hello, February

It’s the month of hearts and swooning and love! V-day is coming up (No, I don’t have a valentine HAHAHA) so I’m hoping to post romance-related book reviews and also romantic quotes for my quote book feature! I’ll also be participating in the 2015 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon which I’m so so excited about. I was part of the event last year and it was hella fun and a great way to spread the bookish love! If you haven’t joined, you should go do that now!

Must-Have Releases

 something true by kieran scott shutter by courtney alameda my heart and other black holes a wicked thing by rhiannon thomas

I’ll Meet You There ・ Something True ・ Shutter ・ My Heart and Other Black Holes ・ A Wicked Thing

GAH so many fabulous books out this month! Trust me my actual list is longer but these are def my top five! I was lucky to have been able to read My Heart and Other Black Holes last year and gah, it was so beautiful and I’m totally grabbing a shiny hardback copy as soon as it’s out. Watch out for my review!

A New-ish Venture

fims and reveries

I’m photo blogging again! Before I started this blog, I used to be on Tumblr, sharing my photography (and love for books of course!) but then I focused on Stay Bookish more and left behind my photo blog. Now, I’m getting back to it and you can now check out my (still mostly empty) brand new site for more of my photography/travel/personal posts.

Goodbye, January

The thing I’m most proud of in January was that I’ve worked out scheduling stuff. One of my resolutions for this year is to be a more organized blogger and I’m slowly learning how to do that. I also loved having mostly fantastic/amazing reads last month (except for a single DNF) and I hope the trend continues!

Books Read

books read in january 2015

Total books read for January 2015: 10 books
Reading Challenge progress update: 10/100 books

Blog Posts

I declared that 2015 will be awesome and shared my resolutions/goals for the year.
I shared my review and playlist for Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols.
revealed some little known blogger facts about yours truly in celebration of 1000 Bloglovin followers.
I reviewed The Queen of the Tearling, The Body Electric, I Was Here and Cities.
I shared the cover reveal for Cora Carmack’s All Played Out and Katie McGarry’s Nowhere But Here.
I shared some pretty quote posters I made from the Mara Dyer series and This Lullaby.
I recapped Michelle Hodkin’s signing in Manila.
I did a video interview/book chat with Michelle Hodkin!
I discussed the truth about blogging.
Leonce Gaiter explained why men are opting out of the fictional world.
I shared my first and second book hauls for 2015!

Absolutely Addicted

the 100

Probably the best thing that happened in January was that I marathoned THE 100 and got totally obsessed with it. There’s a reason lots of book bloggers are crazy about this show you guys, in fact the list falls long. I finally understand that. THE FEELS PEOPLE THE FEELS!!!  (AND THE SHIP!!! BELLARKE 5EVA)

How was the first month of the year for you? What are you looking forward to this Feb? Tell me about it!

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Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.

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11 Comments

  1. Mawa Mahima on February 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Aw February is such a short but sweet month isn’t it? (Still pretty cold round my parts though I’m not longing for summer as much as I was a couple of months ago) That’s a lot of great books you’ve read last month, and Shutter sounds promising! (That cover…shudders in fear). So glad you’re taking up photo blogging again – that’s how I found this blog in the first place, through your Instagram photo challenge! :D

  2. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed on February 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Ahhhhh, The 100! I’m so scared for today’s episode!
    I’ll Meet You There was my favorite book of January, I had to get a finished copy. Loved that book.

  3. Mawa Mahima on February 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  4. Alena @ anatomyofabookner on February 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Great recap! :) So jealous that you were able to read a lot of books! Haha

  5. La La in the Library on February 4, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I have finally made some progress on Edelweiss. Least week I went from getting maybe one request in twelve to getting all of the last six I requested. I don’t know if that is a good or a bad thing. Lol. I also was approved for two books from Month9, which was a surprise because I had been requesting things from them for about six months with no success. The three things that made me the happiest were, getting asked to do a guest review, getting included in The Infinite’s blog tour, and getting aporoved for an eARC of Invasion of the Tearling. Good stuff! I hope the blogging year contiues to be fabulous for both of us. :)

  6. Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination on February 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Yay for photography blogs. I love gazing at gorgeous photography. I’m really excited for A Wicked Thing, and Red Queen, so hopefully I’ll get to read them soon after they are released.

  7. Amber @ YA Indulgences on February 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I have no valentine either. :) Haha. Ooh, romance book reviews and quotes sound fantastic! Especially the romance book quote feature, I love that feature. Ok, I have started I’ll Meet You There and My Heart and Other Black Holes in the past couple days.

    I’m going to definitely check out your photography blog.

    Oooh, you read both Vivian books! I need to read those. I’ll read them either this month or next month for sure. Good job at reading ten books last month, that’s great.

  8. Leigh @ Little Book Star on February 5, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I started watching The 100 but got really busy. I don’t even know which episode I left off lol. I will probably continue watching the show during summer. I’m not really in the mood to binge watch it. Yay for reading 10 books this month! I only read 6 (or was it 7) books during January which I think is pretty good. I’m 3 books behind my goal though, but I’ll catch up during February. I read Red Queen during January also and it was really good!

  9. Anette Fabre on February 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    January was a pretty good start for me despite stressing over my undergraduate thesis. I just started my Goodreads Challenge. Gonna do a 100 books this year. :) I can’t wait for Something True! The cover is amazing but then I might have to read that later because I haven’t started on the second book of the trilogy.

  10. Karla on February 9, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Month of love!! Grrr I still don’t know what to get my significant other and time is running out!! Anywayyyyy! I’ve read great reviews for Red Queen and am so excited for it!

  11. Alexa S. on February 13, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I loved reading your recap, Hazel! Looks like January was a great month for you all in all, from reading to events to new ventures. Wishing you a fabulous February! (And thank you for the shout-out about the Love-a-Thon! So glad you’ll be joining in.)

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