Recapping January: What This Month Had To Offer

What January meant for me:
January has been a pretty solid month for me, especially reading-wise (as you can see from all of the five * reviews this month!). I'm also really inspired to do more discussion posts and personalise my blog a bit more - less focus on being simply a review blog and more focus on engaging my followers and having some good discussions!

In my personal life, January has been a month of revelations. I realise I want more from my career and don't want to be somewhere I'm not progressing, so I'm applying for editorial positions at a few publishing companies, since this has been my dream for as long as I can remember. 

I've also jumped back on the dating wagon, after being single for ages (seriously, ages). So here's hoping February can bring me some romance! Otherwise I'm going to have to go all Weird Science and bring one of my book boyfriends to life.

January also saw the release of the TFiOS trailer. If you haven't seen it, get out from under that rock and grab some tissues:

The Body Finder by Kimerly Derting - 2 out of 5 birdies
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken - 5 out of 5 birdies
Cinder by Marissa Meyer - 5 out of 5 birdies
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - 5 out of 5 birdies

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday's World's I'd Run From
From My Camera To You - The Birdie Weekly
Snapshots of My Week - The Birdie Weekly
Super Six Sunday's 2014 Gets Cover Happy
New Year Goals Make For A Better Birdie

What other blogs had to say:
Lauren @ Love Is Not A Triangle discussed how to define a love triangle
Jenni @ Live to Read Love to Read discussed blogging taking time away from reading
Nikki @ The Paper Sea talked giving authors a second chance
Jen @ Ya Romantics looked at cover trends in dystopia
Bec @ Readers in Wonderland talked about DNFing
Daniela @ The Cozy Armchair discussed whether novellas were cheat reads

Book of the Month:

Songs of the Month:

Show of the Month:

New obsessions:

My parents are the most adorable people and they got me this cool Cath Kidston-inspired lunch bag for work. It's amazing and I'm kind of obsessed with it at the moment. It keeps my lunch nice and cold until I have time to put it in the fridge at work. Plus, guys, LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS. I rock up to work in style now haha.

Literally is is currently in beta mode and I know a mobile app is in the works soon, but even though it's just taking its first steps, I really see this site being huge. It gives you deals about books on your TBR, personalised statistics, and allows you to battle books against each other so you can choose what book will be your next read! It's basically Goodreads, but x 1000.

If anyone is interested in trying it out, I have three invite codes. So just DM me on Twitter and I'll give you the info you need.

How did January treat you? Was it a good start to 2014?


Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart. Stalk her on twitter, instagram or goodreads.


  1. Best of luck with your publishing company job search! It's my dream to work for one, as well! :) And, oh, the TFiOS trailer - so many feels. I cannot wait for June 6!

    Literally sounds so cool! I'd love to try it out! I tried DMing you on Twitter, but for some reason the message wouldn't go through :(

    1. Oh no! Let me know your Twitter and I'll DM you - I still have one code available :)

  2. TFIOS! TFIOS! TFIOS! *dead*

    Wow, a new job? Good for you! Editor jobs sound amazing, especially for a book blogger.

    1. That movie is going to destroy us!!!!!

  3. That's such a cute lunch bag! Love it! I'm glad you're trying to find another job that you can really love. It's not worth being somewhere if you're unhappy.

    And yes, the trailer is SO good. I can't wait for this movie. I'm going to have to see it at midnight if there is a showing!


    1. Exactly; I just don't want to stick it out somewhere just for the money, when I don't feel like I'm putting my degree to use or, really, getting much out of it personally and intellectually.

  4. I'm glad January was a great reading month for you and in all honesty I'm kind of glad you realized your not so happy with your job (as terrible as it sounds) I'm glad because I hope you now do something about it and find something that you passionate about and that you ENJOY and permits you to utilize your skills.
    The best of luck too you Allie!
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

    1. Thanks, Lily :) that's so sweet of you to say! I hope so too. I've done a few publishing internships at I loved them so much (especially the one at Little, Brown). It's just such a great atmosphere.
      I think I've definitely reached a turning point where I'm more determined than ever to make myself happy in my personal and professional life, so here's hoping I'll have a lucky break thrown my way!

  5. I keep hearing about Literally on Twitter but haven't had a chance to check out their site yet. Sounds like it will be great though once it's released! I'm ready for something that is better than goodreads =)

  6. Thanks so much for the link :)
    I'm so excited about your job search -- that's so exciting! Wishing you all the best of luck!!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  7. Good luck with job searching and I hope your February brings you some romance!