January 2015 Monthly Recap

Hi!

Monthly RecapOne month of 2015 is gone, but thankfully, it was a good one! My monthly recap posts stopped short at the end of 2014, but January always promises a fresh start. I’ve tweaked the format a bit, but I hope it still gives you the opportunity to catch up on posts you might have missed! How was your January?

Highlights: Movies It can be hard to find time to go to the movie theater in the midst of a busy school year, but winter vacation and various holidays have allowed me to catch a few films I’ve been meaning to see: Catching FireInto the Woods, and Paddington.

Snow! Anyone watching the news knows of the East Coast snow by now, but it’s a highlight nonetheless! The few days off from school made my week.

Blogging I finally found my groove in blogging again; there’s nothing like the spirit of the new year for rejuvenation! Two good friends of mine also started blogs, which I hope you’ll check out HERE {Navy Striped Peonies} and HERE {All That I Adore} :)

Hook's Revenge{I LOVE the cover illustrations of Hook’s Revenge – the book is just as wonderful!}

Reads: I finished off reviews of the books I read in 2014, all of which were quite good, if not great! I also kicked off 2015 with a new read from a beloved author.

  • Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick | “I wait eagerly for a new Heather Vogel Frederick book each year, and Absolutely Truly didn’t disappoint. The Pumpkin Falls mysteries are sure to become a beloved middle grade series, and I would happily recommend them to the middle school audience.”
  • Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot | “Even in Paradise proved Chelsey Philpot to be a strong, emerging writer in YA. She crafts a stunning story.”
  • Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz | “Though the original tale is well-known, Heidi Schulz introduces the magical world again – with an entertaining twist… I’ll make it well-known now: Hook’s Revenge is certainly worth the read.”
  • The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine | “While I have raved about both her debut, The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, and her sophomore novel, The Lions of Little Rock, in years past, Levine’s third book, The Paper Cowboy shows her strength and growth as an author. If she was already good, Levine has now improved to be an amazing writer”
  • For Real by Alison Cherry | “This book seemed made for me: I’ve been watching The Amazing Race since I was a kid, I can never say no to a light-hearted read about sisters, and I have yet to meet a young adult story about reality television I didn’t like.”

Snow days are good for reading – I read 9 novels last month! I try not to focus on the numbers, but if I hit 100 by the end of the year, I’ll be happy :)

January 2015 Reads{The Paper Cowboy not pictured}

Reviews for several of these will be coming soon!

IMG_1788Eats: I shared three recipes last month: a tasty blend of molasses cookies and snickerdoodles, a flavorful scone recipe for breakfast or tea, and nuts to complement your wintertime salad. Yum!

Lilly Pulitzer Planner{I heart my Lilly planner.}

More: I fit in plenty of fun features last month, from a High School Musical themed moodboard to a Style Snapshot round-up of fashionable sweatshirts {You can also check out my new feature for typography-lovers, Font Freebies, HERE!}. The Broke and the Bookish had so many creative topics in January for Top Ten Tuesday; I was able to share the 2015 debuts I can’t wait to read, the 2014 releases that escaped my TBR list, and seven cookbooks to add to your kitchen shelves! Finally, I talked quite a bit about organization and technology last week with my obsession with calendars organizational methods and favorite desktops.

Oh Joy Book{via Oh Joy!}

Favorites: Of course, I wasn’t the only one busy blogging last month! Here are a few posts that caught my eye in January.

  • The Humans of New York fundraiser for Mott Hall Bridges Academy leaves me speechless. The amount of money raised and the support expressed is incredible, and it makes me oh-so happy to read through the progress HERE {to get caught up on the entire thing, read more HERE}.
  • I love this Yes and Yes profile on Anne Shirley, one of my favorite literary character, as if she were living in today’s world.
  • My sister’s snow day essentials made me smile! Blankets, good books, and games are all a must when snow starts to fall.
  • Grace, over at Words Like Silver, brought up a fabulous discussion on trends in 2015 young adult releases. From what I can tell, her predictions seem spot-on!
  • I was delighted to hear that Joy Cho, blogger and designer at Oh Joy!, has another book slated for release in the spring. It looks so cherry and creative!
  • This cinnamon rolls recipe from Bakerella looks delicious. I think I’ll be trying it over February break :)

February 2015{via My Cute Graphics}

Looking Ahead: My calendar is packed with exciting events for this month! I’ve been counting down the days to the semi-annual Boden Warehouse Sale, and it’s almost here – I’ll be heading in to shop one of my favorite brands all day long on Saturday. I also have my school’s Cabaret production to look forward to tech-ing, and I will be stage managing my school’s one-act play festival entry when we perform at the end of the month. What fun plans do you have coming up?

Have a lovely Monday!
Bella

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8 thoughts on “January 2015 Monthly Recap

  1. Omg how did you like Anna and The French Kiss? I’m probably the only one that hasn’t read it lol I intent to fix that soon! Lol I also posted my January Book haul and will be posting my TBR today or tomorrow! :)

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    • I wasn’t blown away, but it wasn’t bad either! It was just different than what I was expecting – sometimes the hype monster can ruin my enjoyment of a novel. Happy reading! :)

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  2. Those cookies look fabulous! And I really like your planner! I’ve been looking for a new one recently, and I might have to look into that brand. Happy February!

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