Looking Back On…January 2014

January 2014 was a bit of a mixed bag in terms of both positive and negative experiences, and I can’t say that I’ll be sad to see it go. Our eighteen-year-old cat, Patches, experienced some health problems and had to be rushed to the vet, and my mother got into a minor car accident during one of the many snow storms we’ve experienced this season. That said, every cloud has a silver lining, and I’m determined to remain positive and hopeful about what else 2014 might have in store. I lost friends, but gained new ones and found previously undiscovered sources of comfort and encouragement. Speaking of, I’m so thankful that I had a group of friends who were willing and able to offer me love and support when I needed it most. This made even the most difficult moments bearable and I feel blessed to have such a positive support system in place. On a brighter note, in January I found out that I had been given auto-approval for all titles from Harper Collins Canada on Edelweiss, which resulted in a lot of spontaneous dancing and more than a few tears. It was so unexpected and I still can’t quite believe it!

This Month I Reviewed

1) Slide by Jill Hathaway

2) No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

3) The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

4) A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

5) Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty: This Month On Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover

1) Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Sixteen: Contemporary (Part Three)

2) Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Seventeen: Steampunk

3) Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Eighteen: Non-Fiction (Part Two)

It’s The Final Countdown: This Month On Top Ten Tuesday

1) Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For

2) Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

3) Top Eight Settings I Would and Would Not Like To Live In

This Month I Was Waiting On

1) Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

2) Something Real by Heather Demetrios

3) Summer On The Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

4) Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

I Couldn’t Stop Listening To

Capital Cities   In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery
(Find it on iTunes!)
Favourite Songs: Kangaroo Court, Safe and Sound & Chartreuse

Warpaint   Warpaint
(Find it on iTunes!)
Favourite Songs: Keep It Healthy, Love Is To Die & Teese

Bruno Mars   Unorthodox Jukebox
(Find it on iTunes!)
Favourite Songs: Locked Out Of Heaven, Treasure & When I Was Your Man

Various Artists   Now: 25 Top Hits of the 1980’s
(Find it on iTunes!)
Favourite Songs: Don’t You (Forget About Me), Don’t You Want Me & I Just Died In Your Arms

Broken Bells   After The Disco
(Find it on iTunes!)
Favourite Songs: After The Disco, Holding On For Life & No Matter What You’re Told

Cœur De Pirate   Trauma : Chansons De La Série Télé (Saison No. 5)
(Find it on iTunes!)
Favourite Songs: You Know I’m No Good, Lucille & Slow Show

I Pre-Ordered And Can’t Wait For

Foxes   Glorious
(Find it on iTunes!)

Foster The People   Supermodel
(Find it on iTunes!)

Sam Roberts Band   Lo-Fantasy
(Find it on iTunes!)

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Here are just a few of the things that I enjoyed around the blogosphere this month when I wasn’t busy working on Pop! Goes The Reader!

Website Of The Month

Keiko Lynn

I would like to say a big ‘Thank you!’ to Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen for introducing me to Keiko’s blog! Keiko’s stylistic sensibilities and photography are to die for, and I find her website a constant source of inspiration. I would give anything to raid this girl’s wardrobe! She’s simply fabulous.

Pause For Thought: Interesting & Inspiring Discussion Posts & Articles

» 14 Things I Wish I Knew in My 20’s by Lisabeth Saunders Medlock @ The Huffington Post

» The 20 Things You Need To Let Go To Be Happy by Ashley Fern @ Elite Daily

» Books, Introversion, and Giving Yourself Permission by Emily Hainsworth @ Jenna Does Books

» On Bad Reviews (And Why You Rarely See Them Here) by Anna @ Anna Reads

» How Unemployment Has Changed My Life As A Reader by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner

» Reading YA Through Adult Eyes by Ginger @ GReads!

» Recommendations: Love Or Hate? by Hannah @ So Obsessed With

» Swaggin’ or Braggin’ by Betty @ Book Rock Betty

Farewell, January! So, how did you fare this month? Did you read anything interesting or do anything special? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

7 Responses

  1. Omigosh, I totally know how you felt about your auto approval for Harper … the same thing happened to me last fall and I wanted to burst into tears of absolute joy! Congratulations on your approval!!!!!!!

    Ooooooh… I had no idea that Foster the People had a new album coming out. I LOVED their first album and have listened to it dozens and dozens of times. Hope the next one lives up to their debut album!
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  2. Yes, January was a bit on the side of positive and negative for me as well. I’m hoping that February turns out to be better.

    I listened to Warpaint’s Love is to Die and enjoyed it. I love Bruno Mars’ Locked Out of Heaven as well as Foxes. The rest, I’ve yet to listen to and I totally will because I’m always on the hunt for music. Have you listened to the two new singles, Love Don’t Die and Hurricane, by The Fray’s from their Helios album? I love them!

    I finally read Shadow and Bone this month and enjoyed it a lot and I loved Gayle Forman’s Just One Year.

    And ooh, I had my first ever macaroon and it was awesome. Definitely one of the highlights on January.
    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile recently posted…Monthly Recap: JanuaryMy Profile

  3. Congrats on the auto-approval on Edelweiss!

    I’ve definitely made and lost some friends this year as well and I’m even more grateful for the friends that I have for sticking with me through the bad.

    Loving the covers of the nonfiction books that you picked! They’re so pretty and so clean. I love how they convey the stories of the books.

    As usual, your Instagram is gorgeous and ahhh, Jenny Han! The Museum of Intangible Things seems like a great read as well and I love how the cover seems to echo the design of your banners.

    Glad you like Keiko’s blog! ^^
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  4. January had a lot of ups and downs for me, but it certainly ended on a positive note! I’m sorry you went through so much sad/bad stuff, but I’m ever confident that your year can only get better from there.

    Also, I’m a Bruno Mars fan so it made me SO happy to see Unorthodox Jukebox in the musical part of your post! I’m hoping I can catch him in concert this year.
    Alexa S. recently posted…A January 2014 RetrospectiveMy Profile

  5. January was a good month for me – bridesmaid dress shopping was a success! I’m sorry to hear it was much harder for you, but I’d be willing to bet your positive outlook will make February go much smoother!

    Congrats on your auto-approval! I’m trying to steer clear of NetGalley/Edlewiss until I’ve got my TBR under control.

    Your Instagram is gorgeous – you’ve got a new follower in me 🙂
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Hi! I’m Jen! I’m a thirty-something introvert who loves nothing more than the cozy comfort of home and snuggling my two rescue cats, Pepper and Pancakes. I also enjoy running, jigsaw puzzles, baking and everything Disney. Few things bring me more joy than helping a reader find the right book for them!