Monday, February 4, 2019

January Wrap-Up

January! Is! Finally! Over!

I don't know why--but January always seems to pass so slowly for me. Probably because I no longer have Christmas to look forward to, and so the cold weather is much less bearable than it was in December.

Me, waiting for Spring to come around.


This January, I started the fourth draft of my manuscript, and I'm feeling really good about this draft!

I also had some new ideas, and while I want to focus on my manuscript, I may or may not have already made Pinterest boards for them . . .

Books Read

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi (review coming soon)

Renegades, by Marissa Meyer

Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer

Cinder, by Marissa Meyer (you can find my review here)

Television/Films Watched

I watched National Treasure for the first time, and man, was I missing out! I am a sucker for a good treasure hunt.

And I've been rewatching some episodes of Psych and Gilmore Girls lately.

I've also been watching the new Riverdale episodes every week, along with pretty much every other girl in my high school, haha. I have mixed feelings about season three, though.

Things Done

Such a specific title, I know.

This January, I survived my midterms. There was lots of studying. And lots of stressing. Lots and lots of stressing.

On a much brighter note, I went to New York City last week, because my mom is literally the best.

I went up to attend the Rick Riordan Presents event at Symphony Space, where Roshani Chokshi, J.C. Cervantes, Yoon Ha Lee, Rick Riordan, and Carlos Hernandez talked about all things writerly and mythological.

The presentation was recorded to be shown in classrooms, and so we were treated as a live studio audience. They had to restart things a few times, and we were given cue cards for things like Gasp, Chatter, and Laugh.

All in all, it was super fun. (Save for the child who kicked the back of my seat for ten minutes straight.)

And after the presentation, we got to go to a signing for all of the authors, except for Rick. All four of them were super nice and personable, and it was a wonderful experience.

I also went to a Lindt store, (their strawberries and cream truffle was to die for) and to the top of the Empire State Building. It was cold and windy, but still something that I was happy to check off my bucket list. (Especially because of its role in the PJO series :P)

And in other news, taking the subway no longer scares me! I'm now completely cultured and never have to leave my room again.

All GIFs via Giphy

Anyway, how was your January? What were some of your top reads this month?


  1. YES, National Treasure is great!

    And woah, that’s so cool that you got to go to that author signing! With RICK RIORDAN!!!!!! *flails*

    I’m so glad you had a good month, Kara! Here’s to an even better - and hopefully warmer - February!

    1. I know right!

      Thanks! It was one of the most exciting days ever. XD

      Thanks--I hope you have a great month too. (And ditto on the warmer weather.)

  2. National Treasure is one of my favorite movies.

    Your trip to New York sounds amazing!

  3. Your trip sounds wonderful! And that author signing is so cool!!

    I hope your February is amazing. <33

    1. Thank you Gray! It totally was.

      Thanks, you too! <3

  4. Author signings are great, I'm glad you had a good time!! I hope to see what you think of Gilded Wolves, I haven't been able to read it yet, but I'm so curious to know what you think!

    Have a wonderful February! <3

    1. Thank you! My review for The Gilded Wolves should be up in the next week or two.

      Thanks, you too!

  5. National Treasure is really good! I sort of want to watch it again now, haha.

    New York sounds like it was a lot of fun-- I definitely want to visit it one day.

    I've thought of reading To Kill A Mockingbird! I don't know, I feel more complete as a reader with every classic I read. xD My favorite books I read in January would have to be the Angel Eyes trilogy by Shannon Dittemore.

    1. I know right!

      It totally was--I hope you get to go someday!

      I hope you enjoy it! (If you decide to read, of course.) I've heard of Shannon Dittemore, perhaps I'll have to check some of her books out.

  6. Congrats you found time to read books and watch movies! I couldn't do any of these things in January because I was snowed under with my school duties, argh... To be honest, I watched only one episode of season three of Riverdale and that's annoying I can't watch it regularly as I planned because of the lack of time. Aww, New York sounds SO amazing! It's one of my dreams to visit it and I really hope to get a chance one day.
    Nice post :)
    My January was a pretty good month, I think. If you want, you can read about it on my blog - new post has just appeared!
    Hope your February is amazing!
    Ann x

    1. Aw, I hope you have more time for books and movies in February. I also hope you get to go to New York someday! It was really fun!


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