January 2015 Wrap Up

January 31, 2015 Meme 63


Hey there! We have finally decided to start doing wrap ups again! These monthly posts will just be a little summary of what has been going on for us and the blog, our last one appearing to be in May of 2013, which is frightening in and of itself because it’s so long ago. This also reminds me, Bec has been with me for almost two years now! We also just welcomed Rachel on board too.



A Do you guys ever think about how there will never be another today in your lives? Like how there will never be another January 2015 that you will get to live? That thought kind of freaks me out, although it is a reminder to live every day to the fullest. (Obviously I have been awake too long) On a less serious note, this month was pretty good. I went back to college which isn’t fun but it’s not so bad yet. At this point in my major it’s just kind of like:

For once we are ahead in scheduling things for the blog. I think I’m doing okay with my New Year’s Resolutions, which I’m really happy about. I’ve also been making progress on my Goodreads challenge, definitely more than I expected, almost 30/200! Now for the fun part:


2015 Spring ARCs

So I finally caved and went on Edelweiss, the last time I requested something was 3/28/2014! I went through everything and just had to request these beauties, I’ve read three of them so far and they are pretty good!

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Paperweight by Meg Haston
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
–  Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
–  Little Peach by Peggy Kern
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

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I also went out and bought the newest volumes of Black Butler because SEBASTIAN it’s a great series and was lucky enough to receive this awesome Half Bad package!


Other than getting really behind on blog reading and commenting because I’ve been obsessed with the Ace Attorney games, I haven’t really done much this month. Uni supplies have been acquired, I went horse riding, I thought upon the upcoming state election with dread, and I read a few books.

I have two main goals when it comes to books and reading this year, and I joined a challenge that suits both these goals. First goal is to read as many books on my TBR as I can because there’s a lot of books on there (I made a specific Goodreads shelf to keep track and there’s 148 total at the moment) . As I write this, I’ve read 6 books (and am currently making my way through a 7th). This does not include a couple of ARCs I received this year and have already read.

The other goal was not to request or buy any books. Guess what I did in the first two weeks in January.


I do have some excuses to offer. Bookfest was on. Bookfest is a big second hand booksale put on by Lifeline, a charity, once or twice a year. I was prepared to walk for hours and not buy anything, but then I saw the Phantom Stallion books. These books were my childhood, but I only owned two of the series. When I saw some of them there, nice and cheap on the tables, I picked them up straight away. Then I went to another table and there were more! And more and more! And I came home with almost the entire series because who can say no to your childhood?!


I also bought WILDWOOD DANCING and a pretty hardcover of BLACK BEAUTY. These don’t count as breaking a ban either because I’ve already read both *cough* and THE EARTHSEA QUARTET is four books in one so not so bad, not so bad.


These additions to the TBR are not from my own pocket! REV GIRL and JUMP GIRL were sent to my for the author for review. UNWANTED is a debut YA novel by an Australian author sent to me from Penguin. ELEANOR AND PARK I won in a Booktopia giveaway. I also won a $10 Amazon giftcard from my prowess in the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers Book Club Challenge last year (I came second) which I used to buy SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch and THE BODY ELECTRIC by Beth Revis.

I also broke my requesting ban by going on Netgalley at the start of the month but SHADOW STUDY by Maria V Snyder was on there and how could I resist?! THE NOVICE by Taran Matharu was also staring at me forlornly so I had to request that too.

For an entire month I had been fooling myself that I hadn’t been too bad in terms of recieving books this month. Seeing them all in one place though and being able to count them… I got 30 books this month.



RBetween actually doing 80% of my homework (that’s not a normal thing for me but it is January and the teachers actually check), juggling the three sports that I spontaneously acquired, and writing on an insane fake deadline for absolutely no reason besides whimsy and peer pressure, I haven’t done too much reading this month. I believe that I read 8 books in total, but only three of them were actually blog-able material. Apparently it is possible to procrastinate on reading books by reading books. Go figure.


2015 Jan Rachel

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Exposure by Kathy Reichs

What have you been up to this month?
Have you read any of these books?
What’s your most anticipated Spring 2015 release?
Link us up your Sunday Posts and Stacking the Shelves!



63 Responses to “January 2015 Wrap Up”

  1. Jess @My Reading Dress

    “how there will never be another January 2015 that you will get to live?” CAN YOU NOT FREAK ME OUT, ALISE???!!

    Little Peach! I’m so intrigued by that one, just because how controversial does that blurb sound???!!


    THREE SPORTS, RACHE? JEEBUS. You’re a wonderwoman, you. Darkest Forest…yeah I need to finish that LOL It’s been two weeks
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    • Alise

      Ahaha, sorry~ It was freaking me out too so I needed to spread the anxiety xD

      Yeah, that’s actually one of the ones I’ve read. It’s definitely not for everyone, and the writing itself is less than mediocre but it has some strong points.

  2. Nara

    haha excellent job with keeping your goal of not requesting or buying anything Bec! I never set myself that goal, becuase I know I would fail the instant I saw anything interesting on Edelweiss or NetGalley lol. Plus there are a lot of new releases that I MUST GET MY HANDS ON.

    Sidenote: It would have been cool if Rachel had been named something starting with C, becuase then you guys would be A, B, and C. She should rename herself Cachel :P
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    • Alise

      Yeah, she’s seriously good at it, I definitely couldn’t do it either. EW and NG are requesting ban killers.

      Oh, trust me we’ve thought about this LOL. Especially with my OCDness I think I even asked Bec if we should ask Rachel to go by a C nickname or find a co-blogger with a C name xD
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  3. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    Thanks, Alise. I needed a midlife crisis.
    Anyways great progress on your reading goal! I’ve been doing really well, too. I hope college doesn’t get in the way of that xD

    Bec, that TOTALLY doesn’t count as breaking your book ban. I mean if you already read them… ;P

    And Rachel OMG I wish I had your strength. I can’t do sports to save my life (except volleyball) and I totally wish I could. I’m just not entirely coordinated. Great wrap up girls!

    • Alise

      LOL. You’re welcome.
      Thank you! Yeah, I saw that-you really are!

      I can’t do any sports either. Well, I can, just not well xD


  4. Kezia

    Alise, you seems to be doing well on your GR Challenge! I envy your reading speed ehehehe. AND GOOD LIFE CHOICE WITH BLACK BUTLER. It’s true that there’s only one January 2015! I can’t believe that it’s been a month into the new year as well. WHY DOES TIME FLY SO FAST?? I’m not feeling like becoming a senior in high school and choosing where to continue my study :( Junior year is sooo much fun so far!

    Haha, Bec, you’re not the only one behind with commenting. It was my resolution to interact more and I’m already failing it on the first month. Well, I guess I still have 11 months to try lol.

    Rachel, I’m eyeing some of the books you read this month! Holly Black is my favorite author I gotta read her latest book :D AND FAIREST. Somebody posted the inside cover there’s an ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ILLUSTRATION OHMYFREAKINGOSHHHHHH
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    • Alise

      Yep! ^^ About 6 volumes of SNK in there, though xD Kuroshitsuji for the win, yo. I know, it’s almost sad. STAHP, you’re reminding me of high school time I’ll never get back, haha.

      Ahaha, that IS what the whole year is for ;)

      Rachel loves Holly Black, I think she liked Darkest even more than the others. Ooh, I’ll have to check that out!

  5. Naban

    “Like how there will never be another January 2015 that you will get to live?” Oh. OH. OH, MAN. *sweating nervously*

    It’s sad how I’m not familiar with most of the books except a few like Fairest, but I’m absolutely envious with the number of books!

    Also THREE sports? WOW. That’s A LOT of sports. I cannot even comprehend. HOW DO YOU DO IT? Share your secretsss.
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    • Alise

      Aha, sorry ^^’ It is kind of depressing.

      Yeah, I definitely won’t be taking anymore in, ha. Bec’s excuse was that book festival :P

      I can’t even do one xD

  6. Nova @ Out of Time


    Alise, you’re totally freaking me out over that first statement. Like what???? “There will only be 1 January 2k15” Like now you got me going all philosophical. Plus all the harper goodies!

    Bec, I love that you were on a ban at yet still got 30 books. THE POWER OF THE BOOKS WILL PREVAIL

    And Rachel, I spy Fairest! I LOVE that book so much

    My Stacking the Shelves + Montly Recap here!
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    • Alise

      Yeah, once we put them all on here it was like o.O It’s worse because there’s three of us, ha.

      I KNOW, I’M SORRY. I creep myself out sometimes xD

      Ahaha, her excuse was that book festival ;)

      I need to read it but that’s good to know!
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    • Alise

      IT REALLY IS. I’m glad I’m not the only one though! My brain does that to me a lot too.

      I haven’t read it yet but I’m really glad you liked it, I’m looking forward to it!

  7. Victoria

    It’s good you’re doing all those things you haven’t done in ages, like arcs and wrap-ups. I love wrap-ups! :) I really want Magonia and the Darkest Part of the Forest, I’m jealous!
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  8. Sara L.

    Alise: Good luck with your new college semester! The beginnings were always a little tough, IMO, then got better once we were all in a routine again. And 30 books read already this year? How do you read so quickly??

    Bec: Ooooh, I didn’t know they published the Earthsea Quartet in one volume! That’s fantastic. I hope you enjoy all four stories! Ursula Le Guin is probably my favorite writer of all time. And YES for Shadow Study! I can’t wait to read it either.

    Rachel: I just read Over Sea Under Stone in December, and enjoyed it a lot. Can’t wait to read the rest of the Dark Is Rising Sequence now. Soon. One day, as I slog through my TBR pile. *lol*
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    • Alise

      Thank you! I almost find it the opposite, LOL. Everything seems so easy and fun in the beginning but then it all comes crashing down haha *internally crying*

      Yeah, that’s new to me too! Oh, nice! I’ll have to let her know!

      I’ll have to read that one soon, I hadn’t heard of it before now but if both of you liked it! :)

  9. ShootingStarsMag

    I don’t really buy a ton of books…not on a regular basis, but this past month I got Jackaby (because it looks AWESOME) and Fairest because I went to see Marissa Meyer earlier tonight to get it signed, and she’s so adorable. :-)

    I’m doing fairly well with keeping up with school, but lots to do and read and ahhhh!!
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I’m really curious about Jackaby too! NO WAY, that’s so cool! :D

      Yeeeep, I feel you. All the assigned readings tire me out for pleasure reading.

  10. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Wow Alise, that’s deep thinking for a Sunday about living life to the fullest! But so true though! That Half Bad swag looks awesome! OH MY GOSH THOSE BOOKS ON EDELWEISS. I SAW NOTHING. I MUST STAY AWAY but so many amazing books like Made You Up! Ahhhhhhhh

    Bec, you forgot the most important point: IT WAS FOR CHARITY. So you pretty much just donated to charity while getting some goodies in return *nods* It makes me SO happy that I enabled you with Ace Attorney, they are addictive and awesome (and time consuming).

    Rachel sounds like you’ve been pretty busy lately, but 8 books is awesome despite that! And you got Fairest which is awesome!
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    • Alise

      Aha, it is! Yeah, the hot chocolate was actually pretty good! I know, EW is so tempting, that’s probably why my last visit before this one was almost a year ago, ha.

      LOL. That’s nice though, goes to a good cause :) Psh, now she’s trying to get ME to play them xD

      I know-I don’t know how she does it!

  11. Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

    Looks like you two have gotten some fabulous books this month! I have an ARC of Magonia as well – definitely excited to start it since it looks pretty promising :) It can be hard to find a reading-life balance once schoolwork comes back into play, but as bookworms there’s always a chance to make time (though a time turner would certainly be useful) *looks around for Hermione*

    Thanks for sharing :)
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    • Alise

      That’s true, although I think the dates bother me more because they are such a huge chunk of time D: Thank you! Love your profile picture, by the way ;)

  12. Faye M.

    Oh, Alise, that existential crisis… it’s something I’ve used to ponder when I was still in university, together with a literature dude I used to have a crush on (there were sparks, but alas, we kinda just chickened out from doing anything lol) and it freaks me out too but fascinates me at the same time. It’s the same as wondering WHAT’S OUT THERE when you look at the sky and remember 99% of it is empty space and there are worlds and planets and galaxies that are beyond our imagination. It just makes you feel small, you know?!

    And Bec, horse riding, really? How come you get to do that and the horses we have here are… kinda nonexistent lol. There are some, but yeesh, we have to drive faaaaaaaaaaaar away to even get a glimpse of them ,or even ride them! Unless you count the kalesa, but I kinda don’t approve of one horse carrying a heavy carriage with multiple people inside ><
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    • Alise

      Ooooooh, I am intrigued. I’m in university right now, I need a literature guy to ponder these things with ;) Yes, exactly! Especially since people will be like “In history, back in 2015…” and that’s like NOW, blows my mind. Definitely! I wish more people thought like that.

      That’s really interesting! Horses are big in AUS and in the US where I live (Arizona) you almost can’t go ten minutes without seeing a horse in the more open areas. I haven’t heard of that :c

  13. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I never try to think about ‘there won’t be another today’, because it freaks me out and I don’t like that feeling. I’m stressed enough already :p I can’t wait to read Magonia. Pretty cover and interesting promise, I’m in love.

    WILDWOOD DANCING :D I was also approved for Shadow study, so exciting.

    Happy February!
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    • Alise

      Yeah, it can make you feel really small. It also makes me feel like “Wow, I really should have done something better with that time” :/

      Same to you! :)

    • Alise

      Edelweiss is a little challenging, I’m still not entirely sure how to use some of the features. Oh, yeah, EW has more of a selection than NG so it’s hard. Thank you!

  14. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    “how there will never be another January 2015 that you will get to live?” OMG YES that stuff freaks me out all the time…especially getting older and realizing how freaking fast time flies compared to when you’re in your teens. o.O Anyways, YAY for getting back into monthly wrap-ups ladies! I’ve been trying to kick these off for AGES now so hopefully you’ll inspire me to do so…soon(-ish) And congrats on ALL the awesome books too, there are too many here that I want to read to list them all but I’m looking forward to ALL THE REVIEWS :D I’d been doing good avoid NG & EW too but seeing all these pretties….must…resist…temptation….

    Aww, who am I kidding, I’m totally already clicking away XD Happy reading all ♥
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    • Alise

      Yeah I know what you mean, the adult world passes by so much faster than youth. It’s like I’m only two decades old, there are people out there nine decades old and sometimes blows my mind. Yay! I hope you do, they are fun to put together. Thanks! :D

      Baha, it is really hard to resist though ;)

    • Alise

      Nice! My co-blogger would definitely be jealous as she just started hers, lol. I know I had mixed feelings on Red Queen, it’s definitely one that you have to decide for yourself. Thanks! :)

  15. Amelia

    I always get anxious thinking about that today is the 2nd of February, and is the first 2nd February and last of 2015, if that makes any sense. I always thought it was just me, haha! I am also really happy with my new year resolutions, for once they are doing quite well. Great post as always!:)
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  16. Kelly

    So many goooooooooodies! I’m on the verge of licking my screen!
    Very deep ladies. Even with routines, there will never be exactly a day like today, or yesterday even. I think that kind of reflection probably inspired the phrase to live everyday like it’s your last. I really need to remember that when I’m sleeping in and it hits 10am on a Sunday and I can’t be assed doing anything.

    Maybe they should change that to, live every tomorrow as if it’s your last.
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    • Alise

      Aha, yeah, there are some great reads to look forward to! Exactly. LOL, right? Every weekend someone needs to hold a huge sign in my face with that quote.

  17. Alise

    Glad you like them, I also like seeing what everyone has been up to. Aha, I know, and it was probably a good thing xD Nice :P

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