Month in Review: January 2015

Posted February 1, 2015 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Month In Review / 12 Comments

monthinreviewBooks I Read This Month:



The One (3 Stars)

Trial By Fire (5 Stars)

Wish (3.5 Stars)

Eleanor & Park (5 Stars)

Splintered (3.5 Stars)

The Selection (3.5 Stars)

The Book of Ivy (3 Stars)


Total Books Read: 6

Rereads: 0

Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge Progress: 6/70

Favorite Book Read in January: Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

Least Favorite Book Read in January: I didn’t DISLIKE any books this month, but I was a bit underwhelmed by The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel.

Book that Most Surprised Me in January: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I was expecting to love it since I love everything by Rowell, but I didn’t realize it had so many fascinating undertones to it.

Notable Posts This Month

Cristina’s Close Look: Marginalized Identities and Intersectionality in Eleanor & Park

Bookish Bingo Sign Up Post

Sunday Funday: Birthday Edition

The TBR Tag

The Princess Diaries Re-Read and The Start of My YA Love Affair

Discussion: Are You a Seasonal Reader?

Favorite Quote This Month

“Sometimes you have to let go and let God.”

Updates About My Life This Month

  • I’ve made some updates to my pages, and you can now find all of the 2015 challenges I’m participating in under Features, and my review index has been updated to include reviews categorized by not only author but by title and rating as well.
  • I had a wonderful birthday this month, and the first month of 2015 has left me feeling really rejuvenated and motivated to get things DONE. Starting with taking the GRE, looking into different job industries, and saving up for some really fun vacations in the spring (like YALLWest!)
  • This week I’ll be taking a mini-vacation for a few days and visiting a lot of friends from college. I’ll have some posts scheduled and will catch up on comments as soon as I’m back!
  • I’m really, really hoping to further involve myself in the bookish and blogging community this year so if you haven’t already I’d LOVE if you dropped by and said hi or chatted with me on Twitter!

How was your month? Did you get a good jump start on your 2015 reading goals this month?


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12 responses to “Month in Review: January 2015

  1. Tara

    Did you already take the GRE or you are going to take it? I like to think of that test as a conquest, like a game. But mostly it’s just a pain in the butt. Glad your 2015 is off to such a great start!

    • I haven’t taken it yet (I’m aiming to take it around the end of March…it’s just such a pain and I can’t wait for it to be over!) I’m mainly nervous about the math, but I know it’s something I just have to prepare for the best I can and do. Thank you for the well wishes!

  2. Oh, man. I only read one book in January (the shame!), and technically I finished it at midnight on February first! But I’m hoping it jumpstarted my want to read again, so maybe I’ll read more this month ^-^ I’m so glad you liked Eleanor & Park! That book was incredible. Enjoy your vacation!

    • Thank you! Reading E&P was definitely one of those moments as a reader when you realize you’ve just read something incredible and profound! I hope you find time to pick up more books this month 🙂

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