Month In Review: January 2018 & An Explanation

Month In Review: January 2018 & An Explanation

Hey friends! I know I say this at the beginning of every month in review but I can’t believe it’s already that time. Like, I literally said that exact sentence in the last monthly review lol. This month has, to put it frankly, sucked. Anyways, for more of what I’ve been up to this month (and an explanation of the what the heck has been going on), keep reading!

Month In Review: January 2018

Where I’ve Traveled

Ha. Ha. Ha.

What I’ve Read

This has been an extremely good reading month for me! I’m mean, considering that I’ve put in 0 work on the blog this month lol. I’ll get more into that a bit later on but here’s what I’ve read this month!

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – 4 out of 5 stars. 

John Green and I don’t usually get along. The only other book of his that I’ve liked was Looking For Alaska so I didn’t have as high of expectations for this one so it blew me away. My only critique, and it might just be because I hate romance in novels (it’s usually unnecessary, unrealistic, abusive, or insta-lovey), was the relationship between Aza and Davis. I thought it was completely unnecessary and the plot would’ve worked just the same as if they remained friends. Besides that, I loved the representation for anxiety (which I have) and OCD (which I do not have but it’s important to know about).

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My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You I’m Sorry by Fredrick Backman – 5 out of 5 stars. 

Holy crap. This is one of my new favorite books – ever. I loved the Harry Potter references, the fairytale, and the nostalgia. There were some aspects taken from Coraline (multiple people living within the same house turned apartments) and the atmosphere of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and it was just so beautiful and extremely heartwarming. I can’t wait to read more of his books.

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I had high expectations for this one but I was kind of disappointed. I did like this book and the characters, but I don’t think it was totally for me. Don’t get me wrong, the story was beautiful, but it was really hard for me to get into and finish and enjoy thoroughly.

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The Storied Life of AJ Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin – 5 out of 5 stars.

Another one of new favorite books. I just finished this one so I haven’t formed any concrete thoughts yet but holy moly.

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler – 5 out of 5 stars.

I listened to this on audiobook and I highly recommend you do the same if you’re interested in reading it. Amy narrates it herself and it’s HILARIOUS.

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Currently Reading: Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Life Musings

Okay, on to the tough stuff. This month has been an absolute pile of shit and I’m glad it’s over. It started with a car crash and a totaled car, the middle of the month found me being $1300 poorer due to a giant unexpected expense (not elaborating on that) and fighting strep throat (yet again), and we ended the month with my 13-year-old dog being diagnosed with diabetes. On top of all of this, my depression decided to rear its ugly head. For those who don’t know, I was diagnosed with atypical depression and generalized anxiety when I was about eighteen years old and luckily most days, I don’t even notice it. Every once in awhile though, I go through a pretty bad depressive episode in which I have no motivation to do anything. It’s a miracle I’ve even dragged my ass out of bed and made it work (I started a new position at work that’s a bit more intensive and mind provoking and I ABSOLUTELY AM LOVING IT). I haven’t been wedding planning, I haven’t done anything for this blog, and I haven’t done anything for my travel blogger’s Facebook group. And not doing any of that, made me feel even worse. But, I think I’m finally getting out of this depressive episode. I’ve slowly been getting back into wedding planning and doing admin stuff for my Facebook group. And writing this is the first thing I’m doing for this blog. I do think it’ll be awhile before I get back into my regular posting schedule, if I even will this year (with my wedding coming up…  I’m sure many brides out there understand me). That being said, I’m going to post when I want. So I might post seven times in a week, or one time in two months. It’s really up in the air but it should only be like that for the remainder of the year.

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What I’ve Been Loving

The End of the F***ing World on Netflix. My fiance and I binged the entire season in half a day and we both LOVED it and can’t wait for the second season.

Lay’s BBQ Potato Chips… yeah, I don’t really know but I’ve been a bit obsessed with them lately.

READING!! I’ve been in a reading slump since the beginning of 2016 and haven’t read for shit but you may have noticed, I’ve read a ton this month! Yes, a big part of it is because I haven’t had the energy to do anything else so I had more time but I truly believe my reading slump is over! I’ve just purchased a handful of new books thanks to an Amazon gift card the company provided me as thank you for being a member of their Influencer program (pst – be sure to check my Amazon page to see what products I can’t travel without!) and I’m so excited to read them.

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Bri is the Harry Potter obsessed founder of Wondering & Wandering. When she's not blogging or traveling, you can usually find her in bed with a good book and a glass of wine.

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