I cannot believe January is over! The first month of the new year flew by. I ended the month with the worst luck! Story time? So my friend, my younger sister, and I decided it would be cool to relive our childhood by rollerblading together again after it being 20 years since the last time we rollerbladed. Us three used to do it all the time as kids together. We all bought rollerblades and were so stoked to take them out. It was all going so well and we were having fun and then we decided to go down this hill that didn’t look so big…big mistake! We were catching so much speed. At one point I’m thinking to myself, “I’m going way too fast, what do I do?”. I tried using the brake, but it’s been so long since I’ve ever used rollerblades that I really had no idea what I was doing and I was just going so fast. So, I decided to steer myself toward the grass and then I took a hard fall. My sister and my friend fell too, but their falls weren’t as bad as mine. My friend and I were laughing about it in the moment, because we really had no idea how bad it really was. Plus, there were crowds of people around, so we just played it cool haha. 😛
Afterward, we left the park and got something to eat and then I realized I may have really messed up my shoulder. I decided to go to urgent care to get it x-rayed and YEP! I fractured my right shoulder. I’ve had to limit the use of my right arm, but luckily I can still use my hand. I need to get some other tests done to see if anything else is injured. I really hope not because I do not want to end up having to get surgery. 😦 I definitely regret going to the hilly park. And now it will be a while before I can get back on my rollerblades, which is sad because we were having a lot of fun until we fell. I’m hoping this injury heals up quickly. I have to wear a sling on my right arm, but I usually take it off when I’m working and try to not move my arm/shoulder too much. It’s not really painful until I move my shoulder or arm in a position that it can’t. I’m living in button up shirts, because trying to put clothes on when I can’t lift my arm hurts sooo bad. Fingers crossed this heals fast though and I don’t need surgery!
But anyway, let’s get into my January wrap up. I actually read quite a few books in January, which has been great since the last five months of 2022 I barely read anything. I think I read more books in January than I did in the last five months of 2022 lol. I am hoping the year continues to go this well, but who knows. I’m already starting to slowly feel bleh again, but I think that’s because I’m feeling down about this injury and it’s been on my mind a lot since it happened. It only happened like four or five days ago. So, in January I read SEVEN books! A few were audiobooks and the rest were books that I read myself. You can find a full list of the books that I read in January and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here are the books that I read and listened to in January...
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of January.
Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan – 2 out of 5 stars
Tidesong by Wendy Wu – 4 out of 5 stars
What About Will by Ellen Hopkins – 4 out of 5 stars
The Asylum Confessions by Jack Steen – 3 out of 5 stars
I started Acts of Desperation months before I finally finished it. It was pretty boring, to be honest. There were a bunch of times where I thought about DNF and maybe I should have. But I was already about 60% into it and I finally got myself to finish it in January. Tidesong was a cute graphic novel. I really had fun reading it and all the illustrations are so pretty. I started What About Will at some point last year and never got around to finishing it. I ended up not being in the mood for it. I finally finished it last month and I really liked it. It was really sad, but had its happy moments. The Asylum Confessions was just a random book I found for free on Amazon. It sounded interesting and it was only about 270 pages, so I decided to check it out. I liked it and some of the stories were interesting, but some were just weird. I don’t like how the author wrote the book either, but I guess I shouldn’t complain too much since right at the beginning he says he’s not an writer lol.
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of January.
Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson – 3 out of 5 stars
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay – 3 out of 5 stars
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover – 4 out of 5 stars – Review
Love in the Time of Serial Killers sounded pretty interesting, but it wasn’t what I expected. I liked it, but it was just “meh” and didn’t blow me away or anything. I also really didn’t like the main character. My husband and I listened to Darkly Dreaming Dexter on our drive to Savannah, GA. I figured it would give us something to do and we both love the TV show Dexter. I liked the book, but I was hoping I would love it. I guess because I love the TV show so much and watched the show first it influenced my feelings of the book. I still want to listen to the audiobooks for the other books too. I may save them for road trips with the husband though, so we can finish the series together. Might take a while, but that’s okay! It Ends with Us was a reread. I read the book back in 2016, but wanted to reread it again before picking up the sequel. I really liked it as much as I did when I read it in 2016. The review linked above is the one I wrote back in 2016.
These are the books that I started to read in the month of January, but didn’t get a chance to finish them before the month ended.
It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover
Since I did an audiobook reread of It Ends with Us, I wanted to read It Starts with Us shortly after. I am really excited to finally read it. I’m currently about 75 pages into it and I like it a lot so far. I’m excited to see where it goes.
What books did you read in January? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!
I’ll try to find some time this weekend to catch up with your posts and comments. 🙂 It’s been a crazy week with my fractured shoulder and trying to navigate using mostly one arm haha. I’m not allowed to do heavy-lifting, pushing. or pulling. The orthopedic doctor said the heaviest thing I can lift is a coffee mug lol. Sigh.
In case you missed it;
2023 Reading Goals.
2022 Year in Books.
I hope you have a great day!