January ’18 Recap: When you Bring your A Game and Life is Good!

This post recaps my month: my personal life, the fun and not so fun; books I’ve read; movies/ tv shows I’ve watched; and all other things worth mentioning.

Whoops, this recap is long overdue… As in nine LONG days overdue. January has been very eventful (so is February, if you’re wondering, but more about that later). January was a month of changes and ALL OF THEM VERY GOOD! I promise all I have to tell you is going to be worth the ridiculous amount of capital letters.

I have wanted to shout this news from the rooftops ever since I heard it, however, I’ve managed to keep myself somewhat in check and as a result, not a whole lot of people know about this -not so little- tidbit of information. A few months ago I applied for the MSc Publishing program at Edinburgh Napier University. I never made it a secret that I wanted to work in the field of publishing, and with my bachelor’s degree in the pocket (yes, really!) it is time for the next step. I applied and about a month later I was offered an unconditional offer, WHICH I ACCEPTED!! Starting September 2018 you will be able to find me in Edinburgh and I am wildly excited about the whole thing. I love Scotland and I love that I get to spend a full year there studying on a subject that I am passionate about. So if you have any recommendations regarding any activities, events, or whatnot in Edinburgh, feel free to tell me all about it!

Next, some of you might know I have been working on a research project for the past few months. I conducted research on the influence of marketing through book blogs, Bookstagram, and BookTube on the buying behavior of YA readers. A subject quite close to my heart as you might have guessed and I am really proud of the final result. I wrapped everything up and handed it in this month and received my grade a week later. Now for those of you that don’t know how the Dutch grading system works: grades vary from 1 to 10. 10 means you aced it and couldn’t have done any better and 1 pretty much means that the whole thing sucked. From 6 and onwards the grade is sufficient. My grade for my research project *drumroll please* is a 9,5. Yes, a NINE POINT FIVE on a scale of 1 to 10. I’d have to say I am pretty damn proud of myself, haha.

Nope, that is NOT all, because I have even more good news! The last two weeks of January I started my new internship at a Dutch YA publishing house! I am now a marketing intern at Blossom Books, the Dutch YA publishing house that publishes books by Tahereh Mafi, Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, Sara Holland and more. I have loved every moment of my last internship and I hope this one will be just at great.

Reading:

I smuggled a bit and included two books started in December as well. January was ALL about finishing my Throne of Glass reread, only to realize that the final installment won’t be out until freaking October 2018 and then dying from sadness upon that discovery.

  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.
  2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
  3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.
  4. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.
  5. Thanks, Obama by David Litt
  6. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (CURRENT READ)

Tv-series:

Turns out I have become Lucifer crazed. I binge-watched that show like there as no tomorrow and LOVED every single second of it. Then the Designated Survivor craze got to me too… Give me one week off and I’ll go through Netflix like I haven’t been able to in months, haha.

The Gifted season 1, episode 9 – 10.

Hawaii 5-o, season 8, episode 9 – 10.

Lucifer, season 2, episode 1 – 18.

Lucifer, season 3, episode 1 – 11.

Designated Survivor, season 1, episode 1 – 22. THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD! 

Designated Survivor, season 2, episode 1 – 10.

Movies:

The Maze Runner. I just love these movies (which might have something to do with Dylan O’Brien).

Bad Moms. Rewatched this with a friend and it was just as hilarious as the first time around.

How did January treat you?

 

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