January Wrap-Up 2017

HI EVERYONE!!! How’s your day treating you so far? How about month? How’s the new year so far? Cause here in the USA we’re going through it and we need a miracle like yesterday. K thanks lol. Anyways, I read 3 books and 1 I’ve DNFed. Let’s jump right into what I’ve been reading and up to =)

What I Read:



Broken Flowers by R.M. Drake ★★★★
Genre: Poetry
This is my second R.M. Drake. I love his writing and he talks a lot about loss and brokenness within yourself and relationships. I have a non-spoiler review with even some of the poems here.








The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ★★★★★
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
My favorite of the month!! What a magical world I got to live in for the days that I read this. This circus is everything I would love to visit and more! I have a full non spoiler book review here. I would love to reread this one day in the future and may be even see it as a movie adaptation. This one definitely deserves all the hype!






Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James 
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopian
This is the one I DNFed. Not because it’s bad cause trust me, I was really liking it. However, with everything that is going on in the country I live (USA) which is very much like a dystopian novel at the moment, it was affecting my reading experiencing with this one. So I decided to put it down till I am ready to pick it up again.






The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins ★★★★ 
Genre: YA, Verse, Realistic Fiction, LGTBQ+
Definitely a heart wrenching novel about two girls that don’t even know each other but eventually cross paths. About knowing yourself, relationships, and family dynamic. I have a non spoiler review for this book here.




Another month where I know I didn’t post much poetry. And I’ll explain all of that in another post I have coming on Friday. Here’s what I did post in January though:
People I Once Knew – Part 15
so what do you think?
People I Once Knew – Part 16
women’s march
looking at human’s on my train ride
and we’re all just entertainers

Memes of the month:
I participated in some meme’s this month that mention other books that I’m excited for!
Waiting on Wednesday – The Seafarer’s Kiss
WWW Wednesday
Top Ten Tuesday – Graphic Novels

Exciting News!

I FINISHED MY FIRST DRAFT OF MY POETRY BOOK COMING THIS SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I literally cried once I typed up the last poem. I cannot wait to share with you all more details in the next coming months! I can’t believe this is happening. I didn’t even have this book in mind till I was a few poems in and thought that I should just make a book out of it. I know I’m being vague but just give me some time, I will eventually share the synopsis, links, and all that good stuff coming in a few weeks. I’m still working on some things and haven’t set an official date but it’s looking like June =)


what have you all beautiful human beings been up to? did you read any of these books? let’s talk in the comments!

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55 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up 2017

    • Awwww thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited and nervous all at the same time! Once I have all the details and links for ordering, I will do a post all about it! But it’s happening, it’s all coming together and omgomgomg =D

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  1. Ohmygooosh! This is the best news ever! Congratulations on finishing your 1st draft! You know I love your poems! You definitely gave me the motivation to finish mine! Hope you have an amazing February! Can’t wait to hear more about it! ❤

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    • Thanks so much love!! I am rooting for you! You got this! It definitely feels like such an accomplishment once you finish the first draft. You will know that feeling once you finish your book. I hope you have an amazing February as well =D

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  2. Great recap Gretchen, also congratulations on completing the first draft of your poetry book. That must have felt like such an incredible achievement. Well done! I guess now it’s the editing stage right?
    Also you got through some great books as well. It’s a shame you DNF Gilded Cage but maybe one day you’ll be able to go back and pick it up again. I really do hope things get better for everyone in the US very quickly. 🙂
    The Night Circus is an all-time favourite read of mine so I am so so glad to see you loved that one. I really need to re-read it and review it on my own blog one day! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Beth! I’ll be in the editing stage for the next two weeks. I took a week off work to fully work on editing and organizing the book.
      I feel so bad for DNFing Gilded Cage because I was into it but like I said, it was way too much at once with what’s going on in the US. And thank you, I hope things get better as well.
      I hope to read The Night Circus review on your blog one day as well. I hope you have an amazing February!

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      • That’s all right. One of my friends is editing her novel at the moment (it’s a story rather than poetry) but I think she found that the hardest stage so I hope it goes well for you. It’s great you’ve got some time off to really focus on it! 😀
        One of the reason we read is to escape from real life. If Gilded Cage wasn’t allowing you to do that it’s probably better you DNF-ed it rather than trying to force yourself to read it and end up not enjoying to.
        Hopefully I’ll be able to get around to it soon. I do really want to re-read it soon! 😀

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      • Poetry is more like organizing the poems and either placing a period or a comma. Rewording if a line doesnt make sense so to me, personally speaking, it isn’t as hard a story. I wrote 10 chapters of a fictional story once and I tried editing those..it was a pain in the you know what lol.
        I completely agree that we read to escape and that is exactly why I put Gilded Cage down because I knew I wasn’t going to like it if I forced myself. =)

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  3. HOLY MOLY that is so exciting! I am excited for you! Congrats! Ahhhh, words 😛 I can’t wait to hear more about your book! 😀
    I keep seeing the Night Circus everywhere, and people saying good things about it, I should probably read it haha! 🙂

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  4. Oh my gosh, I just squealed with excitement a little bit! CONGRATS, I am so excited about your poem book. Your poems are so awesome girl, love your writing! Ahhhh, so exciting :). Can’t wait for more updates and news about it!

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  5. eeeeeK! I read this post & then read all of your comments of course (LMAO) & just smiled cuz I’m so happy for you twin! & also very proud. Your book baby will be debuting this Summer & I just cannot wait to buy my copy & spread the word for this beautiful book! excited for you, and the readers who will connect with this book 😉

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  6. I LOVE The Night Circus!!! And I’m currently reading Gilded Cage right now for NetGalley. I’m really liking it but I TOTALLY understand why you had to take a break. I’m in the US too and I feel like we are just a few shorts days away from The Hunger Games.

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  7. It’s pretty sad that you didn’t liked Gilded Cage because i was really looking forward to read it maybe i should lower my expectations. Night Circus sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it. Congratulations on finishing your first draft of your upcoming book and hope you have an amazing February! 😀

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    • I liked Gilded Cage!! But with the way the USA is right now, it’s very much like a dystopian novel. And I read to escape lol. So I would highly suggest it regardless. I hope you have an amazing February as well and thank you!!

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  8. Ahhhh congrats on finishing your first draft, Gretchen!! That’s so exciting!! 💕😁
    It’s good to hear that you really enjoyed The Night Circus because that one is high up on my TBR for this year. I can’t wait to get to it!
    I hope you have a great February! 😊

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