January & February Update

January & February Updates

January and February flew by like always, so I didn’t get a chance to write up seperate updates for both months. Although not much happened in January on the blog, I managed to post every week in February and get some personal reading done (aka reading books that aren’t for school). That’s absolutely because I had my mid-winter break from college and was at home for a few days, which meant I FINALLY had a chance to make a few trips to my local library- it’s been forever! I haven’t been to the library since last summer!

It’s suprisingly manageable to juggle both blogging responsibilities and college/life responsibilities this semester, so hopefully I can keep up with my goals to post regularly (every Saturday, and sometimes on Tuesdays). I’ve recruited some friends to also write some posts (mostly reviews), so I’m excited to have some other voices on the blog as well!

Anyway, here’s some of the stuff I talked about on Strung out on Books these past two months:

Blog Posts ♥

The Catfé Lounge: An Alternative Cat Shelter

A few months ago Caylin and our friend Marcy went to a Catfé! It was such a creative way to promote the animals up for adoption. The atmosphere was fun and cat-friendly, and you should definitely check it out!

Why You Should Be Reading Literary Magazines

I subscribed to Booth magazine and then got to thinking about how rarely I hear talk of literary magazines in the blogosphere. Literary magazines offer SO much different and creative content, and they’re often pretty cheap and less time consuming than a novel.

BELAGANA-BELAZANA: An Outsider’s Quest in the Navajo Nation

I was asked to review this book, but due to lack of time I ended up posting a promo post for the blog tour. This book is in a series that emphasizes the importance of education and educators, “a fictional line of books that reveal a spectrum of intense issues that teachers sometimes face. From racism and cultural conflict to political upheaval and blind bureaucracy to apathy and substance abuse.”

Book Blogging is More Than Just a Hobby

This is list of blogging misconceptions that often lead to a myriad of people thinking that blogging is unprofessional and that it is just a hobby. “Obviously some bloggers do consider blogging to just be a hobby, but for the most part bloggers put in more effort, money, and time than the average hobbyist.”

Books to Read if You’re in the Mood for Romance (Or Not!)

In celebration of Valentine’s day, I made a list of books that have romance as the focus and list of books that do not. “Whether you’re celebrating the day or trying to pretend it doesn’t exist, you’re sure to find a book to help get you in the right mindset.”

The Books I Read (And Reviewed) ♥

A List of Cages by Robin Roe  – ★★★★

“While there’s a couple things about this book I didn’t love, the story is heartwarming and harrowing as genuine friendship is woven in with tragic scenes of abuse that culminates into a life-threatening situation that will likely haunt these boys for the rest of their lives. This book was incredibly hard to read at some points because of the abuse, but this is absolutely a book worth reading.” Read more of my review here.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – ★★★★★

“[Jack and Libby] go on their own journeys to self-love, and their journeys definitely intertwine, but Holding Up the Universe is not just a love story in the sense of finding someone to love. It’s a love story that celebrates loving yourself, your friends, and your family. It’s a love story in ALL the ways.” Read more of my review here.


What I’m Reading Now ♥

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – Goodreads

What’s been happening in your lives/on your blog in the last couple of months? What’s your current read?! ♥

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