The Angel Messenger is a monthly recap feature on the blog where I tell you what happened in the past month in my life, blog and around the blogosphere.
- January is, firstly, a braver month for me. I joined #Braver2018Challenge which is my first time to actually participate in an Arriane Serafico class. If I remember correctly, I signed up in some of her free classes before but I didn’t really participate because of various reasons (*ahem*excuses*ahem*). I actually participated in the 5-day challenge and was just amazed at how wonderful Arriane is! I didn’t regret joining the class and I even bought the workbook, My Bravest Year Ever, to help me even more. Here’s hoping that Arriane will continue the Braver Goals Bootcamp next year. I really want to join this 2018 but I don’t have enough money to enroll myself in the full course.
- After the first two weeks of January however, I got sick. Sick of my life. Haha just kidding. But really though. I know I still do my best in work for my students (yup, I’m a teacher) but lately, I haven’t been feeling joy in my work. It may be the pressure and the stress. I really hope this feeling passes away.
Also, random thought, I wish Aileen of Lavendaire and Arriane would do a podcast (or even a video) together just talking and inspiring women. I’ve been listening and watching them lately. I admire them so much and they inspire me to be the best that I can be. (Do you notice that names of amazing women start with the letter “A”? A for Aileen, Arriane and me, Angelica lol.)
I’m thinking of doing a separate reading wrap-up but for now, I’ll include this in every monthly recap.
The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories(Hercule Poirot #44) by Agatha Christie 3.5 stars
This is my first Agatha Christie book and although some stories are meh (or I just didn’t like them) I still had some favorites. They are “The Edge”, “The Actress” and the amazing “The Harlequin Tea Set”. This surely won’t be my last book of hers.
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 4.5 stars
AAAAAAH WHERE DO I START??? I’ve been wanting to read this book since 2014 but I only got myself a copy last year (#pooritaproblems). I didn’t know anything about it I just know that it sounds like something I would like. And well I LOVE it. I love that it hurts a lot. It hurts so much.
Eleanor and Park aren’t flawless characters. They annoy me sometimes but they’re real and complex and that’s what I loved about them.
NOW SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT THOSE THREE WORDS ARE.
- This Is How It Starts by Dawn Lanuza 3.5 stars
I want to read more books by Filipino authors. This one is a poetry books but it’s still written by a Filipino author so it still counts. I really liked some poems but others not so. If you’re a fellow Filipino who wants to read more local books then I can suggest this one.
- City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare 3.5 stars
I first read this book early 2013. Reading it now in 2018 surely opened my eyes to some of the things I don’t like anymore. For the most part I still enjoyed this book and I appreciated Simon more.
I have none because I’m in control of my book hoarding this month. I’m queen of self-control.
On The Blog
- I kinda celebrated three years of The Bookish Angel.
- I shared my 2018 bookish resolutions. Let’s hope I don’t break them.
- I recommend some first books in a series.
On The Blogosphere
- Ashley @ Nose Graze talked about the 15 books that have been on her TBR pile for over two years (come on guuys, admit it, she’s definitely not alone)..
- Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy asked about what’s saving your life right now.
How was your January? Any resolutions you already broke?