January 2018 Wrap-Up


Small announcement: I’m reducing my blogging schedule to one post per week for awhile.
I’ve been going through a bit more anxiety than usual this month and need to take half a step back. So instead of my 2-posts-per-week goal, I’m going to be shooting for just one. I will be trying to read and comment more on blogs, though, so hopefully it won’t feel like I’m absent or anything.

That said, I’ll still be active on Instagram. 
I’m having a lot of fun trying my hand at Bookstagram. There’s so much talent there! (Also one of my photos was shared by bookfeaturepage this month!)
Feel free to follow me @ mixedmargins 

I fixed that problem I’ve been having with my new camera! 
And of course it was super simple. Not sure why, but the camera automatically applies noise reduction to your images, so everything was looking way too smooth. I usually add in smoothing in Lightroom, but not nearly as much as it was automatically applying. I was also having trouble getting my RAW images into Lightroom…then realized that I just had to update Lightroom. Leave it to me to miss completely obvious solutions.

We had a pipe burst. 
And didn’t know about it for awhile. But we had our landlord come and fix it, and he fixed a broken light in the process, and then Deacon completely fixed our leaky bathtub faucet. So our house is practically new now. XD

Hank Green’s first novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is available for preorder.
I had to break my book-buying ban but I mean. Hank Green.



I’ve had all the Harry Potter revelations this month. 
1) The whole thing with the Snitch makes sense because points are counted towards the championship as a whole. So even if you catch the Snitch and lose, you’re still up +150 and have a better chance of winning the overall championship (as Gryffindor does in Order of the Phoenix).

2) The items in the Department of Mysteries represent bigger concepts. I used to think that wizards just threw random crap down there that they didn’t understand, but after rereading it this month, I realized that they are symbolic. The egg/bird represents time, the brains represent thought, the room with the locked door contains love (as Dumbledore later explains), and the arch represents death.

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The Spotify mobile app is terrible. 
It only plays on shuffle?? I guess before now I’ve only ever used the mobile app during months that I paid for premium (which is generally only during NaNoWriMo or road trips). And gosh, it’s awful.

I pretend that Jacin in The Lunar Chronicles is a woman. 
Because I’ve always wanted Winter to be in an f/f relationship and it makes Jacin more bearable. I have a higher tolerance for bossy women than bossy men.

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Do people know what I mean when I put XD? 
I’m usually not on my phone so I can’t use a similar emoji, and I always wonder if the younger generation realizes that it’s supposed to be a face, not letters…


rex report

Rex had a small surgery in early January to remove the tumor on his eyelid. Everything went well! He was a bit grumpy for a few days, but he’s back to normal now.  🙂




tv shows
Game of Thrones (finished seasons 3–5)
Planet Earth II (the first few episodes)

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Groundhog Day (did not like it)



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (liked it) ★★★★☆
Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (liked it) ★★★☆☆
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (reread – like it) ★★★☆☆
Wires & Nerve, Vol. 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer (really liked it) ★★★★☆

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currently reading
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


How was your January?


  1. HANK GREEN. I’m so happy to see you talking about his book, I am so excited to order it, to have it in my hands, to read it and fall in love with it overall. It sounds so, SO good and.. well, as you said, it’s Hank Green so I have to read that one 🙂
    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been feeling anxiety this month, I hope you’ll feel better soon, take care of yourself, that’s what matters the most <3
    I want to imagine Jacin as a woman, now?? That'd be SO cool and I can totally picture that 🙂
    I hope you'll have a fantastic month xx
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 1, 2018

      I think I would buy anything that Hank Green writes…even if it’s a genre I don’t read very much. He’s just an extraordinary human being, and I find myself really agreeing with most of what he says.

      Not much would have to change for Jacin to be a woman! It wouldn’t affect the plot AT ALL. With the rest of the gang, a gender switch might mean changing a few things with plot and character dynamics, but Jacin’s character could still be in exactly the same place with the same background. I really applaud the series for including so many different nationalities, but it DESPERATELY needs some LGBT+ representation.

  2. Katie
    February 1, 2018

    It doesn’t seem like it should be February already!
    I’m glad you’re giving yourself some time and releasing some of the pressure! It seems like a lot of people are coming to that realization and stepping back for their mental health (including me.) and I think it’s a beautiful thing.
    I actually haven’t read the entire Harry Potter series yet (Wasn’t allowed to as a child haha.) and my next book is Order of the Phoenix and I’ve just been putting it off, but I need to just read it already.
    Also, I totally agree that Spotify mobile is the biggest bummer after leaving premium.
    Thanks for the shoutout <3 I hope your February is great!
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 2, 2018

      Order of the Phoenix is my least favorite book in the series, but it has some of my favorite parts. (I laughed out loud several times while reading.) It’s a bit of a commitment at 870 pages, but worth it. 🙂

  3. Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
    February 2, 2018

    OMG now I’m going to have to go pre-order Hank Green’s book RIGHT NOW. I can’t wait to read it!!!!

    Also, thanks for the shout out! <3

    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 2, 2018

      I don’t even care what it’s about I know I’m going to love it. September feels so far away…

  4. Cait @ Paper Fury
    February 2, 2018

    Ooh the next Wire & Nerves is out! I definitely need to read that. And your dog is adorable 😍 plus that photo is amazing so I’m glad you’ve figured out the issues you were having with your photography! I’m always simultaneously relieved and annoyed when a problem is such an easy fix that I missed for ages.😂😂 January was reeeally long for me haha, but we’re having the rainy season so everything is simultaneously muggy and damp.😂

    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 3, 2018

      Wires & Nerve vol. 2 was everything I wanted and more! I hope it’s not truly the last one, but if it is, I’ll still be satisfied.
      Thanks for stopping by, Cait! 🙂 I hope the muggy and dampness isn’t too bad.

  5. Bridget
    February 4, 2018

    Ooooh I am SO loving that song by Wild Rivers! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 5, 2018

      Glad you like it! They have a couple really good ones. 😀


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