December 2017 recap // Wrap Ups

Hey hey!

I had a very intense month of reading in December because I was determined to finish my reading challenge. If you want to see how successful I was and other bookish shenanigans, keep on reading! (Let’s just pretend it’s still January).


Reading challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
I COMPLETED MY 2017 READING CHALLENGE!!! I didn’t lower my reading challenge goal even though I thought it was highly unlikely that I was going to finish it. BUT I did it! I finished 80 of my goal of 80 books (100%) and I’m not going to deny that I’m impressed with my reading in December. I will go more into it in my 2017 end of year post.


So… I managed to read 15 books in December. I think that definitely a new record. (That’s what happens when you leave all your reading until the end of the year). It was stressful.

  • The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)4.5 stars … and I finished this series. It was so much fun, it was funny and there was suspense. I have definitely enjoyed my time reading this series.
  • P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2): 3.5 stars it was cute but there was so. much. drama. The protagonist also tends to be a tad melodramatic in a fine range of situations which was somewhat irritating.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7): [REREAD] 5 stars I was glad I was able to reread the Harry Potter series in its entirety. It was so much better than I remembered with the complexity of the world, the detail. It was slower paced than I remembered, but the second half of the novel makes up for EVERYTHING.
  • Gone Girl: 3.5 stars the hype for this novel is unbelievable, so I had some pretty high expectations. It was darker than I expected but unfortunately, I was disappointed.
  • Pride and Prejudice3 stars another disappointment… I really tried to enjoy it but I found the plot seemed to drag.
  • The Book Thief: 3.5 stars guess what? I was a little disappointed by this novel as well. I was just not emotionally invested in the characters which is kind of important in this character-focused novel.
  • Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2): 4 stars a great sequel which was action-packed and fast paced. Like the first novel of the series, I enjoyed its unique formatting and was able to follow the story pretty well.


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Books borrowed



(for next month)

I’m actually not too sure about my reading schedule so far, so I’m not going to set a TBR for January 2018.


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I did not get up to much in December since it was the holidays. I promised myself that I was really going to make an effort catch up on my book reviews… which didn’t really happen. However personally, I thought I read a lot (so that kind of makes me feel better). I’ve been in a blogging slump lately and I know I need to dig myself out of it. I’m just lacking inspiration for posts…

I really need to work on that productivity thing in 2018. (I’m being completely crushed underneath the amount of reviews I want to write).

I’ve been writing my end-of-year posts so I’m getting there. I don’t know why I’ve been super unmotivated to get them up, but I promise they will appear (eventually). I’ve kept this wrap-up pretty short (compared to what I usually do) so I can talk more about the books I’ve read and my bookish stats in my yearly wrap up posts.

I participated in the #ReadersCrossing reading challenge in December and I thought I did pretty well. Since I read a good handful of books in that month, I managed to fit 8 books into the different categories and it was good fun. I’ll do a quick wrapup here:

1. Main adventure plot – SPORTY

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

2. Yellow cover – NATURAL

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

3. Middle grade or children – CUTE

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

4. Set in the wilderness – SPORTY

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

5. Main romantic plot – CUTE

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

6. Book award winner – COOL

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

7. A classic – NATURAL

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

8. Written by a team (2+) of authors – SPORTY

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

So, as you can probably tell from that uneventful life update, I’ve been up to nothing, and I’ve accomplished nothing/I haven’t even been watching much TV shows/movies (which is my usual source of procrastination). Although, I DID end up watching both the Percy Jackson movie adaptations and I understand why the majority of PJ book fans are disappointed/horrified by them. I will say that they weren’t as bad as what I was expecting… but I have mixed thoughts. Maybe I can do adaptation reviews for them???

As I have mentioned several times, I read a lot of books in December (compared to what I normally read). And amongst them, I read book 7 of the Harry Potter series: So, of course my favourite quote of the month comes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Super well-known and not really a surprise…

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling (Albus Dumbledore)

Emily x


How were your holidays? Did anything exciting happen in December? Favourite books you read? Comment below!

5 thoughts on “December 2017 recap // Wrap Ups

  1. My holidays were excellent, thanks for asking! A bit cold, but I suppose ’tis the season, after all.
    My readings been slow, lately. Been working a lot more on my writing. Hopefully that will change, since I miss reading more, but alas, there’s only so much time in the day, and priorities fall where they may. :/
    Congrats on reading so many books in December, though! That’s an impressive number. I think the number of books you read might explain why you didn’t get around to as many shows, perhaps–you were too busy reading! :)


    • Haha it’s actually been super hot where I live. Good luck on your writing!! I honestly don’t understand how people can balance reading and writing so well. True – it’s probably good that I didn’t watch much shows because I tend to get sucked in and avoid all responsibilities.

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  2. You read so many books in a month, it’s amazing!!! I wasn’t a huge fan of Miss Peregrine from the first book, I did find it boring as well. I’ve heard mixed things about the series but so far I still don’t regret my decision for not continuing with the series. It’s always fun to read a children’s/young adult series that you can just binge-read like the Percy Jackson ones! I adored them when I was in middle school <3


    • Thanks Ayunda! I feel that if you didn’t like the first book of Miss Peregrine’s, you probably wouldn’t enjoy the rest of the series (so I honestly don’t understand why of continued it myself…) Yes, I’m so glad I caught up with the Percy Jackson series and I can understand why it’s such a well-loved series!

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