December in Review


Month in Review is a feature in which we wrap up what went on each month in terms of our blog, reading and other things in our life. Feel free to leave a link in the comments to your own monthly wrap up post so we can stop by.

on the blog…



A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #2: The Treacherous Seas

Other Features:

The Monster Report The Monster Report The Monster Report The Monster Report

more personally…



Life: December was an exciting month – my husband graduated from his police academy and had some extended training before he started with a training officer, so we had some time together over the winter break together. Unfortunately, he was sick most of it, so that wasn’t as fun. It was also my birthday and Christmas so lots of family and events to take up time. I was also reading for the CYBILs which kept me preoccupied!

Reading: I read 41 books in December – wow! A ton of graphic novels as I wrapped up reading for the CYBILs and was excited as our shortlist was announced.

  1. Camp by Kayla Miller
  2. Betty & Veronica: Senior Year by Jamie Lee Rotante
  3. Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1) by Gail Carlson Levine
  4. Supernova (Renegades, #3) by Marissa Meyer
  5. Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop
  6. The Changeling King by Ethan M. Aldridge
  7. The Diabolic (The Diabolic, #1) by S.J. Sinkaid
  8. Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable
  9. Bloom by Kevin Panetta
  10. Viva Durant and The Secret of the Silver Buttons by Ashli St. Armant
  11. Manuelito by Elisa Amado
  12. Red Panda & Moon Bear by Jarod Rosello
  13. Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia
  14. Great White Shark Adventure by James O. Fraioli
  15. White Bird by R.J. Palacio
  16. Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern
  17. Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1 by Yuhki Kamatani
  18. The Seventh Voyage: Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem
  19. Rebel (Legend, #4) by Marie Lu
  20. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  21. The Starspun Web by Sinead O’Hart
  22. The Secrets of Winterhouse (Winterhouse, #2) by Ben Guterson
  23. The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff
  24. The Dark Unwinding (The Dark Unwinding, #1) by Sharon Cameron
  25. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
  26. The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury
  27. River Secrets (The Books of Bayern, #3) by Shannon Hale
  28. Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3) by Jay Kristoff
  29. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konisburg
  30. Queen of Ruin (Grace and Fury, #2) by Tracy Banghart
  31. This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
  32. Ironheart, Vol. 1: Those With Courage by Eve L. Ewing
  33. Crush (Berrybrook Middle School, #3) by Svetlana Chmakova
  34. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  35. Hicotea (Nightlights #2) by Lorena Alvarez Gomez
  36. Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman
  37. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
  38. Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill
  39. Click by Kayla Miller
  40. The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, #2) by Philip Pullman
  41. The Miraculous by Jess Redman

Challenges: Check out my 2019 Challenges

Audiobook Challenge: 12 books read (98/50+)

Bookish Resolutions (50 books I own): 2 books read (92/50)

Bookish Resolutions (10 ebooks): 0 books read (2/10)

Connect Five Books Challenge: 0 connections ( 10 books read/ 2 connections)

Tackle My TBR Reading Challenge: 2 books read (100/61+)

Looking Forward: New year, new challenges right? I don’t know that I’m going to sign up for any, I need to just focus on blogging more. I’ve been doing a lot with Book Battle over on Facebook and that’s taken up a lot of time. Hoping to start reviewing once a week and adding back in some old weekly fun stuff. My personal challenge is eating out less and making more food at home this year in general for health and money wise.

Life: Sorry this is so late guys but needless to say that we have both been incredible busy lately. So December was a bit of a dumpster fire for me. I saw my family for the hoildays and I had some pretty great things but there was also a death in the family. My Manmaw passsed away on December 30 and it really has fucked me up since I use to spend all my summers at hers and my Aunt Jill’s house. I actually gave a speech at her funeral and so there was a lot of planning and things that were going on. Anyways that is why I have been pretty MIA recently. Good part of December is I got converted at work and I now health, dental, and vision insurance. I feel like a big adult and I am really happy that I am doing really well in that aspect.


Reading: In December I read 23 books.

  1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  2. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
  3. Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover 
  4. Black Iris by Elliot Wake
  5. Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell
  6. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston 
  7. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
  8. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black 
  9. Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares
  10. Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares
  11. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
  12. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff 
  13. All your Perfects by Colleen Hoover 
  14. Song of the Abyss by Makiia Lucier
  15. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patriuk Rothfuss
  16. The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee
  17. Death Bringer by Derek Landy 
  18. TBH: This is So Awkward by Lisa Greenwald
  19. Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon
  20. The Wicked and the Divine: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen
  21. Road of No Return by K.A. Merikan
  22. The Devil’s Ride by K.A. Merikan 
  23. Bee and Puppycat vol 1 by Natasha Allegri

Looking Forward: I am looking forward to planning the trip that we are taking over spring break in March since I haven’t been on a vacation in over two years. And it’s more of a scouting thing then an actual vacation but it will be still be fun. I also hope to hang out with my friends more now that we are all done with the holidays and it should be easier to make plans. I am also attempting to cut soda out of my diet and let me tell you right now that I feel like I am dying but I know that it is beyond necessary and I am really trying to take my health more seriously.

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