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This Is The End

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I have been listening to Adele and feeling very dramatic this week. Don’t be fooled by the title, I am only talking about the end of the year, and with it comes the usual wrap-up! I am combining both December and 2016 wrap-ups before jumping with both feet into my second blogging year.

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What’s New?

My hair is gone!! Well, not entirely gone but I cut so much of it that I keep panicking when I don’t find them on my shoulders. Yep, this is my big news of the month. I talk a bit too much about my hair…

As December is not my favorite month of the year, I am glad it is almost over. Let’s say we survived bad songs, never-ending family meals, the usual disappointment on Christmas day when we opened the gifts and the cold. It’s not that bad!

December marks the last month of my first year of blogging. I can’t believe my corner of the world is still alive and going strong. I have so many inspiring bloggers to thank for this. It’s been wild, it’s been fantastic, and it’s been scary! I can’t wait for another year!

Books I read in December

Corrupt Me, Jillian Quinn
Review and rating to come in January.
I can’t say much yet but I am quite proud of Jill for putting her first story out there!

The Gift, Louise Jensen
5 ⭐️

Plaid and Plagiarism, Molly MacRae
4 ⭐️

Delete, Karl Olsberg
4 ⭐️

Don’t Tell Anyone, Eleanor Gray
2 ⭐️
Review coming up next week

The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir
3 ⭐️
Review coming up next week

6 books and another one almost done by the time this post is published. Not bad all things considered!

Books I reviewed in December

How To Save a Life A four-star review of Faithful

Lazy Saturday Review: Do You Feel Safe? A Four-star review of Safe with Me

Unwrap The Gift at your Own Risks A 5-star review of The Gift

Lazy Saturday Review: Plaid and Plagiarism, Molly MacRae A four-star review of Plaid and Plagiarism

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Are You Sure You Want to Exit the Game? A four-star review of Delete

With only one disappointing book and lots of stars given, December was a good reading month. I’m happy with the risks I took and the results!

New Books!

I had been eyeing some of those books for months, I am glad to finally add them to my TBR. This is my last massive haul as next year will be all about taking care of the TBR!

Book of the Month Award

This one is an easy one. I have read a particular book in early December and my brain keeps thinking about it. No better sign that it deserves the award!

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Congratulations to Louise Jensen for a riveting second book that received lots of praise!

Blogging Life

This Week In books

Hype or Like Friday

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December was quite busy so I am happy with how the blogging went, I wish I had had the time to add a discussion post, I guess I will have to work on this next year.

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I’ll keep this short because the post is already filled with links and posts and who cares? 🙂

Highlights of my first blogging year (in no particular order)

# Reached 700 followers this week! Nice way to finish the year.
# Lots of friendship made
# Finding a review format you enjoy enough to motivate you to write them!
# Every squee I made when I received a nice word, a cute comment or an interesting thing to reply to
# My anxiety post
# Reaching my Goodreads goal
# My first approved NetGalley request (Thank you Bookouture, can I have an auto-approve now? 😜)
# My first author interview
# The SFATW project (Massive thanks to my Sweechie Marie who created it and to Beth you made me very happy with her package)
# My first baby steps as a beta reader

Highlights of my personal life

# The acceptance letter informing me I was transferred to English Studies
# Beginning a therapy
# Completing my student jobs despite everything
# My red hair! (Yep, still talking about my hair!)
# The only movie night I went to in 2016
# And every day I managed to win small victories

Now it is time to check the post I made back in January to see how many goals I reached this year! *drum roll*

  • Resume a real yoga practice. I am still mourning the departure of my beloved yoga teacher… It’s been 2 years. It can be so hard to change when you’ve had the best of times in the right place with the right people. But eh, yoga is also about adaptation and change. No more excuses, I need a new studio! Plus my body is so stiff I feel like I’m 70.
    December update: massive failure! 
  • Go to the hairdresser. I’m cheating, it’s quite easy to have this one achieved. I have been wanting to change my hair color for months. Due to a wrong combination of genes, I was born a brunette. Still, I can feel it inside, I am a redhead! 2016 is the year I fix this genetic mistake.
    December update: Success! Well, I cheated because I found a hairdresser who comes to me instead of going to a salon but the important here is the hair color!
  • Take a step back. I am oversensitive. I feel every emotion, good or bad, 500%. I pound over things too much. I worry too much (although I have made huge progress in this area during the last months of 2015). I hope to learn how to get enough hindsight not to let everything get to me.
    December update: Work in progress.
  • Dare more. Eat at the restaurant, go see a concert or movie at least once a month, meet someone for a tea at this little shop you walk by every week, speak your mind.
    December update: Not a full success but improvement can be seen.
  • Stop biting my nails. Nasty, nasty habit.
    December update: as long as I have nail polish on, success!
  • Change major. It took me five years to figure out my love for English could lead me to a job. Yes, the process was slow, mostly due to the strong belief held in France that English studies lead nowhere and the constant reminder from family that I would never make it anyway. Now, everything is clear, English is my passion, and nothing stands in my way any more. In order to become an English teacher, I need to change major because I am currently majoring in English and Japanese applied to management, and it doesn’t allow me to enroll in the right Master.
    December update: I’m suffering with all the classics I need to endure but it’s a success! 
  • Stay positive. I have always been the pessimist one, I can’t help it. I remember vividly all the bad things that happen and barely recall a few good memories. Well, that was true until a few weeks ago. I am slowly starting to see things differently, and it feels so good I want to keep it up.
    December update: Ha ha ha xD Lots of work needed here!
  • Keep this blog alive for an entire year.
    December update: Well, you are reading this list on the blog so SUCCESS!

Now that was a busy and exhausting year! But the best part of it was meeting so many wonderful people. Some days you were the only social activity I had and I haven’t felt alone since I started this blog. Thank you to everyone for making this journey special with a like, a comment, a tweet, whatever. It all counts for me. Special thanks to Cleo and Claire for the inspiration. I have looked up to you a lot and I have learned so much from you. Thanks to all the amazing friends I talk to. I won’t make a list because it would be too long but you know who you are! I love you!

I’ll stop the weird long oscar-worthy speech and wish you all a brilliant bookish 2017. Let’s have fun!

59 thoughts on “This Is The End

  1. Wow, what a great year! I’m super impressed by all your milestones and accomplishments. You almost motivate me to start making 2017 goals for my blog (but, let’s be real, solid goals might stress me out more than benefit me, so that’s probably not happening). Can’t wait to see what happens on your blog next year! Hopefully it’s just as great a year, if not better.

    (Also: hurray, drastic new haircuts! I hope you love it.)

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    1. It was an eventful year indeed! 🙂 Maybe you can wait for the end of the year and just go with highlights! It’s pressure-free! 😀 I’m always a bit leery of goals, they force you to expect more of your year. I think my only blogging goal for the year is to just keep going 🙂
      I’m still not used to not having my hair stuck in all of my clothes, hahahahah. I love it but it’s weird!
      I wish you a wonderful and bookish year ❤

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      1. Sign me up for pressure-free!

        “Just keep going” is a great goal. And there’s a lot of freedom and unexpected possibilities in not planning out exactly what’s going to happen in advance; maybe we’ll be inspired to do something new that wouldn’t have occurred to us if we were focusing on reaching specific high goals. That’d be neat!

        Ha, I can imagine! Glad to hear you love it, though. That’s a great way to start a new year, loving your new look.

        Have a lovely 2017, yourself! ❤

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  2. Eurgh, hair, sigh, some of us don’t have hair to worry about or bother with! 😂

    Totally agree, December sucks, you’re not the only one glad it’s almost over!

    700 followers, congratulations, a great achievement as is the upcoming year Blogiversary to.😀

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  3. Happy 2017 Donna, I’m so happy for your achievements! Don’t worry, I’ve wanted to do yoga for years and I only managed to go for 2 months… This will be on my resolutions list too! Staying positive is not easy, it’s probably the hardest of all… but I hope this blog can contribute to that and that you keep enjoying your books and posts… It was a pleasure to e-meet you this year ❤

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    1. I had high hopes for The Gift, I am so happy it lived up to everything and more 🙂 On busy days it does feel like I’ve been blogging for years, haha! I hope you have a wonderful 2017! xxx

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  4. My book is on the list. 🙌 You know you’re killing me by already knowing what you think of the book and not seeing the rating or actual review. I can’t wait until the book tour when you have to spill. 🙂 You’re doing great, bestie! 2017 will be even better for you. Even the small things are big steps. Hugs. 🙂

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  5. Seems like you had a great year.Congratulations on all the milestones and the 700 followers.I like the sound of the new hair too,it does sound bold and I’m sure that you are rocking the new look.All the best in 2017.Have a wonderful new year 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂 The haircut was needed, less hair less worry, haha! I’m really happy we got to meet this year, you contributed to making 2016 better 🙂 I wish you the best for 2017!

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  6. Ahh wow!!!! Massive congrats on 700 followers!!!!! So well deserved and here’s to many, many more!!! Also I’m excited to read your review of Jill’s book!! And I’m excited to read it myself!! And well done in achieving so much in your personal and blogging life!!! And an especial well done for keeping the blog alive for a year- I think we all know how challenging blogs are (they always seemed to need to be fed and watered… gosh I’d be rubbish at keeping pets 😉 ) PS I bet your new hair is amazing!! Always wanted red hair, but I’m way to lazy (and a gazillion other things besides) to do anything about that!

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    1. Thank youuuuu!!!!! I’m the first surprised by this. I don’t know how it happened, haha. It feels weird because I only really interact with much less people! I can’t wait to share my thoughts on Jill’s book, it’s killing me to stay silent! Also, you need to read it sooooooon 😀
      I think the blog is what I am most proud of this year, I put all I had in it and I was rewarded with brilliant friendships and fantastic books 🙂
      Oh my, red hair is so time-consuming! and my bank account is also not so happy about the decision, hahaha. But I love it 😀

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  7. I love that you mentioned how every day you manage to win small victories ❤ That is something I can relate to on such a personal level. 2016 was not all bad, huh 😉 Good hair, good friends and some good moments. Happiest of New Years to you Donna. Thank you for being a part of my year!

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    1. Small victories are so important ❤ I know some poeple don't get why I'm happy when I manage to walk the dogs or spend the day baking or just studying a lot, but it takes so much energy for some people, while others don't even pay attention to it. I am happy my issues have made me aware of how those small things can make you happy 🙂 Yay for us taking pleasure in little moments of life! 2016 was so much better with you in it ❤ Here's to another year of fun with you!

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      1. Donna, you have nailed it for me! This illness has taught me a lot. And I am forever thankful that it has shown me to never take those little moments for granted. As hard as it has been, my life is better in some ways for it ❤ I am looking forward to seeing what we can get into going forward! *hugs*

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  8. Thank you for sharing your successes and works in progress with us… ❤ It's great to read you accomplished much and the books! 🙂 I can't wait for 2017 in your blog… Jillian's book review, Never Eat Yellow Snow and Karen Gray's books… Blum's and Gray's books seem like a step outside of the usual genre for you? 🙂
    Happy New Year! Wishing you all the bestest of the bestest and lost of happiness and peace! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for making my first year of blogging much better by your presence 🙂 ❤ Yep, lots of out-of-comfort-zone reads for me this year, I want to overcome all limits! Next step: take over the world, haha!
      Happy New Year my dear, I wish you all the best and more!! 🙂

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    1. Right back at you 🙂 It was wonderful to meet you, I can’t wait to discover all of the things you’ll share with us in 2017! I hope 2017 treats you well 🙂 xxx

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  9. Great recap for the end of this year Donna! It seems like you got through some amazing books this month and brought even more amazing ones. I’m definitely looking forwards to seeing your review for Jill’s book, it’s wonderful she’s put it out there and I hope you really enjoyed it as well.
    Congratulations on making it to 700 followers and reaching your Goodreads goal, also thanks for mentioned your first #SFATW package as well. I’m really glad you liked what I sent to you! 😀 ❤
    Here's hoping you have an amazing 2017 Donna! 😀

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    1. I was lucky to find exciting new books and read great stories indeed 🙂 Jill’s book falls into a genre I’m not used to reading but it was a great experience, I had lots of fun and discovered a yummy book boyfriend, haha!
      I’m glad we got to meet this year 🙂 Your package was perfect, I had to mention it!
      I wish you a wonderfully bookish 2017 🙂

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      1. That’s always wonderful isn’t it, finding new and amazing books to read. 🙂
        I’m glad you enjoyed Jill’s as well, despite it being a different genre you’re not used to, besides new book boyfriends are never a bad thing!
        I had a lot of fun with SFATW, and your package was amazing too! ❤
        Thanks Donna, happy 2017 to you too! 😀

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  10. Great reading and reviewing month, Donna ♥ And yayy for a haircut!! I really want to change my hair up but I just keep getting too lazy and haven’t made a hair appointment I really want to go a different colour like pink, but it’s so hard when you have dark hair because I can’t be bothered dealing with the bleaching process 😅

    You’ve done really well with your goals and blog!! Trying to be more positive is something I need to work on too.

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    1. Tell me about it! I’m a natural brunette so I kept hearing I couldn’t be a redhead, it took me a year to find a hairdresser to agree to try! And of course, I was right, as usual :p There are some nice easy and non-toxic bleach stuff now 😀
      I feel like being positive is gonna be a work in progress for my entire life!!

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  11. 11 new books to read and what a great choice. I looooved Pretty Girls and gave it 5 stars so can’t wait to see what you think of that one. It’s kind of gritty though ;-). You have some pretty great highlights too (bookish and personal ones).. You are doing great and better than me ;-). I still bite my nails, I hate going to the hairdresser (I’m a faux blonde btw) because they always want to talk and it’s NOT about books 😦 and I hate it because I never have anything else to tell them. Anyway, keep up the good work and you’ll have another great post by the end of 2017 ! Happy New Year!

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    1. I couldn’t resist Pretty Girls, I’ve heard so much about it! 🙂 It was a busy year, and writing those highlights lists made me realize it was not all bad! 🙂 Oh my, I hate talking at the hairdresser! I never know what to say, it leads to awkward silences and poor attempts at chitchat! That’s why I’m glad my hairdresser comes to my house every month because my mom does all the talking, hahaha!
      Happy new year, let’s have a great and bookish one!

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        1. I have a friend who is really truly and absolutely scared of the hairdresser for the same reason. She refuses to go and lets her hair go all wrong because of it. It’s a real pain to have to interact, haha!
          Let’s hope for great hair for 2017! :p

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  12. Wishing you a happy new year my sweechie! I hope you started the year great, and I am so proud of everything you have accomplished. No matter what people say, if English is where your love is, then do it, and I am sure you’ll succeed! So proud of you. Also, I recognize myself in a few of your resolutions, as I am a pessimistic person and a constant-worrier just as well. Let’s hope this gets better, haha 🙂

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    1. HAPPY NEW YEAR SWEECHIE!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for … well everything 😀 ❤ Is pessimism a French thing? :p Let's have a tiny bit less pessimistic year and lots of books and love! ❤

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  13. Congratulations on your first year of blogging completed!!! Definitely a wonderful achievement. Hopefully, PLENTY more to come! 😛 I also like the whole belief that you were born to have red hair hahaahh Can’t blame ya! Red is sexy. And it’s pretty cool that you changed majors even if you have peepz around you tell you that that ain’t cool. I do hope the best for you (and maybe see you around in Canada to teach folks some English in the near future! 😀 :D)

    – Lashaan

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    1. Thank you!! Haha, yeah, genetics went wrong but I’m a real redhead! :p Canada is high on my list of places to visit. I met some awesome Canadian folks when I was living in Japan and I’ve been dying to go, except when I’m threatened with maple syrup, haha.

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