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.
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
Plaid and Plagiarism, Molly MacRae
Delete, Karl Olsberg
Don’t Tell Anyone, Eleanor Gray
Review coming up next week
The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir
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
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!
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!
Congratulations to Louise Jensen for a riveting second book that received lots of praise!
This Week In books
- This Week in Books (December 7th 2016)
- This Week In Books (December 21st 2016)
- This Week In Books (December 28th 2016)
Hype or Like Friday
- Hype or Like Friday: Pleasant Surprise – What books did you read in 2016 that you weren’t expecting much from but ending up completely loving?
- Hype or Like Friday: Best Reads of 2016
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.
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!