Hello fellow bookworms 🎄 Happy new year!! I hope 2021 is a better year for all of us and brings us some peace 🙏 It’s so surreal that it’s already January again, I wasn’t at all ready for December and the end of the year. My mind was still stuck somewhere along the way in 2020 😱 My favorite time of the year wasn’t as festive this year with everything going on, but there were still some good things happening as well, the biggest being Christmas and my (kind of) winter break! ❄
I also decided to do my big exam hiatus from February to Mid March, as this is when I’ll be studying hard for my finals and doing my last assignments. Otherwise, I decided to not be on hiatus anymore, as I feel like I cannot 100% go back to doing as much as I did before. My Master’s Program is much harder than my Bachelor’s Program, so it’s a new situation for me. I’ll still be active on the blog, but I cannot promise 2 posts per week all the time. I’ll be posting as much as possible and blog hopping when I have time, but please be patient if it takes me a bit longer. I’ll be blogging as it relaxes me so much and is it’s own type of self care ❤
- Carrds to check out if you want to educate yourself & help out
- #RescuePH: Help the Filipinos who were affected of the Typhoon Rolly & Ulysses
- BLM 2020 Resources Spreadsheet
- BLM Resources Masterlist
🔄 = Reread 💌 = Library Books 🌈 = Here and Queerathon
🐯 = #YARC2020 ✨= #StartOnYourShelfathon ⌛ = Digital Arc
I read 13 books in December, which I was surprised by as I still had lots of work to do for university. I hope this means that I’m slowly adjusting to the workload and finding my calm moments to just enjoy reading 🙏 I’d say that I had a good reading month and finished 2020 with a bang, especially as I read many festive books and participated in 2 festive Readathons: the Tistheseasonathon and Reindeer Readathon 🎄 Being excited for my seasonal Christmas/Winter reading definitely helped to keep me motivated and inspired to read. I also got a lot better at unwinding before bed by reading, which had been hard for me in November 🎉 There were sadly two disappointments this month – one a book that I was really looking forward to reading – but I also reread a ton of favorite books and discovered new ones! I still have a lot of reviews to catch up on, as between my uni work and doing blog work I haven’t had time to write them 😅 Nevertheless, I’m ready to dive into some new books in 2021!
I read 2 books out of my comfort zone this month. Not really that much but overall I read over 50 books outside of my comfort zone in 2020, so I’m still happy with my progress! Both books were new adult romances and didn’t really blow me away. While Booked for Christmas was enjoyable, Wrapped Up in You sadly didn’t work for me 😔
Booked for Christmas (Lily Menon) ⭐⭐⭐.5 ✨🐯
Wrapped Up in You (Talia Hibbert) ⭐⭐.5 💌🎧
1. Let It Snow (Green, Myracle & Johnson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 🔄
2. A Boy Called Christmas (Lily Menon) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 ➽ RTC!
3. Booked for Christmas (Lily Menon) ⭐⭐⭐.5 ✨🐯 ➽ Review
4. This Winter (Alice Oseman) ⭐⭐⭐.5 💌🌈 ➽ Review
5. Memento (Kaufman & Kristoff) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 ➽ RTC!
6. My True Love Gave to Me (Anthology) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🔄
7. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🔄
8. Snow in Love (Stone, Friedman, De La Cruz, West) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 🔄
9. The Christmasaurus (Tom Flechter) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 ➽ RTC!
10. Heartstopper Vol 1. (Alice Oseman) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🔄
11. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (Karina Yan Glaser) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 ➽ RTC!
12. One Way or Another (Kara McDowell) ⭐⭐.5 💌 ➽ RTC!
13. Wrapped Up in You (Talia Hibbert) ⭐⭐.5 💌 🎧 ➽ Review
For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!
- Winter book & movie recommendations & Participating in 2 holiday readathons & Fantasy winter retreat book tag (Alison @ antarireads)
- September to December Wrap-Up // Catching Up On Everything That’s Happened Since My Hiatus (Ash @ starlightstrands)
- 10 New Authors I Love That I Discovered in 2020! (Cait @ paperfury)
- My Most Anticipated 2021 Releases // Asian Books & Sapphics Are Coming to Save the 20s (Caitlin @ caitlinalthea)
- What’s this? An actual, real life update post & wrap-up?? (Destiny @ howlinglibraries)
- My Favourite Books of 2020 | Ending on a good note (Emme @ aliterarylatte)
- 2020 in Review & 2021 Goals & The End of the Year Book Tag: 2020 Edition & 2021 Ultimate Book Blogger / Reader Spreadsheet Template (Kal @ readervoracious)
- My Top 20 (ongoing) TV Shows of 2020 (Kat @ lifeandotherdisasters)
- Keeping it Reel: My Top 10 Movies and Shows of 2020 (Kat @ novelsandwaffles)
- Books I want to pick up before the end of 2020 & Bloggers, booktubers, and readers share the books that improved our 2020 (Kate @ readingthroughinfinity)
- The anti-TBR tag! & my favorite reads of 2020! (Lais @ thebookishskies)
- Sprinkles of Dreams Author Feature // Debut Authors & Writers to Watch (& Love) (Lily @ sprinklesofdreams)
- Time Management as a Book Blogger: my Top 5 Tips & 10 underrated ya contemporary books to add to your TBR & 2020, the year in books (Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks)
- How many of my anticipated 2020 releases did I read? (+ more 2020 books on my TBR) & Anticipated 2021 book releases (January-April) & 2020 in hindsight: more favorites + reading stats (Margaret @ weirdzeal)
- 12 Books, 12 Friends: TBR of Friend-Recommended Books to Read in 2021! & 75+ 2021 Books Releasing January through June to Get Excited For! (May @ foreverandeverly)
- 2020 recap: nonbookish & 2020 recap: books (Morgan @ morganisreadingagain)
- November Wrap-up: Books Read & Readathon Updates & 2020 Reading Wrap-up: Reading Stats + How Did I Do With my 2020 Reading Challenges? (Pauliina @ bookaholicdreamer)
- The 2020 End of Year Book Survey ft. Recapping The Year And Talking About My Favourite Books… And Worst Reads (Rhi @ marshmallowharmonies)
- RUBY’S BOOK CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE // a smol list of books that would make great presents this holiday season& MOVIES TO WATCH THIS CHRISTMAS WHILE YOU’RE STUCK AT HOME // distracting yourself part 3: a short list of my favourite (kinda) Christmas-y movies (Ruby @ Ruby Rae Reads)
- Six of Crows Is Not the Only Book in the World (Sage @ sageshelves)
- Free Database: 2021 Asian-Authored Books (Shealea @ shutupshealea)
- Favorite 2020 New-to-Me Authors 🖋 & 2020 Surprises & Disappointments ⚡️ & Exciting Bookish Project! | Creating a Definitive Book Blogger List 📢 (Sofii @ abookathought)
- Hey it’s been a while | a honest chat about blogging and going forward & 60 Anticipated 2021 Book Releases & A Blogger Of All Genres ?!?! | Out Of Your Comfort Zone Readathon Wrap-Up (Sophie @ Me&Ink)
- Where I’ve Been & Life Update (Sophie @ sophiexli)
- 25 Sequels I Want To Read Before I’m 25 &A Reflection on Our Year, ft. Life, Blogging, Reading & The Best Books We Read In 2020: Adult Edition & Our 2020 Challenges Wrap Up (Sabrina & Veronika @ wordyandwhimsical)
- 2020 Favorites (Swetlana @ thecaffeinatedbookwormlife)
- Small Things in Life Readathon // Finding the good things in 2020 & Favorite Blog Posts I’ve Written // Looking back through 7 years of blogging (Tasya @ theliteraryhuntress)
Work, work, work & not much festiveness 😴 December was so busy to me and I definitely felt that my Master’s course had a much bigger workload than I was used to. Online School didn’t help with this, as working through our lectures on my own and then doing more work afterwards took a lot out of me. As glad as I am not to have in-person classes right now, it was still challenging to spend so much time alone and working inside all day. That was why I started taking walks (see below) and also tried to meet up with a few classmates individually for walks outside. This was a bit harder as everyone was so busy as well, which I got, but also difficult for me as I live alone unlike the majority of the students. Of course I phoned my family and chatted with friends, but being by myself a lot got a bit tiring after a while, as it also meant I got swept up in doing work. I’m still glad that I moved and have my own space, but by the time my winter break started coming near, I was tired of working all day and not seeing anybody. I also didn’t feel much festive despite my efforts to rewatch my favorite movies and create a cozy atmosphere. This year was just so weird and difficult, it was hard to feel the usual wonder I have around this time. I know this isn’t the end of the world, but I was actually looking forward to feeling a bit better in December like I usually do.
Going Home for Christmas & Winter Break 🎄 I was fortunate enough to go home for Christmas and my Winter Break, which I know wasn’t possible for everyone. I wasn’t meeting up with anyone the week before I went back home and got picked up by my parents the week before Christmas. We spend the holidays with my Grandma who lives with us in the house but of course stayed home and didn’t visit any extended family. It was a quite and nice Christmas full of reflections and being grateful that we were all still here at the end of the year 🙏 It was honestly so nice to spend so much time with my family again, though I sadly had to work a bit as well after Christmas as I had presentations coming up and exercise questions to do. Still, I took it more slowly as I knew I needed to recharge during this break in order to be rested for the end of the semester.
- (Re)watching Christmas Movies 🎅 I’m not a movie person at all, except when it comes to Christmas movies! I rewatched my favorites and it put me at least a little bit into a festive mood 🥰 I also watched The Princess Switch 2 and Christmas Chronicles 2 with my friend Sandra 💕
- I started to take a walk every day 🎄 This proved to be such an important part of my day, as I need a bit of movement and something to clear my mind after sitting inside all day. The Virus and Online Classes have me inside my flat all the time, so I always took a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood to recharge my batteries and unwind from work. I used to find walks boring, but now they provided me with an outline and having a few routes planned helped me so much 🥰
- Getting into doing crosswords 📝 I didn’t find any new hobbies in quarantine but in the end of the year I really got into crosswords. My grandma loves doing them and when I tried one, I found that it was so much fun while still being challenging! It’s the perfect combination to keep my brain busy 😄
- SNOW SNOW SNOW!!!!!!!!! There was snow for 12 days this year and it was the most magical thing ever! I moved to a town where it’s more likely to snow for university, and yet I was still surprised by how much snow we got. I cannot remember the last time I had this much snow. As someone who adores snow this made me very happy and I took a walk in my own Winter Wonderland every day 🥺❄
It’s the new year!! 🎆 There’s something so nice about a clean slate, even though the problems of the past year don’t naturally disappear. I’ve already started my classes again by the time you’re reading this and hope to do some of the assignments so I can focus on studying for my exams soon (which are at the end of February to Mid March). But I also hope to enjoy January as it’ll be a lot quieter than the upcoming months! I also want to stick to my resolutions and make time to care for myself and not let the stress take over. That’s easier said than done, but 2021 is the year of taking my mental and physical health more seriously 🌷 As for reading, I’ve got a few books I’d love to read and will be focusing on making time to enjoy them alongside my work. I want to be extra careful to read when I feel like it in 2021 without adding any pressure, so idk when I’ll do another Readathon, probably after my exams. Yet I’ve joined some 2021 Reading Challenges, which you’ll get to see very soon 🥰
- Dead Voices (Katherine Arden) ✨
- Network Effect (Martha Wells) 💗💌
- Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead) 🔄 (St. Vladimir’s Readalong)
What were you up to in December? What was your favorite book this month? I hope you’re staying safe 🎄