Month in Review // Christmas is Over Thank Fuck – December

Christmas is officially done and dusted and honestly, I am so fucking thankful. 

I loved Christmas day but the days leading up to Christmas? I’m good thanks, can I get Christmas without them next year?

Between the chaos that is Christmas and the extra shifts at work (plus a month-long convoluted promotion) and no longer having a best friend, because of course, I am ready to disappear for at least a year.

Sadly I can’t do that so here we are to discuss my month!

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December

books

Reading Status Format Rep

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Month’s TBR

I didn’t set one!

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Read

to all the boys ive loved before.jpgLady Mary│Lucy Worsley │✅│📥💚│★★★│Read Dec 18│🧠│
This was fine??? A little boring, but I actually didn’t mind the MC and was surprised that I got through it? Maybe only having to read it in 30 minutes spurts while I was exercising did this book, and me, a favour. 

The Monsters We Deserve│Marcus Sedgewick │✅│📥💚│★★★│Read Dec 27│
This was confusing but I liked it??? Convinced me to read Frankenstein though!

Book of the Month

│To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before│To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before│Jenny Han│✅🚫➡️🔜│📖│★★★★│Read Dec 26│🏳️‍🌈🔆│
This was so stinking cute! I think I might like the film a little better but this was still a very good read and I look forward to the rest of the books in the series! 

Look at all those books.

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Listen, December was tough, take pity on me, please.

December│ARC: 2Owned: 1│Library Loans: 0│Reread: 0│Diversity: 2/3│Average Rating: 3.5★’s│

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Haul

I was too busy to buy books!

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Film & TV

Month’s TBW

Charmed│Season 1│✅│

Drag Race All Stars│Season 4│✅│

Boy Erased│✅│

Robin Hood│✅│

Widows│✅│

The Grinch│✅│

Wreck-It Ralph│❓│

Ralph Breaks the Internet│❌│

Elf│✅│

How The Grinch Stole Christmas│✅│

Ratatouille│❌│

Buzzfeed Unsolved│❓│

I actually got through Charmed very quickly and I have no idea how???

All Stars 4 has only just started but I’m already up to date!

I kind of watched Wreck-It Ralph and by kind of I put it on and sort of paid attention. Oops.

I was planning on seeing Ralph breaks the internet with my nephews but they want to see Bumblebee instead so I guess I’ll watch it next month!

I didn’t watch Ratatouille because I didn’t end up having a movie day with my (now ex?) best friend.

And I don’t think I’ve watched any Buzzfeed Unsolved but I don’t think there has been any new episodes?

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Watched

Charmed│Season 1│📺│1998│💭Constance M. Burge│🌟Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause│
Fave Sister: Isn’t everyone’s Phoebe??
So much nostalgia attached to this series! I loved it!

Drag Race All Stars│Season 4│📺│2012│💭 RuPaul│🌟RuPaul, Michelle Visage│
Fave One-liner This Season: “Yeah, well some of us don’t have to force story-lines to get air time” -Farrah Moan.
I am living.

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Boy Erased│🎥│2018│🎬Joel Edgerton│🌟Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton│
Fave Character: Gary & Cameron

This was soooo good and I cried.

Robin Hood│🎥│2018│🎬 Otto Bathurst│🌟 Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn │
Fave Part: I loved all of it! 
I kind of wasn’t expecting what I got from this?? But I loved it. Big on revolution and I was all for it.

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Widows│🎥│2018│🎬Steve McQueen│🌟Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki│
Fave Character: 
Veronica: [to her gang] Now the best thing we have going for us, is being who we are.
Alice: Why ?
Veronica: Because no-one thinks we have the balls to pull this off.
I hated it. That’s harsh, I didn’t hate it. I was just confused literally the whole time.

The Grinch│🎥│2018│🎬Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier│🌟Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones│
Fave Character: Cindy-Lou

I went and saw this with my sister and it was good, not How The Grinch Stole Christmas good but still alright.

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Wreck-It Ralph│🎥│2012│🎬Rich Moore│🌟John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch│
Fave Character: Vanellope

I put this on for me and mum to watch and neither of us paid any attention. Sometimes we’re just not in the right head space for a movie.

Elf│🎥│2003│🎬Jon Favreau│🌟Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart│
Fave Scene: When Buddy eats the cotton balls.  

I watched this with my sister for the first time and I really enjoyed it!

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Hannibal│Season 1│📺│2013│💭 Bryan Fuller│🌟 Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas│★★★★
Fave Part: That everyone is unknowingly eating human meat. 

I’m really enjoying this so far!

The Holiday│🎥│2006│🎬 Nancy Meyers│🌟 Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law │★★★★│
Fave Line: “You’re supposed to be the leading lady in your own life, for God’s sake!”

I forgot how much I like this movie! 

the holiday leading lady

Bumblebee│🎥│2008│🎬 Travis Knight│🌟 Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena │?
I’m also seeing Bumblebee tomorrow but this is going up early so I’ve got no star rating yet.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas│🎥│2000│🎬Ron Howard│🌟Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley│
Fave Part: All of it. 

The ultimate Christmas movie, fight me about it. I watch it every year and this year I watched it with my sister!

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Youtube

Meghan Rienks│💻│★★★★★
Fave Video: 
YULE LOG ∙| baking with meghan |∙ BAKEMAS DAY 1
I stan one (1) ADHD baking blonde. 

Lily Marston│💻│★★★★★
Fave Video: 
Dressing Up As Each Other ft. KELSEY DARRAGH
Since the whole Defy Media debacle, I’ve been watching a lot of the old hosts’ videos to support them! I’ve always really loved Lily and her laid-back attitude and disaster vibes.

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Music

│Camila Cabello│She Loves Control│Consequences│Into It│Something’s Gotta Give│Inside Out│In the Dark│

│Madison Beer│Say It To My Face│Dead│HeartLess│Hurts Like Hell (Feat. Offset)│

│Halsey│Without Me│

│Little Mix│Joan of Arc│Monster in Me

│The Greatest Showman Reimagined│Never Enough (Kelly Clarkson)│This Is Me (Kesha)│Rewrite the Stars (James Arthur & Anne-Marie)│

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Podcasts

My Favorite Murder│🎙 Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark│★★★★★│
Fave Quotes: “The devil made me do bad math”, “All I wanna talk about at parties is horrible, terrible things”, “He’s polite, he’s charming, and he’s calm, just like any good psychopath would be”, “It’s always raining inside of me”
Fave Episode: Of recent, 145 – Live at the Mircosoft Theater in Los Angeles. They did a show for 7000 people for Halloween!
Uhhhh Guys they had Cameron Britton AKA Mindhunter’s Ed Kemper on to tell his Hometown on the Halloween Live Show!!!!!

Unsung Sluts│🎙 Stacie Rasmussen, Tabitha Davis│★★★★★│
Fave Quote: “If you can’t beat them, lead them.
Fave Episode: Episode 12 – Witches and Banshees

History is Gay│🎙 Gretchen Ellis, Leigh Pfeffer│★★★★★│
Fave episode: Episode 8: Nazi Punks F**k Off, Pt 1: Magnus Hirschfeld & Episode 17: He’s a Real Wilde One (Oscar Wilde)

│Do You Need a Ride│🎙 Karen Kilgariss, Chris Fairbanks│★★★★☆
This is a new one I’ve just started listening to and so far so good!

88 Cups of Tea│🎙 Yin Chang│★★★★☆
Fave part: 
Learning that Victoria Schwab is a top shelf gay.
Fave Episode: V.E. SCHWAB: Bonus Full Episode
Guys that episode is over three hours long!
This podcast is for every author ever, aspiring or otherwise! 

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Use Your Words Highlights

Book Review // Girl Made of Stars – I Am Broken

Bookish Bits // Library Love – 2018

Grey Watches // Give Jim Cary or Nothing – How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Grey Watches // I Love Stupid Funny – Elf

Grey Watches // I Hate It So Much I Love It – A Christmas Prince

Grey Watches // It Has To Be A Shit Show – A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

Grey Watches // I Wanna Bone Jude Law and Kate Winslet – The Holiday

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Blogosphere Highlights

│Destiny @ Howling LibrariesANNOUNCEMENT: LATE-A-THON!

│Krystin @ Here’s The Fucking TwistBooknerd Wednesday: My Holiday Wishlist!

│Elise @ The Bookish ActressTHE LEGACIES WE CHOOSE TO LEAVE

│Jamieson @ JamishelvesT5W: BOOKS TO GIVE TO SAGITTARIUS PEOPLE

│Aurora @ Aurora LibrialisThe Most Beautiful Books of 2018 

│Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm LifeBloggers Recommend Their Favorite Books Part 1 // Blogmas Day 8Bloggers Recommend Their Favorite Books Part 2 // Blogmas Day 17Reacting To Popular Books You Guys Won’t Read // Blogmas Day 19

│Marija @ Inside My Library MindThe Ultimate Character Reading List feat. Blogging FriendsCharacter Reading ListsArya Stark’s Reading ListHermione Granger’s Reading ListNina Zenik’s Reading ListRonan Lynch’s Reading List

│Vicky @ Vicky Who ReadsThe Double Standard Applied to POC in the Book CommunityFavorite Feel-Good Reads, Why They’re Important, & Life Updates!

│May @ Forever and EverlyTo All the Books that Emotionally Wrecked Me This Year & Why I Cried Over More Books in 2018 than Ever Before

│Taryn @ Taryn and Her BooksON CONSUMERISM IN THE BOOK COMMUNITY & MY 2019 BUYING BAN | DISCUSSION

│Ashley @ The Infinite LibraryLet’s Talk: About Sex, Baby…in YA Fiction (Part 1)

│Sofia @Bookish Wandress6 Diverse YA Contemporaries That You Should Read: 2018 Edition

│Natasha @Sapphic SolaceDiscussion: The I realised I Was Queer Because of You Trope, Why I Love It, and Some of My Favourite Examples

│Lily @ Sprinkle of DreamsBookish Musings & Discussion Time // “How Objective are ARC Reviews?” by Vicky Who Reads

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Month’s Goals

☁️ Try and post 4 times a week like I have been! ✅

☁️ I wanna try audiobooks again??? ❌

☁️ No Borrowing library books unless they’re holds or audiobooks ✅

☁️ Continue going on walks 4-5 times a week. 3 at the very least! ✅

☁️ Keep up with Bullet Journal because it actually helps me get shit done and be less of a mess. ❌

☁️ Try not to eat loads of takeaway, even though I’m gonna be super busy and tired, unless unavoidable. ❓

☁️ Make one of Chrissy Teigen’s recipes because they look Bomb af

I mostly kept up with my blogging schedule!

I didn’t find an audiobook I wanted to read available from my library so I just didn’t listen to any. Plus I’m annoyed at myself because Audible had like a 3 months free trial thing happening and I forgot to sign up until the day after the promotion ended. Also from what I hear the American Audible is better so I don’t know if maybe I should sign up for that one?? I know when I was signed up, I was with the UK one because it was better but I don’t know if they let you do that anymore? If anyone can help me I’d really appreciate it! Also, $17 a month is just a lot of month to me.

I haven’t been to the library unless it was to return books!

I realised that the Bullet Journaling gives me too much power!
Here’s the thing, I like things to be customisable because I work out what I want and get angry when I can’t do things that way. Unfortunately, I think Bullet Journals are too customisable for me and isn’t really working?? I don’t know. I’m going to look into other diaries for the new year and see if I can find something that fits me better.

I did eat more takeaway than last month so that’s not great but I also didn’t eat more than I used to so that’s good and what I did eat of it were mostly small things. Still not great though!

I Did Things

I went to the movies with my mum twice this month!

I also went to the movies with my sister which was good! Then we came home and watched Christmas movies together and things got a little emotional and there was a little miscommunication but we worked it out and I’m hoping that we spend some more time together in the coming weeks.

My mum and I babysat my Nephew this month as well and it was so much fun. He’s such an easy baby! Literally, you can sit him on the couch and he’ll bounce himself off the back of the lounge for hours. He put himself to sleep doing it. Twice.

He’s very cute!

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I hope y’all had a great month to end 2018 on!

What did you do this month?
What did you read?
What did you watch?
What posts did you write that you’re super proud of?

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12 thoughts on “Month in Review // Christmas is Over Thank Fuck – December

  1. Thank you so much for the shout-out, love!

    I’m so sorry about your (ex) friend. 😦 I swear, friendship breakups are some of the worst ones in the world. I hope that she comes around and you guys can make it past this, but if not, it sounds like you’re better off without her and it’s all her loss, anyways. Hugs ♥

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    1. My pleasure!

      Thank you, friendship breakups are always what hit me the hardest! And I have had more than my fair share of them.

      She might come around but I don’t know if I can now, that’s a pretty big red flag for me that she wont be able to keep up with the changes to come. I’ve made peace with it now so its time to just focus on looking after myself. Thank you ♥

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    1. It’s sooooo good! I have so many memories of ‘playing charmed’ when I was a kid with my friends and we were probably all far too young to be watching charmed at all ahah

      No worries lovely!

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  2. Aww, thank you so much for linking up my posts (and my guest post on Lily’s blog!) I’m sorry about your best friend–that really sucks and I hope you make sure to take care of yourself! But yay for reading and watching so many amazing things–sounds like you had a busy month!

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    1. You make it too easy to give you shoutouts! My struggle each month is always deciding which of your posts to share!

      Thank you, I’m really putting my efforts into self care this year and figuring out a good balance to keep me at my healthiest (physically and mentally).

      This month was crazy but for the most part it was really great! hope you had a great month too!

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