Hi everybody, and welcome to my December wrap up.
HOW ARE WE 2023 ALREADY? I could have sworn that 2022 just started like yesterday… But anyway, despite the time having gotten away from me, I’m also so ready for a new year! But first, let’s recap everything I read, listened to and watched in December, shall we?
Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop
I’m finally continuing The Others series and so far, I’m loving it! It’s a slower fantasy with a lot of emphasis on the different characters and their growth and I love that. There’s also a wonderful found family aspect that I’m highly enjoying.
Rating: 4,5 stars
A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
I’ve been wanting to read some holiday romances this year, and this was one that stood out to me because of it’s unique and spicy concept: a porn star being cast in a Christmas movie. This was quite the steamy read, but it was also fun and heartfelt and touched on so many important issues so I have to say I really enjoyed it!
Rating: 4 stars
A Light in the Flame (Flesh and Fire #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Though I enjoyed the Blood and Ash series so far, and A Shadow in the Ember (the first book in this series), I have to say I struggled to get through this one. The first 50-60% is really slow and not a lot happened (except sex and thoughts of sex, which can be fine, but for me personally it was a bit much here). Luckily, the last 40-50% really picked up and made me want to keep continuing with the series.
Rating: 3,5 stars
Ninth House (Alex Stern #) by Leigh Bardugo (Re-Read)
With Hell Bent releasing next month, I was due for a re-read of Ninth House. This was one of my favorite reads upon first read and I’m happy to say I still adored it! Now I’m even more excited for the sequel and hopefully finding out what happened to Darlington (please be okay).
Rating: 5 stars
Lovelight Farms (Lovelight #1) by B.K. Borison
This was an adorable romance that hit all the right spots for me: fake dating, friends-to-lovers, a Christmas tree farm and fun secondary characters (who are the main characters in the next books in this series). I highly enjoyed it!
Rating: 4 stars
More Than A Little Warped (The Guild Codex: Warped #3.5) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen
Ending the year with an Annette Marie book seemed fitting for me. Now, normally I’m not really into novellas, and as such I was a bit hesitant about this one. But then I was reminded by how much I LOVE Kit and his humor from the very first page and I was drawn in once more. So excited for his next full-novel adventure now!
Rating: 4 stars
Top Ten Tuesday
Can’t Wait Wednesday
Quote It Wednesday
Something Different Sunday
In December I mostly listened to these two girl-fronted power bands because both had new songs and both are amazing.
Against the Current – Blindfolded
Against the Current is on of my favorite bands and their new song was another bop.
Paramore – The News
Falling For Christmas
I was in the mood to watch a nice, cheesy, predictable Christmas movie and Falling For Christmas fit the bill perfectly! The story about a wealthy heiress losing her memory during an accident and being taken care off by a single dad in his cozy little hotel featured all of the Christmas tropes I needed and I highly enjoyed it. Also, I was really happy to watch Lindsay Lohan on the screen again.
STILL MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE! Yes, this was a rewatch because I saw the movie wouldn’t be available on Netflix for much longer (boo!) and I still loved everything about it so much.
Emily in Paris (Season 3)
I know this show gets a lot of hate, but honestly I love it! It’s filled with drama, yes. The characters make really terrible decisions all the time, yes. A lot of things are unbelievable, yes. BUT I CAN’T HELP IT, IT’S SO ADDICTIVE! And I’m still really, really invested in the Emily-Gabriel romance!
December was basically a big two-parter: the big stressy, blurry lead-up to the Holidays (work stress, rushing to get presents, preparing for the Holidays) and the big climax: the Holidays and a week off that was super relaxing. I’ve been struggling a bit the last few months (always do in the dark winter months), and I haven’t been reading as much as usual (always an indication something’s off for me), but my week off really helped (and most of the books read this month were actually read this week). Also, I of course had a great time with family during Christmas and I definitely enjoy that too.
Things that made me happy this month:
- We had a lovely team day at work to celebrate the end of the year: we did a chocolate workshop were we made our own pralines (I’m happy to say they tasted great), had a lovely lunch and did an escape room (I’m happy to say we got out with 3 minutes to spare).
- Had a nice dinner with my BFF.
- Celebrated Christmas with my family.
- A week off that was a little productive (got the car to the garage and passed the yearly control so I’m good for another year) but mostly very relaxing (lots of reading, blogging and TV)
THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
- A new year!
- HELL BENT by Leigh Bardugo
- MYSTERIES OF THORN MANOR by Margaret Rogerson