So I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to start doing monthly wrap-ups on the blog but have eventually decided that in an effort to keep my blog more organised, to keep on top of challenges and to do a nice re-cap of the month for you all, that I would do them :-). Therefore, this post will be set out like my weekly highlights post, split into headings in an attempt to keep everything organised easily :D
Happy New Year All!
I hope you all had a nice evening last night and are looking forward to the new year. I know I’m ready to start “fresh”!
So, I’m still in a little shock that December has already come and gone. Like, seriously, where did the month even disappear off to? I know this month was bad for me when it came to posting on the blog but it was just REALLY busy. Probably busier than all the months leading up to it and they were busy enough! January may also be a busy month for me but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things here and at least post one review every week.
I posted ONE review this month;
Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle (FOUR HEARTS)
I told you my top ten of 2013 and my top five anticipated reads of 2014.
I admitted to not being a particularly festive person, but did tell you what I do like about this holiday season. Read more about that here.
I listed my top twelve christmas movies, do you agree with these choices?
I did the end-of-year survey and summed up my year of reading with some of my favourite books, characters and quotes! Find out more here!
I went to Winter Wonderland for the first time this year with Caitlin from The Cait Files and Stacey from Pretty Books. It was a wonderful experience that I’m glad I got to enjoy with my bookish friends.
I also went and saw Matilda the Musical with Caitlin, Stacey, Debbie (Snuggling on the Sofa), and Daphne (Winged Reviews). It was a stunning performance and ten times better than I ever expected. Again, so glad I got to share this experience with these guys!
Finally, I had a lovely cream tea with Debbie, Daphne and Caroline (Big Book, Little Book) where we spoke about books and Christmas and just general stuff but it was awesome and tasty and I can’t wait to do something similar again!
I read eight books this month – which is more than I thought I would considering how busy I’ve been so I’m happy with that!
I didn’t make my Goodreads challenge, nor my second challenge to read 100 books, but I’m okay with that.
I really struggled to choose my favourite book this month because I read two amazing books that really competed with each other to be the best but I decided to go with this one because it was from a new-to-me author and I’ve hailed the praises of Brigid Kemmerer and Secret everywhere else. Fangirl is a book that I loved from the first moment I started reading it. Cath was a character I could easily relate to and someone that I just understood in so many ways. The story was something I could have imagined happening to me because so many of the things that happened did. I connected to this story in a way I haven’t with any other book and I hope that it gives guidance to those starting uni in the same position, and helps others to accept themselves for themselves. A full review of this book will come later but just know that it has, and always will have, a very special place in my heart.
A-Z Book Challenge; I read J. I did not manage to complete this challenge.
British Books Challenge; I read one book; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling. I completed this challenge.
Mystery/Crime Challenge; I read no books. I completed this challenge.
TBR Pile Challenge; I read three books; Splintered by A. G. Howard, Just One Day by Gayle Forman and Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle. I did not complete this challenge.
Witches/Witchcraft Challenge; I read one book; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling. I completed this challenge.
Genre Variety Challenge; I read Adventure. I completed this challenge.
And that concludes my month!