May’s Moments of the Month: December // It’s Now 2018 & I’m Not Okay + an Actually Somewhat Successful December??

Today marks the FIRST DAY OF 2018.

I’m ??? fine ????? I mean I’m not saying I’m freaking out, but I’m freaking out????

It literally feels like it was just YESTERDAY that it was 2017.

(Yes, I did just make that joke. Yes, I will leave now.)

To be honest, 2017 was a pretty good year!! Of course, it had its ups and downs like all years do, but I was introduced to so many things & people and I’ll always appreciate that.

December was a pretty GREAT month, despite the stress to read 100 books (which I managed)!!! School was off, I took a nice long break from writing, and I’m slowly climbing my way out of my reading slump.

mmm reading

I read 9 books this month and I can confidently say that I’m slowly getting out of my slump! Of course, one of those books was one I’d spent reading for two weeks in November and finished in December, and two books were poetry, and one was a webcomic… BUT THEY STILL COUNT.

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click on the covers & titles to get to the Goodreads page,
and click on the star rating to read my review!

Renegades (Renegades, #1)  Emmy & Oliver  The Hearts We Sold
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)  The Sun and Her Flowers  Heartstopper
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)  Depression & Other Magic Tricks  Wild Beauty

  • Renegades Marissa Meyer // So I DIDN’T finish this in November as I expected (I finished December 1 okay), and it sucked. It was SO slow & boring and very “meh”. Originally rated 2.5 stars, then 1.5 stars, then 2 stars for the gay dads. ★★☆☆☆
  • Emmy & Oliver Robin Benway // So despite my hesitancy to like this, it was actually somewhat GOOD??? It was cute and fluffy, but also tackled themes of identity, friendship, and love. ★★★★☆
  • The Hearts We Sold Emily Lloyd-Jones // This was SUCH a good book??? It was a little too slow for my taste, but the character development & writing was beautiful, AND THE ENDING RUINED ME. I’M DEAD. ★★★★☆ [3.5 stars]
  • We Now Return to Regular Life Martin Wilson // DNF // I was looking forward to the gay but 1) it was annoying, 2) everything was dumped on me, and 3) apparently there is approximately 1.5 seconds of gay so I’m out
  • Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo // REREAD // I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH AND YOU EVER LOVED ME YOU ALL WILL GO READ THIS RIGHT NOW IT HAS THE BEST CHARACTERS AND THE BEST WRITING AND PLOT JFLS;JAFLSDJFLASD ★★★★★
  • The Sun and Her Flowers Rupi Kaur // I didn’t like this as much as I liked Milk and Honey, surprisingly, but the messages were still beautiful and well-written. I sometimes thought M&H was too short, but this was too long. ★★★☆☆
  • Heartstopper Alice Oseman // This is an ongoing webcomic, which you can read here or here, and it’s SO PURE and fluffy and cute and I just love it??? Nick & Charlie are the cutest together uggghh MY GAY HEART. ★★★★★
  • Crooked Kingdom Leigh Bardugo // REREAD // I ALSO LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH AND THERE’S SO MUCH GOOD CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT™ AND THIS TIME I TEARED UP MULTIPLE TIMES PLEASE GO READ THIS SERIES ★★★★★
  • Depression & Other Magic Tricks Sabrina Benaim // I loved the messages in this, and some individual lines were beautiful, but the way that a lot of the poems were formatted annoyed me??? And it wasconfusing???? ★★☆☆☆
  • Wild Beauty Anna-Marie McLemore // Anna-Marie has one of the most beautiful writing voices—her prose is so gorgeous. This was a character-driven, beautiful story of love & family. SO SO GOOD. ★★★★★ [4.5 stars]

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library haul?

lib haul dec

  • Dear Martin Nic Stone // I’m SO SO excited to read this one, because I’ve heard amazing things about it!! Plus it’s said that it’s similar to The Hate U Give, and as I LOVED that one, I’m sure I’ll love this one.
  • All the Crooked Saints Maggie Stiefvater // So this one is a VERY controversial one in the bookish community, so I’m not sure how much I’ll enjoy it?? But hey it’s pretty short so I’ll read it.
  • Finnikin of the Rock Melina Marchetta // [not pictured because it’s UGLY] I didn’t get another book from this author as I promised (other) May, so I got this one instead. I’m… not excited.

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book haul?

haul dec

I got a total of SEVEN BOOKS this month and I couldn’t be happier!!! Three were from my family, three were from Ju, and one was from Diverse Book Bridge (which is an extremely awesome organization that tries to get ARCs/books to underrepresented reviewers!!)

Also?? Remember when I told you in my last recap that I ordered 3 books from Book Outlet??? So I lied and didn’t actually do that, but that’s okay because I’m broke.

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favorite book of the month?

Y’all probably know what I’m going to say here: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Those are some of my favorite books EVER—the characters & their arcs are AMAZING, the plot is so well thought-out, and the pacing is just right. Leigh Bardugo is honestly a genius???

And I barely reread any books in general. But I want to REREAD THESE BOOKS ALL OVER AGAIN.

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disappointment of the month?

I had a pretty good reading month overall, I think!! Which is really great because the past few months, the books I read were NOT good. My biggest disappointment would probably Renegades (like last month when I THOUGHT I could finish).

Y’all, it took till after page 250 for THINGS TO FINALLY START GETTING INTERESTING. I’m not here for crap books like that!!

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favorite review?

Well this isn’t a review for a particular book, but I wrote a review of 2017 on Goodreads where I talked less about books and more about my personal life??? I think it’s the most I’ve talked about my life on the internet tbh. But it really meant something to get it all written down!!

mmm blogging

I surpassed my goal of getting to 1050 followers last month, which really surprised me?? I posted TWO TIMES LESS in December and I managed to get a lot more followers than in November??? I MEAN, I’M GRATEFUL. But like… what did I do and how can I do it again.

I also have gotten the finalized blog design elements from a friend who offered to make them (and will be revealed later on)!! So now I have to make just a lot few more elements and fix up a few things and I’ll be able to implement the new design!!!

(I also FINALLY found a theme that works somewhat decently. I AM ETERNALLY GRATEFUL.)

stats?

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top posts of the month?

fav least fav 2017 awkward blogging interactions accomplish 2017

favorite post of the month?

This was probably what you all expected, but I LOVED WRITING MY 2018 GOALS POST OKAY I KNOW I’M NERDY DON’T INSULT THE NERDS.

posts i loved?

*I don’t even know if this is an actual expression, but I’m tired and I’m fabulous so there’s a new creation from yours truly.

around the internet?

last month, I took this section away because I literally had nothing to share, but all of a sudden THIS MONTH I’M BOMBARDED WITH THINGS OKAY I SEE HOW IT IS

mmm writing

  • Well first of all, I finished my first ever novel!!! I’m SO extremely excited and proud of myself for doing something I thought I’d accomplish YEARS from now, even though the draft is a total mess of crap.
  • It’s not even the story of my heart or anything special to me, but it just means a lot that I finished A NOVEL.
  • I’m really dreading having to re-plot, re-outline, and re-write it tho WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF.
  • Also just saying, but I’m really proud of my last line. “That is when Maire begins to scream”??? YES PLEASE.
  • I also finally received my $150 cash prize from a writing contest!! They promised me that I would get it in October and I GOT IT IN DECEMBER. I mean, at least I got it. But where was all that money when I was Christmas shopping.
  • I wrote more poetry!! And it was okayish poetry!! Here’s a tiny snippet of one because I crave validation!!

mmm life

  • It feels like the month of December just decided to pass by really fast and I can barely remember anything that happened???

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  • Well first of all, I went to a dance convention, and while I was SUPER sore, it was so much fun!! I’ve definitely become less shy when dancing and hope to become even less shy.
  • Performing was SUPER stressful, and I almost fell out of a lift thing (in which I was flipped upside down like a pinwheel), but it’s okay!!! We did okay!!!
  • Then with my dance team, I wrapped presents for a a child foster care center where they packed up lots of things to send the child off with to their new home!
  • The child I mostly wrapped gifts for the whole time was a 7yo boy who, wait for it, LIKED BARBIES AND MAKEUP AND EASY-BAKE OVENS. And like yes!!! This is my soft boy!!!
  • I’m so proud of this little dude even though I’ve never seen or met him. Screw gender roles & stereotypes. Boys can play with Barbies. Girls can play with toy cars. Boys can wear makeup. Girls can NOT wear makeup. Society’s idea of “femininity” and “masculinity” are so mESSED UP and just let children & grown adults BE THE WAY THEY WANT TO!!!!
  • Anyways, moving on…
  • I don’t remember when it was, but for the first time in seven years, IT SNOWED!!! I screamed when I found out and immediately went out. I was probably out there for an hour or something??? It was super super light at first, but then all of a sudden it started coming down harder!!
  • There wasn’t enough snow to actually play in, and it was at night (hence why I didn’t get good pictures) BUT IT WAS SO AMAZING AND I LOVE IT AND I WANT IT TO SNOW AGAIN.
  • (I wrote this post before the 31st, but I’m updating to say: Y’ALL OMG IT’S SNOWING AGAIN THIS IS A RECORD AAAGGHHHH I CAN’T BELIEVE IT I WOULD GO OUTSIDE BUT IT’S WAY TOO COLD AAAGGGHHH.)
  • I got my bathroom remodeled and it looks SO COOL. I mean, I kind of choke to death from all the steam in the shower, and then get hit by the blast of cold from the literal Arctic as soon as I step out, but whatever!!! Anything for the aesthetics!!!

shower 1.jpg  shower 2

  • It was my dad’s birthday so we celebrated by eating chocolate cupcakes!! Meaning, I ate two chocolate cupcakes while my dad ate none. (He consented, all right.)
  • I had exams and they went really well!!! So far, I’ve gotten REALLY high grades and I’m super proud of that!! I’m also really surprised because I thought I’d done worse on certain exams but apparently no???
  • Then I took (and still am taking) a break from school and it feels like A WONDERFUL MAGICAL NEW REALM please can I stay forever and pretend like my responsibilities don’t exist this is so great never stop.
  • And of course, there was Christmas where I got some pretty great gifts and gave cool (hopefully) gifts. I also participated in a gift exchange with my amazing friend and I got some PRETTY GREAT things out of that too!!

mmm goals last

READING

  • read at least 9 books  (OH WOW I FORGOT THIS WAS A GOAL BUT I ACHIEVED IT ANYWAYS!!!)
  • write & upload at least 6 reviews  (oh yikes, this was a goal?? well I had three short reviews, and finished & uploaded 3 more… SO YES)
  • request ARCs  (I requested two that I REALLY WANTED but I’ve gotten no reply & or no books in the mail so that was a fail… BUT I REQUESTED)

WRITING

  • take a complete break from my WIP!  (I DID AND IT FELT SO GOOD)
  • write more poetry ✓ (so my quality of poems has gone back up but I don’t write them daily like I used to??)
  • participate in writing challenges? ㄨㄨㄨ (I literally forgot any writing outside of poetry existed and texted my friend on the 29th like, “JANUARY IS SOON I HAVE TO START WRITING AGAIN NO)

BLOGGING

  • reach 1050 followers ✓✓✓ (y’all!!! I surpassed this!!! I got to 1,076!!! I’m so happy!!!)
  • explore more design things ✓✓(I FINALLY decided on my new theme so thank god for that)
  • stay on top of posts & comments  (I ACTUALLY DID IT THIS MONTH)

LIFE

  • drink all the water in 1 bottle a day  (uh)
  • fix posture at least 1 time a day  (uh)
  • get 9 hours of sleep at least once a week  (before: “I CAN ACTUALLY DO THIS”, now: “well going to bed at 2 am & waking up at 10 am gives me 8 hours so no” look y’all it’s the YouTube videos)

LOOK I ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED THINGS FOR ONCE!!!! Just ignore those life goals.

mmm goals this

READING

  • read at least 7 books (I have no idea what it will be like going back to school and I’m STILL in a slightly slumpish mood so this seems reasonable to me!!)
  • write & upload at least 5 reviews (I have about 13 reviews I need to write so I should get started)
  • keep track of reading stats in a spreadsheet (Y’ALL I’M SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS let’s hope I stay committed, which, tbh, I probably won’t)

WRITING

  • come up with an actual plot for Glittered Ghosts (what’s that?? I can’t hear you over my cRIES OF DREAD & DESPAIR)
  • write more poetry (I really want to get into the habit of writing poetry daily, or a little more regularly??)
  • do a little… something (I’m not saying anything but I THINK I’m going to be revealing a HUGE little tiny thing concerning my writing??? STAY TUNED)

BLOGGING

  • reach 1,150 followers?? (I don’t know if this is ACTUALLY possible but hey I got 75 followers in December, surely I can do it again???)
  • implement my new blog design!! (which means making a few more elements, fixing something, and then launching it!)
  • CELEBRATE MY ONE-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY (Y’ALL CAN YOU BELIEVE I’VE BEEN BLOGGING FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW THIS IS SURREAL)

LIFE

  • drink 1 water bottle each day (probably not happening)
  • straighten back at least 1 time a day (also probably not happening)
  • get 9 hours of sleep at least once a week (I REALLY WANT THIS TO HAPPEN)

bulletI’m going back to schooooooool. (Read a long whiny voice.) I’ll be heading back on the 7th of January and I’m!! not!! ready!! It was absolutely amazing to not stress about school stuff, and I am NOT looking forward to that pressure again. Here comes another semester (before SUMMER BREAK)!!!

bulletMy ONE-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY is at the end of the month!!! Specifically, it’s on January 22nd and I’m so so excited for it to arrive! I don’t have any giveaways planned, sadly, because I’m broke. But I will probably be doing another Q&A, and it most likely will be the day that my new blog design is “launched”!!

bulletIt’s the first month of the NEW. YEAR. I’m not freaking out about this at all???? I mean, I’m just not ready for the kind of commitment that comes with each new year… it’s literally like JANUARY: STICK TO YOUR GOALS OR YOU FAIL. And then February: okay guess what you’re not reaching your goals so you should just give up now for the rest of the year.


shall we chat

how was your last month of 2017 aka december?? can you BELIEVE IT’S 2018 NOW??!!? doing / did anything to celebrate? what are goals you have for january or even the whole year of 2018? are you ready to start a WHOLE BRAND NEW YEAR NOW??? (as you can tell, i am not)

p.s. this post is ginormous, MY APOLOGIES

sign off 2.0

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68 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: December // It’s Now 2018 & I’m Not Okay + an Actually Somewhat Successful December??

  1. I FELT LIKe 2017 was yeterday too! Well, not really. But I remember waking up on January 1st 2017 and thinking “wow, i got this” NOT KNOWING ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS TO COME. wow i love ignorant me.

    I AM SO GLAD YOU LOVED WILD BEAUTY!!! I mean the COVEr is grogeous AND the inside. ASDFGHJKL! I’m more excited to read her books now. I DO want to read When the Moon Was Ours and The weight of feathers AGH. AND YES SIX OF CROWS AND CROOKED KINGDOM I want to reread them SO BAD!! I miss by babies so much tbh.

    And wow. I have so many unread physicalcopies I don’t think I’ll be using the library for a while UNLESS I AM DYING FOR A RELEASE.

    AND YAY I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOUR BLOG DESIGN??!?!?!!? ahhhh especially since the queen has made these elements. ^^

    AND UM YOU WERE SCREAMING AT MY NANO POST. mayyy *Cries* shkufjbfhsK YOU GIVE ME SO MUCH CONFIDENCE IN MY WRITING

    and wow you won so many 2017 awards! and i won….0?

    YOU NEED TO PUBLISH A POETRY BOOK NOW PLS.

    AAHHHH THAT IS SO COOL! That you wrappes presents for a child foster care center!! I did a similar thing in December where I wrapped a present for an ill child for Christmas!! Mine was a girl and I got her a jewellery kit I hope she liked it!!

    AND OMG ITS SNOWING AGAIN FOR YOU!??! LUCKY. We only got snow one time this December. :///

    I DONT WANT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL BUT AT LEAST YOU ARE GOING BACK ON the 7th!! I’m going back on the 4th. AND EEK one year blogiversary? *SCREAM* I’ve been here? From NEARLY the beginning? Like 2 months in I think? But I went back and commented on some of your older posts so…

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    1. well this year you OBVIOUSLY are going to rock it, because I’m here now

      yesss you have to read Anna-Marie’s books!! they are SO diverse and beautiful and I love them. and omg yessss I’M SO BLESSED TO HAVE MY DESIGN ELEMENTS BY HER ❤

      well what am I here for if not to give you confidence in your writing. and JSFKDLFJLSD THANK YOU BUT NO POETRY BOOK FROM MEEEE

      ah yes!! it was so much fun to wrap gifts, especially for people who don't really have a chance to get things they want throughout the year ❤

      okay well we got snow once and then it was more icy than snow the second time, but YOU GOT SO MUCH MORE SNOW THAN I DID STOP COMPLAINING

      actually I'm going back on the 8th bc the 7th is a Sunday and I told you wrong :') I'M SO EXCITED FOR MY BLOGIVERSARY AAAHHHH

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  2. i don’t want it to be 2018 yet i didn’t sign up for this ;-;

    december was cool hopefully next year will be cooler

    also you’re so lucky?? i’ve never seen snow in my life 😥 only the fake stuff they have in theme parks and stuff. I WANT IT TO SNOW but i also don’t because it’s bad for the environment

    next month i will up my goodreads game and make new shelves, write more reviews, READ MORE BOOKS, and make more friends. hopefully. i don’t know if i’ll be able to read as much because school?? mine starts January 8th and I’m both excited/sad. (don’t ask why i’m excited i’m a huge nerd who likes school.) also i’ve gotten into a bunch of tv shows that are taking over my life and reading time. r.i.p. me.

    good luck with your goals! i have no doubt you’ll be able to achieve your reading, writing, and blogging goals 🙂

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    1. well if 2018 will be a little better than 2017, I’m definitely here for it

      AWW THAT’S SO SADDDDD :(((( I’ve seen snow a few times where I live in Texas (two times when I was super young), but then I saw a WHOLE lot of it when I went skiing!! and whaaat snow is bad for the environment????

      AHAHAHA THE SHELVESSS. I just started making new shelves but I only had the motivation to sort my 2017 reads into them because I have so many “read books” and I’m too lazy to do that. ooh, my school starts back up again on Jan. 8th too!! hopefully you’ll be able to read a lot ❤

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  3. the OTHER may is going to be very upset if you trash finnikin just remember that

    YOU DID SO WELL THIS YEAR (even if you didnt complete all your goals) and your washroom is aesthetic af(rench fries) you gotta love all the crooked siants too okay

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  4. Happy New Year Mayyy🎉😄 I hope your 2018 is awesome, full of mangoes and books💕
    Good luck with all your goals! Knowing you, you’ll practically do them all!
    Ooohhh I can’t wait to see your new blog design, I bet it looks great and I’m jealous already even though I haven’t seen it😍

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  5. happy new year maaayyyyy!!! I also can’t believe how quick 2017 has gone, I swear it was only august yesterday and now its jan 2018!!! I sort of want 2018 to go a little bit slower xD
    I hate a house party (ugh, cleaning, so much cleaning), did you do anything nice?!?!?!

    I’m planning to read 200 books (lol help me), not sure if I actually will but it’ll be fun!!!

    BUT YES, BRING ON 2018!!!!
    I can’t believe you’ve been blogging for a year at the end of the month, congrats! ❤

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    1. AAHHH Happy New Year, Kat!! 💕💕 And oh, I really hope 2018 moves a little slower than 2017 did, or at least give me a few minutes each day so I can actually accomplish things. 😂

      OMG 200 BOOKS??? You queen, I’m confident in you!! 😘 And thank you so muchhhh 💕

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  6. It still feels like it’s December of 2017! 😂
    It hardly snowed all month here in Calgary, and then WHAM! We got a foot of it right before Christmas. And we still have it. There’s a layer of ice on the road. IT WAS -30 CELCIUS YESTERDAY. I have a broken collarbone! My coat can’t be done all the way up! (that means I was freezing) 😂

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    1. Ugh, I just can’t believe it’s 2018 already!! And omggg CALGARY! I went there briefly over the summer haha. And yay for snow! I definitely didn’t get a lot but I’m glad you did. 💕 And aaah I heard about how cold it was in Canada!! Wishing you all the warmth & hot chocolate possible. 💕

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  7. AH I STILL NEED TO READ CROOKED KINGDOM. I’ve had it for a full year, and I still haven’t even bothered to crack it open yet. I blame the fact that I’m literally awful at finishing series of any kind; someone help me. Aw, I’ve been hearing meh things about Renegades, but I’m still going to give it a try because I’m just too interested (and the physical copy is GORGEOUS gah).

    Also, yeah for a new blog design! I can’t believe I’ve stuck with my own for four months so far (that’s, like, a record for me), but I did try to find a new theme, and I ended up just sticking with the one I had before I changed it twelve times. XD And, yes, 2017 SEEMED LIKE IT WENT BY SO FAST. I feel like the last half of the year always goes by faster than the first half, for some reason.

    SO LUCKY TO HAVE SNOW. It doesn’t snow where I live until, like, February or late January, usually? It’s just freezing cold right now, and I hate it.

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    1. Dude you HAVE to read CK!!! It’s such an amazing conclusion to the series, ugh I love it so much. 😍 And yeah, definitely still pick it up if you want to! I just… had such a bad experience reading it. Waaaay too slow. 😒

      Aaahh thank you!! My design hasn’t changed much (my theme hasn’t changed), so it’s definitely time for a change! And omg really??? I feel like the first half of the year went much faster than the last half (or maybe that’s because I don’t remember anything from the first half and I was slumping in the last half 😂).

      We don’t usually get snow where I live so it was such a great surprise!! And ugghh the temperatures have been much colder than usual and I can’t say I like it. 😂

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  8. I have no motivation to write a monthly wrap up? I just did the yearly thing & my 2018 goals, and why do I need to write something for December???
    But yours is epic as usual. It makes me smile dreamily. Also, I have like 50+ blog posts to read cause I’ve been traveling. But I read yours first, cause it makes me happy. 🙂
    AGHGHG, now I want to reread Six of Crows. But I have so much on my TBR, not sure I can afford a reread. And I’m rereading Order of the Phoenix, and that’s taking FOREVER.

    Also, your new bathroom looks so cool! & HOT??? HAHA, that was my lame joke.

    Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Ahaha, I felt the same way?? But then I remembered all these things that I did in December that I didn’t talk about in my 2017 wrap up posts so yup. 😂

      AAAHHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH!! That means so much to meeeee. 😭😘 And yesss, Six of Crows is such a rereadable book! I’ve been wanting to reread it since forever, so it was perfect.

      Happy New Year to you as well!! ❤

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  9. Congrats! So many wonderful things this past month! Life goals are always so much harder to keep than blogging goals, aren’t they? I struggle with that, too. Good luck with your January goals and happy New year!

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  10. YAY Happy New Year, May!! I’m really happy because I managed to read 100 books after all, not counting all the ones I beta and alpha-read. 2017 has been an amazing year – I started Charis Rae, read a ton, wrote a ton, joined a writing workshop, and met blogging friends like YOU! ❤ Good luck with your goals in 2018! 😀

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      1. Ah same, I managed my 100th book on the 31st! Oh gosh, I always forget to beta- or alpha-read things because they don’t count as actual books. 🙈 I’m so glad you had a great year, and I wish you an even better 2018!! (And it’s been SO MUCH COLDER for me lately and jflskdjflkds.)

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  11. Wow it seems like you had a great December May, both in terms of your goals and in terms of your reading/blogging as well. 🙂 I’m sorry Renegades was such a disappointment for you, I am hopeful that the second book will pick up the pace a little because I think I remember Cinder being quite slow and things picking up in Scarlet so I guess that’s just the way Meyer writes. I am glad you loved re-reading the Six of Crows duology, and really really glad you enjoyed Wild Beauty as well. 😀
    I seriously can’t believe we’re in 2018 now, but I’m hopeful it’ll be a good year, if the books that are being released are any indication it’s going to be an amazing year. 🙂
    Great post, and happy 2018 as well May! 😀 ❤

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    1. Ah, I had a pretty great December!! And oh yes, Renegades was just SUCH a disappointment and I’m so sad!! And yeah, that’s what lots of people are saying too?? So hopefully the sequel will pick up the pace much faster (which hopefully will happen with the cliffhanger it left us on!).

      I can’t believe it’s already 2018, either! It feels like just yesterday I was starting my blog last year??? And oh my god, the books this year look AMAZINGGGG. I can’t wait to read them all. 😍

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  12. HAPPY NEW YEAR, you wonderful human being!! Wishing you all the best for 2018, all the love and mangoes in the world for you, obviously ❤ ❤
    I'm so happy you read Emmy & Oliver, read Far From The Tree now, that book is SOOOO ADORABLE, really you will love it.
    I am so, SO excited to see your new blog design, I just can't wait. I'm sure it will be fabulous ❤
    Wishing you ALL THE BEST for this new year. Don't forget that you are amazing, incredible and the BEST BEST BEST. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU LOVELY!!! 💖 I hope you have the most amazing 2018 full of lots of edits & books. 😂 And aahh, I want to read Far From the Tree so bad! It looks SO GOOD.

      Aaaghh, I’m so excited to launch my design!! I have a lot of work to do but it’ll be worth it. 😍 And NOOOO Marie, YOU are the best. 💖💖💖

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  13. Happy New Year! 🙂 It looks like you had a really successful December, so congrats on that! I have to go back to school in two days… *cries* *drowns in tears* WISHING YOU ALL THE LUCK with not being super stressed about school!! (Also, I am currently listening to Hamilton for the 394820th time since I discovered it a few days ago. Currently on Stay Alive (the reprise) nO Philip stay alive.)

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    1. Happy New Year too!! ❤ And aaahh, everyone seems to go back to school really soon after January 1st, but I go back on like the 8th?? 😂 GOOD LUCK TO YOU TO AS WELL!! ❤ (And aaaggghh YESSSSS. This is my biggest accomplishment, getting people to listen to Hamilton for 324092583 times.)

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  14. how DARE you lie about book outlet. that website is proof that a higher power exists and it is the only thing that motivates me to SURVIVE.

    ALSO I WANNA KNOW YOUR SNEAKY WRITING REVEAL SECRETS SECRETS ARE NO FUN ETC

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  15. sounds like you had a great month!! i’m so excited for your new blog design!!! *winky wink* OMG I’M SO GLAD YOU REREAD SIX OF CROWS KAZ IS LITERALLY MY FAVE SINNAMON ROLL BABY. and wild beauty! i’m so stoked and excited and ahhh.

    oh and what is that sneaky little thing about your writing?? i wanna know may !!

    here’s to a great 2018 full of reading and blogging! ( lol i have so many blog posts to catch up on and write for the new year but it’s fine everything’s fINE )

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    1. I’m so excited about my new blog design too!! 😉😉 and YESSSS I think I’m going to do a reread of it every year because it’s just too good to not reread every year?? 😍 WILD BEAUTY IS SO GOOD UGGHHH

      you’ll seeeeeee 😉

      hope you have a great 2018, madeline!! and catch up on all those blog posts ahaha ❤

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  16. I completely cannot believe it’s 2018 already…! I’m going do do a post with some goals, and if I was really on top of it it would have been up today, but… I’m not on top of it. At all. So instead not only is the post not up yet, but I still only have a rough idea what my goals are going to be… Oops.

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  17. I’m not ready to go back to school, either, but one more semester and I’m practically graduating… with my AP Calc And AP Physics test the day right after. Ouch!!! At least I’ll be done, though, and then I’m off to a place that will determine How Much Blogging Time I Will Actually Have. But I’m really excited!!!

    I’m so sad that Renegades was a disappointment! I get the thing about crap books, though— I read Illuminae and thought it was super boring until it hit the 100 page mark and the plot twist happened.

    Can’t wait to see the new design!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah

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    1. Aaaahhh, that’s amazing, Abby!! I’m 100% positive you’ll ace those tests. ❤ And aaggh, yeah, I'm in a position right now where I put blogging before school?? Which is not good. 😬

      Ugh, yes, it was SUCH a disappointment!! And omg everyone always says Illuminae was slow but I didn't feel it at all??? I just LOVE that book tho. ❤

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      1. As someone who has been down that path and had moments when my grade went down (not significantly to not be able to get it back up, but enough to make you stressed)– don’t take it. TRY TO GET AWAY FROM THAT PATH AS FAR AS YOU CAN. Just have a ton of posts planned and ready to post because life is so unexpected that way. I’m doing that this semester, seeing as though I’m not going to have much time to do blogging. Growing up stinks. 😛

        Illuminae took such a long time for me to read– I felt bad because I was borrowing a friend’s copy and I just could not get into it, but I sat myself down and actually tried to get through it. And then that 100 page mark happened, and BOOM. I just swept through it just like that. xD

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  18. I’m so sad about how many people aren’t liking Renegades. I haven’t read it quite yet but I’ve loved all of Marissa Meyers other books and I was excited to see what her writing was like without it being a retelling.

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  19. Zomg your post is so long and beautiful I forgot what’s I was going to say.
    WELPCONFRATS ON FINISHING YOUR BOOK THATS INCREDIBLE. AND ALSO THE FOLLOWERS AND BLOGOVERSARY BECAUSE ME = NO.
    I’m super excited to pick up Emmy & Oliver and Six Of Crows!!! I finally finished the Grisha trilogy so I can start SoC… I really need to get on that. And I checked out E&O on a whim from the library, so I’m glad to hear it’s not… total crap. 😂😂
    I’m actually currently reading Finnikin of the Rock (and omg why is it so hideous)! And no it’s not fabulous. I’m actually halfway through and considering DNFing it? It’s just rather boring. Not bad, just not enthralling either. I know a lot of people love it though, so I’m wondering if it gets better? I haven’t decided what to do about that yet. Yikes. Good luck to the both of us!

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