Monday, January 02, 2017

December 2016 Wrap Up

Wow, wasn't that a year to remember? We've finally come to the end and it's definitely bittersweet. I feel like I've done so much in December, it's been highly eventful. So, let's dive in with the reading.

Somehow, despite having one of the busiest months of my life, I managed to read a lot. I don't know how I do it. I read:
  • You by Caroline Kepnes
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riodan
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • My Best Friend is a Goddess
And, it was a damn good reading month too. The only book I didn't like was The Crown which I go into much detail on in my review. To put it bluntly, the end really pissed me off. Otherwise I really liked all the books I read. There were some very good reads in the bunch and it was a great way to end the year. I hope 2017 is just as good.

Anyway diving into my personal life. I have a lot I want to talk about. You better get a cup of tea.

As of the other day, I've been driving for a month. Which is pretty excited and I don't know where all the time went. I'm way better than I ever thought I'd be at this point. Granted I'm learning in an automatic. I'm usually a pretty nervous person so I thought I'd be a really nervous and hesitant driver. That's not actualy the case. I really like driving, it's oddly calming for me. I think it's because I like having that control.

Also, even bigger than driving. I finished high school. Four years over like that. It was crazy. I won a scholarship and got treated like a princess. That last week was the best of my life. The scholarship put me on such a high I couldn't help but grin for the rest of the week. It was crazy unexpected. I remember telling my parents about it, saying I wouldn't get it, it would go to someone with better grades. When one of the teachers came up to me at the dinner and told me why I'd gotten it, I almost cried. It made me so proud. I also got the respectable student award. Which I was ridiculously proud of because I think that was one of the best rewards to get since it's more about reputation over what you've done. It was wonderful to know all the effort had come to something in the end. It felt great to be acknowledged, plus a fifty dollar prize doesn't hurt anyone.

The dinner was the best night of my life. We got to go home after being formally farewelled by the school, which was very sad. There were plenty of tears and plenty of hugs. Then once home, I had a while to relax before going to a hair and makeup appointment to get glammed up. I've never had my makeup done by someone else before and it was actually really nice. I had my hair curled and then we went back home to get dressed. I remember the moment of getting into the dress and looking at myself and it was just incredible. You really don't get to do this things often. I went with a group of two other girls and a boy and when he arrived he had three beautiful red roses and I could've cried. It was totally unexpected but it was so lovely. I'm so sad that mine is slowly dying. Everyone looked amazing and it was fantastic. We danced for three hours straight. It was insane and somehow I didn't have any blisters.

Finishing high school was so surreal. It still feels odd. I can't believe after four years it was over so quick. But, strangely enough, I feel perfectly ready to continue on to the next chapter of life. Four years was definitely enough. I can't wait for this year, I'm going to have so much freedom I won't know what to do with myself.

Of course, Christmas was fantastic. You can read about what I got here. I can't wait to read all my new books. I also had a lovely new years weekend with my parents. It was a very quiet holiday period at home.

I hope you've all had a fabulous December and an even better new year. I'd love for you to let me know what good things have happened to you this December and what you read.


  1. Congrats on finishing high school! I finish in June and I'm equally excited and nervous.

    1. Thank you! I know how you feel, I hope you enjoy it while it lasts!