Welcome to my last wrap up of the decade!!
I have no idea when I’m going to stop with these decade jokes. When all these posts are over, I guess.
It’s still really weird that it’s 2020, and I’m just still trying to get used to it, I guess.
Okay I’m going to stop talking since intros were never my strength anyways and to let you all just get into the post. Yeah? Okay.
☀️ lead / major side characters of color
🏳️🌈 lgbtq lead / major side characters
🌸 neurodiversity and trauma
✨ New Release Challenge
💨 Beat the Backlist
📚 Back to the Classics
📖 Library Love Challenge
🎧 Audiobook Challenge 2019
Truth be told, my reading was a little weird this month. Like I mentioned in my November Wrap Up, I fell into a reading/blogging slump in November, and in December, I was trying to ease back into reading. While I think I did solidly, I ended up reading a total of 8 books, which was a little less than I hoped for, but you know what? That’s okay.
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao ★★★☆☆ // This was interesting and sweet but ultimately kind of a let down and not that great? I’m blanking on a lot of things now which isn’t a great sign but I can’t wait for her next book!
Sandpiper by Ahdaf Soueif ★★★★☆ // I read this for class, and while I don’t have many too in-depth feelings about it since I missed most of the classes that this was analysed, but I loved the themes and how colour was used as a metaphor!! Really wish I was there for those classes.
All My Sons by Arthur Miller ★★★★☆ // Had to pre-read this for English Lit since we’re studying this in the second term, but this was another solid read with some interesting characters and an interesting ending. I think I prefer A View From the Bridge for now but maybe my mind will change when we study it? But currently, it’s a nightmare to annotate ahh.
Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson ★★★★☆ // So if you’re ever in a reading slump, this is the book you should read! It is literally an entire book of texting and it was so cute and sweet and I just love the progression! I feel like I would have liked it better reading it physically rather than ebooking it because it felt so much longer.
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston ★★★★☆ (reread) // Reread this to get into the Christmas Spirit! Since I had first read this in October, I remembered a lot of the plot points and everything and therefore, enjoyed my reread less. And I also wasn’t in the best reading mood reading this, which spoilt the experience a little, unfortunately.
Permanent Record by Mary H.K Choi ★★★★☆ // My first Mary H.K Choi book! I read this from Melanie’s recommendation and I think it was definitely solid. I really liked the discussions on topics such as college debt, and Choi is so, so good at creating well-rounded, realistically human characters. However, the romance felt very okay and the writing was kind of clunky at times? I did really appreciate the ending and the La La Land vibes of this book.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo ★★★☆☆ // Buddy read with the lovely Cas! Not going to lie, this was definitely disappointing and not my favourite? This was a long one to go through, and the pacing was totally weird. While I LOVED the more realistic parts of the story, I just wanted all the Yale things and while that obviously was a huge part of it, it was just a drag. Also, WHERE is Darlington. My favourite character wasn’t even here for most of it. Ugh.
A Lightwood Christmas Carol, Part 2 ★★★☆☆ // I needed a quick little read to add a book, and this is a good read to get myself into the Christmas spirit? This wasn’t the best one, in my opinion, and felt very anti-climatic, honestly? Yeah. Solid. I guess.
- Even though ya girl pretty much ~disappeared~ from the blog in December, it was primarily because December was just such a busy month in terms of life moments!!
- Packing up to move out my stuff. Since I was coming back to Singapore for the break, I moved out of my apartment in Bangkok for like a whole variety of reasons I’m far too tired to get into, and I was just rushing to pack up, which is why I literally created basically no posts before I left Bangkok. Which is fun!! (I literally HATE packing. So much.)
- IA Expedition. As part of my Duke of Edinburgh Gold International Award, I had to take part in a practice expedition. I have never taken part in anything like that before, so yeah, I was so worried but it ended up being kind of fun even though I was literally dead by the end! I definitely pushed myself out of my comfort zone
- Coming back to Singapore for break. I ended up flying straight back to Singapore after I arrived back in Bangkok from my IA expedition, which was a wild story in itself. Still a little traumatised from it, if I’m being honest, but yeah, Singapore. It was fine, I guess?
- KL Trip! Finally, something 100% positive that happened! I went back to KL with my mum and sister to visit my extended family for Christmas and I just love these trips every single time. I met my one-month old baby cousin for the first time (who could not be more perfect and beautiful) and really had a proper break for the five days I was there, which was great, since I was dying from work (most of the time, anyways) afterwards.
- Catching up with friends! Ok, to be fair, this didn’t happen as much as I wanted it to, but I was? social? And caught up with some of my favourite people in the entire process. Feeling kind of soft right now ❤
While I admittedly didn’t find a lot of new music in December, it did lead the way to me finding a new favourite artist (I’ll talk about her next wrap up, but spoiler – it was Clairo because I just LOVE her now), but yeah!!
- Panini by Lil Nas X, (7 EP, 2019)
- Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa (Don’t Start Now, 2019)
- Landfill by Daughter (His Young Heart, 2011)
- Closer to You by Clairo (Immunity, 2019)
- Playing God by Paramore (brand new eyes, 2009)
- flaming hot cheetos by Clairo (diary 001, 2018)
MISCELLANEOUS MEDIA OF THE MONTH
Knives Out ★★★★☆ (4 – 4.5)
This was a film that I heard so many good things about, from both critics and some friends in school, and it sounded so up my alley that I had to check it out. While I did feel fairly disappointed upon finishing it (mainly because my expectations were high) and was annoyed that the mystery got solved early, I liked it better after having stepped back from it. The acting and the casting was absolutely amazing (I LOVE Chris Evans’s acting in this one, and the comedy of the eat s- scene!), the atmosphere, the humour, the direction and the visuals were absolutely fantastic and I really liked it! Defo a hit.
- Write up and schedule all the end of year blog posts!! PLEASE. ✔❌ Yeah, so, my clownery was really exposed this month.
- Get out of my reading slump. ✔❌ I do feel like I did kind of got out of my reading slump, but not completely, so like ?? Is this completed?
- Skincare and self-care, dear god. ❌ Yikes, I ended up ditching skincare for like at least a week.
- Meet up with friends!! ✔❌ Ok, so while I did ~technically~ accomplish this goal, I didn’t achieve this goal to the extent I would have liked to. Admittedly, it was due to circumstances outside of my control, but still. It sucks. I miss my KL and Singapore friends 😔
- Revision things! ✔ So this definitely happened, otherwise I would die in mocks.
- Try not to die in history and actually get work in consistently and on time? ✔❌ I … genuinely have no idea to what extent in which I completed this goal? While I did turn in some of my work, well, not on time (I did turn in most of it in a timely manner though!) I showed a really big improvement in one part of it, and I am so content right now. Keep at it, I guess?
- And maybe … try some SAT stuff? ✔ I’m so glad I actually did this and not just say I would do it and never do it! Because I really needed to start then and not later.
- Get out all my end-of-year content and beginning-of-decade content scheduled and just … done. Since ya girl did not do this in December, she needs to get moving on it now. And hopefully not fall into another blogging slump/break again.
- Fully get out of that reading slump!! I still feel a little sluggish with reading, and the feeling sucks. I’m going to try and ease myself out of it, but lately I haven’t felt like reading, so?? I have no idea how this is gonna go.
- Set up all the 2020 stuff. Again, pretty self explanatory – new decade, new year, new me?
- Do well in mocks! At the time of writing this, I am currently doing my mocks for my AS Level exams, and it’s kind of stressful and scary but also … I honestly don’t know.
- Get started with resolutions. No time like the present, right? To give me that extra boost to actually complete more resolutions this year.
- Mocks!! I have two more days of mocks to go, and I’m feeling kind of stressed? These grades are going into my transcripts for the first semester, so if I mess up, well. I’m screwed, I guess? I also just feel so unprepared and productive and that I’m going to fail, so! That’s!! Fun.
- Me being tired. School always has me feeling tired, so there’s nothing new in that department, I guess? Just hoping that I won’t be as tired as normal, honestly, because the circles-under-my-eyes game is a little too strong for my liking.
- A lot of school things. While I think the intensity will die down a little bit after mocks, it’s going to be a lot because I just really need to get a lot done in the next few months – with classes, extracurriculars, roles and all that.
- Chinese New Year. Honestly, I’m really not looking forward to this this year for personal reasons, but on the bright side … cash! And good food.
- Honestly, I have … very little clue. January is not going to be a very interesting month, and since I’m not a very interesting person anyways, it’s just dull, I guess?
How was December for you? What was your favorite book that you read this month, and how was your reading month? Any other favourites? Bloggers, what were some of your favorite posts this month? Feel free to share them here! Did you set goals last month, and how did you do on them?
I would love to know.
I hope you all have a wonderful January and the best start to the New Year! Love you all so much ❤