Saturday 29 December 2018

Month in Review: December

I hope everyone had a great holiday season! I'm in the post-Christmas dumps, but still have a few days left of break and I am hoping to get back into a routine for the New Year. I was toying between doing a Year in Review or just a Month in Review, but decided on the latter to make it more specific. This post would be just TOO long otherwise. However, I will sprinkle in some yearly stats and discussions here and there. Here's what happened in December:

What I Read:

The Song of Achilles by: Madeline Miller (re-read): 5/5 stars
Broken Things by: Lauren Oliver: 3/5 stars

I know, I know, not a lot of books this month either. BUT I am taking a YA fiction course this year and I have a glorious reading list of some iconic YA series! Right now I'm re-reading the Twilight saga, gosh I haven't touched these books since I was 10, so beware of some Twilight-related posts soon!

Favourite book: The Song of Achilles was a re-read and I am still in love with it. I had to revisit it after loving Circe!

Overall, I read 55 books this year, completing my goodreads challenge of 50 books. My goal was drastically smaller than in previous years, because I didn't want to rush through books just for the sake of finishing them. My favourite book of the year was Maus by: Art Spiegelman. It was so different from anything else I have ever read and it definitely stuck with me.

What I Blogged:

I didn't get up to much blogging; only two posts! I took an unplanned break for the holidays but I am back on track and am hoping to post a lot more reviews! I did post my Book Wish-List for when I go on a book-buying spree with gift cards I got for Christmas. Go check it out and let me know what books you think I should totally get!

Overall, I am happy with my blogging schedule this year. I think that two posts a week is just too much for me and I am comfortable with posting on Friday's. It keeps my content fresh and doesn't make me rush through it!

Favourite Blog Posts:

Cee discusses Valid Feelings when You're Grieving 

Olivia-Savannah asks if she has Favourite Authors or Favourite Books?

Life Stuff:

Christmas came and went. I got a lot of cozy presents that I am looking forward to enjoying once these dreary months of January and February kick in. I'm hopeful that this semester will have more enjoyable courses rather than my previous one.

The month had ups and downs. I got quite anxious with all of the social gatherings Christmas involves, but my New Year's Resolution is to tackle the anxiety once and for all and finally seek help for it. Wish me luck!

The year was hit and miss as well. Second year hit me like a ton of bricks, and I definitely am happy that I am halfway through. However I did make some important life steps, such as passing my road test, and, just recently, getting a tattoo! I have an outline of a sunset on my forearm for my love of The Outsiders. I'm really happy with it.

My goal for this year is to stop bottling up my anxiety, and talk to people about it. I also want to not stress myself out with a lot of posting, and again shorten my reading challenge. Hopefully by the end of 2019, I will be a better version of myself!

How was your December and your 2018? Do you have any hopes for the New Year?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. Thank you so so much for linking my post! *hugs*

    Hope you had a good Xmas, and that's an awesome New Year's resolution!

    Don't put too much pressure on yourself though - that, ironically, will make Anxiety worse. Give yourself little steps and then celebrate like hell if you even come close to meeting them! *hugs more* <3

  2. Ooo I'm interested to see your Twilight posts!

    Glad you're comfortable with your blogging schedule now. It sounds sensible - I think I post way too much, haha ;)

    I have the same resolution for my anxiety next year. I really need to talk about it more and stop bottling up things inside. It's a poisonous feeling. Hope 2019 is a good year for you, Emily!

    1. Hey if you can handle your post schedule, all power to you! I think it’s admirable. Thanks Amy :)

  3. OMG, your tattoo sounds sooooo nice!!! I just finished reading The Outsiders last night and this sounds so meaningful! I love it!
    I'm very intersted to see your Twilight posts. I've re-read them back in 2015/2016 and I had a lot of mixed opinions about it. Though it is a series with a lot of problematic elements, I still really enjoyed some of the characters, as well as the writing.
    I agree that family gatherings bring so much anxiety, which is why I probably hate this time of the year. Christmas is just stress and no fun to me, but thankfully, this year, it ended up faster than I remembered.
    Hope you have a great 2019, Emily! :)

    1. The Outsiders is a book that I can always go back to :) glad you loved it! Twilight isn’t perfect by any stretch, but it’s also great escapism for me and I find it really easy to get through. Happy new year Lais :)

  4. That tattoo sounds incredible! I think I am going to go get my first tattoo in the new year and I am both nervous and excited. And I totally understand what you mean about finally tackling your anxiety. I've struggled with some mental health problems the past few years, and it is never easy. But you can do it! Talking really helps me. My December was an insane rush of Christmas, baking, and finals (ugh). But I survived! I'm just sad Christmas is over. Have a wonderful new year, Emily!

    1. I hope you get a tattoo! I had a really positive experience and I know it can be really meaningful if you get the right thing. Thanks Erin :)