Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2014

Posted January 1, 2015 by Debby in Uncategorized

December 2014: Holy crap what a month

It’s been a pretty eventful month for me! It mellowed out at work a bit, the holiday spirit was fantastic, but then some not so fun things happened and I’M MOVING and then I went to Texas for Christmas and just A LOT OF THINGS ALL OF THE THINGS. Sadly, reading was not really one of those things.

December Reads

Books Read:

Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark
The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil
My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Book of the Month:

The Unbound
December Stats
Total books read: 8
Total pages read: 2,803
Average rating: 2.88 šŸ™ šŸ™ šŸ™
2 2014 debut authors read
6/8 (75%) standalones, 2/8 (25%) series
7/8 (87%) paper, 1/8 (13%) pixels
FINAL 2014 Stats
Total books read: 128
Total pages read: 46,897
Average rating: 3.38
22 2014 debut authors read
38% standalones, 62% series
70% paper, 23% pixels, 6% audio

December Reviews

December Posts

December Obsession


On the Big Screen

THE NEWSROOM ENDED. And I am in distress. Regardless of critiques in the media, I thought every episode was still extremely well-written, my ship SOARED, and then my heart BROKE View Spoiler » – seriously, there were tears involved – and the end was… I dunno. A good end. A fitting end. But I’m so so so sad that this series is over because at least for right now and probably for some years to come, it’s my favorite series ever.

I also did watch the Doctor Who Christmas special but I have no big feelings about it. I really couldn’t care less about 12, and I wished so hard that Clara would leave, but no. Don’t get me wrong, I freaking LOVE Clara, she’s still my favorite companion, but she was 11’s companion. And since the regeneration, her character’s been regressing, thanks to the horrible writing of the newest series. I’m just not amused.

Oh, and I caved and watched all of The 100. And yeah, it actually is really good. I love how realistic it is about the psychology of the people and the range of the characters. There are plenty of twists that quickly got me addicted. Also that ship. Dat mid-season finale tho. o_o

The only really notable movie I watched would be The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies and I kind of hated it. Like, I will still eat up anything Middle Earth, and visually it was stunning, but that movie was pointless. There was hardly a story, View Spoiler », I lost respect for certain characters, it created some inconsistencies with LotR – like why Legolas would still be biased against dwarves if he helped Thorin so much – but more than anything View Spoiler ». I need a therapeutic LotR marathon. I’m not okay.

Through My Speakers

Because of extremely distressing events:

And because of The 100:

In Real Life

  • Like I said, pretty eventful month. I actually took the time to write about some of these RL things in a personal post this month. Long story short: witnessing suicide sucks and does shit to you, my roommate is KING Douchebag, but in my state of emotional distress, I impulsively responded to apartment listings and I GOT ONE. I got the keys on the 29th, so in January I will be MOVING. It’s going to be busy as all hell, so bare with me if the blog becomes less active. I’ll try to keep up, but, yeah. If there’s anything I learned at the end of this crazy year, it’s that I need to prioritize my mental health.
  • I went to Texas December 20th-28th, spending the holidays with my family. It was really lovely – with Tex-Mex the very first night, hanging out with my high school friends, book shopping, PRESENTS, and plenty of family time. Sadly, towards the end I was in a blue mood because I’m already super anxious about moving, but still. It was a nice and very necessary break.
  • We had Book Club Secret Santa again, and it was HILARIOUS because I think we freaked out everyone in the restaurant by our LOUD squealing and exclamations about books. Okay, I was the biggest offender. I should be sorry, but I don’t think I am. Daph nailed it, getting me Eleanor & Park (CALLED IT MUWAHA) and Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times. Thank youuu ā™„

That’s it for me. How was your month?

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7 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2014

  1. Oh my god, I haven’t read The Hobbit and LoTR Trilogy yet but I’ve seen all the movies AND YES WE PRETTY MUCH HAVE THE SAME REACTION WHEN OUR DEAR CHARACTER DIED. I cried at the cinemas. If only I have read the book, it wouldn’t hurt so much. Also Tauriel’s dialogue about love destroyed me. What even is heart?

  2. Congrats on getting a new apartment!

    I also saw the new Hobbit-movie and you are so right, there wasn’t any plot on it! After seeing it, we decided to watch The Lord of the Rings with my boyfriend just because they are so much better than The Hobbit-movies.

    • Thanks!!

      Yeah LOTR is wayyy better than The Hobbit. I mean visually, it was still great, but in all other ways… just not quite up to par.

  3. I didn’t read a lot of books this month either. December was supposed to be a good reading month but a stupid book slump ruined everything. *sighs*

    I can’t imagine how hard it was for you to witness suicide, and I hope you’re feeling better. Also, I know from personal experience that moving can be both exciting and exhausting, and I dunno – if I were moving my blog would probably have nothing on it.

    Happy New Year, and here’s hoping 2015 will be a great year for you!

    • Aww, thanks Kat. I am feeling a bit better now, but yeah. Moving is such a drag. My entire body already aches, but hopefully it’ll all be over soon and I can just enjoy the relaxation of having my very own place. šŸ™‚

  4. The 100 and THAT SHIP!! *sigh* It needs to sail soon~ but I also like that they are friends now….

    I tried to watch the first Hobbit movie but it was so yawn, I didn’t even bother with this new one. It was the same with the books; loved LOTR but couldn’t get into Hobbit.

    Happy New Year, Debby!

    • True! The friendship is good, and tbh I’m a bit nervous in trusting the CW with a ship. They have sunk so many great ones in the past, or just let the writing take a turn for the super bizarre. =/ Though so far The 100 is doing well at avoiding CW pitfalls, I’m still scared.