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December Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

I don’t know about you but I’m kind of relieved 2020 is over and that we can start into a completely new year. 2021 has to be better than 2020 ever was because I finally want to be able to say something positive in my Wrap-Ups. *lol* December was… in many ways as shitty as all the other months of 2020 and on some days it was even worse so yeah. Add work and stress to the mix and you get an idea how bad it actually was. XD

Anyway! I won’t be negative and we need all the positivity we can get in order to start 2021 right so I’ll think about nice things! For instance the Christmas dinner with my family on the 24th. We only were allowed to meet up to 10 people on two days (the 24th & 25th) and I celebrated Christmas with my family on the 24th. It was so good to see them after almost two months and I’m just happy I could celebrate and eat dinner with them. ❤ I hope there will be more family dinners in 2021 again and I’m already looking forward to the summer when hopefully everything will get a little bit more normal again.

This said I was able to spend two weeks at home and it was amazing! I needed those two weeks off work and I’m so glad I could indulge in my hobbies. For instance I started to do Yoga again and I got super motivated to dance which is mostly due to BTS. They are all so amazing and they made me want to get back into dancing. I know I’ll never reach their level again (I actually was at their level before I injured my knee and added insult to injury with a muscle fibre rupture in my shoulder a couple of years ago. Yes I’m a wreck. *lol*) but just to dance makes me so damn happy and I’m basically glowing ever since I started to do it more often again. =) It brings me joy and heaven knows we need to grasp every thread of happiness we can get. So even though I can’t do things like the amazing ballet spin (Jungkook and Jimin did at the 2020 MMA’s) anymore, I’m still happy I can dance! 😀

And before I continue to gush about dancing I’ll just head to my Wrap-Up! *lol* So here we go:

Books read: 7 (7 books & 0 webcomic, At first it looked like I’d only read two books in December and then the holidays happened so 7 it is. XD)

Pages read:  2.698 (That’s a lot of pages because many of those books had more than 400 pages.)

Average rating: 4,00 (This seems to be a precision landing once again. *lol*)

Books that were on my reading list:  3 (from 2019 and 3 from 2020. Guess my efforts to read some of my 2020 books paid off in the end. 😉 )

December Reads:

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Imagine Me: 2 Pfoten, 5

Everyone who read my review of „Imagine Me“ knows how bitter I felt about this book. >_< After the initial amazing trilogy and the great fourth and fifth book I expected something awesome or at least a worthy ending for such a long series. But all I got were even more questions and a half-baked plot that constantly made me want to … well puke. (at least the Juliette chapters) The only thing that saved this for me were Kenji and Warner and even those two weren’t enough. So: Nuh-uh! No, nopedy nope. T_T

Dear Evan Hansen: 3 Pfoten

I absolutely love the „Dear Evan Hansen“ soundtrack and I’ve been listening to it like crazy after I read the book. I can’t help but wonder if the musical and the book are the same though. In general this wasn’t a bad book but I kind of disliked that Evan lied so much and that it ultimately didn’t have all too many consequences for him. I don’t know if the musical is the same but all that lying made me feel really uncomfortable. Especially because he wasn’t called out on it. That’s just my opinion though. If you want to read my full review you can do it here!

House of Salt and Sorrows: 4 Pfoten

I absolutely adored this retelling of „The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes“ and for a debut this was amazing! =) The dark and eerie atmosphere of Highmoor was super creepy and I loved that this played on an island. I could almost taste the salt creeping into every corner of that manson by the sea and I lived and breathed for this haunted house. *lol* Truth be told this would have been a great Halloween read. XD

The Starless Sea: 5 Pfoten

This was AWESOME! Like seriously, an entirely different level of awesome! I loved this book so much and even though I know that it won’t be for everyone I can definitely say that it was perfect for me! 😉 I just loved everything about „The Starless Sea“ and I adore Erin Morgenstern’s imagination. It’s no wonder it always takes her so long to write her books but if that is what comes out of those many years I’ll accept the long wait without complaining. Such a masterpiece of storytelling. I just loved it! ❤

Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love: 4 Pfoten

I got this as an ARC from NetGalley and I enjoyed it a lot! XD I wanted a sweet rom-com and I got one with „Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love“. Of course some of the tasks they had to do in this book were kind of ridiculous but it definitely made for good entertainment. *lol* Also I loved that there was a pan rep in here! They are rare to find and it was nice to see one, though admittedly it could have been more pronounced. Still, if you want to escape reality for a few hours I can totally recommend this book! 😉

Godsgrave: 4 Pfoten,5

Jay Kristoff managed to WOW me once again! This went in an entirely different direction than I expected but it was amazing nevertheless. I loved Mia’s character arc and that she started to question her decisions. And can we please appreciate all those plot twists I never saw coming? >_< Just amazing! I can’t wait to read „Darkdawn“ but I’ve to admit that I’m scared as hell. *lol* As long as Sabrina @ Notes From A Paper Plane Nomad is going to buddy read this with me as well I’ll be fine though. XD

Heartstopper: 5 Pfoten

When my library finally got this as a paperback I just couldn’t resist! I’ve been reading „Heartstopper“ for years as a webcomic but it felt really good to hold it in my hands and to turn the pages! =D Plus I finally had the time to look more at the details and to enjoy the drawings and facial expressions. This will always be one of my fave LGBTQ+ stories and Alice Oseman will always be one of my fave authors as well. ❤

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How was your December? Did you have a roll over the holidays too? Did you eat too many cookies and spend your time at home as well? What about your New Year’s resolutions? Do you love to dance and are you a dancer as well? And most importantly are you ARMY too? *lol*

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

December Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

Who am I? And how did I manage to read 8 books in December? O_o They weren’t even short ones because most of them had between 280 and 480 pages! I guess the holidays might have given me time to finish some of the books I already started in November. Well, at least that’s the only explanation I can come up with. *lol*

December wasn’t just a great month when it came to books though. All those family gatherings left us with a full stomach and after some of them it would have been great if we could have just „rolled“ back home. XD My family is fun like that! Haha!

Last month might have been a busy one regarding work but since I was lucky enough to get two weeks off during the holidays I actually managed to recover from the stress. So there’s that! And now, without further ado, let’s head to my statistic! 😉

Books read: 8

Pages read:  2.680 (Woah, I was quite on a roll in December, wasn’t I? O_o I think I didn’t read that many pages in any of the other months.)

Average rating: 3,88 (So many 4 star reads! XD)

Books that were on my reading list:  4 (2 from 2018 andfrom 2019. And here I read so many books in December but still not even half of those that were on my lists… somethings gotta change in 2020! *lol*)

December Reads: 

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They Both Die at the End: 4 Pfoten

This book broke my heart! Rufus and Mateo were so perfect for each other but urgh Adam Silvera had no mercy with my poor soul! >_< I loved the promise of the book and the idea of a world in which everyone knows the day on which they die caused me to have some serious thoughts. Amazing read and highly recommended! Keep your tissues at hand though!

Flame in the Mist: 4 Pfoten

2019 officially turned out to be the year of retellings and I’m glad I read so many of them. „Flame in the Mist“ definitely was a great one and I enjoyed it immensely! I was so intrigued by Ranmaru and Okami that I couldn’t help but be totally engrossed in the story! Plus the ending! ARGH! I need to read book two soon!

Essenz der Götter: 3 Pfoten

Now that was a book from an unknown Austrian author that lives close to my town. *lol* I didn’t read a German book for ages so it took me quite a while to get into it and to be entirely honest I had issues with the genre. I expected a young adult fantasy book and in the end it turned out to be a romance. So if you read it as the romance it’s supposed to be this was actually a good read. Just don’t go into it thinking it’s fantasy! 😉

Circe:4 Pfoten

I absolutely adored this! I always was a huge fan of the Odyssey and Odysseus himself so I already knew about „Circe“ when I started to read the book. Still, this was an amazing read and Madeline Miller once again nailed it! I swear when it comes to Greek mythology she’s my go to person! (or author in that case! *lol*) If you want to read my full review you can do it here!

Death Masks: 4 Pfoten

Book five of the Harry Dresden Files and I’m still not tired of our awesome wizard! 😉 This time around our hero has to face not only a Red Court member but also his ex-gf and a handful of demons that want to get a grip on „The Shroud“. Yes, the one and only! So there’s a lot of trouble brewing in Chicago and of course Harry’s once again right smack in the middle of it! 😛

Into the Between: 4 Pfoten

Now this book was a total surprise! Anna Webb offered it to me as a review copy and since it’s been on my goodreads TBR for two years I couldn’t say „no“ to such an offer! When I started to read „Into the Between“ I never thought that I’d end up loving it so much, but the longer I read the more questions I had and the mystery of it all kept me reading until the very last page. I even bought a copy of the second book now because seriously, I NEED ANSWERS!!! Yep, that’s how much I loved it! ❤ If you’re interested you can read my goodreads review here!

Cinder: 4 Pfoten

Definitely one of the best books I read this month! ❤ I loved everything about it! The Star Wars vibes, the fairy tale atmosphere! It was just great and I couldn’t get enough of it! Prince Kai was an adorable love interest and Cinder one of the coolest, down-to-earth heroines ever! I still don’t get how she managed to keep her hands off of him because let’s face it, I would have been all over him in a heartbeat! *lol*

Glitches: 4 Pfoten

After finishing „Cinder“ I just wanted to know a little bit more about her time before she came to Adri and her family. So I decided to read this short story and it kind of helped me to understand her relationship with Peony and Garan. If you’re looking for a short addition to the main story this is a really nice and fast read. 🙂

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This said: How was your December? Did you get a lot of reading done? Were you busy with family gatherins as well? Did you eat too much and what’s your typical holiday meal? XD What was your favourite book in December?

Talk to me and let me know!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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