How Is it 2017? // December Wrap Up

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Happy New Yearย ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

If you went out partying last night I hope you didn’t wake up with a hangover. If you were like me and stayed in and probably fell asleep before midnight then HIGH FIVE.

Honestly. How. Is. It. 2017.

2016 has been quite the dumpster fire of a year, but I can’t believe it’s over.

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Iย hope everyone had a lovely holidays! My Christmas day was super chill and we didn’t really do anything special, but it was a good day! And I got some super cool presents so that’s a plus.

You also probably noticed that I haven’t been around the blogosphere lately. I mentioned briefly that my sister was in hospital for a few days. That was part of the reason, but I also just felt really run down and in a rut. I even deactivated Twitter for a couple of days becauseย I just wanted to get away from everything. I still kind of do, but I miss being here and wanted to keep people updated because I know not all of you follow me on Twitter.

I also just wanted to share this photo of my dog getting jealous over the attention I was giving ofย Six of Crows. I love him so much.

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I want to briefly talk about Carrie Fisher too. In a really sad irony, the day she passed was the same day I watched The Force Awakensย in 2015ย and it’s when I fell in love with Star Wars. I haven’t been a Star Wars fan as long as most people, but straight away I fell in love with Carrie’s honesty. As a mentally ill person it was so inspiring to see her. I love how unashamed she was of her illnesses and addictions. I appreciate how open she was. She helped me see that I can still be successful whilst having my mental illnesses. ย It made me less ashamed about my own illnesses. I’m sad that I never got to experience her presence for longer, but what I did get to see will stay with me forever. I just wanted to share this quote, because it means the world to me.

Thanks for everything, Carrie โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

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The best thing about December? I hauled 6ย books and all of them were free. Major thanks to Hachette Australia and their YA hub Date A Book, Pan Macmillan Australia, CW @ Read Think Ponder (whose giveaway I won!), a local used bookstore and my sister ๐Ÿ˜…

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard (ARC) โ€ข House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski โ€ข Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee โ€ข Ring by Koji Suzuki

Pan Macmillan sent meย A Quiet Kind of Thunder and I’ll be participating in a blog tour later this month so stay tuned for that!!ย Not Your Sidekick was what I chose in CW’s giveaway (a bisexual woc superhero yes pls) and my sister bought meย House of Leavesย for Christmas and I can’t even fathom how excited I am to read it.

Fun story about Ring:ย On New Years Eve my dad and I stopped in at a location we do paranormal investigations at. It’s a motel with a used bookstore built in. It’s honestly amazing. I was walking around the bookstoreย while my dad was having a beer and I foundย Ring! It felt like fate. There’s tons of books there and no real orginisation, but I managed to find it! I went to pay for it, but the owner was like, “no, Happy New Year” and I was like “omg, really???” haha. So yes! Score!!!

Frostblood (ARC) by Elly Blake

I was lucky enough to win this in a giveaway that Hachette Australia were hosting!

Caraval (ARC) by Stephanie Garber

I have already read this, but this ARC is so pretty I love having a physical copy. Thank you, Hachette โ™ฅ

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This was my worst reading month all year, but honestly I didn’t mind. I beat my GR goal and whilst there are tons of books I want to get through it was nice having a break.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…)ย – I finally read this and it was everything I wanted and more. I love the characters so, so, so much.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…)ย – This is everything a contemporary should be. I’m participating in a blog tour so I’ll be posting my thoughts then, but I feel like so many people are going to love this.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…)ย – I read this in one day and WOW. This is such an important read that deals with rape culture and internalised sexism. It’s definitely not an easy ready and if you’re triggered by sexual abuse, rape, violence or animal injury then you might be able to read it. However, if you can get through that then I can’t recommend it enough.

Let Her Go by M. Ocean (โ˜…โ˜…)ย – This is a poetry book I found on the Kindle store. I found some of the poems okay, but otherwise I just felt really disconnected. There was also a poem that was literally Pierce The Veil lyrics and I don’t know if it was unintentional or a straight up copy, but it kind of threw me off the rest of the collection.

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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicketย (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…)ย – I was oriinally planning on participating in #CramAThon, but didn’t really get very far haha. Anyway, this is one of the two books I read for it. I thought it was about time to finally make a dent in this series because I loved the movie and the Netflix series is starting soon. I really enjoyed this! It was a fun read despite the depressing themes it dealt with. I also read it in like 20 minutes which I was not expecting.

A Boy Without His Feathers by Beau Taplin (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…)ย – This is another book I read for #CramAThon. Beau is an Australian writer who used to be connected with one of my fave Aussie bandsย For Our Hero. I actually met him a few years ago and he’s super lovely โ™ฅ. I loved this collection so much. Beau writes so beautiful and the introduction to this book is my favourite thing ever. I feel everything he writes in my soul. Definitely check out his Twitter and Tumblr were he shares a lot of his work!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…)ย – I FINALLY DID IT YOU GUYS!!!!!! I READ THE BOOK THIEF!!!!!!!!!! And subsequently cried my eyes out. This book was so beautiful and heartbreaking.

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Like always when I’m not feeling much of anything I binged watched a TV show and some movies.

TV

SWEET/VICIOUS (MTV)

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I watched all 5 episodes that were available in a day. GUYS I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS SHOW. I can’t recommend it enough. The main character Jules is a vigilante who goes after guys who have gotten away with rapingย girls on her college campus. Ophelia, the other main character, stumbles across Jules whilst she’s “dealing”ย with a guy and the two decide to team up. It’s a super important show that deals with issues like rape culture and even racism. I am DYING FOR THE NEXT EPISODE. Jules and Ophelia are my babes. I love them both so, so, so much. Obviously, this show deals with things like rape and there are scenes that might be triggering for people, but if you can handle that then definitely check it out.

TRAVELERS (NETFLIX)

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The concept of this show is that people from the future come back to the past and by knowing the exact time and place of someone’s death they can use themย as “hosts”. ย The main characters are a team who are supposed to help fix things by changing the past to alter the future. I was confused by the first episode, but I kept watching and now I’m OBSESSED. I’ve already watched 8 episodes and a season 2 hasn’t been confirmed yet so I really don’t want it to end. It’s super intense and gripping and I love the characters so much THEY ARE ALL MY CHILDREN. If you’ve watched this then let me know because I need to fangirl!! Also heads up the one of the characters is dealing with a drug addiction and the other has an abusive spouse so be careful if you’re triggered by those.

MOVIES

With everything going on in my life I was just really in the need for some dumb comedies that require you to do zero thinking. So that’s what I watched.ย This is the Endย andย Pineapple Expressย were both rewatches. They’re so hilarious I love them so much.ย Neighborsย was hilarious too. I feel like I’m officially old because I was so on Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne’s side of the feud, haha. Also, Zac Efron and the Franco brothers areย ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

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MUSIC

This month really shows how my music taste makes no sense. There’s so many different genres on here. We go from post-hardcore covers of pop songs to Nicki Minajย ๐Ÿ˜‚ One of my favourite songs of this month I only just discovered the other day is Mine by Phoebe Ryan and no, it’s not a hardcore song haha. I heard it onย Sweet/Viciousย and I fell in love. I really like associating songs with my favourite characters and this just described everything on the show perfectly so it’s been on repeat for like 2 days.

Don’t forget to check out my latest Music Monday post where I talked about my favourite albums of the year!

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Obviously, not much was posted this month but here a few things for you to check out!

Honestly my plans are to have no plans anymore because every time I try to organise things real life is like “lmao you thought”.

Also, kind of irrelevant but I deleted my Bookstagram. I was just not cut out for the community. I only made one because everyone else had one and I thought it’s what I was supposed to do. I don’t have the means or space to take decent photos and I hated /EVERYTHING/ I posted. So yeah. That’s gone now, haha. I still have my account open because I want to check my feed occasionally, but I won’t be posting which is nbd because my “photos” aren’t anything to miss ๐Ÿ˜‚.

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What was your favourite read in December?

Like always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I hope you all had a fantastic December and even better January.

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74 thoughts on “How Is it 2017? // December Wrap Up

  1. Woooah your wrap-up post is so full I love it! I’m sorry to hear about your sister, I hope everything is ok ๐Ÿ’– alright now I think I’m the only person in the book blogosphere who hasn’t read Six of Crows ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. Hope you sister’s doing okay,Lauren and TBH I live for your Music monday posts โค I have discovered so many artists,thanks to you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. First, amazing presents you got there! I’m in love with the makeup brushes and House of Leaves is a book I’ve always wanted to own for the way it is printed. I hope you enjoy it! Second, the story of how you got Ring is super cute. I’m glad nice people are still out there and it was definitely fate that the book found its way to you ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, your dog is beautiful and I love his jealous face haha. Lastly, those shows sound amazing. I’m going to check them out whenever I have the time.

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    1. I’m slowly starting to get into make up and they’ve been pretty good for beginner stuff!! I think the eyeshadow one isn’t as good, but I really love the powder one. They’re really pretty though. Right!! It was such a nice surprise. He has his moments, haha. Yesss, I hope you enjoy them!!!

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      1. I got into makeup literally last year, so let me tell you… it’s a wild ride haha. It’s so much fun and frustrating at the same time. I mean, I still can’t do eyeliner right and both eyes always look different, but I still love it and have fun with it ๐Ÿ˜›
        Thank you! โค

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        1. I’m honestly pretty bad at the moment. I can only do lipstick and extremely basic eyeliner. I’ve been using mascara and so much has ended up on my face ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s been really fun though!! Trying to find the right foundation colour has been so difficult though, haha.

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              1. You know, sometimes foundations say cool tones or warm tones alongside with the shade and that might make a difference! For example, I think I have cool tones so that’s why my warm tone foundation looks orange on me despite it being super light. It’s a whole science behind makeup ๐Ÿ˜›

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                1. Haha, yes! I remember seeing something about that. It probs doesn’t help that I’m a bit cheap too so I probably don’t buy the highest quality stuff either ๐Ÿ˜… Also I hate asking for help in stores so I’m always like “no, i’m fine thanks!!!” when assistants ask if I need help.

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  4. For your worst reading month this year Lauren you still managed to get through a lot of books, eight is sometimes what I read each month (though I actually read quite a bit in December, not sure how that happened). Plus it looks like for the most part you enjoyed all the books you read quite a bit as well, which is always nice to be able to say! It’s great you read The Book Thief, I can’t wait to see your review for that one Lauren.
    I hope you enjoy Frostblood as well, I got an ARC of that and really loved it, I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed it actually.
    Here’s hoping you have a good 2017 Lauren! โค ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thanks, Beth!! Even though it wasn’t the best I feel like it was still a success because I finally got to The Book Thief ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m definitely going to try and do a review. It might just be a mini/rapid one though because I don’t know if I could do it justice!!

      Ahh, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Frostblood. Hopefully I can get to it soon.

      I hope your 2017 is amazing too โ™ฅ

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      1. That’s all right! โค ๐Ÿ˜€ And yeah, it's the little victories as well as the bigger ones isn't it? In that case I'll be looking forwards to your review for The Book Thief, I really need to get around to reading it and reviewing it on my blog as well.
        I really hope you enjoy Frostblood Lauren, that's another review of yours I'll be looking forwards to! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  5. Breaks are okay! & you absolutely don’t have to do ALL THE THINGS in terms of social media. It’s so hard to balance. I might back off from Twitter for a while because I don’t feel like I’m cut out for that community haha

    I hope 2017 is a little easier for you in terms of blogging & what not โค

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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    1. That’s definitely the main thing I’ve learnt this past year. I definitely won’t be as hard on myself this year when I need to take one! Twitter can definitely be exhausting at times, but I’m also annoying addicted to it haha.

      Thank you, Molly โ™ฅ I hope your 2017 is awesome!!

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  6. Ohhh what a nice bunch of presents! I hope your sister is okay! And your dog is so cute! โค
    Ooooooh free books! Nice. Sweet/Vicious sounds really interesting! Also I added Travelers to my Netflix list a few weeks ago so it’s nice to hear good things about it!
    Too bad you didn’t like your Bookstagram stuff, but you had the courage to delete something that wasn’t making you happy, which is always good! x

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  7. Glad you have an awesome 2016! And yes, Carrie Fisher was an awesome role model, she will always be remembered. Love seeing new interesting blogs like yours! โœจ Happy (Late) New Year!

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  8. Awwww your dog is so cute!! Despite my constant posting of cat pictures, I’m actually a dog person. No, really! No one believes me but it’s true. LOL.

    Glad you’re back!

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  9. So sorry about your sister, I hope you’re both better. And still not over Carrie Fisher, she was sucha a fresh, honest and fun person. I’m also a “new” Star Wars fan, btw.
    From your bookhaul, I’m most excited for Caraval, so I’m hoping you do a review to know more about your ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And if this was your worst reading month but you still managed to read 7 books, I don’t know what a great reading month is for you. And you enjoyed almost all of them, so yay! I’ve never read a Lemony Snicket book either, but I may do in the future.
    I’m also obsessed with TV and movies, though I have not watch the shows you mention. For movies, though, they’re great. This is the End was hilarious, I’m not surprised you rewatch it. I like that humor.
    Great post!

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    1. Thank you! She’s doing better now โ™ฅ I know, it was so heartbreaking! Ahh, yay. I put off watching the movies for so long because I was convinced I’d hate them ๐Ÿ˜…

      I’ll definitely be posting a review for Caraval!! It’ll go up on the release date or just a bit before.

      Haha!! I’m probably a bit hard on myself when it comes to how much I read which is something I want to leave behind in 2017.

      I used to be super into TV shows, but hardly watched any this year. I often find myself going to Netflix when I’m feeling slumpy though. Yes, It’s hilarious!! That humour is one of my favourites too.

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      1. Glad to heard that ๐Ÿ™‚
        I tried watching them when I was little but I was bored… I guess I didn’t appreciated it enough and was expecting a different thing, because now I do like them. Have you watched Rogue One too? It’s great!
        Yay, then I’ll be keeping an eye for the review. It sound amazing.
        I have that problem too about reading, partly because I’m such a slow reader and I compare myself with others, which is bad thing.
        I also watch a lot of TV, though I’m trying to change that and turn it into reading time. Let’s hope it works haha

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        1. Unfortunately I haven’t seen Rogue One yet. Christmas sent me totally broke, haha. Hopefully I can soon though!!

          Yeah, I definitely do that a lot too. I have a huge backlist too so I’m always trying to get through it but I get distracted a lot, haha. I’m definitely learning not to care as much though. It was harder when I first started blogging, but it does eventually get easier to stop comparing yourself!

          Haha, good luck โ™ฅ It’s definitely hard trying to manage the two.

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  10. Happy New Year!! ๐ŸŽ‰
    I hope that you are feeling better now and that your sister is all right!! Your dog is sooo cute!
    I’m sooo happy to see that you loved Six of Crows, it’s one of my all time favourite books after all. ๐Ÿ˜€ I adore The Book Thief as well and it’s definitely one of the books I cried most while reading it. It’s really beautiful, but also heartbreaking.

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    1. Happy New Year!!

      Thank you โ™ฅ

      It was so good!! I loved everything about it so much. Hopefully I can get to Crooked Kingdom soon. Everyone warned me about The Book Thief, but nothing could ever prepare me for how heartbreaking it actually was! I’m so glad I read it though.

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  11. I am SO pleased that you loved Six of Crows!! I fell in love with Leigh Bardugo’s writing in 2016, I need more!! I’m currently reading A Quiet Kind of Thunder and it’s beautiful. I agree that many people are going to love this one!

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  12. So many great books, both read and hauled. It seems like you had a pretty good reading month and I can’t wait for your thoughts on A Quiet Kind of Thunder and Frostblood. They’re both books I’m really excited to read myself. Also, your dog is so adorable and I hope your sister is doing better. โ™ฅ
    Happy New Year and I hope you have a great reading month in January, Lauren! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  13. I hope everything’s better now for your sister and for you, Lauren, sending you lots of love โค
    Your Christmas gifts are all awesome, I am so jealous, haha. Also, your dog looks SO cute, I kind of want to hug him now ahah. Wishing you a great happy new year, Lauren, and a wonderful reading month for January โค

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  14. Sorry you had a crappy month Lauren! Hope everything is better now for your sister. And of course, take as many breaks as you need! We’ll all be here for you if you need us โค
    Your Christmas gifts look amazing and your dog is sooo cute ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, so glad you enjoyed Six of Crows! And that's great that you got an ARC for Frostblood! It's one of my most anticipated reads for 2017 so I hope you'll enjoy it.
    I've been eyeing Travellers on Netflix for a while now, so I'm glad to hear you liked it – will have to give it a try soon ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy New Year, Lauren, hope you'll have an AMAZING 2017!

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  15. I thought you had seemed absent from the blogosphere! I hope everything is better.
    Do you write to publishers to get this books? People keep telling me to try but I’m too shy to ask, and I don’t want to appear pushy. But you’ve been doing this a long time, so I figured you are a good person to ask…how do you get physical books? ๐Ÿค”
    I’m glad you’re back and I’m glad that we have a new year for fresh starts! Yay 2017!

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