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December 2021 wrap up

Hello bookworms!! It’s time for the December 2021 wrap up.

It is finally 2022!! I mean, it’s been 2022 for like a week now, but YAY!! This is (the first of my many) final wrap ups of 2021. THANK GOODNESS. I mean, I’m not convinced that 2022 will be any better than 2021, but I can still be hopeful for a bit. But I am convinced that 2021 being over can only be a good thing.

And with that in mind, let’s look at what I did in December!!

December 2021 wrap up

what i read

I read 8 books in December, which I think was super reasonable given I barely read for two weeks… ๐Ÿ˜… Every year I think the Christmas period will be when I can catch up and read more. And every year… I am wrong.

SYMBOLS
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
โš”๏ธ fantasy โ›ฑ contemporary ๐Ÿš€ sci-fi
๐Ÿฐ historical fiction โค๏ธ romance ๐Ÿ” crime / mystery
๐Ÿคก thriller ๐ŸŽ€ classic ๐ŸŽ“ dark academia
๐Ÿบ paranormal ๐Ÿ„ urban fantasy ๐Ÿ† smut
๐Ÿชด non-fiction ๐Ÿฅธ humour ๐ŸŽ™ biography / memoir
๐Ÿ–ค BIPOC author ๐Ÿ—ฃ own voices ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ queer rep
๐Ÿง  mental health rep โ™ฟ๏ธ disability rep ๐Ÿž body positivity
๐ŸŒ‘ dark themes ๐ŸŽฎ nerd references ๐Ÿˆ sports references
๐Ÿงธ middle grade ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ young adult ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ new adult / adult
๐Ÿ“” hardcover ๐Ÿ—’ paperback ๐Ÿ“ฑ ebook
๐Ÿ’ฅ graphic novel ๐ŸŽง audiobook ๐ŸŽ gift
๐Ÿ“š backlist title โฐ ARC / review copy ๐Ÿจ Aussie author / #loveozya
๐Ÿ–‹ signed / personalised copy ๐Ÿช† multiple copy โœ… read
๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ buddy read ๐ŸŒ€ reread ๐Ÿšซ DNF

Emoji table for reference

the books

Book
Author
Series
Year of publication / Symbols
Rating
Cover
Aurora’s End Amie Kaufman / Jay Kristoff The Aurora Cycle #3

2021

๐Ÿš€ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  โ™ฟ๏ธ
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿจ ๐Ÿ–‹

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Aurora's End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Ex Hex Erin Sterling ย 

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿ†
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
Queenie Candice Carty-Williams ย 

2020

โ›ฑ ๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿ—ฃ ๐Ÿง  ๐ŸŒ‘
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
A Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility Anyta Sunday Love, Austen #6

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐ŸŒ‘
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ A Dashwood of sense and Sensibility by Anyta Sunday
The Geek Who Saved Christmas Annabeth Albert ย 

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐ŸŽ„

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ The Geek Who Saved Christmas by Annabeth Albert
Only One Bed Keira Andrews ย 

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐ŸŽ„

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Only One Bed by Keira Andrews
Window Shopping Tessa Bailey ย 

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐ŸŒ‘
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐ŸŽ„

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey
The Scorpio Races Maggie Stiefvater ย 

2011

โ›ฑ ๐Ÿ„ ๐ŸŒ‘
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“”/๐ŸŽง ๐ŸŒ€
๐Ÿ–‹ ๐Ÿช†

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

the faves

The fave for December was always going to be The Scorpio Races… but it’s a reread (and my favourite book ever), so not really a shock.

I did really enjoy the dark side of Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey though. That book had hidden depths and I was not expecting it.

what i did

I was actually planning to spend the last week of December in rest mode… But I worked up til (and including) Christmas Eve. Then we went to mum’s for Christmas, and I was helping her organise and cook for the day. Then we did the rounds visiting some family and friends, and we didn’t get home again until 27 December. After that I had a day out shopping with my cousin and her daughter. Then it was a or so of washing laundry and cleaning our house. Then a whole day of resting and doing nothing!! After that it was New Year’s Eve and we had people coming so it was more cleaning and cooking and making beds etc. And then December was over!!

gaming

In December I spent a LOT of time playing Spritfarer on the Switch in December. Partly because it was so easy to take away with us. But mostly because I am ADDICTED to this beautiful and sad story. I’m at 93% completion right now, and I’ll likely finish it this month. But I’m going to be VERY sad when I do. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

tv and movies

There was SO MUCH MCU content for December, and I was such a happy Meeghan!! We watched:

  • Hawkeye
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (SO MUCH CRYING, yes, in the cinema)

But before both of these, my friends and I continued our MCU (+ other Marvel based movies) rewatch. Which means that in December we watched:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Into the Spider-verse

Other things I watched:

  • New Amsterdam season 4
  • The Last Duel
  • A Discovery of Witches season 1 & 2
  • Gordon Ramseyโ€™s Kitchen Nightmares (UK) season 2
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Encanto

I did not think I was going to like Encanto as much as I did. Don’t get me wrong, I thought I would love it. But I like REALLY LOVED IT. Like, it’s not far below Moana. And that’s really saying something.

I also totally binged on A Discovery of Witches (on Binge… haha). My plan is to start reading the books this year, but the show is *chefs kiss*. I love it, and I don’t usually love anything with Theresa Palmer.

BUT, top movie of the month goes to Spider-Man: No Way Home. Every time I think Marvel gets to a new height and that they won’t top anything, they get me. I mean, No Way Home wasn’t Endgame, by any means. But it was so much more than what I was expecting. I want to watch it again, but I think it might even be rivalling Into the Spider-verse for my fave Spidey movie of all time.

on my blog

December was… interesting. I started off the month pretty strong. I had a plan โ€” I was doing #blogmas. Nothing was going to stop me. Until it all fell very flat and I didn’t post for like 2 weeks. HAHAHAHAHA๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

I kind of almost turned it around at the end, but it didn’t really work out as I had planned. But that’s ok. We live and learn, and I forgive myself for trying to do things that don’t always pan out.

Topics for December’s Top 5 Tuesday were mostly wrap-up related. They were top 5:

Apart from this, the normal haul and wrap-up posts and a couple of tags, December was a pretty quiet standard month!!

on your blogs

Was I catching up on blog-hopping today before I published this?? ๐Ÿ‘€

Here are some of my fave posts of yours!!

๐ŸŽ„ Christmas recommendation lists and reviews ๐ŸŽ„:

Look, it’s never too early to bookmark this for next year!

Other recommendation lists

Discussion posts:

Reviews:

There’s two more posts that I really wanted to share, but I wasn’t sure where to put them. I guess they’re more of an announcement than anything else.

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How was your December?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

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