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December 2015 Month In Review
After spending September through November in a sort of reading slump, December turned out to be a really good reading month. I finally felt like a reader again. I manged to read 8 books for a 2015 total of 140 books, 30 over my goal. I am ending 2015 on a high note and hoping it continues into 2016.
My main goals for 2016 are to become more consistent with my reviews and to read more of my own books. This seems to be a very popular goal, I’ve seen many bloggers share the same goal.
I’ve created a TBR of my current books that I want to read next year, and that is my challenge for next year, since I didn’t join any formal challenges. If you want to keep track of my list and my progress, you can find the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Here’s to a great year and really great books!
Books Read in December: 8
Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Burch ~ 4 Stars
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig ~ 5 Stars
Sword And Verse by Kathy MacMillan ~ 5 Stars
Winter by Marissa Meyer ~ 5 Stars
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas ~ 4 Stars
The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski ~ 3 Stars
Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling ~ 4 Stars
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ~ 5 Stars
Reviews Posted in December: 0
* To see my goals and resolutions post click here. Some of the resolutions/goals were updated earlier in the post so they won’t all be listed here.
– I have read 140/110 books.
My big 3 month reading slump kinda messed up my progress with reviews, my goal for next year is to be more proactive. Write reviews, or at least drafts, right after I finish a book, and to get better at getting them typed and scheduled.
Reviews posted this Month: 0
Reviews posted in 2015: 53
– Still no progress here.
– Still managing to stay somewhat consistent with this one.
– Still keeping up with these.
– I managed to finish 2 series this year: The Unknown Assassin Series (Which I highly recommend) and The Lunar Chronicles Series (Which I also highly recommend.)
– Well this one didn’t happen. Maybe next year.
Operation No Soda:
– I did it! I went a whole year without drinking soda. I am so proud of myself, I honestly didn’t think I would make it past the first month. I am definitely going to continue on with this, but shift my focus to drinking more water. That will be my goal for next year.
*These are some of things that took up my attention when I wasn’t reading this month.
What I was listening to…
- I finally got back into reading mode this month, so I didn’t really listen to a lot of music. I wasn’t listening to anything in particular, but it was mostly country and Christmas music.
What I was watching…
- To help me get over my obsession with Criminal Minds, I decided to start watching a new show, which I am also now addicted to. The show is The X-Files. I started watching a few days into December and am now up to Season 6, Episode 14.
- I am still completely obsessed with the Panda Cam. Bei Bei is seriously the cutest baby panda, ever. He’s walking now and it’s absolutely adorable.
What I was doing…
I finally finished my Christmas Afghan, about a week before Christmas. It was a lot of work, but I’m so happy with how it turned out and the person who got it as a Christmas gift absolutely loved it. I’ve included a picture if any of you were wondering what it looked like. If any of you are crocheters and want to make your own blanket for next Christmas, you can find all the information about it here.
A Look Back At 2015
So I’m ending 2015 with 140 books read, which was 30 above my goal of 110. I had some really amazing reading months and then the 3 month slump I just managed to get out of. The last book I read in 2015 was Illuminae and it was an amazing way to end the year. I can’t wait to devour all of the amazing books that await me in 2016.
2015 was my first full year of the blog and a lot has changed in the past year. I’ve made new friends and talked to a lot of new people. I’m looking forward to more of that in the new year. I’m looking forward to making Over The Bookshelf even better in 2016.