DECEMBER 2016 | Wrap-Up

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The last month of the year has come to an end, meaning it’s time for another monthly wrap-up! All in all, December was a pretty great end to a tumultuous and rocky year. Not only did I read several fantastic books, but I had a blast celebrating the holiday season with a plethora of Christmas festivities. Let’s take a look at what I’ve been up to!
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All of my reading in December took place in the latter half of the month once I moved back home and started my winter break. Luckily, the CramAThon began on the day that my break started, so that helped give me the boost I needed to get some major reading done. It feels so nice to be able to read whatever I want without worrying about homework!

In December I read a total of 5 books:

  1. The Truth About Style by Stacy London
  2. When Everything Changed by Gail Collins
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  4. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Picking a single favorite book of the month is really difficult, but I think I’m going to have to go with Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. This classic novel has unexpectedly become one of my favorite books of 2016 and quite possibly one of my favorite classics in general. I couldn’t put it down and even though weeks have passed since I finished reading it the story of Bathsheba Everdene still lingers in the back of my mind. I can’t recommend it enough! (Honorable mention: The Truth About Style by Stacy London. LOVE THIS BOOK. <3)

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As per usual, December was a month of extremes: the nearly overwhelming stress of finishing final exams and papers, the joy of celebrating with friends before saying goodbye until next semester, eating massive amounts of cake and cookies, and finally being able to relax at home and do absolutely nothing. This rapid decline from studying and working every possible minute to suddenly have a seemingly vast amount of free time feels incredibly strange– wonderful, of course, but strange nonetheless. Here are some highlights from my month:

+ Celebrating the holidays with friends. In the midst of studying and furiously writing papers, my friends and I decided to take a quick break and bake some delicious Christmas cookies after exchanging gifts. Considering we baked them in the kitchen of a college dorm building, I’d say it was definitely a success!

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+ Coming home. Winter break has begun, which means that I’m back home for a little over a month. It’s the best feeling to be able to spend time with my family, friends from high school, and dogs again. (And not having to wear flip-flops in the shower is also a plus!)

+ CHRISTMAS. I’d be amiss if I made a December highlights list without mentioning Christmas! I absolutely adore this time of year because I’m always overwhelmed by the love and support shown by friends and family. It’s a reminder of how incredibly fortunate I am to be surrounded by such wonderful people. We celebrated Christmas Eve at my house like we do every year and hilarious shenanigans ensued, as is expected with my family.

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+ Free time to read. I’ve read SO MUCH ini the two weeks that I’ve been home for winter break thus far. After basically having no time to read for fun during the entire semester it feels amazing to finally dive back into my TBR. (Also, I got a new bookcase!!!)

+ Starting work. Although I love having free time to relax over break, it does get old after w while. Fortunately I’ve started working at the organization where I was an intern over the summer, so I’ll be plenty busy over the next few weeks.

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It feels so nice to be able to jump back into blogging during my winter break! I’ve been channeling my inner Alexander Hamilton and writing posts non-stop in an attempt to schedule as many posts ahead of time as possible. During the semester I have hardly no time to blog, meaning that the bulk of my future posts will have to scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

How was your month of December? Did you celebrate any holidays? Do anything fun? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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15 thoughts on “DECEMBER 2016 | Wrap-Up

  1. My December was pretty good. My parents were away for most of November, but they came back which made me happy, and I read lots, and finished projects and handed in applications and got a phone and now I have a really long break to read and blog and work on projects. Your December sounds really fun 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you had a great December! Winter break is the best because there’s plenty of time to get caught up with reading and blogging and all of that fun stuff. Happy New Year!! 🙂

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  2. I’m glad you had such a nice December 😀 Happy new year! I didn’t know Far from the Madding Crowd was a book, I recently saw part of the film though! How did you like Little Women? I haven’t read it yet and it’s SUCH a classic that it intimidates me, you know?

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    1. Thank you!! 🙂 I LOVED Far from the Madding Crowd (now I really want to watch the movie!) and enjoyed Little Women, though it was a bit slow and predictable at times. I was actually kind of intimidated to read Little Women, too, because I wasn’t sure if I would like it. It’s definitely a character-driven story rather than one focused on plot. Anyways, I hope you have a fantastic 2017!

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  3. I really want to read Little Women! I’ve had it for years, but I still haven’t read it. I always love being on break because I actually have time to read. It seems like you had a great month! Happy New Year’s and merry belated Christmas! 😀

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    1. I felt the same way about Little Women before I read it! I’ve had a copy for a few years now and just got around to reading it 🙂 I ended up really enjoying it, though, so it was worth it in the end. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  4. Wow – what a December you had! It sounds like it was awesome which is great! I ate too much, read a lot and enjoyed my extended family coming over for Christmas which was the best ever! I can’t believe i haven’t read Frankenstein but I’m changing that in the next few months.

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