Monthly Wrap Up: December 2015

Monthly Wrap Up: December 2015

Happy New Years Eve!

I know, I know, I’ve never done a wrap up post before. But I’ve decided that I want to start doing them because I have joined a massive amount of reading challenges for 2016 so that I will be reading more, and I like the idea of having more frequent life updates instead of scattering them randomly throughout the year. So here is my first every monthly wrap up!
Let’s do it!

This month I managed to read seven books which makes me very happy. I read Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut for school, and didn’t really like it. The movie was better. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt was just amazing and one of the best character driven books of all time. I can see why it won the award. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater was probably my biggest disappointment of the year because there is such a huge hype about it and I couldn’t like it at all. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafiz was very inspiring and although I did know her story, I truly didn’t know how much there was to it. Open and Read by James P. Burns simply made me so happy as I read it, and I definitely want to read more books of poetry now. 
As for ebooks, I read the graphic novel Frakenstein Underground by Mike Mignola which was okay, but didn’t really capture me at all, despite loving the Frakenstein story. Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is a murder mystery I have wanted to read for the longest time, and I loved it. Even if I did have massive spoilers for the whole thing. (More about that in the review.)

 I’m being a bit ambitious with my TBR in order to get a head start on my 2016 challenges. I have been meaning to read Wonder forever, so I am doing so this month. And I’ve already read the first chapter of Emma by Jane Austen. It was time for a classic and I have always wanted to read this one as well! The rest are review books! A mythology, a romance, a mystery… I’m trying to spread over the genres.

I did take a week off in the middle of the month somewhere, so there aren’t as many as usual…

December has been a very good month to me. It was quite busy with exams in the beginning, but I have a few results and am happy to say they went fine πŸ™‚ I even got full marks on my economics exam! Then I went to England to spend Christmas with my nan (because it would be her first Christmas alone), and my two oldest sisters met us there as well. I really enjoyed the time to relax. We finally saw the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, which I loved to bits. And because my dad is a massive star wars fan, we also saw The Force Awakens. It was very good, but I do have a few qualms with it (all coming in a later review!)
As for Christmas presents, I got 0 books! But that is perfectly okay because I did get a lot more books this month… again >.> So my haul will still be pretty big. I did get my camera which I can’t wait to use for my booktube to improve my videos, and for bookstagram as well. I now also have Supernatural season three, and Sherlock season three in my possession, so I shall be wasting my evenings watching those. 
I’m feeling very optimistic about the new year and am looking forward to all I can do then! Hopefully I can achieve some of my long waited for goals :3

 (Pictures: Me and one of my cousins, a picture to remember my grandfather on Christmas day, and me helping to decorate the tree!)

I namely wanted to make wrap up posts to keep up with all the challenges I have joined! I have my usual goal which I achieved of reading 100+ books! Oh, and this year I also did the 2015 Popsugar reading challenge!

I will be doing the 2016 Popsugar challenge and also all of these (we’ll see what I get done, no pressure to finish them all)

The 2016 Alphabet Soup challenge where you read a book for every letter of the alphabet (you can remove the word “the”)

The Backlist Books challenge where you read books that were published a year or more before you read them (to read books which aren’t new releases!) Aiming for 50 of these.

The Colour Coded challenge to read a book which a certain colour on the cover every month.

The 2016 Ebook Reading Challenge where you read as many ebooks as possible. Aiming for 50.

The 2016 TBR Pile challenge is where you read as many books in your TBR as possible that aren’t review books. I’m aiming for 100!

The 12 Month Classics challenge is where you read a classic every month that fits a certain category!

The Monthly Motif challenge is where you read  book a month which needs to fit a certain category.

And lastly, to keep up with my review copies, the Netgalley and Edelweiss reading challenge where you read as many books from those places as possible to keep the percentage high! I am aiming for 50 of these, hopefully.

 Apologies for the long post! It’s all those pesky challenges. :3 See you in 2016!

Olivia’s Question: Have you made any new year resolutions?

Olivia-Savannah x

31 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: December 2015”

  • It was only when I clicked on this post that I remembered that I still have an unread Goldfinch on my shelf -_- But you seemed to have liked it so I will make it a point to get to it soon. Can't wait to see the new videos you'll be making with your new camera ^^ Having epically failed at my last year's Popsugar challenge, I decided to forget about reading challenges this year. I hope you have fun with them though. Happy New Year <3

  • Ah good to hear you enjoyed the Frankenstein story itself. It's on my list of books to read – it's just one of those classics you have to read. I also saw Spectre! I heard people didn't like it as much as the others, although I thought it was not too bad. Along the lines of Skyfall for me (Casino Royale was my fave though!).

  • The wrap up post will probably help keep you very organized with all of your challenges!

    I love Wonder- it is a book that touches me every time I read it (I Have read it three times). I hope you enjoy it and good luck with all of your challenges. May 2016 be filled with wonderful things for you. πŸ™‚

  • You read a lot in December! I attempted to read The Goldfinch a few months ago, but I DNFed it because I just found it too slow, and the size made it overwhelming. I just didn't think it would be for me, so I gave up because I just didn't want to invest in it so much. Maybe I should re-think my decision!

    I'm sorry you didn't enjoy Shiver! There's so much hype around it, so I've been a bit reluctant to pick it up because I'm worried it's been built it up too much. I wasn't sure about the story either (it didn't appeal to me loads), but now I really don't think I'll be picking it up anytime sooner.

    I really want to read I Am Malala! She's a hero and a true inspiration, so I really want to find out even more about her story. I'm so glad you enjoyed it – you make me want to read it even more! Hopefully I'll be able to pick it up soon πŸ™‚

    Wow, that's a lot of challenges! You're very optimistic about them all – I wouldn't want to join so many because I would think that I wouldn't finish. I wish you the best of luck for completing them all!

    Thank-you for sharing, Olivia! I wish you all the best for 2016, and I hope you manage to read even more great books than you did this year. Great post! β™₯
    Denise | The Bibliolater

    • Oh wow, thanks for such a long comment <33 It's a shame The Goldfinch wasn't for you, but it is really a character driven read and if you're not feeling the character then I can understand. I loved it, but I do understand it is not a book for everyone as well. Shiver was a bit of a disappointment, yeah, and I think I'll try another one of her books? Hopefully it was just this one >.> I am Malala was wonderful. I don't usually like autobiographies, but this one did move me and inspire me so much. Hope you can get to it! I'm pretty sure I WON'T finish all those challenges, but the point is that they will encourage me to keep reading, and keep reading a variety of things. I'm not going to stress about them and just have fun doing what I can. Thank's Denise <3

  • YAY You're finally reading Wonder and Emma. Both are amazing so I hope you enjoy them but if you don't, it's okay. I'll be sad but it is okay ;P
    Oh, and I'll be looking forward to your Star Wars review. I saw it yesterday and I loved it. There were some tough moments where I was completely devastated but as a whole, I enjoyed it way too much and when it ended I just wanted to watch it again. Also, I want a BB-8 because he's adorable hahaha
    I don't have new year resolutions besides trying to pass my exams at the end of January. I feel like if I set to many things I wanna do, I end up not doing a damn thing LOL (but I hope I can pass my exams hahahaha)

  • I have big goals in 2016, the least of which is to read Goldfinch and Malala. I also want to go back to reading more biography books and finally read all the poetry books I've collected last year.

    I wish you all the best of 2016, Olivia. You're one of the nicest blogger I know. <3 Keep being you!

  • Love the post! I think it's great you'll be doing this on a monthly basis, not only for your readers, but yourself, as well. You'll be able to see just how far you've come along the way all through the year! Happy New Year!

  • The Goldfinch is one of the audio CDs that I plan to listen to. Finally! I'm thinking of doing the TBR Pile Challenge and I'm also doing the Netgalley/Edelweiss again (I don't see why because I plan to request less anyway, but it'll be mostly for the ones I already have). I'm going to TRY to do monthly wrap-ups. I'm just looking forward to reading more and stressing less. Happy New Year!

  • Happy New Year's Eve Olivia! Good luck with your 2016 challenges. For 2016, I made some resolutions to finish writing my novels and poetry book. And submit them to contests and query to agents (wish me luck). Of course, I'll read as much as I can in between.

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