December 2016 Wrap-Up


My reading month went a little different than expected, but it was still really good. I read some really stellar books too, so that made it even better. As shite as 2016 may have been for the most part, it was definitely more than decent in terms of reading.

  • The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker (4 stars)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (5 stars)
    Review is coming soon, also, even though I didn’t read it at the same time as Fadwa, it still felt like she was my buddy reader because I could nag her with my reactions. Definitely make sure to check out her review here.
  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
  • Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini (5 stars)
    I legit finished it today, so review will have to wait.
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff (4.5 stars)
    I read this with the fabulous Marie and it was so much fun, review is also not written yet.
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer

What wasn’t on my initial TBR, but what I read nonetheless is the following book:

The Animators: A Novel   Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)   Witch's Pyre (Worldwalker, #3)   Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)   The Light Between Oceans

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads! Where reviews are available, you can click on the titles/names of people to get there!


I feel like this month was not particularly great in terms of blogging for me, even though I definitely did better in actually doing some of the tags I was meant to post. I am tired a lot and on my days off, I mostly just sleep and binge TV. But looking back at this year, I think I did quite a lot. My Top 16 TV Shows post proved that I watch one heck of a lot of shows, but I also read 80 books and blogged at least twice per week all year round. So, YAY ME!



It feels a little odd to not have the annual WordPress report of the blogging year, but we might still get it? Who knows. I am mightily behind on my reviews, so those will come whenever I have time to write them. I only have 2 more weeks of work left and then I have other stuff to do, but nothing that occupies all day, every day. I wish I could say that one of the first things I will do is post a new chapter of Arcadia, but I have hit a terrible slump. It’s happening for multiple reasons, none of which I want to go into detail now. I could definitely see that part of it is due to self-imposed and unnecessary pressure though.

Final update, I watched Rogue One and loved it. I left the movie theater with such a heavy heart, despite a rocky start the final 42 minutes just killed it! And I also went to see Assassin’s Creed and even though I liked it (it was visually stunning), the story was very meh. They sure set it up to be a series and I think I would like to see a sequel just to make up my mind for good.





12 thoughts on “December 2016 Wrap-Up

  1. I liked Rogue One as well, though it could have had a better first third. And I haven’t seen Assassin’s Creed, but I watched Star Trek: Beyond last night on DVD. That was a fun, action-y film that got some stuff right and some stuff that could’ve been improved upon. Basically what I expected.
    I’m not sure how many books I read this year (print or audio), but I did do quite a bit. And I hope to read quite a bit more in 2017.


    • The first part of Rogue One just felt like random planet jumping …
      You should really be more active on Goodreads, Rami! It is a great way to keep track of what you read and it is also the first go-to platform for bloggers to check if they want to read a book. Sometimes the reviews there are more important than the reviews on the websites of sellers.


  2. Happy New Year! And congrats on surpassing your reading goal! Don’t worry about Arcadia right now. I know we all feel a need to pressure ourselves by I, myself, am going through a writing slump (and have been in one for 1-2 months or so). I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of Arcadia and I don’t want you to feel pressured to write when you don’t feel like writing. That’s one of the worst things you could do to yourself. Here’s to a better and brighter 2017!

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      • I think we all do that, it’s hard not to feel guilty, especially when people seem to enjoy what you’ve written, and then you don’t have anything else to give them back. I’m sure you’ll get over the slump 🙂

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  3. You had a wonderful month, and reading year, Kat, this is so great 🙂 Also, I went to see Rogue One and if it was good, I agree with you about the beginning of the movie.
    Also, best of luck for Arcadia, I hope you’ll manage to get out of that slump. Do not feel forced to write, just do it at your rhythm, otherwise I think you’ll end up hating the story, and I wouldn’t want that to happen.

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