December Wrap-Up!

monthly wrapup

Hello! 2017 is over! Can you even believe that?!  We’re a week into January now, and I still have to keep reminding myself that.  I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas, or any other holiday, and just all-around great December.  I had a fun and festive month filled with family, celebrations, and lots and lots of Christmas movies!

When it comes to books and blogging, my December did pretty great!  While I would have liked to read a little more than I did, I still managed to finish 5 books, and I participated in Blogmas!



– Journey Back to Christmas by Leigh Duncan (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Skipping Christmas by John Grisham \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



This was a close tie with Gone with the Wind, but I chose The Afterlife of Holly Chase as the Standout Book of the Month, because I really did not expect this book to standout at all.  This book was so cute and festive and it had a lot of heart.  I ended up loving The Afterlife of Holly Chase way more than I intended.  I figured it would just be an okay read, but for me personally, I loved it and even listed it as one of my top 10 books of 2017!


The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Journey Back to Christmas by Leigh Duncan \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2


First, I participated in The Broke and The Bookish Secret Santa, and my Santa was the sweetest ever, and really spoiled me with all the goodies I received! If you want to know everything I got, check out my post here!  Just the books I got were: Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver, The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire!


Then, for Christmas, I received 2 more books: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart and the Just One trilogy bind-up by Gayle Forman!



December was a really fun and active month for my blog! I participated in Blogmas, so I posted something every single day during the month of December (minus 2 days, that I just ran out of time).


I continued my Countdown to Christmas series:

Blogmas Book Quotes

I shared some of my favorite holiday quotes:

And a few holiday recipes:

Blogmas Baking chocolate chip cookiesBlogmas Baking christmas bells


I also participated in 2 different readathons (even if I didn’t do too great)!

#ReadersCrossing | TBR & Wrap Up

The Holiday Adventure-A-Thon | TBR & Wrap Up

movie monday

The Movie Monday of the Month was Christmas with the Kranks!

top ten tuesday

I also did a few TTT’s!

Some #AMonthofFaves

As well as some fun and festive book tags:

Also, I shared:

Gifts to Buy a Bookworm that Aren't Books

Gifts to Buy a Bookworm that aren’t Books


My #TBTBSanta Unboxing

MSpecial Herbs

My Most Memorable Christmas Memories

top ten of 2017

My Top Ten Books of 2017

2018 goals

My 2018 Reading and Blogging Goals

That wraps up December!  It was such a great month for me, bookish and nonbookish.  I’m really looking forward to 2018, and seeing all that it has in store!

Thanks so much for reading!

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