December wrap-up, favourites and other

December

Dear readers,

I know, I am late. Life has been crazy and I didn’t really have the time to sit down and write. Today, as I have less things to do, I can finally do it and think about this last month of 2017 which has been quick, full of adventures and new experiences. So… Let’s do this.


Reading wrap-up

As I had already completed my Goodreads challenge for months, I decided to take it easy and to stop counting everything I was reading. I took my time, read only when I wanted too, didn’t pressure myself… And still ended up reading 10 books, which has been my pace for the past year. I was then really proud of myself for once and didn’t feel as if I read nothing in December.

Here is what I read:

  • Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell, 5/5 stars
  • Girlhood by Cat Clarke, 4/5 stars
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, 4/5 stars
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, 4/5 stars
  • My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Winter Romances by several authors (edited by Stephanie Perkins), 3/5 stars
  • A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens, 4/5 stars
  • Only Dull People Are Brilliant At Breakfast by Oscar Wilde, 4/5 stars
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, 5/5 stars (re-read)
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio, 4/5 stars
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoï, 5/5 stars

My favourite one, if you don’t count my re-read of Lord of Shadows, definitely was Anna Karenina. I was very scared to read it, first because of its lenght, second because of how much two of my friends loved it. I fell in love with this book from the first lines and couldn’t stop reading it. It made me feel happy and I’m really looking into reading more by Tolstoï in the future.

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taken by me for thebookwormofnotredame (Instagram)

Favourites
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

Here is something you may not know about me: I am a huge Star Wars nerd. My parents never made me watch it because they don’t like the movies, especially my dad, so I couldn’t grow up with it. However, three or four years ago, I watched the entire saga for the first time and fell in love with it, hard. From there, I couldn’t go back.

Of course, I was very excited for this new episode to come out. I was scared, I didn’t know what to expect from it, but I was mostly happy. Wel… To this day, I have seen it 6th times. That’s how much I loved it.

Even though there are some things that I didn’t understand, I still think that it was an amazing Star Wars movie. I especially adored Kylo’s character, in all its complexity and darkness. It made me become a bit obsessed with Adam Driver and even though I rarely become really obsessed with celebrities, he still is someone I admire a lot. I have been watching some of his movies during December and inted on continuing doing so.

  • Disneyland Paris
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my friends and I at Disneyland Paris

As planned, I went to Disneyland Paris with two of my friends and it had been my favourite day of December. It was freezing but we had so much fun. Honestly, we only laughed through the whole day and we had stars in our eyes. We probably looked like 4 years old, each one of us with our Disney ears (mine were Star Wars ones, of course), and it definitely made us go back to that age. Everything was magical and I can’t think of a better day than this one.

  • Lord of Shadows

Okay, I know: I should stop with this book. But as I re-read it for the third time, I really realised that it was my favourite book. I can’t express exactly why, so this will be very short, but ending the year with it, no matter how much it broke me, was the best idea. This story is so important to me and very close to my heart.

  • My Spider-man sweater
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me in my Spider-Man sweater

My friend Lucie is the best at making gifts, I swear. And for Christmas, along other amazing things, she got me the one thing I wanted more than anything: the sweater that Peter Parker wears at the end of the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. I may have been wearing it all the time since I got it and I can’t explain how happy it makes me to have it.

  • Booktube

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In December, I started filming again and came back on booktube for good. It made me feel so good and happy to actually do it. I have been watching booktube videos ever since I was 14 and it has always been something that calms me down. Being now a part of this community feels surreal but also incredible.

  • Ben Franklin’s Song

Thanks to the genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda, we got a new Hamilton song last month and I have been mostly listening to it. I can’t really expressed properly how important Hamilton is to me, but having a new song made me feel extremely good: It reminded me of the time the original cast was still at Broadway and we had news everyday.

  • Panic! at the Disco

In December, I also started listening to a very famous band that people have been recommended me for ages. I quickly became obsessed, well not for every songs but some really got me. I am currently listening to The Death of a Bachelor non-stop and I have no regrets.

  • Myself
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me on Christmas

Finally, I started to learn to love myself this past month. 2017 has been a very hard year for me but I came to the conclusion that I actually am strong and that I actually love myself, despite everything. As in every relationship, I sometimes get mad at myself but I also believe that I am beautiful and have great tastes and I wouldn’t change who I am.


As I will talk about my goals for the new year and for January in a next post, I guess this is the end of my wrap-up. December has been a very important month for me and I am glad that I got to grow up so much in such a short time.

2018, I am so ready for you.

Love always,

Clara

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2 thoughts on “December wrap-up, favourites and other”

  1. I downloaded Anna Karenina from the public domain onto my kindle, and I can’t wait to read it!!!!!!! I’m glad you liked it; that gives me hope ❤

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