Monthly Recap: December 2017

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Hi everyone! It’s that part of the month again when we wrap everything up! We can’t wait to share with you what we read, reviewed, posted, and other in-real-life happenings!


Alice here! This month, I read 11 books, which is a pretty amazing improvement from the past few months when I was busy with college. I’ll have reviews up on the blog in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep your eyes out!

Hey bookworms, Jesse here with what I have been reading this past month. I’ve read 7 books, 5 manga, and 7 graphic novels! Definitely was a big month for me. December is such a hectic month, with the holidays, starting a new job and getting sick; it was definitely a roller coaster ride. Here are 5 highlights from this month’s reading:

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 1 // This was a reread for me. I was feeling a little down this month so I wanted to read something that would make me happy. I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with this one! So many nostalgic moments made me so giddy!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix // I am slowly but surely making my through the Harry Potter series for the first time ever. Finally finishing book 5, and my inner child is coming out. It was so magical, exciting, dark, and detailed. As the Goblet of Fire is still my favorite book so far, this one comes in a close second!

Frost Like Night // This was one explosive series. I loved it so much. It was a great end to an amazing series. You will find strong characters, magic, adorable romances, and lots of action. If you haven’t picked up Snow Like Ashes series, what are you waiting for?

Autoboyography // My last queer book of the year and let me tell you, all the feels came through with this one. Happiness, joy, sadness, frustration, anger, and love. This one challenges religion/faith, and being true to who you are and who you love. Definitely worth picking up!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 4 // AI feel like this was a month for nostalgia. I love this graphic novel take on my favorite tv show as a kid. All my favorite characters staying true to their personalities with new and exciting storylines and modern takes on the classic. Perfect for all the Power Ranger fans out there!

Hello everyone! It’s Liv! I read a total of 7 books this month! Many of them were short stories and poetry books, though. Nevertheless, I’m proud of myself!

Happy new year, guys! JM here. December 2017 has been so busy and stressful for me, and I consider myself to be lucky enough to have read 5 books, mainly the following:

  1. The Conspiration of The Universe by Kenneth Olanday // A Pop Fiction title. “The Conspiration of The Universe sends out a message that if we truly aspire for something to happen, the whole world, even the hands of faith, conspires for it to come true. Kenneth’s book is filled with hope, love, and different kinds of emotions, and I think it’s needless to say that readers who are in the market for emotion-driven books would admire this particular Pop Fiction title.”  // ★★★.5
  2. Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed // YA Contemporary. “After being able to read Love, Hate, & Other Filters, I think it’s safe to say that the hype that surrounds Samira’s debut is so well-deserved. With a distinct and natural voice, Maya Aziz takes readers on an emotional reading experience that’s as honest as it is heartfelt. It might not have enchanted me as early as I wanted it to, but it sure packs a unforgettable punch towards the end. Get ready to swoon, cry, and flail over this amazing #ownvoices debut.” // ★★★★
  3. The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang // MG Graphic Novel. “Jen Wang’s The Prince and The Dressmaker focuses on a friendship that is formed when two unlikely characters, from completely different worlds, meet at such an opportune time. It talks about highly relevant topics, partnered with a story that is as heartfelt as it is delightful to read. All in all, the author’s attempt at bringing Frances and Sebastian’s story to life will easily give readers of all ages a reading experience that is entirely unique and enjoyable.”Ahmadi.” // ★★★★★
  4. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren // YA Contemporary. “With a cast of characters that were extremely easy to root for right from the start, a universal conflict that’s both timely and relevant, a love story that will hook you up right from the meet cute scene, Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography will surely allure fans of light read contemporaries with great substance. It also features great family dynamics, and it’s writing style is both humorous and fairly entertaining. Definitely well-recommended!” // ★★★
  5. Daughter of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller // YA Fantasy. “Overall, I really enjoyed reading Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of The Pirate King. With a main character that’s pitched as a female Jack Sparrow that’s full of sass and wit, a concept that is as compelling as it is thrilling, and twists upon twists in every turn of the page, I just know that fans of the YA fantasy genre have something to love in this book. I would no doubt recommend this title to those who are looking for gripping stories that’s told with a well-rounded voice, and an entirely captivating plot.” // ★★.5


  • Alice // This month, I finished up my first semester of college, in which I ended up with straight As! I’m really excited to go back to university in February (we have a wack schedule), so for the time being at home, I’m volunteering and getting my hours in, as well as reading as many books as I possibly can. I’m also catching up with / rewatching a few shows, such as THE WALKING DEAD, PARKS AND RECREATION, and GREY’S ANATOMY.
  • Jesse // Boy… this month definitely took its toll on my health and sanity. HA! I got a new job which I’m super excited about, I ended up getting really sick close to the end, and all the holiday celebrations drained the life out me. I can say though, that 2018 is definitely going to be a better year than 2017 and I can’t wait for it to start!
  • Liv // What a month! Early in December, I saw the musical Kinky Boots in Hershey, PA on tour. I also saw Spongebob the Musical and Dear Evan Hansen in NYC! My grandparents visited over my break from school, so it was really nice seeing them again. I also went to Washington D.C. to see Les Miserables on tour! I can’t wait for 2018 and see what the year has in store for me 🙂
  • JM // Oh god. I don’t even want to look back at all the work I had to endure last December. But well, considering all that has happened, I still think it’s a month worth talking about. I planned and hosted our company Christmas party, choreographed a dance number for a presentation, and after having been put through deep amounts of stress and work, I came out of it with a new 42″ Smart LED TV. I’d say it was a stressful and awesome month all at the same time. *winks*


  • Alice // As I said before, I have several reviews to come in the next few weeks. I’m also going to be at home reading as many books as I can before school starts up again. Hopefully, I’ll also find the time and energy to take more pictures for my bookstagram!
  • Jesse // New year new me, am I right? I have a lot of things planned for 2018 and I am so excited. I started bullet journaling so I can’t wait to start using it. I have a couple concerts already purchased tickets for, lots of exciting movies coming out, so many books I’m looking forward to, and I can’t forget the Pierce Brown signing coming up in a couple weeks!!
  • Liv // 2018! Woohoo! My semester ends in January, so the stress of finals is imminent. Rehearsals for my school’s production of Phantom of the Opera are picking up quickly. I’m seeing the musical Something Rotten! in January which I’m pretty excited for. Overall, I know it’ll be a good month!
  • JM // Unlike last year, I’m welcoming 2018 with nothing but an even bigger TBR. Last year, I was ready for everything, complete with a New Year’s Resolution, A Bookish Bucket List, and even a detailed spreadsheet for my TBR. But now… I literally have nothing other than my books. Hopefully, 2018 will take it easy on me so I can *still* keep up.


How was your December? Your year? What was the best book you read this month? Let us know in the comments below!


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