December Wrap-Up: The most wonderful time of the year (allegedly)


Except actually I do have time to say hello. Because the thing I’m late for is wrapping up December. Which is what we’re doing now.


THIS POST MEANS I WRAPPED UP EVERY SINGLE MONTH OF THE YEAR! And can now link them here. Equally exciting, if you ask me.












The whole shebang

What a time to be alive.

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As I write this, it is six days into January and I’m already pretty convinced I remember nothing about December. Especially not the vibe of it as a whole. Here are my thoughts on December in their entirety: “Wow. What a month.”

December 1 just feels like a HUNDRED YEARS AGO. Since then, I have studied for finals and taken finals and gone home for break and had Christmas celebrations and had New Year’s celebrations and come back from going home for break and continued to have break here in my apartment. And also often worked and often interned.

That’s a lot.

Basically I have no cohesive impression of the month. It was a time, and things happened during it, and some of those things were good and some of them were bad and most of them were neither. As is the tendency with time and things.

Here are some good things that happened this past month!

  1. I did well on my finals! Straight As, baby.
  2. I proposed a directed study (essentially a class of my own design) and it got approved!!
  3. Emily Henry (the great love of my life) sent me an ARC of her upcoming book When the Sky Fell on Splendor, and also a letter, and I LOVED IT.
  4. Christmas! New Year’s! Family! Friends! And also break, still! Kinda!

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Sure fine whatever. Satisfactory performance in my opinion.


Get off to a good start in new classes!!

Get off to a good start on that insane reading challenge

Complete 2018 wrap-up series

Read at least one classic

Write reviews

Stop stressing about the things you’ve been stressing about

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This is a weird transition month. For the first half, I’m still on break from school, but also still interning and working part-time. Then new classes start, which always stresses me out for at least one (1) month.

Also there are some things I’ve been stressing over for a bit that I would like to stop stressing over immediately, either through a) problem-solving using confrontation I clearly lack or b) deus ex machina-style interference from a higher power.

Really hoping it’s the latter, to be honest.

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1. What We Talk about When We Talk about Love by Raymond Carver

Read: ?-December 1 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

What We Talk About When We Talk About LoveThe fact that this is 176 pages long and STILL took me a million jillion years to finish it is not a good reflection on the book. But also it’s not a good reflection of my energy at the time, and to be honest it’s hard to say which is more at fault

Truly I think Gordon Lish, the editor of this collection, is more of an artist than Raymond Carver!!! I mean have you read The Cathedral!! Overly sentimental stuff, that!!

2. Winter by Marissa Meyer

Read: November 1-December 3 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Sweet Mary Magdalene, this book is long. (I don’t know if that’s an expression. I just know I’d like it to be.)

I technically marked it as currently reading on November 1, and I didn’t finish it until December 3!! It’s 827 pages long!! And it’s mostly about teenagers in space falling in love in a vaguely fairytale fashion!!

Not my bag.

3-4. 300 Fox Way and A Minor Raven Boys Holiday Drabble by Maggie Stiefvater

Read: December 4 & December 6 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 & 4 stars

A Minor Raven Boys Holiday Drabble (The Raven Cycle, #0.4)They say cheaters never win, and yet I read two two-page “books” and, in doing so, finished my reading challenge. A clear win.

One of these was short and holiday-y and didn’t have Gansey in it, and one of these was short and holiday-y and had Gansey in it. Guess which one I liked.

Either way, they are very short and I have not much to say about them, except the following quote: “Gansey. That’s all there is.”

5. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Read: December 6-14 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

Stars Above by Marissa MeyerI would happily read a grocery list if it was for the Cress-and-Thorne household…but, like, everything else about this was reallyreally soso boring.

I enjoyed:
– the Thorne story
– parts of the last story
And…that’s it. (I copied and pasted this from my review because I have so little to say about it.)

6. Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by a bunch of people

Read: December 14 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

I wanted to read this for SO LONG and it seemed SO COOL, and yet here we are. With a three-star rating on our hands. Because it was short and flat in a way that is imPOSSIBLE to rate positively. It was just nothing. A short flash of nothing.

But I got it for free from Amazon after I bought my sister a comic for Christmas so. No loss really.


7. When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry

Read: December 15-16 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

When the Sky Fell on Splendor

The thing about me is that I only really, truly love one YA author, and yet that author is so excellent, so unique, so fantastic and consistent and creative and wonderful, that it’s also totally fine.

That author is Emily Henry, and this book is so.



8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Read: December 16-18 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsI have read this book four times.

I, Emma, I who love nothing more than to read and hate YA contemporary, have read this book, which is in many ways a compilation of things I hate, four times.

It is a five star read.

I do not have an explanation.

9-10. Saint Anything & Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Read: December 23 & December 26-27 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars & 2.5 stars

Once and for All

At which point I suddenly remembered that I had said that I would (re)read all of Sarah Dessen’s books in 2018, and I still had one reread and one newbie to go.

Past me claimed Saint Anything to be Sarah Dessen’s best book, and it thrills me to say that past me was correct.

Once and for All was super weird and meh! So. A win some/lose some situation.

11. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Read: December 19-27 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1.5 stars

There's Someone Inside Your House

Why. Am. I. Surprised.

I should not be surprised. This book has one of the lowest Goodreads ratings I’ve ever seen. It’s by an author I’ve one-starred twice. It’s in a genre I don’t read that often.

And yet. Here I am.


12. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Read: December 30-31 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

Sometimes I LieUnder the wire!

Coming in hot to finish out the year how I spent it: by occasionally reading semi-underwhelming British thrillers that contain exponentially more descriptions of characters drinking red wine than twists.

Also stole that from my Goodreads review. I JUST DON’T HAVE THAT MUCH TO SAY.

Narrowly avoided a reading slump in the middle there, but I’m happy with how much I read!! Mostly because I finished my damn reading challenge boiiiii. Onto the next one.

Anyway, without further ado……….

My final average rating for a month in 2018……………..

Drumroll please………


Not bad!

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I posted four times in December!! Which is honestly not that many. Especially considering I was on break for like half the month. But we live and we learn. (Minus the learning part.)

Here are my top three most-viewed posts for the month!! (Sorry, single not-as-good post.)

1. November Wrap-Up: I’m dying, but it’s fine

2. Possibly the best book ever, in world history: Six of Crows Review

3. The passage of time is unrelenting: End of Year Book Tag

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So there it is! The last wrap-up of 2018. It’s all over, folks. We did it.

Now if someone could please tell me how I can hibernate. Eating a ton of food and sleeping till it’s warm out sounds ideal, thank you.

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How was your December? Did you finish your reading challenge? How was your 2018?

Is your January off to a good start? Did you make any resolutions??? I sure didn’t.


50 thoughts on “December Wrap-Up: The most wonderful time of the year (allegedly)

  1. Christina Reid says:

    It sounds like you had a very busy but great December – well done on passing all your classes! I hope you get a few more 5 star reads in 2019!
    I haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss because I’m not a massive fan of YA Contemporary either, but something about it just makes me want to pick it up…

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  2. Meeghan reads says:

    a) Confrontation is the WORST THING EVER. Except then when it’s over, it’s like the biggest relief ever as well, so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    b) I was kind of “meh” about Stephanie Perkins until I read the short story she wrote in My True Love Gave To Me, and now I want to read EVERYTHING she has ever written. So, I’m glad that you don’t enjoy contemporary and you still 5-starred her book. It gives me hope. Also jealousy that you have the book. Because I still haven’t ordered it… Must do that soon?

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      a) afsdghasfgh you’re so right. but i’m so bad at doing it??? i just think about anyone i may be so much as inconveniencing and i cannot do it
      b) i have to say i can’t really RECOMMEND anna and the french kiss, because there is so much wrong with it, but also…there is an IRRESISTIBLE CHARM in my opinion

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  3. Arini says:

    Pheww that was a great end of the year wrap up. I’m sorry you didn’t love Winter. 😢 But I guess three stars is better than two or one. I also didn’t remember much about my December. I think it was an okay month. I did finish my reading challenge.

    So far the new year hasn’t really treated me with kindness. I’ve been nursing a fever for the past week. It’s miserable. 😭 I’m bad with sticking to plans, so I don’t bother make life resolutions. I’ll just go about the year by winging it. I do make a few reading resolutions though. I hope I don’t mess up. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. 🤞

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      oh nooo!!! i’m so sorry. i hope you get well soon! but i think not making big grand resolutions is smart. no disappointment that way!!

      congrats on finishing your reading challenge! and i definitely didn’t hate winter, just didn’t looove it. good luck with your reading resolutions! ❤

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  4. JanilleNG says:

    Can I just say that your writing is incredible and always makes me giggle and smile ?!?! Loved this wrap up, as usual!!! (Although I think I’m the only person in the world who didn’t like Anna and the French Kiss which makes me so sad!)

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  5. Kristina Steiner says:

    My december was also very busy, I worked a lot. And 2018 was very eventful to say the least. It was full of important decisions and planning.
    2019 has been challenging…my husband and I have moved to India and we’re trying to create a feeling of a home, adjusting to every single thing because it’s quite a shock.

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  6. thebookcorps says:

    Omg Emma congrats on doing so well in your finals! And for getting a study approved, you must be so happy!

    Looks like you had a great December despite school stress! I’m really keen to read When the Sky Fell on Splendour — it looks super unique!

    Hope you have a wonderful 2019 😘💕

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      thank you!!! honestly i’m quite thrilled!!! & my december was pret-ty lovely, hope yours was too! (and that you read and enjoy When the Sky Fell on Splendor.)

      hope your 2019 is the best year yettt ❤

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  7. Jheelam says:

    This post made my evening (I’m on a different time-zone). It’s so fuzzy and funny. 😀 Congrats on your accomplishments. Though I’m not a fan of YA contemporary either, your gushing compelled me to add “Anna and the French Kiss” on my TBR list.

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ahhh thanks!! to be fair, i can’t really “recommend” anna and the french kiss, because it has sososososo many problems and flaws, yet also, if you’re me…an irresistible charm???


    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ahhh so exciting!! congrats on finishing it!! and true shoutout to anna and the french kiss for being the only book in that trilogy worth anything. good luck with your (very valid) resolutions!!


  8. Norrie says:

    Congrats on the finals! ❤

    Oh, what a month! The book you received from your fave author sounds really cool! I just checked it out on GR, and it's on my list now. Hehehe 😀

    I have a copy of Sometimes I Lie, and was looking forward to it. I had to laugh when you said "semi-underwhelming British thrillers" & the wine drinking, cuz i read a few myself, and they always make me eyeroll. Never realized this book is one of them!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      thank you!!

      ooooh!!! i hope you love it. it was soso rad.

      i may be a little over-liberal with my grouping of british thrillers into the girl on the train category…but it feels right to me. i hope you do like it if you pick it up!!

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  9. Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink says:

    There’s Someone Inside Your House had an intruging cover + premise and it was literal trash with trash characters, trash plot twist (if you can even call it that) and trash writing. if you can’t tell, i really don’t like that book. and I’ve read book1,2, and 3 BUT NOT WINTER because who has got TIME to read 800+ paged books. might read it soon. maybe.

    i finished my reading challenge only because i lowered it from 100 to 70, which is cheating but oh well. also i started 2018 thinking i could read 150 books, i was so innocent then.

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      UGH YES. i was all prepared to have an unpopular opinion and enjoy there’s someone inside your house but what??? was there to enjoy?????

      winter is stupid long honestly. way way too long. it does a pretty good job of wrapping everything up but it takes so ridiculously long it doesn’t even make sense

      lmao girl i change my reading challenge CONSTANTLY. i went from 150 to 200 to 160 because i love to CHEAT

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  10. Julianna @ Paper Blots says:

    hehe I did NOT finish my reading challenge of 100 books and instead read freaking 37 books lolll *actually sobbing in the corner*

    also confrontation is the worst and I’m so bad at it omg!!! like legit I just melt in the face of anyone and cannot stand up for myself oh my god

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  11. malanielovesfiction says:

    nothing will stop me from my new quest to read Anna and the French Kiss & i’m going to listen to v old French music while reading + respond using French phrases to anyone who has to audacity to interrupt me ❤

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