December 2015 Wrap Up

December 30, 2015 Meme 36

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OMG it’s the end of 2015. 2016 is literally right around the corner.

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This past month a lot of things happened, mainly holidays! Temporary freedom! Awkward family gatherings! So hopefully Alise has something interesting to tell you about because I don’t hahahaaaaa. That’s kind of sad. (Nope, I got nothing -Alise)

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booksdec2015Hello friends! Hope you guys had an awesome holiday season, I really enjoyed Christmas with friends and family and had a nice December. Right now I’m struggling to finish up the 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge because I thought it was a genius idea to shoot for 200 books haha *wheezes* help me.

I didn’t participate in any challenges in 2015 and won’t be in 2016 either, but I do have a few personal goals that I will be sharing in our resolution post soon :) And sadly, by this time next month I will back in school. My senior year of college-wish me luck!

I also got a copy of BURNING MIDNIGHT by Will McIntosh, thanks to Delacorte and NetGalley!

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bec

This entire month I’ve been on holidays and have been reading ALL THE BOOKS. It’s been amazing. Also I PASSED ALL MY EXAMS

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Seeing my results was a huge relief. I knew I hadn’t failed, but part of you is still scared until you actually see the results, you know.  Also fun fact: the VIVA exam I was worried about more than all my other exams (It’s an oral exam where we had to go in, look at a picture of an animal with a problem, describe what was probably wrong, then explain how we’d work it up, what possible treatments we’d use, etc. Much terrifying) was the exam I got the highest result in!

That’s about the most exciting thing that happened this month. I’ve just been reading all the books! Managed to make a massive dent in my review copy pile and even got to reread some favourites. Watching a hilarious anime, One Punch Man, and starting Jessica Jones was about the only other thing I did. Oh I also turned 21. That’s a thing.

Because this is the last wrap up of the year, I’m going to throw in my challenge outcomes! I have been participating in the No Book Buying and TBR Smash challenges. As of the 29th of December (when I was writing this up)

  • I’ve only broken my buying ban three times this entire year!
  • I read 35 books that have been on my TBR for over a year
  • Despite not buying books, my TBR pile (which started at 148 books) has increased to 162 books

I won’t be participating in any official challenges next year for various reasons, but I’ll be on a self imposed buying and requesting ban because a) I’m broke, b) I have limited reading time, and c) that TBR needs to be brought under control.

Next month the fun starts to wind down. Uni goes back in a month and a half. I want to start revising the content I’ve learnt over the past 3 years so I’m not completely hopeless when we start surgery next year. Those basics of physiology and anatomy I’ve semi forgotten become very important again.

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I didn’t realise until putting together this wrap up that I forgot to tell you Alise sent me WINTER and FAIREST for Christmas last month! How exciting.

For my 21st birthday I asked for 21 books. Look at all the pretties

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I also got a “Rattle the Stars” bracelet and some adorable Throne of Glass character magnetic book marks which you can see on my instagram because I’m too lazy to insert a photo.

Thanks to HarperCollins I was sent a finished copy of LADY HELEN AND THE DARK DAYS CLUB (my review of which will be appearing soon!). The last book I got this month was THE ADVENTURES OF CINAMMON GIRL because I won a giveaway. Hooray!

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What bookish presents did you receive this month?

What are you most looking forward to in the new year?

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36 Responses to “December 2015 Wrap Up”

  1. Tasya

    OMG that gif XD So funny! Congratulations Bec for finishing your exam! And for Alise: Last year I also barely finished my goodreads challenge, so I read so many novellas to complete it *shrugs Goodreads counts novellas as books.

    Have an amazing 2016!
    Tasya recently posted…2015 Reading Challenges Report

    • Bec

      Thank you! Haha short stories and novellas are great for completing that challenge. Comic books/graphic novels too XD

  2. Rachel Lightwood @ Isytria

    Alisse: Poison Study is really, really good! I hope you love it. I really want to get to Grave Mercy soon too. I’ve been hearing so many things about it lately.

    Bec: Congrats – on both your amazing exam results and your 21st! And that haul makes me weep at it’s beauty. It’s gorgeous!
    Rachel Lightwood @ Isytria recently posted…Rachel’s Top 15 Books of 2015

    • Bec

      I LOVE Poison Study so I bought it for Alise so she has no more excuses for not reading it. She better love it.

      Thank you! It was such an exciting haul :)

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Alise: That’s an impressive GR goal so I say you do what I did: lower the challenge and you can still make it LOL! Another blogger friend suggested that to me this year. It feels like cheating but it took some of the pressure off too…especially after I failed my GR challenge last year >.< You got some GORGEOUS BOOKS – Winter, Fangirl, Poison Study, The End of Days, Falconer…I hope you enjoy them all and well I know you've already read some of those, but enjoy the hardback editions :D

    Bec: Congrats on passing all your exams AND topping the class with that oral exam! Woo! I know what you mean – even when you know you passed, there's still anxiety until the official marks come in. I'm always on self imposed book-buying bans and I always do fairly well…good luck with yours! You've been doing them in the past so you'll be ok regardless of if it's self imposed or a challenge :) You got some awesome books too – Maas for days, Schwab, Novik, and Meyers. WIN.

    Happy New Year Ladies and I wish you nothing but the best, bookish or otherwise <3 <3
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…2015 End of the Year Survey

    • Bec

      Haha I always have a low challenge to reduce some of the pressure. Alise is more of an overachiever though XD

      Thank you! The wait for results is the worst.

      Happy new year!

  4. Terri M., the Director

    I received Lunar Chronicle books as well! I had originally gotten Cinder electronically on my Nook and then I checked Scarlet and Fairest out of the library. My husband got me all three for Christmas! :) I can’t wait to reread the whole series now that I’ve finished Winter.

    Happy Holidays!
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    • Bec

      I love the Lunar Chronicles! I’m about to marathon the series to refresh my memory before starting Winter :D

  5. Maya @ Suddenly Inundated

    YAYY I’m so happy you passed all your exams!!! Also happy belated birthday xD I hope you love all the books you got! I am currently reading Crown Of Midnight, and can I just say, I think I’m in love. It is so good! *flails happily*
    Maya @ Suddenly Inundated recently posted…December Wrap Up

    • Bec

      So am I XD Thank you!

      Oh man CoM is so good. And hard on the feels. That series just gets better and better with each instalment.

    • Bec

      I know right?! They look so good in my room.

      IT WAS SO SCARY! I just hated the fact that it was an oral exam. Most of the time I’m better at exams than assignments because my brain is weird.

      I hope you’re enjoying your own break!

  6. Sara L.

    @ Alise: I hope you enjoy The Falconer and Poison Study! The latter is one of my favorite novels of all time. :D

    @ Bec: 21 books for your 21st birthday. That’s a genius idea!

    Best wishes for a lovely 2016 for both of you ladies!
    Sara L. recently posted…Time Flies!: December 2015

    • Bec

      I bought Alise both The Falconer and Poison Study for Christmas! I couldn’t let her ignore such great books anymore :P

      I’m full of good ideas ;)

      Thank you! Hope you have a good year too :D

  7. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    Gasp! You didn’t like School Spirits? I haven’t read it yet because I was totally ruined with a spoiler but I remember loving that series.
    The Milk Tea Tag looks super cute.
    I’m with you on passing exams. There’s just this worry even if you know you passed the class already.
    I should have asked for 22 books! Such great family and friends you’ve got there. I ordered A Court of Thorns and Roses because I loved it so much. I hope you enjoy it (:
    Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind recently posted…2015 Reading Challenges Wrap-Up

    • Bec

      I hate when you accidentally read spoilers and it completely destroys your motivation to read books -_-

      I love ACOTAR! The hardcover is actually my second copy haha (I love Maas’s books so much I need the hardcovers and paperbacks)

  8. peach @ rebelle reads

    2016 is so close. OMG I can’t handle. That second GIF is secretly me, though. lollll. Congrats on passing all your exams, Bec! Also, secretly jells that you have a finished copy of Lady Helen & The Dark Days Club! I’ll be totally looking forward to your review, though! :D

    I only shot for 100 on my 2015 GR challenge. I silently wished I went higher because I finished early. (Seriously, such a surprise!) Senior year of college. OMG. Best of luck, Alise!

    See you next year, ladies! <3

    • Bec

      And NOW IT”S HERE D: This is so strange.

      Thank you!

      100 is so many books! Well done on completing it and finishing early!

  9. Joy // Joyousreads

    I surpassed my reading goal for 2015, but I’m not going to be ambitious and shoot for 150. Because anytime I try, I fail at it. Severely. So yeah. I’m sticking to 150. I don’t participate in any other challenges other than the GR challenge, only because I don’t have the discipline. And that TBR pile is multiplying like rabbits. Sigh.
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    • Bec

      Congrats! 150 is such a large number. Part of me wants to say “JUST DO IT. Don’t let your dreams be dreams” but I know how much life can interfere unexpectedly and destroy plans.

      TBRs do have the breeding qualities of rabbits don’t they haha

  10. Kezia

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year guys! Btw Alise, I lowered my GR challenge for 2015 since I knew that I would be crazy busy. I’m gonna keep aiming low this year because it’s my senior year of HS. Anywayyy, I think you should do that as well haha xD

    Congrats for passing your exams, Bec! And look at those Throne of Glass books in hardcovers :'( I’m kinda jealous hahaha
    Kezia recently posted…2015 favorites & new discoveries: it’s time to choose!

    • Bec

      Thank you!

      It’s so annoying how school makes us have to lower our challenges :(

      The ToG hardcovers are gorgeous! They look amazing next to my paperbacks XD

  11. Lola

    Happy New year! Sounds like you all had a great december. Christmas was busy, but had some nice moments too. I didn’t got many bookish presents.

    Alise, I hope you reached your goodreads challenge goal! I set mine a bit on the low side and already reached it halfway the year.

    Bec congrats on finishing your exams! Your stack of new books looks great! And that’s great you managed to read a lot of books this month!
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    • Bec

      Christmas is always intense!

      Thank you! I always manage to read a tonne the first month after uni. I just need to BINGE ALL THE THINGS.

  12. Kelly

    Happy new year chickadees! I’m only doing a few casual reading challenges this year, but can really take them or leave them. It’s more just the community type participation I enjoy, or talking about books with readers really. Congratulations on your exams Bec and glad to see you’re taking it easy and enjoying a well deserved break Alise. Between uni / collage, reading and blogging, I don’t know how you girls do it. Here’s two a fabulous year with two fabulous girls that make the blogging community that much brighter <3
    Kelly recently posted…Departure… Brace Yourself For Impact

    • Bec

      The community aspect is what makes challenges fun! But uni barely leaves time for reading let alone properly interacting with the community.

      Thank you! My secret is that I don’t do it haha. The blog gets left on the wayside for much of the year when I’m busy. It could be so much more amazing if I did it all properly but alas there are some more important things.

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