Image From December
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!
December In One Word
5 Things That Happened In December:
1. I went on two interviews. I really, really, really want the one job so much. Fingers crossed. I should be hearing back soon!
2. I celebrated Christmas! Such a good time with family.
3. It snowed like 3 times!
4. We had our book club holiday party. GOOD TIMES.
5. I watched the entire Breaking Bad series with Will.
6 Songs That Were Most Popular On My Ipod This Month:
I put all my Monthly Rewinds In a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here now ! I also have a December playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here. I have a VERY eclectic taste in music so you are bound to find something!
1. Air by Tyson Ritter:
2. Hawk Fly Tiger Run – Ofelia —
3. Rocking Chair — Branches
4. House By the Sea — Moddi —
5. Vapour — Vancouver Sleep Clinic
6. Sonsick — San Fermin
Honorable Mention: Happily by One Direction — NO REGRETS. I love the new album. Judge away…don’t care!
Top 3 Books I Read This Month:
Most Popular Review This Month
This was the unanimous pick when I came to Twitter asking what to read out of a stack of books! LOVED IT! Here’s my review of Pivot Point by Kasie West in the event YOU haven’t read this yet!
Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month
1. End of Year Reading Blues — Solidarity guys!
2. Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR — I vow to get to these!
3. Favorite new-to-me authors of 2013 : I’m really glad to have discovered these authors this year!
4. My favorite people in publishing share their faves of 2013: Solid recommendations!
5. This Always Seems To Happen : Yep always. Every year. You guys were very clear about how I should rectify this!
3 New Obsessions In December
3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In January
3. A fresh start — I know that it’s all in my head but I really do find the new year to be refreshing and I need this in my soul. I’m ready for the new year.
Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In December
“I really wondered why people were always doing what they didn’t like doing. It seemed like life was a sort of narrowing tunnel. Right when you were born, the tunnel was huge. You could be anything. Then, like, the absolute second after you were born, the tunnel narrowed down to about half that size. You were a boy, and already it was certain you wouldn’t be a mother and it was likely you wouldn’t become a manicurist or a kindergarten teacher. Then you started to grow up and everything you did closed the tunnel in some more. You broke your arm climbing a tree and you ruled out being a baseball pitcher. You failed every math test you ever took and you canceled any hope of ever being a scientist. Like that. On and on through the years until you were stuck. You’d become a baker or a librarian or a bartender. Or an accountant. And there you were. I figured that on the day you died, the tunnel would be so narrow, you’d have squeezed yourself in with so many choices, that you just got squashed.” — Tell The Wolves I’m Gone by Carol Rifka Brunt
5 Posts I Starred In My Reader That You Should Check Out
1. 20 Things You Need To Let Go Of To Be Happy — This isn’t from a blog but Anna shared it with me and probably about 17 of these are things I really struggle with. They are the things that truly DO bring me unhappiness. WORKING ON IT FOR SURE.
2. My top ten worst travel moments— Adventurous Kate is one of my favorite travel blogs. I often find myself very jealous of her and other travel bloggers because I just WANT to be able to travel this much because it feels like they are living the dream. So I loved her candid post about the worst things that happened to her traveling and DAMN some of those were AWFUL. I appreciated knowing, even though the logical part of me being squashed by the dreamer really knew all along, that it’s not all this perfect, crazy fun that travel blogs so often give the impression of.
3. 2013: A Learning Year — Managing Expectations: Love this post so hard! I’ve never read Jessica’s books though I do own the first book but I really respect the hell out of her for writing this and 1) it makes me want to hug all the authors I love and 2) is definitely making me put her book as a priority in 2014. It was candid and very eye-opening for someone who has no idea what the writer’s life is like.
4. The Power of Paying It Forward — What a good reminder of how amazing it is to pay it forward intentionally. In 2014 I vow to be more intentional about paying it forward and showering the world with random acts of genuine kindness.
5. How To Cull Your Books: Love this post from April! Culling my books is the hardest and I did a decent job in 2013 of doing it but I MUST TRY HARDER IN 2014.
What sort of things were noteworthy for you in December? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me!