The dumpster fire of a year that is 2020 is over.
I would say I’m thankful, but it’s not like all the problems from last year are going to magically disappear. : ( The world is very much still a scary and flawed place. Please take some time to educate yourself on issues around the world and maybe sign some petitions.
Something good actually happened to me this month?? I can’t believe it. I got my first semester grades back and they weren’t bad!!!!! Suddenly I take back everything I said about online classes in my last wrap-up. They weren’t perfect, but they were so much better than I was expecting. Now I have the motivation to do better this semester lmao.
I also had Christmas break, which I dedicated to reading. The most surprising highlight of the month is that I finally left my house!! If you didn’t know (you’re probably new here because I keep mentioning it in my wrap-ups), I haven’t my left my house since the beginning of March 2020. But I finally left it twice to have lunch in my grandma’s house on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I didn’t have fun or anything because I am unfortunately a grinch and holidays are just regular days for me, but it’s nice to be able say that I finally went out!
The first episode of True Beauty, a Korean drama that’s an adaptation of a popular webtoon, aired in December, and I’ve been watching the episodes as soon as they come out. (If you’re also keeping up with it, you probably know that we had to wait two weeks for episode seven because of New Year’s…. The wait killed me. I can barely wait one week and they decided to do that… why.) It’s very cliché, but I’m eating all of the clichés up. The episodes give me so much serotonin, and I’ve replayed my favorite scenes so many times. 🥺
For those wondering, I’m Team Suho, but I really like Seojun too!!
(When I first added a writing section to my wrap-ups, I was worried that it would make me embarrass myself, and unfortunately I was right.)
I decided to take a break from writing last month after the stress of NaNoWriMo in November. I used the break to reflect on my WIP, which led me to discover that it has so many problems. I’ve decided to rewrite it from scratch and go back to the planning stage. *smiles through tears*
Guess who read 26 books in December and completed their Goodreads challenge just in time. 😎 I’m quite proud of myself for accomplishing this feat, but of course, most of the books I read were very short. I’m not putting all of them here (you can check out my Goodreads if you’re curious about everything I read)!
The Drowning Faith by R.F. Kuang– This is like, a 15-page collection of snippets, but oh my god it was so good! I loved the extra content we got, and this’ll especially be painful if you like rinnezha. :’)
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse– I was expecting more from this, not going to lie. I feel like we didn’t spend enough time with the characters to care about them, and the climax felt like it led to nothing. I’ll probably pick up the sequel though!
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden– The art in this is so beautiful—some of the panels took my breath away! Also it’s sapphic and follows an all-female (plus a nonbinary character) crew who go looking for the main character’s girlfriend. Even though graphic novels aren’t my style I highly enjoyed this. I recommend reading it for free on onasunbeam.com!
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu– I flew through this, eager to find out what happened in the events leading up to the main character’s boyfriend’s death. The portrayal of a toxic friendship was so good, and I think this book is fairly underrated.
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri– I was honestly disappointed in this. The romance is marketed as slow burn, but it felt like a no burn because I felt no chemistry between the main couple leading up to the moment they confessed their feelings for each other. 😭 The story is also slow and largely uneventful. The only things I liked were the worldbuilding and writing.
The One by John Marrs– This explores the concept of genetic soulmates existing. I think the interesting concept was executed to its full potential, and every plotline we followed had mind-blowing plot twists. I would have liked more diversity, but that’s just me.
A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat– This book is so underrated! Please pick it up because I feel like there are very few reasons to dislike it. It’s set in a Thai-inspired world, the characters are very likable, and it has such great messages about making a change in the world!
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo– I’m really sad that I listened to this on audiobook and didn’t fully comprehend the last two stories because I suck at paying attention. But I absolutely don’t regret reading it. All of the fairy tales were so interesting, and I loved the lessons in them.
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo– I didn’t really get the first book in this series, so I’m glad that I understood this! I liked the writing and the way the story was told. It was sapphic excellence!
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London– I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed this because I picked it up on a whim! I had so much fun reading it, and I was 100% satisfied with who the protagonist ended up with. (This is about a plus-sized fashion blogger who becomes part of a reality TV show that’s similar to The Bachelor, where various men compete for her affection.)
Know My Name by Chanel Miller– Very fitting that my first 5-star read of 2020 (the books I previously gave 5 stars to don’t count because I change ratings so much haha) was also my last book of 2020. It’s a memoir that explores what happens after sexual assault, both emotionally and legally. This is just such an important book, and I think that absolutely everyone should read it.
Yes, I was a horrible blogger again in December. I really hope I’m better in January, so I can stop saying that in my wrap-ups. Like I said in my previous post, I focused all my time on reading last month, which was why I wasn’t able to return to blogging despite having Christmas break.
I’m not gonna lie, the last half of 2020 was hard for me blogging-wise. After school started and I began writing again, blogging became a source of stress because I had so much else on my plate. I began to fear that I had lost my love for blogging, but fear not because after writing and publishing my last post I remembered why I love blogging and this community so much! I don’t think I can leave any time soon. 🥺