December Wrap-up // Leaving My House for the First Time in 10 Months (Not Clickbait)

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 clichΓ©, but I’m eating all of the clichΓ©s up. The episodes give me so much serotonin, and I’ve replayed my favorite scenes so many times. πŸ₯Ί

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i haven’t used a gif on my blog in forever wow

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)!

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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!

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.

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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. πŸ₯Ί

What I posted:

How was the month of December for you? What was your favorite book of the month? How did you spent New Year’s Eve or Christmas if you celebrate?

50 thoughts on “December Wrap-up // Leaving My House for the First Time in 10 Months (Not Clickbait)

  1. Congrats on achieving your goodreads goal, reading 26 books in a month is impressive !! I also was determined to reach 100 books in December so I did some power reading, I didn’t even read that many books. I just had too many days off reading so I had to cram at times !! I didn’t know you could read On A Sunbeam for free, this is great news !! I agree about the plot in Empire of Sands being pretty non-existence, we really didn’t need as many scenes training as we got. I loved the writing as well, so lush. I did like the romance but I’m pretty basic when it comes to romance I think, haha.
    I totally understand you’re feelings about writing because I decided to take a break since February apparently and I’m so disappointed in myself. And I always seem to go back to the planning phase, I think I’m on my fifth time but it does feel a lot stronger… I think. Best of luck with your project though, I have every faith that it is going to be amazing !!
    I’ve been rediscovering my love of blogging as well and I really want to find a way to maintain it this year. I hope you keep continuing to love it again, because your content is amazing (but no pressure, I just want to be happy of course). Have a great January !! πŸ’•πŸ’•

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    1. ahh, sophie, this comment is so nice 😭😭 thank you so much!! i’m so proud of us for both hitting 100 books last year, and yes, read on a sunbeam!! but no i’m really glad that you liked the romance in empire of sand, i know you’re not the only one. i just have really high standards when it comes to romance haha.
      but taking breaks really helps! i hope your breaks fuel you & you should know you’re not a failure for not writing! it sucks to always have to go back to planning bc the premise of the book is wrong 😭 lately i haven’t had much time to dedicate to brainstorming, but i hope that when i’m done i finally get the it right lmao. blogging has honestly been really stressful and time-consuming lately, but i am rediscovering my love for it, and i hope the same for you too bc you’re such an amazing light in the community πŸ₯Ί i hope you’re having a great january ❀

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  2. So many books wow!! And congrats on reaching your goodreads goal! I’m so glad you’ve discovered your love for blogging again, that’s so nice. I had a hiatus from September too and totally lost my motivation for blogging and reading which sucks but thankfully it’s back and hopefully it sticks! I’m glad you got to see some family too!

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    1. thank you so, so much emme ❀ yes, i relate to that so much. blogging and reading have been a little unfulfilling lately, but i think that if i just go at my own pace they can go back to being sources of joy again. i'm so glad it's back and i really hope it sticks for you too bc you're such an amazing presence in the community!!

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  3. Dang so many books! I’m slightly jealous. I didn’t really read that much in December because of my busy work schedule – I just watched a bunch of movies and tv instead. I spent my New Years at work but I got Holiday pay so I can’t complain too much. I hope you have a good January!

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    1. thank you, i hope january is treating you well! and no, don’t feel bad at all 😭 i honestly regret reading so much bc i wasn’t able to properly appreciate the books i read. and i was only able to meet my goal bc i had christmas break in december—i’m so glad you got holiday pay ❀


  4. I have an awesome reading December as well!! I think I read like 10 books but that’s what hanging out indoors will do πŸ™‚ I joked with my mom the other day that I’m an inside cat and that absolutely describes how I’ve handled this year!

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  5. to be honest, december feels like a blur to me (but then everything is a blur to me nowadays lol) and i don’t remember which books i read. i probably read a lot of webtoons. that’s for sure. i also started watching true beauty with friends and it’s so fun going through all the episodes with them!!! my Christmas and new year are quite uneventful but there was a lot of food so im still happy.

    i hope you have a wonderful year ahead of you πŸ’–

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    1. thank you so much rain, same to you too! ❀

      yeah, time honestly passes so fast—a month feels like a week to me for me 😭 i'm reading my first webtoon rn bc of u and other people's recommendation, gourmet hound! it's very enjoyable so far even tho i haven't had much time to read lately. & i don't like true beauty as much as i did before, but i agree that it's fun to watch, especially with friends!!


  6. omg the title of this post haha i died!! first off, congratulations on finishing 26 books in december and completing your reading challenge!! that’s amazing!! december was kinda slumpy for me, and i only read 4!! i hate no-burn books too ahaha!! i’m so glad you’ve discovered your love for blogging again!! i can’t wait to see more of your posts!! happy new year!! i hope you have a fantastic 2021!! πŸ’–πŸ’–

    **ignore my excessive use of double exclamation marks haha

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    1. haha, i’m glad you like the title! thank you so much πŸ₯ΊπŸ’– don’t worry four is an amazing amount of books! ahh, you’re so sweet. i hope i find enough time for blogging amidst my busy semester!! & i hope you have a fantastic 2021 too bc you deserve it ❀ (don't worry im addicted to exclamation marks too haha)

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  7. ahh the title of this post!! and omg 26 books i’m definitely awed 😲
    happy new year caitlin, i hope 2021 brings you good health 🀎

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  8. lovely post, Caitlin!! and echoing what everyone else has said – i let out a chuckle at this post’s title πŸ˜‚ congrats on your first semester grades, i’m so happy for you for doing well!! ☺️ and i’m glad you have more motivation for this next semester haha (i can’t relate LMAO :’)) and ofc, congrats again on reaching your 2020 reading goal – that’s fantastic!!

    i don’t really read graphic novels either (for some reason my attention span just can’t handle consuming both artwork and text,, idek how to explain it lol it’s weird) but i’m super happy to see that you enjoyed On a Sunbeam – that has been on my TBR for a while and i definitely wanna read it 😊 i hope that 2021 brings you a lot of new wonderful books and meaningful memories πŸ’“

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    1. thank you so much, i’m glad you liked the title!! omg no, i have more motivation than before i got my grades back but i’m still unmotivated af and still a professional procrastinator 😭

      omg same for me, but my attention span can’t rlly handle full length novels bc they’re just blocks of text—i find that easy to finish graphic novels do wonders for my attention span! but yes, i hope you can still read it. graphic novels aren’t rlly my thing as well, but i rlly enjoyed this one & i think others would too! you’re so sweet, same to you πŸ₯ΊπŸ’–

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  9. 26 books is absolutely wild that’s like more than half of what i read in 2020 </3 but seriously congrats!! i'm glad you got to get out of your house and also found a favourite of 2020. i'm reading know my name right now and it's so good. i hope you're having a good january!

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  10. Congratulations on getting good grades, Caitlin! I’m so proud of you for that ❀ Also for completing your Goodreads Challenge! It must have felt strange leaving the house after so long, but good too. Hope you have had a nice start to 2021.

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      1. ahh tough question. legendborn is like the one book where i don’t know who to ship because they’re both so good in their own ways πŸ˜‚ BUT i’ll say sel for now πŸ‘€

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      2. omg i prefer sel all the way, i find nick kind of cookie cutter tbh 😭😭 i mean, they both kind of are, but sel is more interesting. and i’m not rooting for a throuple bc i don’t rlly like nick, but i feel like it’s being hinted at? esp in that scene of sel admitting that he had feelings for nick

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      3. ooh i never even thought of a throuple! i could totally see that happening. but yeah, nick is a little too good sometimes πŸ˜‚ he’s so sweet but sel is just more ~interesting~

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  11. Woooo for leaving your house. I’m so tempted to start watching True Beauty cause like so many of my friends are chatting about it and I just wanna be part of the chats but I am also terrible at waiting for episodes to air. If I’m not hooked on a show, then the wait means I may lose interest but if I am hooked I watch the new episode as soon as I can. Or if all the episodes are out I binge watch…I just can’t help myself xD

    December ended up being a hermit month, I retreated inwards which tends to happen around that sort of time for me, as I begin to reflect on things. That said I’m on a blog hiatus because my energy levels are nil, I’ve been running of tea for too long and I need to prioritise other things 😦 I also didn’t finish any books in December but I’m hoping this month I’ll be able to finish some books, I miss that serotonin boost I get when I finish a good book.

    Congrats on your grades Caitlin! You deserve them and I’m sending you so much love and endless good vibes for 2021 and your January ❀

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    1. true beauty isn’t as good as it was before and it’s not the best thing in the world, but it’s really fun to watch and discuss with friends!! and waiting for all the episodes to be out is a good idea—waiting is tiring. again, i’m sad that you’re on hiatus, but i 100% support your decision. i know firsthand that taking a break from blogging can do wonders for your mental health! i hope this hiatus treats you well ❀ and ahhh i haven't finished a book since december so i get the feeling 😭

      thank you so, so much! same to you clo, i hope you're having a great month πŸ˜­πŸ’œ

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  12. happy new year, caitlin!! it’s so amazing that you read 26 books in december… i am just in awe 😭😭 i finished on a sunbeam yesterday and i agree that the art style was gorgeous πŸ₯Ί and yesss a wish in the dark was so good!!

    i’m really glad you enjoyed when the tiger came down the mountain, i recently read the first book in the series and can’t wait to read the sequel!! πŸ’– and same, i was mostly absent from blogging in the last half of 2020, but recently my love for it has rekindled and i’m so glad to be back!! i’m so glad the same thing happened to you πŸ₯°πŸ₯° i loved reading this post and i hope you have an amazing 2021!!

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    1. happy new year as well, ash—i hope you’re having a great start to 2021! & it was honestly only possible bc i dedicated the entire month to reading & i had christmas break 😭😭 ahh, i’m so glad you enjoyed on a sunbeam and a wish in the dark too!

      ahh, you’re so sweet—i’m so glad that you’ve rekindled your love for blogging & that you’re back too!! ❀ & omg i didn't have the brain cells to understand empress of salt and fortune. maybe im biased bc of that but i enjoyed when the tiger came down the mountain way more, hehe. i hope it's the same for you!


  13. Happy new year & congrats on finishing your first semester with good grades πŸŽ† Let’s hope 2021 is at least slightly better for us all πŸ™ Omg 26 books?? That’s amazing πŸŽ‰ Sorry to hear Empire of Sand disappointed you, it’s always sad when a couple doesn’t have much chemistry πŸ˜”

    I was also making use of my winter break, but still had to do some school work as exams are coming up soon. I started my year by catching up on the Heartstopper comics though and it has been very wholesome πŸ₯°

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    1. thank you, caro, i hope 2021 is treating you well so far ❀ yes, maybe my standards for romance are just too high *sigh*

      haha same, i was annoyed that i still had to do hw during christmas break! but yes heartstopper is so cute, i'm so glad that you started off your year right ❀

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  14. yay for the good grades!!!! i was surprised by my grades this last semester too, i put minimal effort and i have such a hard time with online classes, but i still made it πŸ‘πŸ» i’m glad you had a great holiday time and was able to see some family during this time.

    β€œknow my name” really looks amazing! as soon as i heard it, i thought it was so interesting, but considering it is a triggering topic for me, i’ve put it off. i hope one day i’ll be able to read it, as i feel like it would be an amazing and empowering read, and literally everyone i know who’s read this gave it 5 stars.

    hope you have an amazing january, caitlin!

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    1. omg congrats lais!! SAME omg i also put in minimal effort & thought that online class was the WORST, but when i got my grades back i was like… maybe i like online class.

      it is very good, and it’s so powerful i feel like it’s hard not to give it 5 stars! but i completely understand why you haven’t picked it up yet, & you definitely shouldn’t put your mental health at risk to read it!! thank you so much, lais, i hope you have an amazing january as well πŸ₯ΊπŸ’–

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  15. you read so many amazing books omg!! i’m really happy you loved on a sunbeam, and it’s great to know that the second nghi vo novella was more easily understandable than the first one lmao! and YESSS to reading and loving a wish in the dark πŸ₯Ί also you enjoying the best lies makes me feel so vindicated lol, i always stare at the goodreads avg rating and wonder HOW it is so low. i’m wishing you all the luck on your writing (i felt your pain through the screen), and congrats on your semester grades!!

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    1. omg yes and when the tiger came down the mountain is so much more gay (specifically sapphic) too πŸ‘πŸ‘ SAME. maybe i’m just partial to books i finished quickly but it was so well done & i liked unraveling the layers of the mystery. omg thank you so much, i really need it πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’–

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  16. “They weren’t perfect, but they were so much better than I was expecting” girl same! I was literally exhausted and in tears when my sem ended but my grades turned out to be better than expected. Other than that, December mostly went reading and working on my blog revamp and staying at home, lol. Here’s to hoping for a better year!

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    1. i’m glad you had a productive december, & i hope you’re having a great 2021 so far ❀ and OMG yes last semester i was crying thinking that my grades were going to suck & all my work was going to go to waste. i was SO surprised when my grades turned out ok?? im so happy for us!


  17. I’m so happy you got better grades than you thought, though I didn’t doubt that for a second because you’re amazing! 😎 and yay for getting out of the house a bit, though I get it. I’m a massive grinch when it comes to Christmas time, too, I’m just glad it’s over πŸ˜‚
    I’m glad you loved The Best Lies! I’ve been wanting to read that one, I’m so intrigued.
    I hope you’ll have a wonderful, wonderful month ❀

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    1. thank you so much marie!! i hope you have a wonderful january too ❀ and no, those grades were a stroke of luck πŸ˜­πŸ’– i hope you enjoy the best lies, i think it really needs more appreciation! & yeah, i think it's because i'm not very close with my family + we don't really have any holiday season traditions :((


  18. Okay idk if you were trying to be funny Caitlin but I am DYING over the “Not Clickbait” in your title. Feel free to shame me because lmao

    Anyways okay I’ll stop. First of all going to say SO GLAD that your grades came out so well. I was also super nervous about mine so totally get you. For my course, my grades all rely on the assignments I hand in throughout the year so,,, oof it’s nerve-wracking.

    Also omg GO YOU FOR 26 BOOKS!!! The rest of us COULD NEVER. Lots of love friend xoxoxoxo

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    1. omg my grades almost all rely on my assignments too, haha! for the math and science subjects i have to take actual texts, but for everything else it was assignments 😭

      thank you so much ahh!! it was only possible because of christmas break and short books

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