December Wrap Up

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December Wrap Up

Happy 2014 everyone !!! My December was very, very random. I was super busy with my mother visiting, then doing Christmas errands… then that major ice storm that stole Christmas… it was an interesting December, and an even more interesting way to end 2013! I’m glad it’s a new year, and I’m hoping to become more organized in my blogging and reading life. I also want to kick back off some features I started in 2013, and with me being busy, they fell behind! I’m sick this weekend with this headcold that everyone at work seemed to have, so I’ll be spending the weekend curled up, reading and blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

Books Read
*Click for review (Goodreads link for all unreviewed books)

Hushedย ย Ruleย ย Pawnย ย Dream Darkย ย Hereafterย ย Heartbeat
Hushed by Kelley Yorkย ★★★
Rule by Jay Crownover ★★★★
Pawn by Aimee Carterย ★★★★
Dream Dark by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohlย ★★★
Here After by Kate Brianย ★★★★
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scottย ★★★

Challenges

Goodreads Challenge:ย I succeeded with my goal ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted to read 115 books and I read 123! I have set my goal for 2014 at 150, so here is to hoping!!!

2013 Debut Author Challenge:
I also completed this goal, as I read 19 Debuts and only intended on reading 16 ๐Ÿ™‚

2013 TBR Pile Challenge: And well, fail. I wanted to read 30… I only read 18 ๐Ÿ™ I’m trying again though!!

Notable Posts & Events
I took part in the Blitz for Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott! I was so excited to read this one, and my review will be posting next week ๐Ÿ™‚ I also took part in the blitz for Positively Mine by Christine Duval. I read this in the summer when it was self published under the name Freshman Forty, but she is recently been picked up by Bloomsbury and republished under a new name! I ADORED this book, so I was so happy to take part in this promotion! If you haven’t read this one yet, I strongly suggest picking it up. It’s a new adult contemporary, but really unlike the new adult that is out there right now. Very strong storyline!

I didn’t take part in a lot of the Top Ten Tuesday topics this month but I did post my picks for the Best New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2013!

I also took part in Fiktshun and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads Top Ten of 2013 Week. Again, because of the storm, I didn’t get to participate in all of the topics but I did post forย Best Books Iโ€™ve Read in 2013 and Top 10 Books Iโ€™m Looking Forward to in 2014.

Even though I posted it in January, I do want to link up here because it’s my last “2013” post! I participated in the 2013 End of Year Book Survey! I loved doing it, even though it zapped me, but check out my summary of the year!

I didn’t post a lot of reviews in December, but along with the two books I read, I also posted my review for Decked with Holly by Marni Bates.

I signed up for the End of Year Readathon and I ended up completely my goals but it was a BAD idea. I didn’t participate in any of the challenges, and due to the storm I couldn’t update anything so it fell by the wayside ๐Ÿ™

And lastly… I got way. too. many. books… but I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

Some Blog Love
Once again, I’m behind in my reader ๐Ÿ˜› This needs to be one of my resolutions, and keep up with blog posts!! Despite being behind, I still have a ton of great posts for you!!!

If you like wrap ups that include discussion (and other awesome posts!) link ups check out Another Novel Read, A Bookish Heart and Christina Reads YA. All three of these amazing blogs do WEEKLY wrap ups with a ton of amazing links to other blogs!!

How was your December? Link up your wrap ups!!!

Lauren

8 Responses to “December Wrap Up”

  1. Charli @ To Another World

    Hi Lauren! Since TBG at ABH,I’ve been reading most of your posts but haven’t commented or remembered to follow, so, doing that now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Awesome recap! Sounds like your December was pretty good. Happy new year and good luck in 2014 ๐Ÿ˜€

    Charli x
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    • Lauren

      Hi Charli ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for following !! I’m the same way, I’ve been reading everyones blog from clicking on there name in the comments but I keep forgetting to follow!

      Happy New year to you too ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Leanne @ Literary Excursion

    Thanks for including some of my links, Lauren! I had a crazy December myself so there are a lot of blog posts on there I haven’t gotten around to reading. My Feedly is just sobbing at me to clean it out right now.

    I totally know what you mean about the End of Year Survey zapping you! I’m *still* working on mine. Who knows when it will get finished, lol.
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    • Lauren

      Your welcome Leanne ๐Ÿ™‚ December was intense for getting behind. I felt like I would never catch up, but I just about am! Thankfully for Asti’s posts I never got behind on discussions, lol.

      Oh, it took me weeks so don’t feel pressured! It’s SO hard. I am trying to keep a spreadsheet this year of books so maybe next year I won’t have such a hard time trying to piece posts like that together ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Lauren

      BAHAH, I thought I was the only one and then I seen all the wrap up posts… clearly I was not the only one that failed ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Charlotte

    Thanks again for including my posts, Lauren. ๐Ÿ˜€ You really have a bountiful December and congratz for completing your GR challenge. It makes me want to cry since I haven’t completed mine. I got short of five books.

    I hope you’re already up and well. I think reading and blogging really cured you. xD
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    • Lauren

      Your welcome Charlotte ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh no, short five ๐Ÿ™ Don’t worry there is a brand new year ahead of you!!!

      And yes, reading and blogging is indeed the best medicine!

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