December Catch Up | Blogmas Review, Adult Books and Recently Watched

Hey everyone!!

This is a weird post with lots of random things but I wanted to talk about blogmas, my recent reads and TOOTHLESS so I put it altogether in this post. It is like a wrap-up that is focused on specific things I wanted to talk about!! ENJOY!!

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BLOGMAS REVIEW

So I participated in blogmas this month, which meant I posted for 24 consecutive days for the countdown to Christmas!! So I just wanted to share my experience about what it was like really.

What was it like?

Well the Christmas festivities were like every year: money spent, calories devoured and presents wrapped.

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Me over Christmas!!

December felt like a month of trying to fit it all in because I wanted to complete my new reading goal of 60 books (3 more books), to write 19,000 words for my WIP and do blogmas which may not seemed like loads but it felt like a lot to me.

Blogmas went really well but I think that was mostly due to the fact that I started writing them in August so it was spaced out so I didn’t feel pressure to write 24 posts in a short space of time. Even though I was very lazy on the editing so I could have done better there (I apologise if there was a load of mistakes, I don’t have the heart to look back at them now).

It was a lot as the replying to comments and blog hopping was more extreme as I’m not used to this amount but sometimes I got into the hang of it and kept it up daily, other times I did not keep with it so I’m sorry if I was late. I did really enjoy and love talking to everyone so that was wonderful.

Thank you so much for all your support, it means a lot and I can’t express how sweet all your love was. Every like or comment meant a lot to me and you all taking the time to read my posts is so amazing. THANK YOU. I am very grateful and I wish I had something more to express my gratitude.

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Would I do it again?

Probably not because it was a lot and doing it every year would be too much for me personally. I would only want to do it when I’m excited about all the content. But never say never so maybe at one point in the future but it would depend on a lot of things.

I’m really glad I’ve done it at least one. It was so fun and rewarding. I’m very happy I got to experience it and posting every day was really nice actually. I will be slightly relieved to go back to a slower schedule though. Honestly it was all because of you guys that made it so special so again THANK YOU.

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RECENT READS

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo/⭐⭐⭐⭐.25

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I know there are a lot of mixed reviews for this but I actually really enjoyed this. The magic societies mixed with university were so interesting. Plus I loved the characters. It was a bit of a mystery as the main character was trying to solve a murder but other things were happening too. It was a really enticing read and I enjoyed reading it a lot. Please beware of the trigger warnings though. (feel free to ask me)

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern/🎧/⭐⭐⭐

The Night Circus

I loved the magic in this SO much. I would pay good money to go to this circus. It was amazing and extraordinary. Erin Morgenstern’s imagination is beautiful and her writing is so luxurious and whimsical. However I didn’t connect to the characters so I wasn’t invested in what happened to them greatly. Plus I expected something different from the plot, so whilst I appreciated it I was disappointed with it.

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Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James/🎧

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DNF @ 10%

I rarely DNF books but I was not feeling this book at all. Not much was happening and I didn’t like the writing all that much. I was not enjoying it so I don’t think this was for me.

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Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid/⭐⭐⭐

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I really enjoyed my experience following these characters and the band. Plus I loved the morally grey characters, conflicting opinions and unique format. But I can see why people wouldn’t love it and I don’t think the plot was that unique. I am very excited about the upcoming TV as I think it will suit that format even more to be honest.

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern/🎧/⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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I am so glad I picked this up as it was wonderful. It is so unique and I can safely say I’ve never read anything like this. The magic and imagination of Erin Morgernstern knows no bounds, it is extraordinary and you can sink right into it. I would say this book has a Ravenclaw feel, if that makes sense, it is full of a love for stories and it is so cleverly put together to create stories within stories. It also makes you think about a really deep question about reality which I loved. It was beautiful and I just loved it. I can’t describe why to be honest. (Wish me luck writing a review. I have no idea what I am going to put)

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RECENTLY WATCHED

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I loved watching this actually. It is based on a real life story which makes it even more interesting to me.

It does focus on cars and racing as you can probably guess and while I do find watching racing to be quite boring, I thought this was so good. So it is worth giving it a chance.

It is a heart-warming story with interesting people going on this challenging journey and naturally there are bumps in the road but it is about how they get through it. 100% recommend!!

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How to Train Your Dragon 1, 2 & 3

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I was in the mood to rewatch some of my favourite things so I watched these movies and it just reminded me how much I love them!! The story, the characters and TOOTHLESS!! Just yes! I really enjoyed rewatching them and want to do it again immediately.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Speaking of re-watching my favourite things, I put friends on at times and I really love this show. I know it off by heart (seriously) so I think it is great to put on in the background. This show is such a comfort for me which is what I wanted.

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AGAIN THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT OF BLOGMAS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. IT MEANT THE WORLD.

 

What are your favourite adult books to read? Have you read The Starless Sea? Have you watched Le Mans 66? How are you celebrating the New Year?

17 thoughts on “December Catch Up | Blogmas Review, Adult Books and Recently Watched

  1. Sophie, you’re one of the sweetest bloggers I know and reading your thank-you just put a huge smile on my face!! 😭💕 Also, you don’t need to apologize at all about blog-hopping, it was amazing that you participated in blogmas at all and were able to post quality content every day!

    I’ve been wanting to read The Starless Sea and The Night Circus for a while, and I’m so glad you liked them 😊

    Lovely post, and I’ll chat with you later… in 2020!! 😅

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    1. Aw… thank you so, so much!! That is so kind and makes me so happy!! Honestly thank you for all your support and kind comments Ash!! ❤
      Thank you, I always feel bad when I don't reply to comments immediately as I want to do but it was a busy time 😂 Again thank you, that means so much, you have no idea!! ❤ 😭

      Yay I hope you love the both of them, Erin Morgenstern really does create the most magical books!!

      Thank you and yes 2020 is here (ahhh 😅)!! ❤

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  2. Happy December!! I really enjoyed all the blogmas posts you wrote this month because they were so much fun to read 🥰 They really got me in the festive mood! I think this is also a great time to rewatch FRIENDS and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON! I love that you read so many books this month, and I can’t wait for The Starless Sea ✨

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    1. Thank you so much, I really hope you had a wonderful December Tiffany!! ❤
      Thank you, that means a lot you have no idea!! I'm so happy you enjoyed them and that they got you in the festive mood. They helped make me festive too!! 😂
      Yes Friends and How to Train Your Dragon are such comforting things to watch, I love them!!
      I was surprised by the amount of books I read to be honest. I thank audiobooks and cleaning!! 😂
      I hope you love The Starless Sea too!!

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  3. I’ve only recently returned to blogging after a hiatus so it sucks that I missed your blogmas! Will definitely have to catch up on your posts when I get the time!
    The Night Circus is the only book here that I’ve read but I did really enjoy it! The writing and world building was insane but I felt the same as you, I just wasn’t that invested in it. I gave it 3.5 stars though I think?
    Happy new year!

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    1. Aw.. that’s so sweet!! I hope you had a great hiatus though!! I’m excited that your back though!! ❤ Thank you!! 🙂
      Yeah there are so many things about The Night Circus that I loved– the magic and writing was such a high standard but there were a few major things that fell short for me. I'm glad we have similar views!
      Thank you, I wish you a wonderful New Year too! ❤

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  4. I loved all of your Blogmas posts 💕 the only one that I haven’t read is day 17 as it said it contained spoilers for Six Of Crows which I still need to read 🙈 I find it really odd that I’ve somehow read the two books by Leigh Bardugo that are probably least read but not the others 😂 also I had no idea that Daisy Jones & The Six was being adapted. I love Friends!! I haven’t seen it in ages though. Back when it was on E4 I always had it on though. I even watched it on regular then plus one straight after sometimes 😂 did you know there a Friends tag?

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    1. Thank you so much Charlotte!! And a big thank you for all your support, it was so generous and all your comments made me day. I can’t thank you enough for all your support!! ❤ ❤
      Yeah I did include SoC spoilers, sorry!! I hope you get to read it as it is such a good duology!! Haha it is nice to see all her work though!!
      Yes Daisy Jones is getting adapted which I think will be so good!! Especially as it involves music!
      Friends is great!! They play it on channel 5 in the mornings on weekends now if you're interested 😂 Yeah I watched in on e4 all the time too. I have the box set now so I use that 😂 No I didn't actually but that is so cool!! I will have to look into it!! ❤

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      1. It’s fine, I honestly enjoyed reading each and every one of them. They were all so wonderful ❤❤
        Don’t worry,l think most people have read it already. And I’m hoping to this year (: I really want to get SoC & the Grisha trilogy read at some point in 2020.
        I still need to read it so I’ll definitely have to make sure I manage to before that comes out. But yeah, that sounds awesome; I just hope they do the music well.
        Oh right, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the tip. I think it might be on Netflix too. Cool (: That’s a great boxset to have. And I’ve seen it several times so I hope you can find it ❤

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  5. wow definitely sounds like you had your hands full this december, but i’m glad everything worked out fine, especially blogmas!
    i didn’t know daisy jones and the six had been optioned for a tv show, but i completely agree with you that it will suit the format perfectly. i felt like with only the audiobook, even though the narrators were different, i still mixed up the characters so much, but i don’t think this would happen at all with a tv show.
    i have never watched le mans ’66, but “rush” starting chris hemsworth is really good and i’d recommend if you enjoyed the cars and racing setting. this one is also based on a real life story!

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    1. It was a busier December than I’m used to 😂 but I enjoyed it all a lot. Thank you, me too 😂 I think after I’ve caught up I can go back to normal which should be a bit more relaxing!!
      Yes it has I believe and I’m really excited about it because it will be perfect on TV and they can do the music which is so, so exciting!! Yeah I would have definitely mixed up the voices on audiobook I think, I would like to try that version though as it is a popular audiobook. But like you said there shouldn’t be the confusion with TV about who’s who.
      Ohh thank you– I think I remember seeing posters for Rush at the time but I’ve never watched it so I will have to check it out!! I do think films based on real life can be so interesting, it feels different! 🙂

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  6. I loved reading this catchup post, it’s such a great way to talk about what has happened recently 🥰 I absolutely loved reading your Blogmas posts, it definitely put me in a very festive mood and you had such great posts 💗 I’m hoping to read Daisy Jones and the Six next year, as I heard so much about it! 😄

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    1. Thank you so much, it was a slightly spontaneous idea but I wanted to reflect on some things so I quickly did it 😂
      Thank you so, so much!! That means a lot and I really appreciate all your support throughout the month ❤ !! It definitely made my month better! It put me in the festive mood too so I'm glad it was same for you !! ❤
      I gave into the hype with Daisy Jones but I did enjoy it– I loved the idea of following a band and if you like that idea I think you will enjoy it!! 🙂

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