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December 2021 Wrap-Up 🎄

Happy Friday, bibliophiles!

Whew. It’s hard to believe that 2022 starts tomorrow, but I’m more than ready to start over. It’s been a Year™️.

GENERAL THOUGHTS:

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December was rough at times, but I’m glad I got through it. What with that big AP Gov project and finals, I was exhausted by the time winter break rolled around, but I’m so glad to have some time off to myself. And we didn’t get the snow we wanted on Christmas, but we got…one or two snows here in Colorado, so at least there’s a little moisture. We’re supposed to get a big storm…right about now, though, so…

I took some time off from writing after finishing NaNoWriMo up so I could a) get some rest and b) focus on schoolwork, but after finals ended, I started looking back through the second draft of my main sci-fi WIP! It’s so strange how different the experience has already become from when I did this for draft 1; I’m relieved to say that I’ve improved a whole lot as a writer since then.

Other than that, I’ve been listening to the Beatles and Blur (well…more than usual), playing Minecraft, watching Hawkeye (eh, probably my least favorite Marvel show but the disability rep is nice to see), and going to see Nightmare Alley (is it really a Guillermo del Toro movie without babies in jars?) and Spiderman: No Way Home (AAAAAAAAAA). Christmas was lovely too, and I had a wonderful time spending a day with my family.

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I lost it at this scene even though I’d seen the trailer skdjhfskjhf

READING AND BLOGGING

I read 21 books this month! I probably only got there because I re-read Madman all over again—most of the month leading up to break felt a lot slower, reading-wise. However, I passed my Goodreads goal of 250 and read 258 books this year!

2 – 2.75 stars:

The Grimrose Girls: Dark Academia Fairytale eBook : Pohl, Laura: Kindle  Store - Amazon.com
The Grimrose Girls

3 – 3.75 stars:

The Secret History: Tartt, Donna: 9781400031702: Amazon.com: Books
The Secret History

4 – 4.75 stars:

Amazon.com: Squad: 9780062943149: Tokuda-Hall, Maggie, Sterle, Lisa: Books
Squad

5 stars:

Amazon.com: Madman Comics, Volume 1: Yearbook 95: 9781569711491: Allred,  Mike: Books
Madman Comics Yearbook ’95

FAVORITE BOOK OF THE MONTH (not counting re-reads): Zen in the Art of Writing4.5 stars

Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity: Bradbury, Ray:  9718777410946: Amazon.com: Books

SOME POSTS I’M PROUD OF:

POSTS I ENJOYED FROM OTHER WONDERFUL PEOPLE:

SONGS/ALBUMS I’VE ENJOYED:

such a wonderfully catchy little song!
no idea how I hadn’t listened to this whole album until now but here we are…fantastic
I haven’t heard the original, but this is such a beautiful cover!
HI WHAT NEW GIRLPOOL
this is one of those songs that (almost) makes me regret quitting piano
THIS ALBUM

DID I FOLLOW THROUGH ON MY DECEMBER GOALS?

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  • Read 20 books: 21!
  • Survive that AP Gov project [heavy breathing]: I DID IT! Got a great grade, too!
  • End 2021 on a good note: well, I’m sitting comfortably and watching snow fall outside my window right now, so I’ll call that good.

JANUARY 2022 (!) GOALS:

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  • Set a reasonable Goodreads goal
  • Start 2022 on a good note!

2021 was a tough year for me. Online learning, grieving, the pandemic, applying to college…all of it got to me. But what matters is that I’m still here, all in one piece. And that’s what matters most for all of us. I imagine that 2021 was tough for each and every one of us on some level, but what matters most is that we all got through it. We’re beaten-up and bruised, but we’re here. And that, to me, is the purest form of resilience, of resistance. And if we got through 2020 and 2021, we can get through next year too.

There were good things about 2021 for me too—I went to Glacier National Park, I got straight A’s for the first time in high school, I had a super fun birthday, and I discovered some great books, music, and movies! This is the light that always burns in the darkness—the little things that make us happy. And as long as we have each other, the light will never go out.

And with that, there are only hours left to go in 2021. Good riddance.

Wear your masks, get vaccinated (and get that booster!), don’t spread hate and fear, love each other.

Today’s song:

That’s it for this month—and this year—in blogging! Have a wonderful last day of the year, and take care of yourselves.

See you in 2022!

all my love,

Madeline

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devours books. breathes music. dreams of space. writes about it all. she/her ⭐︎ ISFJ ⭐︎ bisexual ⭐︎ spd

12 thoughts on “December 2021 Wrap-Up 🎄

  1. Somehow I unfollowed you and I have no idea how that happened??? Well anyways–
    Sorry to hear you aren’t enjoying Hawkeye. I didn’t really get into Marvel until this month–I watched Black Widow, and then I loved Yelena so much that I wanted to see other stuff where she’s in, so now I’m literally watching a bunch of Marvel movies JUST so I can get all the background I need in order to watch Hawkeye.
    Also sorry to see that you didn’t like Grimrose Girls that much because I’m really looking forward to that one! But overall it looks like you had a pretty good reading month, I mean 21 books is awesome! And congrats on that AP Gov project, that sounds like a huge achievement!
    Sorry that 2021 wasn’t great for you, let’s all hope that 2022 is better!!!

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    1. Skdjfhskj you’re good!! Yeah it must be a WordPress thing, that’s happened to me a few times with other blogs where it’ll just say that I’ve unfollowed them and I didn’t do anything?? good times
      eh it’s alright, I wasn’t a huge fan of Hawkeye but I loved Yelena and Kate
      same with Grimrose Girls, I was disappointed about that one 😦 my friend recommended it to me bc she loved the ace rep, and the ace rep was great, but the writing…was not
      Thank you! Hope that we both have a better 2022

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      1. Haha yeah WordPress can be weird like that.
        Ah well honestly I’m only watching it for yelena and ive heard that Kate is awesome too, so as long as that parts good? Lol.
        Haha the ace rep is why I wanna read grimrose girls too, so Im glad that’s good? But ugh bad writing is always really annoying, I guess we’ll see what I think.

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  2. I’m sorry you didn’t like the Hawkeye show (I still haven’t caught up with any of Marvel’s recent shows or movies other than the Loki series, which, again, I didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped to )
    Anyways yeah, good riddance to 2021, and happy new year 💛💛💛

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  3. “We’re beaten-up and bruised, but we’re here. And that, to me, is the purest form of resilience, of resistance. And if we got through 2020 and 2021, we can get through next year too.”

    ^^^^
    All of this my friend. So much all of this. Wishing you the very best for 2022 xx

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