So apparently I totally skipped last months Monthly Recap. Last month being November, and November was a bit crazy for me. I was in a major blogging slump, I didn’t read too much and overall everything was a bit hectic for me. My sincere apologies… Now I’ll shut up and continue with my December recap.

imageI always say that December is a month filled with madness, and I’m not joking about that. December 5th we have a celebration in the Netherlands called Sinterklaas.  Its a bit like Christmas filled with presents and family, but typically Dutch. Then December 10th its my mothers birthday (more presents to be bought) and not to forget Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Its fun, busy, exciting, and an absolutely worrisome for my wallet *cough* and weight.

Aside from the summer, December comes pretty close to being my favourite time of the year. Its a month filled with family, with thoughtful presents and very very good food. Who doesn’t love December? Aside from my wallet of course…

December was the month that I introduced a new feature called Stories behind the Shelves. There have been three people that participated and its slowly growing into what I want it to be. *if you’re interested in being featured, click here*. It was the month that I finished my Goodreads challenge! I set a goal of 60 books about halfway into the year and read 63 *Pats herself on the shoulder*. The month that I wrote my first discussion post (click). And also the month that I got my first Auto-Approval on NetGalley! *Hug* a big thank you to Harlequin Teen *hug*

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Favorite December Reads

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Another Little Piece of my Heart by Tracey Martin

Yes… I only just finished Throne of Glass *shamefaced* Though I feel a bit better, since I got some really nice comments from people that have yet to read it. Is the distraction working and successful in keeping you from scolding me?

Anyways, I have to admit that Throne of Glass was totally awesome, and I have -of course- ordered Crown of Midnight. Another Little Piece of my Heart was a much awaited read (every Jane Austen retelling is much awaited for me) and luckily enough for me it lived up to my expectation. Persuasion spiced up with Rock Music. That’s just totally amazing and badass. So yeah, Sara J. Maas and Tracey Martin, I love both for writing some absolutely excellent books!

Most Played Song

Somehow I always end up listening to this song in December. I don’t mind the Christmas songs, but they’ve always been too much for me. And this song -to me- is the ultimate winter song!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gml-nAJGRbY

Most Memorable Quote

“True beauty is what lies inside of us, not what the world sees. A beautiful shell that houses a vile soul becomes sullied over time. But an outer shell, imperfect as it may be, that houses a beautiful, shines with that beauty, radiating it for all who have eyes to see.”

-Defy, Sara B. Larson

Do you have any  moments you feel like sharing? Hit me with your favourite quotes, songs, books and anything you can think of!