November & December Whispers // Festive Fun, Happiness & it snowed (!!)

So I missed November’s recap, like the procrastinator I am, and now have 2 months to recap!

So this will be a ginormous post. Honestly, NaNoWriMo, then school, then last-minute exams and the festive season and the new year and being awesome, it’s tiring. But new year, new me! Not really, but I guess I have to pick up the pace with blogging because I have been slacking.

So get out a lot of snacks because this will be a long post! Any excuse to binge on food really.

BOOKS

I read 8 books! over the span of 2 months. What can I say? I had finished my reading challenge and was in a reading slump for that exact reason. 8 books per month is fantastic but practically 4 books a month is horrible by my standards.

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NOVEMBER

Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★ // I freaking loved it! I will always fangirl over Bluesy and Pynch. [review here]

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed ★★☆☆☆ // This was originally 3 stars but I changed it to 2 because it honestly wasn’t that amazing. [goodreads review here and blog review here]

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater  ★★★★☆ // I mean, of course, I loved it, but it was a little underwhelming in terms of things she had been leading up to forever.[review here]

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard ★★☆☆☆ // I was so excited for the premise and while Maven is awesome, the rest was trash. [review here]

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DECEMBER

Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl ★★★☆☆ // An enjoyable read with lots of French food but didn’t pack that punch for me. [goodreads review here and blog review here]

The End by Lemony Snicket ★★★☆☆ // It depends on how you look at it.

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield ★★★★★ // I’m not crying, YOU ARE.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu ★★★★☆ // This was SO EPIC! I loved Maybelline so much but the plot twists were slight…boring. [review here]

BOOK HAUL

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I purchased NONE of these books! Which goes to show how many free books you get as a blogger haha. Thanks to Shanah @ The Bionic Bookworm for the giveaway prize, Daughter of the Pirate King. Thanks to S.K ALI for the *SIGNED* Copy of Saints and Misfits!  Thank you to Div Book Bridge for the *SIGNED* ARC of City of Brass! Thank you to Jackie for The Book of Dust (not pictured) and Flame in the Mist. Thanks to Amulet Books for The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. Thanks to Bloomsbury for The Wren Hunt. And thank you to Penguin Random House for the early copy of Batman!

BLOGGING

Well, I’ve gotten back to posting consistently! In December I really upped my game and I am incredibly proud of myself. I’m starting to love my content and have so many comments to reply to it’s insane.

I’m also getting back into blog hopping, slowly but surely! So, I would say that blogging is going quite well right now.

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I got accepted for ACE OF SHADES. GUYS A PHYSICAL COPY OF ACE OF SHADES I’M NOT LYING. I HAVE PROOF! Thanks again to publishers. Means the world to me. I JUST CANNOT GO OVER THIS. I’m going to be receiving it in Spring and I JUST…NEED IT NOW!

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I’m part of Amanda Foody’s Shadow Gang and am *IRON LORD*. If you don’t know, Foody has set up an awesome street team who will get a load of stuff. It’s going to be a virtual battle between 3 teams and I am the *LORD* of the gang of cheaters. I JUSt…CANNOT FUNCTION. ASDFGHJKLKJHGFDSASDFGHJKL I AM SO EXCITED DUDE you can not imagine.

I won another giveaway! I ended up giving the wrong address but I got Daughter of The Pirate King (hardback) in the end and am super excited to read!

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I hosted my OWN giveaway of a hardback copy of Haven and 2 *mystery* books. It was super cool to host a giveaway, I gained 100 new followers on Twitter in the process which I’m very proud about.

I won NaNoWriMo and then took a break! Which was honestly great. Winning and then not looking at writing for a month. It was one the best and worst things ever and I’m glad it’s over and ready to revise, rewrite and edit and just make my novel awesome! You can read my post about NaNo here.

I received hate! on a review! WHICH WAS FUN. I uploaded the review in October and then November? OH BOY. People attacked me with comments and for a while it was hilarious. People actually got offended by my opinions? Haha. And then it got really…not so nice, I guess. People calling me immature and throwing insults at me. Like, my opinion counts too you know?

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LIFE

So what’s being going on with my life?

  • The festive season happened! And it was lovely, to be honest. I adored the fairy lights and the food and I’m so sad its all over.
  • IT SNOWED. Guys it actually snowed. ASDFGHJKL I JUST CANNOT OKAY!? It hasn’t snowed properly for simply forever and when it did? I went out and played in the snow for 3 hours straight. Snow angels, snowmen, snowball fights, GAH IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. After that day, well not so much luck.
  • I did a blogger exchange for Christmas and it was fabulous. My blogger friends and I set out to do a secret Santa but then because of shipping we just went with the people closest to us. So that was me and Jackie and May and Ju. AND I JUST SQUEAL ABOUT WHAT I RECEIVED. Tonnes of German food which I mostly devoured and snacked on for the rest of December and two SHINY NEW BOOKS! I can’t wait to do this again next year with more online friends! THANK YOU, JACKIE!
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  • I was in a reading slump? AND IT WAS THE WORST. Actually, not really? I kind of just hanging around doing nothing in the last couple of months.
  • IT’S HOLIDAYS! I only have two days left until school and I honestly don’t want to go back. Having days off school is such a luxury and wish I could just say like this, happy and content, forever. Sadly, I can only dream.
  • I watched the first season of Stranger Things! ELEVEN. I lovvvee eleven and now she’s gone? I really need to watch the next season but it’s fabulous. So creepy and atmospheric and I love the plot and all the feels. UGH. So good. 
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  • I just feel a lot happier! I’m not sure why? BUT I AM JUST FEELING GREAT DUDE AND I AM GRATEFUL. We had a talent show at our school and I donated a gift to children’s hospital and took the most awesome drama classes.
  • I went to my friend’s house and it was great! Two of my friend’s birthdays were in December and obviously, I gifted them book + stationery.
  • I watched Doctor Who! I admit…I didn’t keep up with the last series and I watched the Christmas Special and…it was so boring? Some weird sloppy speech from The Doctor and some thrown together special. Eh.
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NEXT MONTH

Well ITS ALREADY JANUARY OOPS. But it’s going to be filled with posting twice or once a week which I’m okay with. I’ve planned –>

  • 3 reviews for all you all!
  • 1 discussion (I missed these)
  • How to recommend books + why it is the best
  • 10 reasons I DON’T LIKE BOOK BLOGGING
  • A tag (haven’t done one in a while lol)
  • And lots  more

By the time you read this, I’ll probably be back in school! UGH. January is the first month of 2018 so I hope you all have a great first month. I’m going to be getting back to writing and maybe starting edits so look out for me screaming about that on twitter!

GOALS

{goals from last month}

  • Win NaNo ✔✔✔
  • Reach 1400 followers (currently @ 1341)✔
  • have ice cream❌
  • Read 6 Books ✔✔
  • 2 of them should be from Netgalley❌ ❌
  • Post at least once a week ✔❌
  • STICK TO NETGALLEY BAN✔
  • don’t procrastinate✔
  • be nice✔
  • BUDDY READ VICIOUS WITH JU❌
  • I’m honestly not making too many goals because of NaNo ✔✔✔

{goals for this month}

  • Bullet journal consistently (at least every 2 days)
  • Start a reading spreadsheet
  • do homeworks as soon as i get them (the same day)
  • try not to procrastinate
  • start mini edits on my novel
  • share my poems with you (?)
  • start talking about mini secret writing thing maybe (?)
  • smash the ace of shades street team and win everyone else
  • read 12 books
  • watch season 2 of stranger things
  • buddy read city of brass with may
  • Reach 800 followers on twitter!

Let's Whisper

How were the last 2 months of 2017 for you? How did you finish off last year? The questions are really awkward for this since I’m asking about  2 months, so tell me about December! Did you finish the year splendidly or horribly? Tell me what you have been reading!

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44 thoughts on “November & December Whispers // Festive Fun, Happiness & it snowed (!!)”

  1. Omg you HAVE to watch Stranger Things 2 bc it’s AMAZING!! Eleven is awesome and mike and they’re all my babies.. gahhhh! Also I need to read Batman, I’m just scared because I didn’t like Wonder Woman. BLUESEY is my OTP and i love them sm. Glad you’re out of your slump and back to blogging xx

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      1. Yeah I found WW really difficult to read. I didn’t like the characters (they were a bit useless) and I was so frustrated. I think I’ll like Marie Lu though bc Warcross is EPIC atm 😁

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  2. the festive season has such a positive impact on everyone :’) everyone’s so happy :’)

    sTRANGER THINGS STRANGER THINGS STRANGER THINGS S T R A N G E R T H I N G S

    My dad’s reading City of Brass right now?? He bought it for himself and now I’m so hype to read (but he’s a really slow reader so I don’t know when I’ll get it 😦 )

    to be honest it just doesn’t feel like 2018?? idk man it still feels like 2017 was just a week ago

    …I’ll show myself out.

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    1. YEs I LOVE THE FESTIVE SEASON. it is tiring i admit but also gives me all the feels.

      AND YES GIMME A MOMENT WITH STRANGER THINGS.

      and your dad reads? WOW I WISH HAD SUPER COOL PARENTS LIKE YOURS!! I hope he enjoys City of Brass and that you do too!

      byeeee ^^

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  3. I finished my first semester of college course classes, but I’m back in my high school again. December was something, indeed, for me. I spent the time suffering from a reading slump and recovering, horribly, after winning Nanowrimo. I did, however, get time to relax when we were off from break and now I’ve started a book blog for this year. This should be interesting and I’m excited to see where this goes.
    Also, hello! I’m han and I’m a new blogger. I don’t really know anyone. I just wanted to introduce myself and get to know you better, if it’s ok.

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    1. Ohhh Hi Han! You sound like an awesome blogger and will be checking out your blog soon! I’d love to get to know you better!

      OHHH YAY!! Congrats on finishing your first semester!! That is awesome (me pretending to know about americas education system haha) I was in a reading slump too! Are you out of it yet? AND OMG CONGRATS ON WINNING NANO!!

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      1. Hi, Ilsa!! Thank you!!

        Honestly, the american education system doesn’t make any sense to me either and I’ve lived here for a long time xD

        I’m out of my reading slump as of now. I’m reading two books at the same time 🙂

        Also, I read your review on Love, Hate, and other filters and I didn’t know that you were Muslim.

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  4. Ah congratulations on getting accepted for being on the street team and getting a physical ARC! I’m hoping to request it from Harlequin, but wait a while and read some of the ARCs I’m backed up on because I refuse to make my stack even bigger than it already is. 😂

    Also you have officially reached peak blogger after receiving hate on a review. I’m shocked I haven’t gotten any since most of my Google searches are book reviews, and two of my most popular ones are me ranting my head off. 😂 And I’m so glad you’re happy! I’m feeling the same way, sans school, mainly because I’m reenergized for blogging. 😄

    Also thank you for linking to my mediocre tag post YOU ARE TOO KIND. 😘

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    1. THANK you Mikaela. I sent like an ESSAY to be part of the street team so i AM SO HAPPY I GOT IN!! I cannot WAIT TO READ ACE OF SHADES, I don’t think anybody understands!!

      ahahahaha I KNOW RIGHT. People just LOVE to HATE ME!!! I’m like a villain now muahahaha But it’s GOOD you haven’t got hate on a review! I hope it never happens to youuu. And yes we shall be happy penguins togethhhherrr.

      I THINK TAG POSTS SHOULD GET MORE APPRECIATION RIGHT?

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  5. (OMG YOU LINKED MY POST AGAIN! Also am I ever going to stop absolutely puking rainbows when that happens? No. No I’m not.)

    AHHHHH!! ACE OF SHADES PHYSICAL ARC!! And wait does that mean that I can start calling you Lord Ilsa? BECAUSE IT FITS look at you finally embracing your true title. It was about time people found out you’re actually our overlord and started adressing you as such.

    And I’ll never understand people hating other people for their opinions. Like?? It’s just a review mate nobody forced your eyeballs to follow the sentences?? If they did then umm…that’s bad?? Might want to get your eyes checked?? Otherwise? You just spent your own precious time writing a hate comment on someone’s review of a book which ultimately led to nothing. If that’s what they wanted then congrats I guess idk.

    AND YESS YOU’VE FINALLY WATCHED STRANGER THINGSSSS. YUUUSSSS. Ok but like aren’t Mike and Eleven THE CUTEST MOST MURDEROUS BABIES?!

    Happy 2018 to youuu ❤!!

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    1. ioana I WILL ALWAYS LINK YOUR POST BECAUSE THEY ARE RIDICULOUSLY FABULOUS OKAY?!?!?!?

      AND YES YOU MAY CALL ME LORD ILSA. I mean WHAT ELSE would you call me. PFFTTTT everyone else needs to start learning my correct name.

      SKhfkshfkjdsfhkjdhfkjd YES I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT THE HATE ON A REVIEW I mean like??? I even put a disclaimer at the beginning of my review saying it wasn’t nice for all those people who like to hate??

      MIKE AND ELEVEN ARE MURDEROUS BABIES AND I LOVE THEM and I’m starting season 2 today!!

      Happy 2018!!

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  6. The end of the year was good for me, while I didn’t read all the books that I wanted to in December, I did re-read the entire Harry Potter series. A while back I did a post about “empty followers.”

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  7. Damn people attacked you for your opinion? Jeez, I hope you’re okay😂❤️ AND YAY TWO RECAPS IT’S LIKE CHRISTMAS ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!! And by the way I nominated you to do the Aesthetic Tag! (It’s actually really fun), the info is on my last blog post! xxx

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  8. UM YAAAAAYYYY I’M STILL SO HAPPY AND EXCITED THAT YOU LIKE ALL OF MY GIFTS (and i’m amazed at your photography skills because that picture looks PERFFF). I honestly can’t wait to do this Secret Santa thing again!!! With more bloggers!!! So it’s actually a secret this time!!! XD AND OMGSKGHF I’M SUPER HAPPY THAT YOU GET TO BE THE LEADER IN THE SHADOWGANG AND THAT WE’RE BOTH GETTING THE ACE OF SHADES ARCS AND THAT IT SNOWED AND THAT YOU WON ALL THESE GIVEAWAY AND NANO AND SJHFSJGJ YOU HAD SO MANY AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN TO YOU I’M HAPPYYY ❤

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    1. HFJSFHKASHFFHD ALL YOUR GIFTS WERE SO COOL AND NOW I FEEL BAD ABOUT WHAT I GOT YOUUUU. (and no my pictures do not look perfect. wut) AND YES I CANNOT WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR!! ANd i do hope its secret too hahah. AWW YES IM HAPPY ABOUT EVERYTHING TOO LET US EAT CAKE TO CELEBRATE!

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  9. Happy New Year! It looks like you had a pretty good November and December, minus the reading slump, so yay! I’ve been in a reading slump for like four months now? (I blame it on Netflix, honestly.) And it’s getting better for sure, but I feel you anyway. Good luck with all your goals, and congrats again on winning NaNo! 🙂

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  10. I love these posts!! I never seem to read any new books in December, I always re-read old favourites- Harry Potter (of course!!) and the Hunger Games! I’ve been on such a blogging slump recently but I’ve stopped forcing myself to write SOMETHING every week because I realised I didn’t actually LIKE my content so now I’m posting, yes, less consistently but better I suppose! Also congrats on winning NaNo and good luck with all of your goals- I love your blog so much! 🙂

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  11. THE SNOW SO PRETTTTTTYYYYY!!! it’s so cold here that i think my fingers are permanently frozen but im living for the snow

    and your iconic reviews are back to bless my eyes, also i hate how you get ALL THE ARCS WHAT IS THIS WHO ARE YOU BRIBING WITH POTATOES?? AND i cant cant cant waIT FOR YOU TO READ SAINTS AND MISFITS AAAAAAAA

    i hope you have an awesome 2018 bby

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    1. SNOW IS AWESOME I LOVE IT SO MUCH FHJFHJDFHJDFHHJDF

      Iatually bribe publishers with potatoes or if they like chocolate WHICH IS FOOL-PROOF. However, some publishers are picky SO I CAN’T GET THE ARC WHY. And FEBRUARY I shall read Saints and Misfits!!

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  12. I also recently started reading The Raven Boys series and I’m still a little bit on the fence about whether or not I should continue to read it? I read the first two and while I LOVE Ronan and I do love the boys I just don’t know how I feel about the overall plot? What do you think? Should I stick with it?
    Anyways I LOVE the pics of the snow they are SO pretty I wish it snowed over were I live! Sorry to hear about all the hatters sometimes people just don’t know when to shut up.

    Also I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog because I just love your blog SO much and I love reading you posts! Plus your blog is just SO pretty!

    Happy reading 🙂

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    1. GIVE THE THIRD BOOK A CHANCE PLS. If you don’t love the third book, give up. I kind of hated the second book but the 3rd book was kind of the winner for me!! Definitely recommend.

      AHHH SO GLAD YOU LIKE THE SNOW PICTURES. ANd omg really? *screams* DUDE, I WILL CHECK OUT THE POST SOON.

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  13. okay I’ve been feeling really tired lately so no super long comments but 1) I have to tell you about my new WIP idea 2) the snow is WAY too pretty and you’re WAY too good at taking photos 3) I’m so excited to finish CoB because I want to get it over with & I’m excited to BR FOATL except not that much bc the reviews are so mixed & I HOPE YOU LOVE SAINTS AND MISFITS!!! 4) I already said this but YAY FOR WINNING NANO YOU’RE AWESOME and 5) I will find Undercover Princess and write a 1-star rant review & roast all the people who attacked you

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    1. mayyyy. 1) I LOVE YOUR WIP IDEA 2) I want more snow???? and thank youuu 3) I think I might DNF City of BRass ITS SO BORING. 4)ASDFGHJKL I CANT WAIT TO EDIT TO SHATTER A SHADOW but not really ahahah 5) BUT UNDERCOVER PRINCESS IS SO BORING MAY SERIOUSLY

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