[Rewind] December 2016

08:00 Cilla P 10 Comments

Hey there! Hope you guys had a lovely holiday season! It feels a little strange to write a monthly rewind after I've written a couple of yearly ones, but why not, hey? December has been a... nice month both in terms of blogging and life. Fairly quiet, but after ten months of going full-speed ahead, quiet is a good thing. Let's check out the highlights, shall we?


I officially finished the first placement of my Master degree! 🙌That placement was the first time I worked with clients as a psychologists, so I was so anxious for weeks about it. It wasn't just 'can I do this placement?', it was 'can I do this job for the rest of my life? Have I chosen the right career path for me, or am I going to feel like Mike Wazowski after his Scarer course?' So, to not only survive, but also receive good feedback by the end of it is an enormous validation for me. 

↠ On the whole, my Christmas was a quiet one. I didn't go home, but I got to have great meals with friends and family members, but I spent most of it writing and watching Netflix. A lot of people's first instinct seems to be to feel sad for me when I tell them this. I would've been sad too had I been utterly alone for the period, but I wasn't. I missed my family, but I also wasn't obliged to spend time with other people I'd rather avoid. All in all, my Christmas could've been better, but it wasn't bad. 

New to My Shelves

I received Code Name Verity from my Secret Santa. It's one of those books that has been on my wishlist for a long time, so I'm excited to read it! The Luminaries is borrowed from my friend. It's much thicker than I imagined, but I'm hearing some good things about it from bookstagram. The Star-Touched Queen is from the library. I read the first chapter and love the writing already!


Other Things on the Blog

↠ I participated in the Aus YA Secret Santa Blog Hop.
↠ The November Wrap-Up Giveaway is still going!
↠ I talked about the lessons I learned from failing NaNoWriMo this year.
↠ Come chat with me over a sweet treat about the holiday season!
↠ I also learned a thing or two about Chanukah through this book tag.
↠ I shared some of my favourite things in 2016: TV shows

Challenges Progress

  • ↠ Goodreads challenge: 56/30 books
  • ↠ Discussion challenge: 12/24 discussion posts
  • ↠ Diverse Reads challenge: 6 books
  • ↠ #RockMyTBR challenge: 11 books
  • ↠ Backlist Books challenge: 11 books
  • ↠ Around the World challenge. 
  • ↠ Commenting 365 challenge: 80/365 comments

Around the Blogosphere

↠ Nicole wants to discuss the discussion challenge!
↠ Reg shares her tips on finding new blogs to follow.
↠ AJ wonders what to do if you can't comment back.
↠ Tasya shares her thoughts and recommendations about #ownvoices.

In Store for Next Month

It's January, which means resolutions for the new year! 😊I will also be signing up for challenges, and there should be a review or two (or three) as well!

How was your December? 
What are you looking forward to in 2017?


  1. Congrats on your placement! That's awesome. Also, I love the books you added to your shelves. I have all of them on my TBR. Hopefully I'll get to them one day.

    1. Thank you, Dena! I hope you'll get to read them soon :D The Luminaries is a bit slow, but it is intriguing!

  2. I LOVE Code Name Verity!! Definitely let me know what you think of it when you read it.

  3. Congratulations Cilla, that's such wonderful news! Placements can be incredibly daunting can't they and absolutely thrilled it was such a success! I wish my Christmas was more like yours. I would have loved to have cancelled all visitors and laid on the couch instead. Being sick and the heat were a terrible combination.

    Next year I'll cancel Christmas altogether:D

    1. Thanks so much, Kelly! <3 They really can be! I'm trying to not focus on my next one at the moment haha. I'm sorry to hear you were sick during Christmas! I hope you get to relax a lot more for the rest of the holiday season, and that you're feeling much better! Cancelling Christmas next year sounds like a good plan, haha. :D

  4. I'm so glad that your placement went well and that you got good feedback! And I'm glad that you got to relax over Christmas---I agree that sometimes a little time alone can actually be a relief!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  5. I've read great reviews about the writing of The Star Touched Queen, but haven't read it for myself yet. December for me was a bit slow on the reading as we had some health issues here to deal with as well as family stuff. I've taken my first Goodreads challenge in 2017.

    1. I really enjoyed The Star Touched Queen! I'm sorry to hear that you had to deal with some issues D: I hope they've been resolved or are getting better!


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