With the fall semester officially over, much of my December was spent reading and watching up TV. Unfortunately, I basically had a cold when I came home from school for winter break that lingered around until Christmas. It went back and forth from going away to getting worse over the course me having it, likely not being helped by my winter break job either.
In short, feeling a bit under the weather gave me more of an excuse to spend some time resting and catching up on all the books and TV shows. While I’m really content with the amount and the actual books I read, I’m also glad I spent a lot of time this month with family and best friends. I had such a great, but very busy fall semester with an already equally busy January and spring semester ahead that it’s been really nice to relax and recharge.
My December reading was primarily split between some (okay, two) fantasy conclusions and plenty of contemporary and contemporary romance.
Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer | My Rating: 4/5 Stars
I’ve really enjoyed this superhero-inspired series from Marissa Meyer so far, although I feel that Archenemies suffered from middle book syndrome.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams | Rating: 5/5
My favorite read of the month, my love for The Bromance Book Club inspired the rest of my contemporary reading in December.
The Queen of Nothing (Folk of Air #3) | Rating: 2/5
I had such high hopes for The Queen of Nothing given my love for The Wicked King, but was unfortunately really dismayed with this trilogy conclusion.
One Day in December by Josie Silver | Rating: 5/5
The only strictly holiday read on my December TBR, I’m so glad I finally got to One Day in December because I loved it so much!
How to Build a Heart by Maria Padian (ARC) | Rating: 4.5/5
I also got a small start of my 2020 review reads with How to Build a Heart, which featured many of my favorite YA contemporary elements with its own twists.
Intercepted (Playbook #1) by Alexa Martin | Rating: 5/5
Hi my name is Haley of Fangirl Fury and sports romance is one of my new favorite genres, much in thanks to Alexa Martin’s Playbook series.
Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra | Rating: 4/5
Contemporary was the name of my reading game this month, and with the new adaptation out, I had to have some Little Women reimagined reads.
Little White Lies (Debutantes #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Rating: 4/5
Little White Lies had been on my TBR for what feels like forever, so I’m happy I finally got to it and enjoyed it this month.
Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Rating: 4.5/5
While I enjoyed Little White Lies, I absolutely adored Deadly Little Scandals. I think it had something to do with already being so familiar with the characters and the ending of book #1, but I love how the plot and twists began right from the get-go.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S3 (Amazon Prime)- The third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was my most anticipated show of the year, which made it even harder to have to wait until December! While I didn’t love it as much as season two (my favorite season), it still absolutely delivered and I really enjoyed each episode. I have no idea how season 4 will go, but I’m hoping we don’t have to wait over a year to find out.
Merry Happy Whatever S1 (Netflix)- I always try to watch holiday-inspired shows and movies in December, which led me to Merry Happy Whatever. This show was the right kind of cheesy for me. I felt like I re-entered my Disney Channel days, since the show stars Bridgit Mendler and Ashley Tisdale. I hope there is a second season next year!
Sugar Rush Christmas (Netflix)- Sugar Rush is my favorite baking show, so I was more than excited for its holiday edition. This is one of my favorite shows to relax to and watch with my sisters.
Glow Up S1 (Netflix)- The weekend I felt the worst was spent reading in bed and alternating between three different Netflix shows. One of those was Glow Up, a U.K.- based reality makeup competition. This was a really fun binge-watch and another show I would love to have a second season.
High School Musical the Musical series (Disney+)- Unfortunately, one of my sisters was also a bit under the weather this month. Fortunately though, we spent a day home together catching up on High School Musical the Musical (say that three times fast) series. As someone who grew up with the HSM movies and really had no expectations going in, this show has been such a pleasant surprise. It reminds me of a more PG and cheesy version of Glee.
Virgin River S1 (Netflix)- My sick weekend was also spent watching Virgin River, the romantic drama series based on Robyn Carr’s book series.
Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi (Disney+)- With Disney+, my mom has decided that it is our mission to watch all of the Star Wars movies. I am here to admit that prior to our family watch, I hadn’t seen any Star Wars movies in full. As someone who isn’t the biggest sci-fi fan, I’ve actually enjoyed them way more than expected! I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch the first 8 movies in time to see The Rise of Skywalker in theaters, but I’m hoping so! I also might look into picking up some Star Wars canon books as well.
Burlesque (Netflix)- I was flipping through Netflix one night and had hovered over Burlesque, which ended up starting the movie which then led me to watching the entire movie right then and there. As someone who really enjoys musical movies, I’m surprised I hadn’t watched this one before because I really enjoyed it!
Living With Yourself S1 (Netflix)- While waiting for my family to sit down and watch Empire Strikes Back on Christmas Day, my sister and I randomly put on Living With Yourself and ended watching the first three episodes right then and there.We finished it three days later! I liked it way more than I thought I would and am definitely interested in a second season.
2019 Wrap Ups
Reviews & Other Bookish Fun
Aside from watching what basically feels like everything on every streaming platform, I didn’t do anything too bookish or fangirlish IRL this month. Here’s some bookish & fangirl news that has me really excited though:
The trailer for P.S. I Still Love You dropped!!- We now have the full trailer for my most anticipated film of the year, P.S. I Still Love You. Based on how much I loved the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before adaptation, I couldn’t be more than excited for this movie. Since the first movie delved into book #1, I’m interested to see where the movie picks up book #2 and how similar the story stays. P.S. I Still Love You comes out on Netflix on Feburary 12. The trailer made me realize that its release date is on Wednesday. Since it’s right in the middle of school week, I might make myself avoid Twitter for a few days and come home from school for the weekend and watch it on home vs. my laptop in my dorm room.
The full trailer drop for Schitt’s Creek S6- Schitt’s Creek stole my heart in 2019, and so did the full trailer for its final season. On the one hand, I’m so sad for this show to come to an end, but on the other, I think this season will be such a fantastic conclusion. The final season premieres on Pop TV on January 7.
There’s a premiere date for the Little Fires Everywhere adaptation- The television adapation of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere will premiere on Hulu on March 18. Since Little Fires Everywhere is one of my all-time favorite reads, this means that I have until then to get Hulu – or once again borrow my best friend’s password.
Thank you so much for supporting Fangirl Fury in 2019. I hope you have a relaxing & joyful holiday season and a happy & healthy New Year. Here’s to reading ALL the amazing books in 2020!
What did you read and watch in December? Have you read or watched anything that I mentioned? Share in the comments