[december 2013]

Let’s be honest: this month has mostly looked like my bed, netflix, and cookies.

No shame.

Maybe a little bit of shame.

reading (book-wise)

  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak. I finally finished this. I cried. It’s cool.
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte. This was an AOJE-inspired re-read, as it’s been years. Um, this book is weird. I forgot how weird this book is. But still good.
  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline. This was a re-read for me and still tons of fun – a sci-fi novel about an Easter Egg hunt in massive multi-player reality game. I think I would have appreciated it a lot more if I had lived through the 80’s, though.
  • Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Veronica Roth. I just felt like re-reading the series. Still cried.
  • The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater. I’d read her Shiver and Linger books in high school and wasn’t super impressive (werewolves. you know.) so I’d been avoiding anything else Stiefvater, but my aunt lent me The Scorpio Races. She’s a high school librarian who understands my undying love for YA fiction, so I took her advice and this book, guys. I love it. It’s got a fantastic heroine, a cute boy, a love story (but it’s not a love-story-book), and fantastic prose. Easily one of my new favorites.
  • The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp. This year, I actually did an Advent devotional (okay, maybe skipped a few days) and really enjoyed reading this.
  • Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin. What can I say? I’ve been really into the re-reads this month. Working on the second one now.

Also, my new year’s resolution is to actually use my Goodreads account (aiming high!) so you can find me over there if you want.

reading (blog-wise)

As we learned last month…when I’m not really writing blogs, turns out I’m not really reading blogs, either. This section will be back next month. Hopefully.


it’s mostly been this playlist I made for a more love letters writing party. Also, Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas  music, because yes.

I went to Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God tour, and dang. The concert tells the story of Jesus – from Old Testament to New – and also, Ellie Holcomb is insanely talented and adorable. They were all insanely talented, actually. If it’s coming to your city next year, go.


  • newly addicted to Firefly. I’ve got a few episodes left and am already mourning the end.
  • Doctor Who! everybody say hello to Twelve. We’ll see how I feel about him later. So far – based on his, like, two lines – I like him.
  • Autobiography of Jane Eyre because it just keeps getting better.


  • okay. Joy the Baker’s ginger chewies + the frosting from this  make the world’s best whoopie pies. They’re addicting. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’ve made them three times now. yes. three.
  • the traditional Christmas morning breakfast of monkey bread and orange cinnamon rolls. and, of course: bacon.
  • all the cookies. ALL. THE. COOKIES.


  • a little bit of snow, a little bit of oddly-warm weather. December can’t make up her mind this year, but it’s not so bad.
  • hanging with the fam bam. aka, tabletop gaming.
  • running my first 5k! no, I didn’t actually run the whole thing. no, I’m not telling you my time because it’s horrible. but as a life-long run-hater, I consider this progress.
  • catching up with high school friends over the break
  • baking cookies. lots of them.
  • knitting.
  • rock climbing with my brothers. things I learned: I have zero grip strength, you use your forearm muscles for a lot of thing and you don’t realize it until it hurts like heck, I’m not a huge fan of heights, and rock climbing is fun.
  • christmas lights.

as per usual, linking up with Leigh Kramer to talk about my December loves. what have you been loving? also – I’m trying something new and making myself a to-read list for next year. what would you put on it?


3 thoughts on “[december 2013]

  1. Visiting from Leigh Kramer’s link up… love Doctor Who. The Christmas episode was good (though fast and confusing) but the end… TEARS! Hoping we’ll like 12, too. Enjoyed the Divergent series, too, though I was ambivalent about Allegiant. And, of course, adore Sufjan Songs for Christmas. His hymns are particularly gorgeous.

  2. Three cheers for re-reading! Risk of public crying aside, I really need to re-read the Veronica Roth books; there was too much of a gap between when I read each of them.

  3. I actually liked the Shiver trilogy but I haven’t read The Scorpio Races. I thought it sounded strange- which given that her first book is about werewolves doesn’t entirely make sense. I’ll have to try it out. Also must try those Ginger Chewies!

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