31 December 2014

Monthly Update // December

Here's to beginning a new year . . . and to beginning a new post series on The Book Club!

From now on, I hope to write at the conclusion of every month a brief post (shorter in length than my typical posts) providing tidbits of both bookish and personal news. These posts will use the tag "monthly update." (You can find all tags on the side panel.)

The Good, The Bad, The Bookish

This month I continued reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, as part of a school assignment. It is an abridged version totalling exactly 400 pages (side note: I love it when books end on a page number that ends in a -50 or -00), and I have finished Cosette's account and will soon begin Marius's. You can expect a review or a currently reading post in the near future.

This month I watched two book-to-film adaptations -- How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. I received a DVD format of the former as a Christmas present with my boyfriend . . . and it was with him that I watched Mockingjay: Part 1 (more details on that here). I was also the person who introduced him to the The Hunger Games books -- as well as the The Fault in Our Stars book and film. (Yes, I'm proud of myself for these things.)

Goals are important! A few days ago I posted a list of fifteen books I've resolved to read in 2015. Making the cut are books by Rainbow Rowell, Jodi Picoult, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, and several others. If you have other recommendations for me, I would love to know . . . and I'll provide some to you in return!

Up Close And Personal

I had a nice, quiet Christmas holiday. When I visited relatives a few days later, I got to meet my college-aged second cousins, whom I'd never met before. I went to lunch at Panera Bread yesterday with a friend from school, and purchased their perfect chicken noodle soup.

There are 4.5 days remaining of my winter break from school (which lasts a total of 13 days this year). I don't mind high school -- and I look forward to university -- but it certainly is exhausting and sometimes stressful. I'm glad that, when I return in a couple of days, it will be 2015 and almost halfway through the academic year.

To be honest, I rarely make New Year's resolutions for myself. Therefore, I usually resort to the basics: be happy, be healthy, be nice, perform well in school. Those few points usually prove, year after year, to be sufficient.

That being said, please have a very wonderful new year. I wish you plenty of happiness, safety, and fulfilment in 2015.

What was your December like? Leave a comment!

- Kira

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