Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2019

Is it too late to write a monthly wrap-up for December when it’s already the middle of January?! ahhhh #oops. 🙈❄️ I know I’m sorry. Life has been pretty busy, and I took a mini-hiatus because I was in Taiwan for a few days. Now, I’m back to my mildly-regular blogging schedule and back at school!


This past month was fairly busy but also a lot of fun. I finished final exams (though I technically only had 1 final exam), and I also went home to Los Angeles for winter break! I really enjoyed being back with my family and a lot of my friends. I was able to spend more time catching up on books, and I also started a book club with Alexandra from Twirling Pages called subtle asian book club. ✨

I also took a spontaneous day trip to San Diego with Alexandra and our childhood friend, Rebecca, since Rebecca goes to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for college. ☀️📸 We took aesthetic photos at murals and coffee shops, ate super yummy tacos and Korean food, and walked way too much at the UCSD campus.


December 2019 was the month I started reading romance novels which was something I never expected to happen. ❤️ I wanted to support Courtney Milan’s books post-RWA scandal, and I also have heard great things about Tessa Dare’s books. They were definitely very ~romantic~ and funny, but I would still say I prefer Contemporary and Fantasy YA.

I also read one of my new all-time favorite books this month which is *drumroll* Loveboat, Taipei. 😍 I’ve been gushing about this book non-stop, but it’s officially released and out in the world for everyone to adore. It’s already hit the NYT and Indie’s Bestseller’s List so please give it a lot of love!!


Book Reviews



Fun Things

How was 2019 for you?

What were your memorable moments?

Did you have any favorite reads?

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31 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2019

  1. Ohh I’m glad you had a great December!! (And how was Christmas and New Year? <3) Also what did you think of the Night Circus! I really loved it! Especially all the cool descriptions of the attractions in the circus.


    1. I spent a lot of time with family and friends!! I thought it was really pretty writing, but I was hoping for more dialogue rather than just narrative 🙈 I’m writing my review for it now to be posted next month! I hope you had a great end/start to the year 💖


      1. Haha there definitely was a lot of narrative!! I’m looking forward to seeing your review!


    1. Of course!! I really loved your posts 😍 I felt the same with Ninth House. It took me like 3 tries before I finally got into it, and it’s definitely a dark book which isn’t really my reading preference 😭


    1. Aww thank you!! I hope you get the chance to travel. I feel the same way as you. I didn’t get a chance to do any yearly wrap-up posts this year 😅


  2. It’s never too late for a wrap-up! I love Tessa Dare’s books. They are romantic, but also really funny and a nice break from fantasy when I need it. I can’t wait to checkout Loveboat, Taipei!


    1. Yay I’m glad!! I felt the same way. I really enjoyed the romance, and it was a good break from other books I was reading at the time. Please let me know if you have any other recs that are similar.

      Also, if you’re interested, my book club on facebook “subtle asian book club” might be reading loveboat for february!!


  3. Yayyy for winter break!! Sadness over the fact that it’s over soon 😪

    Oooh, I now HAVE to read Loveboat, Taipei! I just read the synopsis and am taken aback at how good it sounds. I have been so out of it release wise recently, but I’m still appalled that I hadn’t heard of it. Hope you have an absolutely *fantastic* 2020!! 💕🍾🥂


    1. Ahhh I feel the same way 😭I had my first week of school last week, and idk how I feel about being back!

      YES PLEASE READ LOVEBOAT!! My book club “subtle asian book club” on facebook is likely reading Loveboat for February, and I would love it joined!! It’s super low-key and read/participate as you please type of club.

      I hope you have a fantastic 2020 as well, Chana!! 😍


    1. yes!! this was such a great month and i feel so happy about it. and i know!! chloe wrote just an amazing post i definitely had to share it!

      i hope you also have a fantastic january 😍


  4. Ahh it looks like an amazing month- both reading and life-wise! Loveboat, Taipei sounds so good and I’ve seen tons of great reviews out for it already so I’m hoping to read it soon!


    1. yes!! you should definitely pick it up. 😍 i actually run a book club on facebook called “subtle asian book club” and we’re probably reading loveboat for february if you wanted read with others! it’s meant to be a very low-key (read when you can/participate as you please) type of thing!


      1. That sounds so fun but I don’t think I’ll have time to read it in February 😭😭 Maybe I’ll join another month, though!


  5. I’m so happy you started a book club and… well okay a little sad it’s over on Facebook so I’m not going to join but it sounds like a lot of fun, I hope you’re having fun!! 🙂
    It seems like you had a great reading month overall as well, that’s amazing! Loveboat, Taipei is such a good read. I’m curious about Ninth House, but I don’t think I’ll end up reading it because of the trigger warnings… can I ask why the 3 stars? 🙂
    I hope you’re having a wonderful January ❤


    1. Aww that’s okay!! Thank you still for supporting it 🥰

      Hmm I would say that the story was much darker than I expected it to be (and I was already prepping myself from the trigger warnings). Truthfully, after finishing it, it put me in a weird mood?? I can see why many people love it, but it doesn’t fit my taste of books so there was a lot of personal preference in the decision. I might write a full review for it next month!

      I hope you’re having a great month too, Marie 💖


      1. Ooh okay, I can understand that. I’m really loving the whole secret society and university and mysterious themes, but… I’m not loving the trigger warnings at all ahah. I’ll look forward to your review if you decide to write it 😀


  6. I’m so glad that you had a great month! And I wish that I could join the Subtle Asian club but I would just end up being an inactive member because I’m in so many reading groups and readathons :p
    Also, omg thank you so much for including my blog post ❤


    1. Ahh that’s so so fair!! I didn’t realize how many book clubs existed out there. Thank you for supporting my club regardless 💖 and YES OFC!! I always love your posts!!


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