I'm sorry to post this right after my November wrap up, but the end of the year has crept up on me and I'm determined to complete the list of books I managed to get through in 2016!


#69 - GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS: DRESSING UP, PLAYING PARTS & DARING TO ACT DIFFERENTLY
I'm trying to read along with the Feminist Orchestra book club and this was December's book which, for the most part, I enjoyed!  Having read quite a bit of non-fiction this year I can say that Emer O'Toole writes in a really accessible way, complementing her well-researched facts with anecdotal reflections.  I'd say this is my first real dalliance with the feminist genre, and whilst I've definitely taken on board some of her comments on gender stereotypes and playing up to learned behaviours disguised as choices, I'm not fully at the level of appreciating how not shaving my armpits would make me more of a feminist. I'm aware that words are failing me somewhat here and I'm not articulating myself particularly well, so if you've read this book please let's discuss below!
Rating: 4/5

#70 - THE WALKING DEAD, ISSUE #1
If you've read my blog for a while you'll know that this is way off piste for me.  I had to read a graphic novel as part of my 2016 reading challenge and although some of the tasks have opened my eyes to new genres, I knew a graphic novel wouldn't be for me.  Not only that, they're expensive!  The way I understand it is that sometimes comics get gathered into graphic novels (correct me if I'm wrong) and so I decided to go for the first issue of The Walking Dead series as a sort of compromise.  As expected, I really didn't enjoy this.  I read it on my kindle (think it was a free download) so I know my reading experience would have suffered for it, but the art style did nothing for me and I'm more aware than ever that reading comics just isn't my thing.
Rating: 1/5

#71  -THE VANISHING ACT
This book tells the story of Minou who lives on a small island and whose mother walked out of the family home a year ago and hasn't returned.  It was a nice book with beautiful prose, which was quick to get through, but other than that I didn't really get anything from it.  There's a heavy emphasis on philosophy but not really much of a plot.  I was hoping for much more!
Rating: 2/5

#72 - THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F**K
I have really mixed thoughts on this one.  Not giving a fuck (or NFG as I've been living by for the past 18 months) has become a big part of my coping strategy when it comes to stress.  It's something I've genuinely shared with people I know and has helped me immeasurably.  So when I heard there was a book being released about it I rushed out to buy it....and inevitably it sat on my shelf for a year before I got round to reading it.  I feel like this is quite a nice entry into learning to distance yourself from stresses which don't concern you, but the idea of mentally sorting through everything you may or may not give a fuck about just seems exhausting and pointless to me.  I could talk loads on this topic (and have already deleted a huge paragraph I just drafted!) but will leave it at the fact that maybe I'm just too advanced in my NFG status(?!) for this to have any real benefits to me.  Oh, and the amount of times the word "fuck" was thrown around just got ridiculous.
Rating: 2/5

#73 - THE SNOW CHILD
Based on a Russian folktale, this book tells the story of a middle-aged couple who are living in the wilderness of Alaska and long for a child.  One night they make a girl out of snow, only to discover that she's become human.  This was a really atmospheric read and the lonely conditions of their surroundings felt dark and almost overbearing....which  was a good thing!  It was a little slow at points, but overall an enjoyable one to read at this time of year.
Rating: 4/5

#74 - WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL?
This memoir follows on from Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit (which I haven't yet read) and details Winterson's life growing up as the adopted daughter of Pentecostal parents.  I feel like perhaps I needed to have read Oranges first to get the full impact of this book, as from what I can understand it works as a backstory to the former.  An angry, honest book which is full of emotion.
Rating: 3/5

#75 - CHRISTMAS DAYS: 12 STORIES AND 12 FEASTS FOR 12 DAYS
I was *so* excited to get my hands on this.  I struggle a little with short story collections (more on that in a few books!), but this is so well written that even if the stories fell a little flat in plotline they were still well executed.  Admittedly I dipped in and out of the recipes (fishcakes are never going to be something I want to learn how to make) but liked the way that each one was accompanied by a little anecdote either about the owner of the recipe or the food itself.  It's also a beautiful book and one I think I'll revisit to get me in the festive mood again next Christmas.
Rating: 3/5

#76 - A CHRISTMAS CAROL
This was another on my TBR list for December and I'm really glad I've finally managed to read it.  I think everyone's heard snippets of the story but reading it in its entirety really put me in the festive spirit.  Because nothing says Christmas like a Victorian Christmas!
Rating: 3/5

#77 - THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS
This was a sweet little story by L. Frank Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz) detailing the imagined origins of Santa Claus.  It was whimsical and magical, taking me back to my childhood reading tales of fairies in enchanted forests.  It was a text-heavy book so not suitable for her just yet, but I can't wait to share this with Ella one Christmas when she's older.
Rating: 4/5

#78 - THE COLOR MASTER
As I said, I struggle to find short story collections which hit the mark for me and this one certainly didn't manage it.  There were a couple of stories which I really enjoyed (The Color Master itself being one of them) but overall I found myself counting down the pages until the next story started for the majority of this book.  Which is unfortunate as I'd heard great things about Aimee Bender's writing and love the whimsical feel to her books.  Despite this disappointment I'm not ready to give up and will try one of her novels next.
Rating: 2/5

#79 - SWEET HOME
Sweet Home is a collection of short stories from the author of A Song For Issy Bradley; a book I read last year which unexpectedly became one of the most memorable of 2015.  Sweet Home was a lovely way to end the year - a book of easy to read stories focusing on family.  Carys Bray writes family dynamics so well and this book was a wonderful mix of humour and warmth juxtaposed against the darker sides of families.  I didn't anticipate enjoying this as much as I did and would urge you all to give it a read if you've yet to find a short story collection that you enjoy.
Rating: 4/5

And that concludes my reading wrap up of 2016!  What was your favourite book you read this year?

Read in 2016: December

31.12.16

I'm sorry to post this right after my November wrap up, but the end of the year has crept up on me and I'm determined to complete the list of books I managed to get through in 2016!


#69 - GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS: DRESSING UP, PLAYING PARTS & DARING TO ACT DIFFERENTLY
I'm trying to read along with the Feminist Orchestra book club and this was December's book which, for the most part, I enjoyed!  Having read quite a bit of non-fiction this year I can say that Emer O'Toole writes in a really accessible way, complementing her well-researched facts with anecdotal reflections.  I'd say this is my first real dalliance with the feminist genre, and whilst I've definitely taken on board some of her comments on gender stereotypes and playing up to learned behaviours disguised as choices, I'm not fully at the level of appreciating how not shaving my armpits would make me more of a feminist. I'm aware that words are failing me somewhat here and I'm not articulating myself particularly well, so if you've read this book please let's discuss below!
Rating: 4/5

#70 - THE WALKING DEAD, ISSUE #1
If you've read my blog for a while you'll know that this is way off piste for me.  I had to read a graphic novel as part of my 2016 reading challenge and although some of the tasks have opened my eyes to new genres, I knew a graphic novel wouldn't be for me.  Not only that, they're expensive!  The way I understand it is that sometimes comics get gathered into graphic novels (correct me if I'm wrong) and so I decided to go for the first issue of The Walking Dead series as a sort of compromise.  As expected, I really didn't enjoy this.  I read it on my kindle (think it was a free download) so I know my reading experience would have suffered for it, but the art style did nothing for me and I'm more aware than ever that reading comics just isn't my thing.
Rating: 1/5

#71  -THE VANISHING ACT
This book tells the story of Minou who lives on a small island and whose mother walked out of the family home a year ago and hasn't returned.  It was a nice book with beautiful prose, which was quick to get through, but other than that I didn't really get anything from it.  There's a heavy emphasis on philosophy but not really much of a plot.  I was hoping for much more!
Rating: 2/5

#72 - THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F**K
I have really mixed thoughts on this one.  Not giving a fuck (or NFG as I've been living by for the past 18 months) has become a big part of my coping strategy when it comes to stress.  It's something I've genuinely shared with people I know and has helped me immeasurably.  So when I heard there was a book being released about it I rushed out to buy it....and inevitably it sat on my shelf for a year before I got round to reading it.  I feel like this is quite a nice entry into learning to distance yourself from stresses which don't concern you, but the idea of mentally sorting through everything you may or may not give a fuck about just seems exhausting and pointless to me.  I could talk loads on this topic (and have already deleted a huge paragraph I just drafted!) but will leave it at the fact that maybe I'm just too advanced in my NFG status(?!) for this to have any real benefits to me.  Oh, and the amount of times the word "fuck" was thrown around just got ridiculous.
Rating: 2/5

#73 - THE SNOW CHILD
Based on a Russian folktale, this book tells the story of a middle-aged couple who are living in the wilderness of Alaska and long for a child.  One night they make a girl out of snow, only to discover that she's become human.  This was a really atmospheric read and the lonely conditions of their surroundings felt dark and almost overbearing....which  was a good thing!  It was a little slow at points, but overall an enjoyable one to read at this time of year.
Rating: 4/5

#74 - WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL?
This memoir follows on from Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit (which I haven't yet read) and details Winterson's life growing up as the adopted daughter of Pentecostal parents.  I feel like perhaps I needed to have read Oranges first to get the full impact of this book, as from what I can understand it works as a backstory to the former.  An angry, honest book which is full of emotion.
Rating: 3/5

#75 - CHRISTMAS DAYS: 12 STORIES AND 12 FEASTS FOR 12 DAYS
I was *so* excited to get my hands on this.  I struggle a little with short story collections (more on that in a few books!), but this is so well written that even if the stories fell a little flat in plotline they were still well executed.  Admittedly I dipped in and out of the recipes (fishcakes are never going to be something I want to learn how to make) but liked the way that each one was accompanied by a little anecdote either about the owner of the recipe or the food itself.  It's also a beautiful book and one I think I'll revisit to get me in the festive mood again next Christmas.
Rating: 3/5

#76 - A CHRISTMAS CAROL
This was another on my TBR list for December and I'm really glad I've finally managed to read it.  I think everyone's heard snippets of the story but reading it in its entirety really put me in the festive spirit.  Because nothing says Christmas like a Victorian Christmas!
Rating: 3/5

#77 - THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS
This was a sweet little story by L. Frank Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz) detailing the imagined origins of Santa Claus.  It was whimsical and magical, taking me back to my childhood reading tales of fairies in enchanted forests.  It was a text-heavy book so not suitable for her just yet, but I can't wait to share this with Ella one Christmas when she's older.
Rating: 4/5

#78 - THE COLOR MASTER
As I said, I struggle to find short story collections which hit the mark for me and this one certainly didn't manage it.  There were a couple of stories which I really enjoyed (The Color Master itself being one of them) but overall I found myself counting down the pages until the next story started for the majority of this book.  Which is unfortunate as I'd heard great things about Aimee Bender's writing and love the whimsical feel to her books.  Despite this disappointment I'm not ready to give up and will try one of her novels next.
Rating: 2/5

#79 - SWEET HOME
Sweet Home is a collection of short stories from the author of A Song For Issy Bradley; a book I read last year which unexpectedly became one of the most memorable of 2015.  Sweet Home was a lovely way to end the year - a book of easy to read stories focusing on family.  Carys Bray writes family dynamics so well and this book was a wonderful mix of humour and warmth juxtaposed against the darker sides of families.  I didn't anticipate enjoying this as much as I did and would urge you all to give it a read if you've yet to find a short story collection that you enjoy.
Rating: 4/5

And that concludes my reading wrap up of 2016!  What was your favourite book you read this year?

#58 - ON THE ROAD
This was our book club pick and I absolutely hated it.  Focusing on the Beat movement, it's based on the author's travels across America and so ticked the task of reading a book with a road trip off of my reading challenge for the year.  Nothing really happens in this book and once I found out that it's not a work of fiction, my opinion of it dropped.  I don't think it's particularly well written so to find out that no imagination went into writing it made me seriously question why it's a modern classic.  It's written almost as a stream of consciousness but some parts read in a list-like fashion; the effect of which being that I found it hard to actually retain anything I'd read or develop any real interest in any of the characters.
Rating: 1/5

#59 - THE ALMOST MOON
Now this one would have been a great book club choice!  It's got a real moral foundation to it - Helen kills her mother (who has been suffering from dementia) and gradually their complex relationship and the events which have led to that moment are revealed.  For the most part I really enjoyed this one, although by the end Helen's actions seemed a little far fetched and hard to apply logic to.
Rating: 3/5

#60 - THE REGULARS
Billed as a The Picture Of Dorian Gray for The Girls generation, I'd seen quite a lot about this online.  Three friends living (and struggling) in New York discover a potion, Pretty, which makes them....well, pretty.  Again there were questions of ethics within this, but I wonder whether it was truly worth the hype and if I'd have just written this off as chick-lit without having previously heard praise for it.  It was certainly interesting and I found the dynamic of the girls' friendship and the issues they were facing relatable but there was too much of an emphasis on sex (one very graphic and unbelievable moment in particular) and it just didn't quite hit the mark for me. 
Rating: 3/5

#61 - THE HEART GOES LAST
This was my first venture into Margaret Atwood and I started out really enjoying it.  Set in a dystopian future, Charlene and her husband Stan are bankrupt and living in their car when they hear of Consilience...a social experiment whereby people elect to spend one month living normally with a stable job and home within this complex and the next in prison.  The setting up of this story (as it were) is the part that I enjoyed, but as things fell into disarray I found myself switching off and unable to follow Atwood's often complex imaginings. 
Rating: 3/5

#62 - THE FORGETTING TIME
Having been sat on my shelf for months I'm so glad I finally got round to reading this.  Janie's son Noah talks of "going home" and isn't like other children.  When he gets excluded from school she seeks professional help and is shocked to discover that Noah has actually lived a previous life.  I managed to get through this in a day and elements of it have stayed with me since...the mark of a good book!
Rating: 4/5

#63 - THE LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSY
Rachel Joyce's books are always guaranteed to be good so I knew I had to pick up this counterpart to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.  If you've read the first novel you'll know that Queenie's unwell and dying in a home when Harold Fry decides to walk to see her.  This book looks at modern-day Queenie but also flashes back to key events in her life, many of which feature in The Unlikely Pilgrimage.  As enjoyable as this book was, I wouldn't recommend it if you haven't read Harold's version.  I struggled to remember events and felt that it didn't work as a stand alone and relied on the reader knowing the fleshed out details of The Unlikely Pilgrimage.  Which is fine if you read them close together, but having read them years apart it took away my enjoyment somewhat.
Rating: 4/5

#64 - SISTER
Thrillers aren't really my thing but this one was a surprising break from the norm.  Beatrice is living in New York when she gets a call from England to say that her sister is missing.  The story is essentially told as a letter of sorts but unravels everything slowly through the form of witness interviews Beatrice is having prior to a court appearance.  It was a clever book with a twist that only vaguely crossed my mind so it didn't feel like I'd guessed the culprit outright.  I did slightly wonder whether it was believable an outsider would be allowed to take a murder investigation quite so much into their own hands, but that's just me being picky!
Rating: 4/5

#65 - THE HANDMAID'S TALE
After reading The Heart Goes Last I finally decided to pick up perhaps Margaret Atwood's most famous novel, The Handmaid's Tale.  Again, set in a dystopian future, this time men hold all the power and women fall into various categories - wives, nuns or handmaids.  Our protaganist is a handmaid and so destined to provide married men with offspring and heirs.  It was very similar to Only Ever Yours, but having been written in the '80s it wasn't as relatable to me.  I almost feel that I would have benefitted from studying this in school (as I know so many people have) to get a bit more of a backstory and understand the text and surrounding issues more deeply.  It still felt like an important book to read, but like The Heart Goes Last I found it too hard to follow at points.
Rating: 2/5

#66 - HER
Another thriller - this time we watch successful Nina befriend frazzled housewife Emma in a seemingly innocent relationship.  However, Nina already knows Emma yet Emma hasn't realised, and Nina wants revenge.  This was another quick read and at first was really promising.  Some of Nina's actions were far-fetched, but it was interesting switching narrators between chapters.  The moment we found out why Nina was harbouring a grudge is the point at which this book lost its appeal for me, and I even had to go back and re-read to check that the reason really was something so trivial.  And as a result the ending was just all too much and really let the book down.
Rating: 3/5

#67 - THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS
Similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this book has a quirky young male protaganist.  Alex has been struck by a meteorite (handled really well and doesn't come across as implausible as it sounds!) and now has epilepsy.  He's also struck up a surprising friendship with elderly widower Mr Peterson who teaches Alex a new way to live his life, and it's this which leads to 17 year old Alex being stopped at customs in the opening chapter of the book.  This was a touching book but for some reason it just didn't resonate with me like I wish it had.
Rating: 2/5

#68 - THE SUBTLE KNIFE
The second part of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, I don't want to say too much about the plot in case I spoil anything.  We're still following Lyra but this time there's more magic, more Dust and more worlds.  I think I enjoyed this slightly more than the first installment but only because it takes place in parts in our world which made it easier to understand. I know there are religious undertones to this series and I think that's what's making me struggle to get into it, as I keep finding myself trying to read between the lines and make links with the comments Pullman's making.  For the sake of finishing the series I'll persevere, but then I'll be looking up book discussions to get a deeper understanding...and hopefully appreciation!
Rating: 2/5

Read in 2016: November

6.12.16


#58 - ON THE ROAD
This was our book club pick and I absolutely hated it.  Focusing on the Beat movement, it's based on the author's travels across America and so ticked the task of reading a book with a road trip off of my reading challenge for the year.  Nothing really happens in this book and once I found out that it's not a work of fiction, my opinion of it dropped.  I don't think it's particularly well written so to find out that no imagination went into writing it made me seriously question why it's a modern classic.  It's written almost as a stream of consciousness but some parts read in a list-like fashion; the effect of which being that I found it hard to actually retain anything I'd read or develop any real interest in any of the characters.
Rating: 1/5

#59 - THE ALMOST MOON
Now this one would have been a great book club choice!  It's got a real moral foundation to it - Helen kills her mother (who has been suffering from dementia) and gradually their complex relationship and the events which have led to that moment are revealed.  For the most part I really enjoyed this one, although by the end Helen's actions seemed a little far fetched and hard to apply logic to.
Rating: 3/5

#60 - THE REGULARS
Billed as a The Picture Of Dorian Gray for The Girls generation, I'd seen quite a lot about this online.  Three friends living (and struggling) in New York discover a potion, Pretty, which makes them....well, pretty.  Again there were questions of ethics within this, but I wonder whether it was truly worth the hype and if I'd have just written this off as chick-lit without having previously heard praise for it.  It was certainly interesting and I found the dynamic of the girls' friendship and the issues they were facing relatable but there was too much of an emphasis on sex (one very graphic and unbelievable moment in particular) and it just didn't quite hit the mark for me. 
Rating: 3/5

#61 - THE HEART GOES LAST
This was my first venture into Margaret Atwood and I started out really enjoying it.  Set in a dystopian future, Charlene and her husband Stan are bankrupt and living in their car when they hear of Consilience...a social experiment whereby people elect to spend one month living normally with a stable job and home within this complex and the next in prison.  The setting up of this story (as it were) is the part that I enjoyed, but as things fell into disarray I found myself switching off and unable to follow Atwood's often complex imaginings. 
Rating: 3/5

#62 - THE FORGETTING TIME
Having been sat on my shelf for months I'm so glad I finally got round to reading this.  Janie's son Noah talks of "going home" and isn't like other children.  When he gets excluded from school she seeks professional help and is shocked to discover that Noah has actually lived a previous life.  I managed to get through this in a day and elements of it have stayed with me since...the mark of a good book!
Rating: 4/5

#63 - THE LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSY
Rachel Joyce's books are always guaranteed to be good so I knew I had to pick up this counterpart to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.  If you've read the first novel you'll know that Queenie's unwell and dying in a home when Harold Fry decides to walk to see her.  This book looks at modern-day Queenie but also flashes back to key events in her life, many of which feature in The Unlikely Pilgrimage.  As enjoyable as this book was, I wouldn't recommend it if you haven't read Harold's version.  I struggled to remember events and felt that it didn't work as a stand alone and relied on the reader knowing the fleshed out details of The Unlikely Pilgrimage.  Which is fine if you read them close together, but having read them years apart it took away my enjoyment somewhat.
Rating: 4/5

#64 - SISTER
Thrillers aren't really my thing but this one was a surprising break from the norm.  Beatrice is living in New York when she gets a call from England to say that her sister is missing.  The story is essentially told as a letter of sorts but unravels everything slowly through the form of witness interviews Beatrice is having prior to a court appearance.  It was a clever book with a twist that only vaguely crossed my mind so it didn't feel like I'd guessed the culprit outright.  I did slightly wonder whether it was believable an outsider would be allowed to take a murder investigation quite so much into their own hands, but that's just me being picky!
Rating: 4/5

#65 - THE HANDMAID'S TALE
After reading The Heart Goes Last I finally decided to pick up perhaps Margaret Atwood's most famous novel, The Handmaid's Tale.  Again, set in a dystopian future, this time men hold all the power and women fall into various categories - wives, nuns or handmaids.  Our protaganist is a handmaid and so destined to provide married men with offspring and heirs.  It was very similar to Only Ever Yours, but having been written in the '80s it wasn't as relatable to me.  I almost feel that I would have benefitted from studying this in school (as I know so many people have) to get a bit more of a backstory and understand the text and surrounding issues more deeply.  It still felt like an important book to read, but like The Heart Goes Last I found it too hard to follow at points.
Rating: 2/5

#66 - HER
Another thriller - this time we watch successful Nina befriend frazzled housewife Emma in a seemingly innocent relationship.  However, Nina already knows Emma yet Emma hasn't realised, and Nina wants revenge.  This was another quick read and at first was really promising.  Some of Nina's actions were far-fetched, but it was interesting switching narrators between chapters.  The moment we found out why Nina was harbouring a grudge is the point at which this book lost its appeal for me, and I even had to go back and re-read to check that the reason really was something so trivial.  And as a result the ending was just all too much and really let the book down.
Rating: 3/5

#67 - THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS
Similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this book has a quirky young male protaganist.  Alex has been struck by a meteorite (handled really well and doesn't come across as implausible as it sounds!) and now has epilepsy.  He's also struck up a surprising friendship with elderly widower Mr Peterson who teaches Alex a new way to live his life, and it's this which leads to 17 year old Alex being stopped at customs in the opening chapter of the book.  This was a touching book but for some reason it just didn't resonate with me like I wish it had.
Rating: 2/5

#68 - THE SUBTLE KNIFE
The second part of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, I don't want to say too much about the plot in case I spoil anything.  We're still following Lyra but this time there's more magic, more Dust and more worlds.  I think I enjoyed this slightly more than the first installment but only because it takes place in parts in our world which made it easier to understand. I know there are religious undertones to this series and I think that's what's making me struggle to get into it, as I keep finding myself trying to read between the lines and make links with the comments Pullman's making.  For the sake of finishing the series I'll persevere, but then I'll be looking up book discussions to get a deeper understanding...and hopefully appreciation!
Rating: 2/5

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My December Bucket List is becoming somewhat of a convention; you can check out last year's post to see what I hoped to do (and what I actually managed!) before reading on to see what's made the list for 2016.

The month of December always whizzes by (each one of my weekends is booked up already) so I like to use these lists as a means of focusing my energy and making sure I manage to do all the things that make me happy in the festive months.  A little like my Autumn Shake Up but without the emphasis of doing one thing each day.  More of an overarching inventory of things to get me in the Christmas cheer!  Some will be the same as last year (because what's Christmas without traditions?) but there's also a few new ones thrown in there for good measure....

1 // Watch a Christmas movie every weekend throughout the month.
2 // Spend the day doing Christmas crafts and activities with Ella and Dylan.
3 // Give myself a festive manicure.
4 // Decorate the house.
5 // Go out for festive drinks on the 23rd (I can't commit to the 24th and having a hangover on the big day!)
6 // Have a Lush bath on Christmas Eve before getting into my new Christmas pjs.
7 // Spend as much time as possible with family and friends.
8 // Get through my reading list.
9 // Spend the afternoon wrapping presents and listening to Christmas songs.
10 // Go for our Christmas morning walk with Dudley.
11 // Wear glitter/sequins/metallics at every opportunity.
12 // Visit some sort of Christmas event....market, ice skating rink etc.
13 // Decorate a gingerbread house.
14 // Plan out my Christmas tv viewing.
15 // Go for late night hot chocolates in Costa with Nick.

The December Bucket List

1.12.16


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My December Bucket List is becoming somewhat of a convention; you can check out last year's post to see what I hoped to do (and what I actually managed!) before reading on to see what's made the list for 2016.

The month of December always whizzes by (each one of my weekends is booked up already) so I like to use these lists as a means of focusing my energy and making sure I manage to do all the things that make me happy in the festive months.  A little like my Autumn Shake Up but without the emphasis of doing one thing each day.  More of an overarching inventory of things to get me in the Christmas cheer!  Some will be the same as last year (because what's Christmas without traditions?) but there's also a few new ones thrown in there for good measure....

1 // Watch a Christmas movie every weekend throughout the month.
2 // Spend the day doing Christmas crafts and activities with Ella and Dylan.
3 // Give myself a festive manicure.
4 // Decorate the house.
5 // Go out for festive drinks on the 23rd (I can't commit to the 24th and having a hangover on the big day!)
6 // Have a Lush bath on Christmas Eve before getting into my new Christmas pjs.
7 // Spend as much time as possible with family and friends.
8 // Get through my reading list.
9 // Spend the afternoon wrapping presents and listening to Christmas songs.
10 // Go for our Christmas morning walk with Dudley.
11 // Wear glitter/sequins/metallics at every opportunity.
12 // Visit some sort of Christmas event....market, ice skating rink etc.
13 // Decorate a gingerbread house.
14 // Plan out my Christmas tv viewing.
15 // Go for late night hot chocolates in Costa with Nick.

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