Sum-Up SundaysDecember

In terms of reading, December was a little bit stressful as I was determined to reach my GoodReads 2017 reading goal of 100 books… and I did!! I also started working properly, which was definitely stressful, but I surprisingly had a half decent Christmas & my health wasn’t too bad thankfully; although I did fall down the stairs toward the end of the month!!


Reading

In December I finishedΒ 7Β books; two of which were deliberately shorter than my usual read & one of which I have been reading on & off all year – all the books I finished this month were pretty good though, so that’s a positive. Unfortunately, my blog reviews for all of these books aren’t up yet (as I’m writing this anyway) but I’ll update the post with the review links as each one goes up – I have included links to my short GoodReads reviews though.

The Sisters of The Crescent Empress by Leena Likitalo
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review: https://wp.me/p8MbIo-2op
~ GoodReads Review

The Last Leaves Falling by Fox Benwell
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review:Β https://wp.me/p8MbIo-2os
~ GoodReads Review

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review: https://wp.me/p8MbIo-2r9
~ GoodReads Review

How To Look For A Lost Dog by Ann M. Martin
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review: 02/02/18
~ GoodReads Review

Johnny Delgado: Like Father, Like Son by Kevin Brooks
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
~ Review: 09/02/18

Here I Stand: Stories That Speak For Freedom by multiple authors
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review: 16/02/18
~ GoodReads Review

Flower Moon by Gina Linko
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review:Β https://wp.me/p8MbIo-2pO
~ GoodReads Review


Health

Surprisingly, my health wasn’t too bad in December! I started working 30 hours a week (more than I was actually hired to do), but I only did this for two weeks before breaking up for Christmas; so I’m still not sure how my body will cope with doing this full time.

My mum got me an amazing fox neck warmer (which I’m going to be doing a post about on January 22nd) that has really helped with my neck & shoulder pain, & I honestly think that made a big difference to my pain levels last month.

I also had my PIP assessment between Christmas & New Year, which I’m going to be talking about in more detail on January 15th, but if I’m honest I’m not sure that I’m going to be approved for any financial help from the government – not even just for hydrotherapy. The whole experience made both me & my mum incredibly anxious, & I felt like everything I said was a lie, despite it absolutely not being one.

I mentioned in the introduction of this post that I managed to fall down the stairs at the end of the month – by some miracle I didn’t end up hurting myself majorly, & I just spent a few days feeling well & truly bruised! I have a feeling though, that if I’d landed only slightly differently I may have hospitalised myself…


Life

December was my birthday month, as well as Christmas, & neither of these things are events that I look forward to – if anything, I dread them every year… I haven’t spoken about my family issues in detail on here (& I’m not sure if I ever will do) but lets just say, most of my relatives aren’t anything to be joyful about. I did get some lovely presents from my mum, boyfriend & the small amount of family I do have contact with though, & I also got some money that has been spent on buying all my favourite books from 2017 (most were either eARCs or from the library so I wanted my own print copies of them).

For Christmas, my mum, Elsa & I went to my mum’s cousins house & I had my first proper family Christmas! The food was lovely & it was amazing to be surrounded by so many people on a day that I usually hate – plus, being able to take my darling Elsa with me just made everything 10x better. Despite how lovely the day was, I didn’t get to watch any of my usual Christmas specials live (including Doctor Who *cries*) so I was up very late that night catching up on everything when we got back home, aha.

As I said previously, I started working 30 hours a week (I was only supposed to be doing 20 hours due to my health), & although my first two weeks at work were a nightmare, I am actually enjoying the job now – the children I work with are mostly all total sweethearts & I love feeling like I’m making a difference. I’m not sure if I’m going to stay working for this company because of the hours I’ve beenΒ forcedΒ to do but I want to give myself a chance at it as the money could mean I can start driving lessons.

Overall, December wasn’t too bad – & I guess 2017 wasn’t too awful either; I read 100 books, graduated from university, got my first full-time job, made some amazing memories with my gorgeous boyfriend & managed to gain a lot of physical strength through exercise & just generally doing more. In 2018 I’m hoping to get a membership at my local hydrotherapy pool, read a lot more wonderful books, continue my fabulous relationship & hopefully improve my mum & I’s lives by earning myself some £££. Happy New Year y’all, & thanks for sticking with me for so long.

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