December Favourites, Hauls + A Wrap-Up

Happy December Everybody!!!

How have you guys been? I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and/or a happy Hannukah- if you don’t celebrate any of these I hope you had a great holiday and I’m wishing you an early happy new year! December for me was filled with adventures, happiness, and joy. I definitely had an improving reading month, I received lots of books and gained lots of new favorite things! Tell me about your December month in the comments and link your December favorites, wrap-ups and hauls as well!

bookish wrap-up

I am pretty happy with the books I’ve read this month! In fact, I am currently reading We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan and I think I can finish it by the end of the month, which means I would have read four books. Although it doesn’t sound like much, that is so much better than by last few reading months, where I was in a constant state of frenzy and bookish slug. Here are the books I read this month!

The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew ★★☆☆☆

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige★★★★☆
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles ★★★☆☆
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

book haul!

So as the holidays are approaching, I got some books from publishers and bought some books for myself to read! I hauled these books:

The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak
Freeks by Amanda Hocking
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
December/January Frankie Magazine

favourites

Volunteering

Early this month and late last month, I was lucky enough to get to go volunteering all around my city and it was such an unforgettable experience. I’m still young and that usually means organizations are less likely to take me on board as a volunteer but I finally had a chance to give back to my community. I cooked in soup kitchens, made little Christmas ornaments, sorted clothes and packed necessity bags, all around different communities. The feeling you get from volunteering is indescribable because not only are you supporting those in need, you are gaining new skills and friendships. I feel so blessed to live what I believe is a good life and I have always wanted to give back to the community, which is why I am so glad I had the chance to volunteer at so many charities this month and last month!

Kool & Co Candles

This month I also received these adorable candles from Kool & Co. I got one in Coconut and an Ariel-inspired scent. I love the smell and I also really like the fact that they are 100% soy-based which makes it better for your nose! I can’t wait to burn these candles during the winter! Here is a link to their shop!

Bella Boxes + Perfume

I also received the Bella Box, which is a monthly beauty subscription service. You can check out my review to that here!  I also got this VS Coconut Passion perfume spray. I got it a really good price and I couldn’t resist, I am so picky when it comes to perfume smells but I have a weak spot for anything that smells like vanilla, coconut or caramel. I love the smell of the spray and I am so glad I bought it!

Succulents +  Teas

I also got this adorable little succulent plant as a Christmas present! It’s fake because I literally can’t keep any plant alive 🙂 I use it as room decor and it just hangs from the roof of my room! I also got some French Earl Grey Tea from T2 for Christmas. I am actually not a huge fan of tea- I only like green tea and peppermint but I am trying to get into it. Hopefully, I’ll brew some of it up soon!

That’s all from me! I can’t wait to dive into some of the books I received this month! It’s the end of 2016 and I can’t wait to welcome to the new year! I hope you all had a great Christmas and don’t forget to tell me what you received and hauled this December, as well as link your December wrap-ups, favourites and hauls down below!

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April Obsessions and May Excitement: Adios & Alohas

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adios april

April has surprisingly been the best month of the year. I do really know what it is about April but I have felt so much more organised, less stressed and more prepared for the future. Lots of good things have happened this month, I’ve been started to establish some useful study tips, I’ve discovered lots of new favourites and I have told so much good news. Alongside that, I have received lots of new books, which is always a big plus. However, I think I am ready to say goodbye to April! I feel like April was a very transitional stage in my life because I have accomplished many little achievements but I am ready to move on to accomplishing and ticking some major goals for 2016! So…adios April!

april favourites

With the end of a month, means new favourites and I have to share with you some of my recent obsessions! I have developed a love for so many new things this month. Maybe I can get you obsessed with them as well!

We Heart It

To say I love We Heart It would be a massive understatement. There is something so satisfying about hearting tumblr, inspirational photos and quotes. We Heart It reminds me of a hybrid of Pinterest and Tumblr! I have hearted so many photos and I’ve only had an account for about a week! It has definitely left me with a serious case of Wanderlust and right now I just want to travel across the world to so many different places! Not only that but We Heart It has provided me with lots of inspiration for some of my latest bookstagram photos! If you have a We Heart It definitely tell me! I’ll follow you back.

languages

If you have been catching up with me on social media, you would probably know that I have recently been using a platform called Duolingo. Duolingo is basically a website where you can learn a bunch of new languages, with a set “Duolingo curriculum”. I’ve been using it a lot recently to learn two languages: Spanish and German. I learn a lot of German at school and I’ve always enjoyed practicing the language. So, I decided to start a Duolingo with it! On the other hand, Spanish has always been a language I’ve wanted to learn. I used to do it as a set language at my old school but since moving, I’ve never continued on with the language. It is such a pretty language and I thought why not?

music obsessions

I would never go through a monthly wrap up without talking about my latest music obsessions! Don’t worry I still play Shawn Mendes’ album on repeat but lately, I’ve been really into Halsey! I’ve only really listened to three or four of her songs but at the moment, I am loving Castle and Colors. I have also been listening to a lot of Ariana Grande’s new album Dangerous Woman, it has some of the best songs. I was never a big fan of her music but her latest album has some pretty good songs! I nearly forgot, Lose It by Oh Wonder has also been my latest obsession! I particularly like the Jerry Folk remix but because I can’t find it on Spotify I’ve included the original soundtrack.

april reads + book hauls

I actually have gotten lots of books this April, which is pretty exciting! I got quite a lot of exciting title from publishers! I have enjoyed so many of them but I’ll save my full thoughts for some reviews coming up! However, I am yet to get into many of them and I honestly can’t wait! Here are some of the books I read this month:dwhqsq

  • Whisper To Me by Nick Lake ♥♥♥♥♡
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ♥♥♥♡♡
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord ♥♥♥.5♡
  • Underwater by Marisa Reichardt ♥♥♥.5♡
  • Yellow by Meghan Jacobson♥♥♥♡♡
  • The Devil You Know by Trish Doller ♥♥♥♥♡
  • This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang ♥♥♥♡♡
  • Flawed by Cecilia Ahern ♥♥♥♥♡
  • The Square Root Of Summer ♥♥♥♡♡
  • The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (It was AMAZING and I am not ashamed to give it a million stars) ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

I might do a book haul soon because I have just gotten so many books and I think I can save the titles for a later post! As I am writing all of my April reads, I actually can’t believe that I’ve read so many books! It’s out of this world and I am so happy! I didn’t even notice that I’ve read so much this April!

may tbr

Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be reading as many books this May because I have lots of events coming up, which require my full attention and a lot of time. However, I am going on a city camp for a week so maybe I’ll get a chance to read lots of books during that time! I am planning on ticking off some new releases coming out this month, on my TBR! Here is a snapshot of my May TBR:d32eu23

  • A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Darker Shade Of Magic by VE Schwab (Yes…I still haven’t read this yet)
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  • Burning by Danielle Rollins
  • My Heart and Other Blackholes by Jasmine Warga

Hopefully, I’ll actually get a chance to read these books which have been lingering on my TBR for ages! I’ve been super excited to read A Court Of Mist and Fury but I need to skim through ACOTAR because I have a feeling I’ve forgotten bits and pieces! 🙂

aloha may

So I wonder what is in store for me during May… I have so many exciting events this month! I MEAN IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!! WHAT??? *Parties* What is even more exciting is that my birthday falls on the date our school is having a city camp preparation, which means I get to celebrate my birthday without being in school, with all my friends whilst shopping and wandering around the city! It’s pretty exciting. However, I have a national exam next week which is pretty annoying but it’s unavoidable. I do have some goals next month, though:

  • Try to get back into some more healthy cooking and baking
  • Do well on the exams
  • Be happier and dare to try new things.

Well, that is all for my monthly wrap-up! Hopefully, May has some pretty good surprises for me in store and I think I am ready to say sayonara to April! I can’t wait to read some great books next month, tick off some monthly goals and continue to stay positive and healthy! I almost forgot one of my friends Rachel, (Hey Rachel *waves*) had her blog deleted and crashed, which is why she decided to restart her blog over here! Everyone should definitely check her new blog out!

how about you? what have you been up too this month? what are some amazing books you have read? i would love to read about your april! comment below or link your post!