December 2015 Wrap-Up!

December 31, 2015 // Posted by Lisa & Becca in Discussions, Monthly Wrap-Ups // 15 Comments

A quick glance at what we’ve been up to this month on Lost in Literature! 🙂

 

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BECCA’S LATEST HAPPENINGS:

December has been such a crazy month for me! I literally have not had one second of free time and I felt so much pressure to catch up on ARCs and read Holiday books that I totally stressed myself out and ended up in a bit of a slump. I have not been able to pick up a book since Christmas Eve Eve and every time that I try I just can’t get into it 🙁 I am really hoping that it will pass!

In brighter news I had a wonderful Christmas!! My Children were so happy and excited and loved all of their gifts! That was the best part and it totally warmed my heart to see them so happy! We did a lot of “Christmassy” things this month, including baking cookies, seeing Christmas Lights and riding the Santa Express! Making memories with them is the best part of the Holidays!

I got a few awesome gifts for Christmas!! Including my first Funko pops, Forstbeard Candles and of course books! I also got to spend a lot of time with family and it was so nice! My sis in law Lisa got me some amazing gifts as well and she made me an awesome TBR Jar with tiny origami stars that she folded herself! Each one has a book to read next or an idea for an Instagram photo! I absolutely love it! How did you spend your Holidays? What was your favorite gift?

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LISA’S LATEST HAPPENINGS:

This month totally flew by for me. It’s my favorite month of the year, and this year was especially wonderful since my son is now old enough at four to fully appreciate all things Santa and Christmas. We drove around many times as a family looking at Christmas lights, made gingerbread houses, listened to Christmas music for the entire month, and were fully into the holiday spirit. I’m so blessed with my wonderful family. ♥

As far as reading is concerned, I didn’t read quite as much as I thought I would when it came to my January ARCs. I spent a lot of time reading holiday books, and because of that I feel behind with my reading schedule. I’m hoping to catch up in January though. Fingers crossed!!!
 
 
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BECCA’S FAVORITE OF THE MONTH:

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was my favorite read for the Month of December. It was a re-read for me, but it has been several years since I read it last. I truly enjoyed revisiting these characters and the love and warmth of the March Family 🙂

 

LISA’S FAVORITE OF THE MONTH:

A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars, #1) This Is Where It Ends

I had such difficulty picking ONE favorite this month.  This is Where it Ends and A Stone in the Sea were both fantastic, and totally different types of books.

A Stone in the Sea is a New Adult Romance that’s extremely emotional and gripping.  I thoroughly enjoyed these characters and their story.  Romance fans will definitely enjoy this one.

This is Where it Ends tore my heart in two, then stomped on it for days.  It was an extremely difficult book to read, though on a very important topic and very well written.  I’m very happy this book exists.
 
 

BECCA READ THIS MONTH:

The White Rose (The Lone City, #2) Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13) For the Record Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1) The Best Goodbye (Rosemary Beach, #13) Little Women (Little Women, #1) Mistletoe and Mr. Right My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1) Snowflakes on Silver Cove (White Cliff Bay #2) Catching Jordan

 

LISA READ THIS MONTH:

Black Widow: Forever Red (Black Widow, #1) Everything But the Truth (If Only . . ., #6) For the Record Sex, Snow & Mistletoe These Shallow Graves Dirty Secret (The Burke Brothers, #1) Thicker Than Water Restless Waters (Left Drowning, #2) Mistletoe and Mr. Right What's Broken Between Us A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars, #1) The Hazards of Mistletoe (Hazards, #4) My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories This Is Where It Ends Rule (Marked Men, #1) Firsts
 
 

BECCA’S BOOK CRUSH OF THE MONTH:

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses

This month I have to pick Nick Sinclair from Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses! He was my favorite Holiday book boyfriend! He was sexy, successful, kind,,, and rich (which definitely didn’t hurt LOL)!!

 

LISA’S BOOK CRUSH OF THE MONTH:

Firsts

Zach from Firsts is my pick for this month.  My review for this will be up on January 15th as part of the blog tour, and there you will find much more gushing and fangirling over this book and this amazing boy. ♥
 
 

BECCA’S INSTAGRAMMIN’ FAVES:

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I had SO much fun posting Holiday photos and did several IG challenges this month! I am already missing my fun Christmas decor!!
 

LISA’S INSTAGRAMMIN’ FAVES:

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This has been my favorite month on Instagram, by far! These holiday and wintery pictures were so much fun to take!! I’m really going to miss the holiday photos quite a bit, but look forward to continuing on with some wintery pics through January. 🙂
 
 
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BECCA’S MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO:

He Will Be My Ruin Before We Were Strangers The Fill-In Boyfriend

I am such a HUGE KA Tucker fan and have read almost all of her novels. He Will Be My Ruin is at the top of my list in January!!
We are having our Read-a-Thon in January too!! I plan on reading a few books during this week (Jan 10- Jan17) but the two at the top of my list are Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino and The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West! I have heard such good things about both of these books and I cannot wait to dive into them during the read-a-thon! I hope you will join in our Clean Slate Read-a-Thon! Click the banner below for more details!!

 
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LISA’S MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO:

He Will Be My Ruin Appealed (The Legal Briefs, #3) Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Becca and I will be buddy reading He Will Be My Ruin in the next week or two, and I’m so excited for it!!!  (It’s my MOST anticipated book for 2016.)

I’ve been thoroughly loving The Legal Briefs series, so of course my expectations for Appealed are pretty darn high.  I’m hoping to love Brent as much as I love the other legal boys.

Me Before You is a book I’ve had on my shelf for a long time, yet never seem to find the time to read it.  I’ve promised myself that I WILL read it in January.

 
 
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What was your favorite read of December? What are you looking forward to in January?

 

Lisa & Becca

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  • I was about to sleep when the pingback appeared for the post. I definitely still love all of you!!! (This commenting from the phone business is not my forte but I’m doing it now for you guys)
    Becca, I always say this: YOUR KIDS ARE THE CUTEST!!! They are cute and look so adorable!
    Lisa, I actually read a few Jan and Feb releases and right now, Idk what to read 🙁 Still need to read like 2 for January though.
    Becca, You need to read BWWS in our readathon. If I remember, I will hound you…. With love of course 😉
    Ladies, so happy you will be buddy reading HWBMR!! A buddy is needed for this book to share your thoughts and go crazy, trust me.
    I spent almost an hour working on my End of the Year survey which will go live next week. It was so exciting though!
    My wrap up will also go live next week 🙂
    Here’s to a Happy New Year!!! ❤️

  • Looks like you guys had a really wonderful month. My oldest is going to be four and this was definitely the first year she really “got it” in terms of Christmas. Made it so much more fun!! I hope you both love He Will Be My Ruin. It was amazing. My first K.A. Tucker and now I need to read all her books. Also Lisa – grab a pack of tissues before you start Me Before You. That one gutted me. Becca I hope you love Before We Were Strangers because it was my favorite this year!!! Lovely IG pics as always ladies!

  • You both sound like you had a great Christmas! It wasn’t eventful for me because we don’t celebrate it, but we had a day off so we spent it at the beach.
    You guys read a ton of awesome-sounding books.
    Lisa, Appealed was really good! I think you’d love it. 🙂
    Happy reading and hope your January and new year will be great as well.

  • I’m so happy you both had such a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    I am also going to read He Will Be My Ruin, Me Before You and Before We Were Strangers very soon 🙂 I hope we’ll all enjoy them.

    I wish you both a very happy, healthy, joyous, successful and lovefilled 2016!

  • Looks like you both had a really great month! I love your instagram photos. They’re always so pretty. I did a bunch of Christmas-y things this month as well. My favorite thing was I love baking, so I made gingerbread this year and got my mom to decorate them with me. 😀

  • Aahhh I loved This is Where it Ends!! I cried lots and lots reading it. Happy New Year girls! 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing my post!! I loved reading your blog this year and looking at both of your gorgeous Instagram accounts. Hope you have a great new year!

  • I just added A stone in the sea it sounds so good Lisa. KA Tucker is an author I really need to read. Everyone seems to love the books. Have a great new year.

  • What a great month! I also can’t wait for He Will Be My Ruin, I’ve heard it’s AMAZING!!

  • I just started reading This is Where it Ends, and it’s phenomenal! It looks like you’ve had a great month. Hope 2016 is even better. Happy New Year!

  • Nice to see you both had a wonderful December! Happy 2016!

  • aw, I understand about the reading slump, Becca! I haven’t been reading since Christmas either, just for a break? And it was REALLY good but I planned to start reading again today but, gah, I’ve been to lazy. 😛 All I need is a really exciting book to get me motivated….*heavy sigh because the Raven King isn’t out yet* 😂
    Yay for lovely Christmasy instagram photos, both of you! 😀 And glad Christmas was a great time!

  • I love your instagram photos.

  • Becca: I love that TBR Jar you got from your sister in law. How adorable!! I really need to get some funko pops too. they are adorable.

    Lisa: glad your son was really able to enjoy Santa and Christmas this year; that’s always the best.

    Sounds like you both had a fairly nice December, so yay!

    -Lauren

  • I’m looking forward to hearing both your thoughts on He Will Be Ruin cos I love KA Tucker! Becca the kiddies sound like they had a great time and they look super cute. Hope your slump picks up soon.

    Lisa I loved your Christmas themed Instagram feed and it sounds like you had a great holidays!

    Happy New Year girls!