November Wrap Up & December TBR // Time to get the christmas spirit going!

MONTHLY wrap up

And here we are, finally, at the final month of 2019. The beginning of an end.

This December is special as it not only marks the end of 2019, but also the end of 2010s decade. Personally, this month marks the end of my university year. The last stretch of classes, EVER, in my bachelor’s degree. And of course, the beginning of thesis.

And I guess the end of my teenage years too? Technically I turned 21 this year but I feel like I live in this kind of bubble as I’m still in university. Next year, when I turn 22, I won’t have this bubble anymore so it’s going to be a huge change.

But enough existential crisis, we’re here for the books!


  1. LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare // ✰✰✰.5
  2. SORCERESS by Claudia Gray // ✰✰✰✰.5
  3. 100 DAYS OF SUNLIGHT by Abbie Emmons {eARC} // ✰✰✰
  4. THE BLACK HAWKS by David Wragg {eARC} // ✰✰✰
  5. ILLUSION by Martina Boone // ✰✰✰

This month is full of reading my 2019-TBR books. I start TDA, finished 2 series (Sorceress and Illusion), and also got to work on some eARCs! Hopefully it will help ease my December TBR.


  1. TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord {eARC}
  2. DARK AND DEEPEST RED by Anna-Marie McLemore {eARC}
  3. THE GOOD SON by You Jeong-Jeong
  4. WANDERLOST by Jen Malone
  5. A SHIVER OF SNOW AND SKY by Lisa Lueddecke
  6. 10 BLIND DATES by Ashley Elston
  7. DECKED WITH HOLLY by Marni Bates
  8. UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

So the first 2 on this list are eARCs I want to finish before 2020 starts, so I can start the year fresh without any overdue obligations! In the same vein, I also want to finish The Good Son and Wanderlost just to clean my currently-reading shelf on goodreads. The rest are just my type of holiday books: retellings and christmas-contemporary!



Not much happened in November, or this semester for that matter. It feels like it’s the calm before the storm!

I had my mid-terms grade and I’m super excited with what I had! It was better than what I expected and overall, just better than any grades I’ve ever received throughout this university experience. I also had my internship presentation this month and while I haven’t received the grades yet, I also felt like it went quite well!

On the thesis front, I decided to not return to my internship place despite really loving the people, environment, and the project. I just feel like I need to explore other parts of research, especially since infectious diseases has such a wide options. I finally got a placement here, in Indonesia, nearby my current place. It’s definitely a good opportunity as I can save money while learning about research and its implementation in my country.

The wifi has been really shady this month but even without the wifi, I’ve spent so much time doing different things and making new habits! I’ve been cooking a lot and experiment with different spices, which is more fun than what I expected. I also been writing a lot; not writing as in a story, but more on thinking and sorting out how I feel. It’s been kinda cathartic for me, it’s scary how much you can spill out on a piece of paper! I also getting back on doing word search, it’s been really fun but also a calming before-sleep routine 🌙

Everyone is so excited for christmas! Many stores and restaurants already have their christmas decorations up and it makes me really excited for christmas!

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But first, as it was Thanksgiving yesterday, here are some of the things I’m grateful for this year. It hasn’t been the easiest year mentally, but I do have a lot of blessings to count.

  • Surviving my 6th semester and my 3rd year in general. It was intense guys, definitely the hardest in my whole university career so far.
  • Got an internship placement, which I got paid so I don’t burden my parents. And have relatives that allow me to stay with them. And learnt during the internship. And explore the country with my friends.
  • Have less classes this semester, meaning I can go home every weekend and spend more time with my family.
  • But also spending more time with my friends or just go home earlier and rest.
  • Finished my internship presentation and report
  • And finally, got my thesis placement. I still have a lot to go on, but it’s a start and I don’t have to worry about it anymore.


Last stretch of the year! Is there any books you still want to read before the year ends? What about your 2019 goals, did you reach all of them?



14 thoughts on “November Wrap Up & December TBR // Time to get the christmas spirit going!

  1. Thank you for the shout-out, I’m super-happy you enjoyed my post! ❤ Uprooted is one of my favorite fantasy novels, so I really hope you’ll love it. Decked With Holly was such a cute, fast read, and it’s my go-to Christmas recommendation. 10 Blind Dates is one I really want to read this December. 🙂 Congratulations on your mid-term grades, and I’m happy your internship presentation went well – I’m rooting for you to get the grades you expect/want. ❤


  2. Congratulations on surving another semester and I hope you’ll be ready to tackle all the new projects you’ll have for 2020! It does sound like there’s plenty for you to discover and enjoy as you enter “adulthood” now. I won’t lie that I felt like a kid up till like 23 or something myself hahaha It wasn’t easy to finally admit that I was an adult! 😛 Hope all the books you read will be fantastic! 😀


  3. Wishing you all the best luck with your thesis! Mine is coming up soon, so we’re kind of in the same boat 😄 I’m also hoping to read Tweet Cute and 10 Blind Dates soon – seems like I’m in the mood for some fluffy contemporary stories 🥰 I hope you have a great month! 🙂


  4. Everything your writing about college ending is me in a year and a half! I am both so excited and nervous, and wish you the best of luck once you leave the college bubble! This decade is also the end of my teenage years! I turned twenty this year, and I’m pretty happy to be out teenagedom and slowly start to adult! 😀 I work at a bookstore and we just put our tree up for the holidays, and it definitely got me in the Christmas spirit, especially since I’m not decorating my apartment this year, since I’ll be with my family elsewhere!

    Also– I just started Tweet Cute yesterday and it’s super cute (as the title implies!). I hope you like it when you pick it up this month!


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