Wrap Up

December 2019 Wrap Up

Seriously, where did this month go?!

I absolutely love the holiday season so I always feel like I’m thriving during December. Here are some of things I got up to this month:

  • I did Friends trivia and our team name was PIVOT!
  • Our holiday office party went off without a hitch (and I helped plan it, too!)
  • I saw Knives Out and it reignited my interest in my goal to finish reading all of Agatha Christie’s work
  • I spent two glorious weeks in Hawaii on the island of Oahu and Kauai! It was a great way to relax and spend time with family. I even did a surfing lesson!

And that’s a wrap on December! I’ll be going more in depth on a post tomorrow about my favourite reads of 2019. But for now, here’s what I read in December:

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4.5 Bubble Teas, LGBTQIA, Literary Fiction, Ocean Vuong, Penguin Press, Review

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Published by Penguin Press on June 4th, 2019

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Pages: 246

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“Because the sunset, like survival, exists only on the verge of its own disappearing. To be gorgeous, you must first be seen, but to be seen allows you to be hunted.”


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3.5 Bubble Teas, Doubleday Canada, Erin Morgenstern, Fantasy, Review, Romance

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Published by Doubleday Canada on November 5th, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 498

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“Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.”


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4 Bubble Teas, Dey Street Books, Non-Fiction, Review, Sarah Wilson, Self-Help

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety by Sarah Wilson

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First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety by Sarah Wilson

Published by Dey Street Books on April 24th, 2018

Genres: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Pages: 320

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“I believe with all my heart that just understanding the metapurpose of the anxious struggle helps to make it beautiful. Purposeful, creative, bold, rich, deep things are always beautiful.”


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4 Bubble Teas, Fantasy, Holly Black, Little, Brown and Company, Review, Young Adult

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Published by Little, Brown and Company on November 19th, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 308

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By you, I am forever undone.”


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4 Bubble Teas, Cynthia Hand, Fantasy, HarperTeen, Holiday, Review, Young Adult

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Published by HarperTeen on October 24th, 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Holiday, Young Adult

Pages: 400

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“‘Stories let us see and hear and feel what someone else does,’ she explained. ‘They build bridges to the other islands. That’s why stories are so important. They create true empathy.’” 


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3 Bubble Teas, Contemporary, Jessica Brody, Review, Romance, Simon Pulse, Young Adult

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

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The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Published by Simon Pulse on November 28th, 2017

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 406

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“The English language has over one million words in it, and none of them are good enough for Lottie. None of them will capture what I saw when I looked at her. What I see now when I remember her. How she will forever look through my filtered view of the world.”


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3 Bubble Teas, HarperOne, Jonathan Van Ness, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Review

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

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Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

Published by HarperOne on September 24th, 2019

Genres: Memoir, Non-Fiction

Pages: 269

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“Just because we mess up doesn’t mean all the lessons we learned are undone. Healing can be imperfect.” 


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Wrap Up

November 2019 Wrap Up

November was another great month! I did so many wonderful things that I have to distill it to bullet points:

  • I saw BuzzFeed Ben in conversation with Jayme Poisson talk about BuzzFeed News and the growth of his newsroom
  • Got to be a part of the live recording of my favourite podcast, The Allusionist
  • I went to hear Lauren Duca speak passionately about young people and what they can do to start a revolution and move the needle forward politically
  • It’s an annual tradition of mine to go to the Toronto Christmas market so I went with one of my good friends from university (we met our first week in university during frosh) and we saw Last Christmas in theatres. THAT MOVIE DID HENRY GOLDING SO WRONG!
  • The Indigo holiday shopping event was amazing and I picked up some books I’ve been meaning to buy (plus the 30% and 10% off didn’t hurt)
  • I attended my first drag show brunch at the Glad Day Bookshop and saw Erin Brockobić and Penelope Strange kill it
  • Erin Morgenstern did a reading from The Starless Sea and she signed my copy of that and The Night Circus 
  • I did my first sake bomb (and did many more after that) and did karaoke for the first time in forever with my coworkers
  • I saw The Room for the first time in a theatre and LOVED it! I want to make this an annual thing and I want to bring spoons next time to throw at the screen!
  • I heard Megan Twohey speak in conversation with Robyn Doolittle about their groundbreaking investigative reporting

What was your favourite moment from this month? Please let me know! I’d love to hear about it!

Now here’s what I read in November:

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