Summing It Up: December 2017

Looks like I’m squeezing this in in the last hour of January. XD I really have to do better with these wrap ups. (Although, it does reassure me a little bit that I’ve already started drafting January’s recap, so hopefully I won’t publish that one as late as I did with this.)

Anyways, for December, I’m going to have to admit I was extremely burned out, stressed, and bummed. It may not seem like it because I try to conceal it with my internet persona, but I’m honestly a natural worrier and quite a pessimist. This semester has been challenging. Overall, I did well academically but I had to work really hard, and, subsequently, I started having really bad bouts of insomnia. But I am glad that I managed to survive, and it does feel nice to say that I’m (now a little over) halfway through the didactic curriculum of pharmacy school. There is only three semesters left of classes and an additional year after that for P4 rotations. Somehow time feels as if it’s moving both slow and fast. Slow because I’m looking forward to graduating (even though it still a long two years away) and fast because… well time is moving fast. (Like, how is it already February?)

However, I did also have a restful second half of December when I was on my winter break. (We had three weeks off this year, which is one week shorter than in the past. The undergrad students at my university still had a full month, and I might feel slighted by this even now actually, haha.) But, unfortunately, during the holiday season I also learned of devastating news. If you follow me on my Instagram, you probably already know that I was really affected by SHINee‘s Jonghyun‘s passing last month. Though not formally diagnosed, I feel like I have been depressed at some points in my life. And if not depression, they were moments where I’ve felt lost, sad, unhappy, or all of the above. Music has always been an important, integral part of my everyday life (whether it be playing the piano or listening to music), and both Linkin Park and SHINee were bands that have helped heal me during times when I was insecure and/or dark. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it was hard losing both Chester and Jonghyun, both wonderful artists, to a silent killer in 2017. It’s difficult to accept the reality that they’re gone forever.

Anyway, I don’t want to start this recap too somber from me being stressed with school and then Jonghyun, etc, so I also want to mention that I’ve definitely have been feeling a lot better and I don’t want anyone to worry about me.

– What I Read – 

The Water Dragon’s Bride (full manga series) | The Cruel Prince | Horimiya (full manga series)

 

 

December was a rather good reading month, I think. I started the month with beginning a new manga series called The Water Dragon’s Bride. I’ve only read up to the most recent chapter, which is 17, and I think it’s a bit cliché but still okay so far. I’ve set it as 3 or 3.5 stars on Goodreads, but I’m going to reserve my full thoughts for now. Then I read The Cruel Prince, which I loved and raved about a ton on my Instagram the end of last month and early this month in January. And, lastly, Horimiya was the one I picked up at whim and I was so glad that I did since it’s utterly fantastic. There’s a perfect balance between comedy and romance. I may have belly laughed out loud so many times while reading it. It is also currently an ongoing series and I’ve read up to chapter 85. Without a doubt, it’s become a new all time favorite manga that I’ll be following closely with each chapter/volume release.

– December Blog Posts – 

– Favorites –

https://www.instagram.com/p/BeUO9P-nk_4/?taken-by=readxings

To my dismay, I have not finished writing my review for The Cruel Prince yet but I really couldn’t rave about this book any more! I wouldn’t say it’s the best YA fantasy out there, but it definitely kept my attention through and through. I mean, I read it in exactly one day; it was that engaging. I also love the characters, especially the heroine, Jude. Jude’s refreshing in that she’s not entirely likable yet her actions are understandable and acceptable.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BegAMv-HkZ-/?taken-by=readxings

You best believe I’m still going strong with my Hobonichi after spending so much on stickers and washi last year. XD

In December, I found yet another super cute munchkin on Instagram named Komaru and have been obsessed with her. I’m honestly both a cat and dog person, but lately I’ve really enjoyed exploring the cats of Instagram, haha. They’re so cute! (But, really. Can someone just send me a munchkin my way already?)

– Video Favorites –

Of all of Exo’s Christmas releases, this has definitely become my favorite title track to date. It’s sweet and sad and lovely all at the same time, and embodies winter perfectly in my opinion. For those that saw my Instagram story where I reacted to the song/MV for the first time, I was so shocked that this had rock ballad elements. I actually think the guitar and drums made it so much better (not that I didn’t like it before). My one and only complaint is not having Lay there with them. Needless to say, I bought the full album and “Been Through” is another song I really liked from it.

Maybe it was because of the mood I was in in December but this song feels so melancholy that I cried the first time I listened to it. Yixing has always been underrated as a singer and I’m really glad that he’s been able to shine in the spotlight as a solo artist. Although, I do miss him promoting with Exo. I hope he and the boys reunite soon!

I didn’t love this song my first listen. But after hearing the bridge, which is so beautiful, a second time it became one of my favorites for this holiday season.

I don’t know how I missed this when it first released but I was replaying this song and choreo so many times in December.

This is another old song that I had on repeat because I loved it as soon as I discovered it.

– What I’ve Been Watching –

The only show that I watched in December was The Romance of the Condor Heroes. Overall, it was okay. I think my favorite adapation of the saga will always be the 2008 version of The Legend of the Condor Heroes with Hu Ge and Ariel Lin, honestly. I just like the arc of the latter more. With that being said though, I did think the story and the romance were this drama’s strengths. The actors had awesome chemistry and were very believable; I actually found out later that the main actor/actress couple dated and married in real life after filming this series together. Anyway, this one wasn’t bad but it exactly a must see unless you like the Condor trilogy.


And so that was December! After rereading what I typed for this post, I realized how misleading my recap was. I wouldn’t say I had a bad month really. :’) Anyhow, thanks so much for tuning in, as always, and I’ll see you next month.

Oh! And I still need to reply to comments/pick a giveaway winner for my last blog post. I will certainly be getting that done by this weekend!

8 thoughts on “Summing It Up: December 2017

  1. Marie says:

    I’m so sorry that December was a bit of a stressful month overall, Summer, but thrilled to hear as you are writing this, you are feeling better ❤ ❤
    I’m so glad you loved The Cruel Prince – everyone has been talking about this book lately, I feel so out of the loop, not having read it at all, haha. Maybe I’ll have to pick it up at some point. I’ll look forward to reading your review so, please, please, write it soon 😛
    Have a great month!! xx

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  2. Ayunda says:

    Lovely post, I love how much time and effort you take to even make gifs for your books 🙂 I loooove cats on Instagram! Do you follow Hosico cat? He’s the fluffiest Instagram cat ever ❤

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  3. Lais says:

    i can relate soooo much with your december, summer!
    throughout the entre month, all i could think about was how much i wanted it to end. even though it was summer break for me, december wasn’t as happy as i expected. while everyone was writing posts on their 2017 achievements, i realized i hadn’t accomplished any of my goals for the year, and felt even more useless. 2017 was a very hard year for me, and i found myself giving up on many things (including blogging), because i didn’t feel like i was good enough. as much as i’d like to say: “new year, new me”, this is something i’m still struggling with.
    needless to say, jonghyun’s news broke my heart. even though it’s been a month already, i’m still in disbelief. i’ve never lost someone i cared so deeply about, and shinee is one of my favorite kpop groups, along with exo. i admired him a lot as a solo artist, and so far i haven’t been able to listen to poet | artist because i can’t believe these are the last songs we’ll ever listen from him.
    anyway, i’m sorry that i’m just here, opening my heart and sharing so much, hahah. what i meant was that i understand that the last month of the year ended up being a hard one to get through, but thankfully, we’re in february and hopefully 2018 will hold better things for both of us! ❤

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  4. Trisha Ann says:

    Hi Summer! Just logged in to my wp account (after a looong time) to check in on how my blog friends are doing. And I’m soooo proud of you, girl! 3 years is a huge mikestone. Several of the people I follow before no longer blog but you are among the exception. I’m so happy for you! Here’s to more years at Xingsings. ❤️💕

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