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December Roundup: Monthly Favourites




 Hello Readers & Friends,

This month's post is a couple of days late - after a very lazy Christmas break I've been struggling to get back into the swing of... everything. I've been quieter on social media and honestly have just been painting and spending time with Steven and enjoying life offline! But today I'm back to reality and returned to work, so it's time to get back online! So here is a snapshot of my December...

December Book Roundup:

I only read seven books this month, but I was busy enjoying the Christmas break with too much alcohol for reading! I read some particularly good thrillers, and a slasher horror which was surprisingly great! Most of my read choices this month were easy, breezy fun ones which I knew I could get through quickly which was exactly what I needed as I wound down for the holidays. 

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn ****
The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth *****
The Inheritance games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes ****
This is Me by Sophie Hinch ***
Camp Slaughter by Sergio Gomez ****
Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennet ****
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall *****


FILM



Klaus - Netflix

This is going to be a new Christmas favourite. I just loved it. The animation is beautiful and charming, the story is funny and heartwarming. It follows a spoilt postman (Very Kuzco-esque for any fans of The Emperor's New Groove) tasked with reviving a horrible little island where everyone is at war with their neighbour. It's Christmassy without being cliche or North-Pole based, and I just loved every second of it. 

TV


The Queen's Gambit - Netflix

Arguably one of my favourite things I've seen all year. A cinematically gorgeous mini-series following Beth Harmon, a professional chess player in the 70s as she works her way up the circuit whilst battling addiction. I loved everything about this and at the end I cried. Over chess. I know, who am I?! Can't recommend this one enough - it's only eight episodes, so try to pace yourself or you'll be upset when it's over!

Books

I don't usually read Slashers, and definitely don't review horror reads often, but picked up Camp Slaughter by Sergio Gomez after seeing it recommended on Booktok. It was really great! I love horror films anyway, my favourite type being the cliche teenagers-in-the-woods style, so when I heard the summary for Camp Slaughter I was sold.
We basically follow a group of young teenagers who head out to 'the most secluded cabin in Pennsylvania' to party hard. Of course, there is a serial killer and cannibal lurking nearby, waiting to pick them all off. However, the story had many layers which I really enjoyed. We don't just follow the kids story, we get to see the murderers background and chapters from his view, which were so brilliant and sad and really create a 3-dimensional monster rather than just a crazy killer. We also follow two 'ghost-busters' who are filming a documentary on the myth of Camp Slaughter, and find themselves in the midst of all the massacre. Some of the scenes were incredibly gory and the descriptions made me a little squeamish, but it's a real edge-of-your-seat read as you pray that your favourite characters will somehow make it through. 
I really enjoyed it. 

Christmas and New Year

We managed to get up to Scotland before the restrictions kicked in and spent quite a long time up there with Steven's mam. It was beautiful and lovely to get away from London for a while! We took Betsy on lots of long walks, and I got some beautiful photographs which I shared in this Scotland Photo Diary post.  I was spoilt with lots of amazing gifts and had a really relaxing time. It was all very lovely! Obviously London is now in tier 4 - we made the 13 drive back with a single stop in Cumbria before they went into a new tier, which ended up being a nightmare when a pipe burst in our room and we had to move! Then we finally made it back to London where we are now basically quarantining for the next few weeks in the house. New Years was just Steven and I, and I was in bed by 9pm after a particularly strong Mai Tai... but that's fine by me. After the wreck of 2020 I was ready to say goodbye to it a couple of hours early! 




 How was your December?
Love, C x 

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