December Wrap Up

Goodbye December, Hello 2020!

December has been a time, and honestly I am glad to see it go? From getting laid off, crazy christmas shopping, to commuting almost daily 2 hours to and from a theatre production–December has been draining. But even through all the hecticness that the season brought, I’m honestly content with it. Am I tired? Oh my goodness, yes! But was it worth it? I think it was, yes!

I have learned a lot about myself and just how powerful I can be when I set my mind to something. I’ve learned what it means to truly let something go and move on; and I’ve learned the power just 24 hours can hold. But through all of this learning and lack of sleep getting, I consumed SO MANY stories! Some good, some not so good, and some WTF stories that helped me reach and accomplish my Goodreads goal of 120 books for 2019!

I have a 2019 look back post in the making, that goes more into depth on my story consumption. But for now, I am all about being consistent–and here on Fictionally Sam the first post of every month is reserved for wrap-ups! So without further ado, grab your favorite stash of popcorn, a comfy blanket (or tank top if it’s summer where you are–Stay safe Australia!) and let’s see what I consumed during the last days of 2019!

Book Wrap-Up

† denotes an ARC/book received in exchange for my honest review.
🎧 denotes Audiobook.
🤶🏽 denotes read for Mrs. Claus’ Readathon.

5-4 Stars

  • 🎧Doctor Dave by Abby Knox – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🎧Lawless by T.M. Frazier – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • 🎧Wynter’s Captive by Milly Taiden – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🎧Adrian by Ella Fox and Rochelle Paige – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🤶🏽Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata – RE-READ – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Whiteout by Adriana Anders – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Buddy Read w/ Ruby)
  • 🤶🏽The Boss Who Stole Christmas by Jana Aston – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🤶🏽From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata – RE-READ – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Wait For It by Mariana Zapata – RE-READ – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

2-3.5 Stars

  • 🤶🏽Red Hot Christmas Virgin by Penelope Wylde – REVIEW – ⭐⭐.5
  • 🤶🏽Christmas in Blackwood by Celia Aaron – ⭐⭐⭐.5

1 Star

  • Mommy’s Ex by S.E. Law – REVIEW – ⭐


  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – DNF

Music Wrap Up
December was much like November in the sense that it was 100% Country until Harry Styles released his latest album, and then I descended into nostalgia. Like always though, here are some of the songs that I had on repeat this month!

  • The Entire Fine Lines Album by Harry Styles
  • One Night Standards by Ashley Mcbryde
  • Hell Right – Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins
  • Tip of My Tongue – Kenny Chesny
  • Details – Dierks Bentley
  • One Man Band – Old Dominion
  • What She Wants Tonight – Luke Bryan
  • Brand New Man – Midland

Film and TV Wrap Up


  • A Christmas Prince – 🍿🍿🍿
  • A Christmas Prince: A Royal Wedding – 🍿🍿
  • A Christmas Prince: A Royal Baby – 🍿🍿
  • Santa Claus – RE-WATCH
  • The Santa Clause – RE-WATCH
  • Santa Claus 3 – RE-WATCH
  • Home Alone – RE-WATCH
  • Home Alone 2 – RE-WATCH
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas – RE-WATCH
  • 6 Underground – 🍿🍿


  • Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER (Disney+), Season 2-4
  • Blue Bloods (CBS, Ion)
  • Fleabag (Amazon Prime), Season 2; Ep. 1-5
  • The Witcher (Netflix), Season 1; Ep. 1
  • Project Runway (Bravo), Season 18; Ep. 1-3
  • Virgin River (Netflix), Season 1; Ep. 1


How was your December? Let me know!
From my Blog to yours–Happy New Year!


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  1. Christina Reid

    January 1, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    It sounds like you had an insanely busy December, but you still managed to read loads – well done! Hope that 2020 is even better!

  2. Meeghan reads

    January 1, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Oooh, what did you think of Virgin River? I’m up to episode 7 and I’m enjoying it.

  3. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    January 2, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    You had an awesome reading, watching, and listening month Sam!

  4. dbsguidetothegalaxy

    January 3, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Fine Lines!! Haha, we also rewatched Home Alone 1 and 2! Nice on your four audiobooks 😀

  5. TheCaffeinatedReader

    January 13, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Thanks to Ruby I too picked up Whiteout, can’t wait to read it and fangirl with you both! Great reading month! I definitely Re Watched The Santa Claus and Home Alone 1 & 2, also watched Santa Claus, was surprised by it and oh yea Muppet’s Christmas Carol lol

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