Lately With Lila December 2020 | Goodbye 2020 & Good Riddance!

Hey, friends, how’re you all doing? I hope you are well, safe, happy, and healthy and if not, I hope brighter days head your way soon!

I cannot believe we made it through the last month of the eternity that was 2020 and into 2021. I, for one, am really hoping this year will be better, but I’m being cautious with my optimism.

Anyhoo, when it comes to my media consumption in December 2020, it was pretty sparse. Between my college finals and the holiday season, I didn’t have much time to read or watch movies or shows. But, what I did manage to get to was pretty enjoyable, so, let’s take a look…


I decided to get my blog a “Christmas Present” of sorts in the form of a re-brand using a design I’ve wanted for ages that was finally on sale! I really love my new blog design, it feels so special and uniquely “me,” so I don’t foresee it changing anymore for a good long while!



  • Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco ★★.5 While I enjoyed this book, I actually ended up eventually lowering its rating after some thought. Kingdom of the Wicked was absolutely a wildly fun guilty pleasure kind of read, but it also wasn’t the best written. This was largely due to the fact that characters read a bit like stock characters and the main character in particular came off as slightly airheaded. The romance also seemed a little typical of YA romances nowadays. And, finally, I guessed literally every twist the book tried to pull off. That all being said, I did find this book to be enjoyable and fun, so in the end I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.



Thank you to the lovely publishers who allowed me access to these ARCs!


  • Lightbringer by Claire Legrand I’m already a quarter of the way through this one and *aaaaaah the stress is already hitting me*!! Legrand is a master of that kind of slow motion type of tension that just makes my stomach tie itself in knots. It’s both bittersweet and anxiety-producing knowing this is the end of one of my favorite series, but I have faith in Legrand to end it well.
  • A Sky Beyond The Storm by Sabaa Tahir And here’s yet another bittersweet ending that I’ve been trying to delay!
  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow Have I talked enough about how I want to read this book without actually reading it enough? Yes? Okay…
  • The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab I started this one back when it released but set it down because I had finals. I loved what I read of it and am hoping to finish it up soon!


Sadly, I didn’t really watch much in December 😦



  • “Fade Away” by Logic Logic is just one of those music artists whose work I always end up loving, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been groovin’ to “Fade Away” all month long.
  • “Dynamite” by BTS I don’t really feel any kinda way about BTS in general, but every once in a while they release a straight up bop and this is one of those times!
  • “Juice” by Lizzo Another fun, groovy, feel-good song that I love from Lizzo? *Miranda Priestly voice* Groundbreaking.






To be honest, my mental health took a massive plummet in December. It just kinda feels like the whole year finally kind of crashed into me, ya know? I felt lonely and isolated and sad and, if I’m being honest, those feelings haven’t really resolved themselves. What can I say, life’s not always rainbows and sunshine and while it’s totally okay to go through emotional rough patches, that doesn’t stop it from feeling really sucky when you’re in the thick of it.


Well, school starts again, which is something I guess? I’m enrolled in Principles of Anthropology II, Anatomy and Physiology I, and History of the American Indian—all classes which I’m really excited for! As someone who’s part Cherokee, I’m particularly excited for that history course, which focuses on the history and culture of Indigenous Americans from a non-Western perspective. Other than school, though, there’s not much on the docket. Guess I’ll have to wait and see what the first month of 2021 has in store. After all, what could possibly go wrong after the hellscape that was 2020?


How was your December? Did you read anything good in the past month? Are you looking forward to anything in this coming January? What books on your TBR are you excited about?

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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

15 thoughts on “Lately With Lila December 2020 | Goodbye 2020 & Good Riddance!

  1. Great post! Thanks for featuring my posts – I’m so glad you enjoyed them. I’ll have to check out all the other links you shared 😊

    Also, good luck with school! That sounds like an amazing history course! Makes me wish I was back in college.

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  2. Thanks so much for mentioning my post!

    I’m sorry to hear that December was a tough mental health month for you. I hope you’ve been able to take some time to recharge over Christmas. January is always a weird month – be kind to yourself.

    I am desperate to read Addie LaRue! Every time I see it I get so much book FOMO, haha.

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  3. Thank you so much for mentioning my post! ❤️

    I’m also behind on Ember in the Ashes and The Once and Future Witches, I’m hoping this is the year I finally read them lol. Hopefully you’ll like you’re new classes, I’m a sucker for history and it’s great you get a chance to know more about your culture.

    Have an amazing and healthy 2021 ✨

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  4. Thanks for mentioning my project, Lila! 🥺✨ You’re SO sweet, I really appreciate your support ❤️ & Same here, trying to delay my reading of A Sky Beyond The Storm!! I fear for my babies, but I’m sure it will be AMAZING, I hope you enjoy it! 😊
    Happy New Year, I hope your 2021 is full of blessings 🎉🎉

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  5. i really like your new layout!!! the header is so adorable!

    i am currently reading a reaper at the gates, and i hope you do enjoy the conclusion! so far, i’ve only seen people saying it broke their hearts, so i don’t know exactly how i’m supposed to feel.

    i hope january treats you better than december did, lila! wishing you an amazing month & a great 2021!

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  6. Thanks for sharing my posts! It means a lot.

    I have read so many mixed reviews of Kingdom of the Wicked that I’m not sure I want to read it anymore. I was mostly thinking about reading it because I liked Stalking Jack the Ripper, but I think I’ll pass on this new book.

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