Treat Yo Shelf: December Monthly Recap

Treat Yo Shelf

December Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read this month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received in the month of December.

What did I read this month?

What books did I buy? 

(This does not include Kindle purchases)

What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?


What books/items did I receive from friends/fellow bloggers as trades, gifts, prizes, or to borrow?


Received the white-covered manuscript of Caraval from my friend, Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide. She made my year! Thank you, Brittany.


My November Secret Sister (#OTSPSecretSister) Package from Alexia at Pretty Deadly Reviews.


My December Secret Sister (#OTSPSecretSister) package from Alexia at Pretty Deadly Reviews.


My #TBTBSanta gift from Memrie at Dark Angel Reader.


My Secret Santa package from Jennifer in the The KY Funko League of Awesomeness

December’s Uppercase Box


December’s BOOM!Box


December Favorites

Christmas Wrapping Paper, Christmas Surprises, and PokemonGo’s Holiday Surprises

How did you treat your shelves in December? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?

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Review: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse


Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Won in NOVL’s February NOVLBox curated by Poppy


Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N |  The Book Depository


As a mood reader, winter always leaves me in a reading funk. I wasn’t too sure if I was in the mood for a contemporary book, but I am so glad I picked up Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse. You guys, I read this book in less than one day; I just could not put it down! The storyline is quick-paced, realistic, and so adorable.

I loved how Seven Days of You took me out of the routine of contemporary books. Instead of basing this love-story in America, England, or even France, this book inserts you in a Japanese setting, building on a culture that I’m not too familiar with. The author does a great job of touring her readers around a city and culture that loves amazing food, parks, monuments, and karaoke bars (who knew?!). Vinesse doesn’t overwhelm you with descriptions, but she provides enough details that makes you yearn to visit Japan and learn more about the Japanese culture. This book will consume you with wanderlust, and a great thrill and hunger to visit Japan.

Additionally, I liked how the main character, Sofia, is portrayed  in the novel. She is not set up as a cute, angsty teen girl. In one week, Sofia is thrown in a whirlwind of emotions and change. I really enjoyed her perspective and thoughts on her inevitable move. I was too wrapped up in Sofia’s concerns and troubles to even step away from this book. I liked that she owns up to her own flaws and insecurities; more importantly, Sofia portrays a mindset of wanting to grow and understand the world around her. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, she tries to use her last week in Japan as a means to create new memories, while also cherishing the memories and friendships she has already made. Sofia is not only saying goodbye to a country she loves, but she is also saying goodbye to her best friends, and a potential relationship with someone she likes, Jamie. Although Sofia and Jamie have a past of misunderstandings and heartbreak, I was really immersed in how honest, sweet, and patient they were to each other.

Seven Days of You is very emotion driven. As Sofia is wrapping up her life in Japan, I was very invested in every fight, fear, tear, and flashback that she encounters before her departure. I loved how quick-paced the book read, and even though there is more drama invested in this book than I have ever encountered in my own life, the story wraps up in the most realistic and sentimental way. At times I thought the story portrayed some typical Young Adult literature cliches, but overall I liked how different Sofia’s life was compared to most people her age. Her life is complex but her story is rich with lasting friendships, strong female role models, swoony moments, and opportunities to grow. 

4 star rating

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

NOTE: Thank you to NOVL for providing me an advance reader’s copy of this book in their February 2016 NOVL Box curated by Poppy. I was not asked or compensated to review this book. I read this book at my own discretion. All statements and opinions are my own.

W…W…W…Wednesday: 12/14/2016



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