December Wrap-Up: Wrapping up the year with some powerful and enjoyable reads

Books Bought:

  • Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
  • Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Six of Crows collector’s edition by Leigh Bardugo

Books Read:

  • Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
  • Love Works by Janice Mirikitani
  • I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • Horimiya vol. 8 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • George by Alex Gino
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Out of the 11 books I received this month I read THREE of them which is a record for me! Usually I don’t read the books I buy until many months later πŸ˜…

I wasn’t planning on buying this many books this month after my colossal book haul in November, but it kind of just happened. Every month after making my TBR I decide which books I’m going to buy and which books I’m going to borrow, but I had a few books I had been putting off buying so I just went out and bought all of the books I still wanted to so I would have a clean slate for the new year.Β 

I had a really satisfying reading month; many of the books I read were really enjoyable and received high ratings, and I finished 4 books this month that I had carried over from November! It was soooo nice to be able to be reading two or three books at once like normal, instead of the six or seven books I’d gotten into the habit of reading!

I regret not reading as much manga and graphic novels this month as I had in previous months, but I think subconsciously I may have just needed a break after reading a dozen manga in November.

I had a surprisingly nonfiction/feminism heavy month, which was kicked off byΒ The Radium Girls. This was probably my least favorite of all the books I read; I just found it honestly kind of boring and repetitive.

I started listening to Good and Mad on audiobook and in the first 30 minutes of my commute I had already starting crying. I ended up buying the book that night because I knew that I was going to reread it and destroy the book with highlighting. I was nervous that this was going to be a white-feminist reading of our current political climate but it fortunately was not and I was impressed by the intersectionalism and the way the author credited a lot of marginalized activists.

From there, I read two books that were name dropped in Good and Mad, which were I’m Still Here and Sister Outsider. I also listened to I’m Still Here on audiobook, and ended up listening to the whole thing at work because it was so beautifully written. It was one of the most personal memoirs I’ve read in a long time, so much so I felt uncomfortable typing up a formal review on Goodreads because it really just felt like I was reading her diary (not that I would have anything negative to say about it at all, it was ultimately gorgeous).

Sister Outsider felt like a book that would’ve been on a required reading list for one of my college courses (honestly, it probably is on some syllabi!!). I think I would’ve enjoyed this much more if I was able to participate in some sort of discussion surrounding some of the essays in the collection because they were just so theoretical and often overwhelming. Ultimately, I enjoyed it and will probably purchase and reread the book at some point in the distant future because a lot of elements I’m sure went straight over my head.

I spent three months of my life reading The Corrections and it was a very disappointing read but honestly I feel so accomplished by having finished it so I don’t really think it was a waste of time. The writing was actually pretty good on a line by line basis but there was just so πŸ‘Β muchΒ πŸ‘Β materialΒ πŸ‘Β that it was hard to concentrate on anything. The characters were all personally awful and the only one I cared for the slightest bit was Denise! She did not get enough page time; if the book was only about her I definitely would’ve enjoyed it so much more.

I finished 2018 but reading two really hyped books: Circe and The Cruel Prince.Β I think I put off reading these for the entire year because they are both extremely out of my comfort zone but I was pleasantly surprised that they lived up to my expectations! I listed to Circe on audiobook which was probably the best decision; I’m not well versed with any type of mythology but this book was very accessibly and I’m eager to check out her other book (and possibly get my hands on a a copy of Circe now that I know I enjoyed it because it’s so beautiful).

I was not expecting to like The Cruel Prince as much as a did because I’m just not a fae-fantasy fan in general. I both listened to the audiobook while driving and then would go home and read the physical book which is something I don’t do very often but it definitely helped get interested and stay interested. I’m very nervous to see if I’ll end up liking the sequel because I have a very delicate relationship with series but Jude is one of my favorite protagonists I’ve read in a long time.

What were some of your favorite (or least favorite!) books you read in December? Have you read any of the ones I did this month?

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