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  Continue reading “December Wrap-Up: Wrapping up the year with some powerful and enjoyable reads”

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December in Review: 15 Books

HAPPY NEW YEARΒ πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Β New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays, but before I get into my 2018 favorites, reviews, and wrap-ups, I can’t ignore December as a whole month!

I had some fantastic reads this month, and also a few disappointments. The large majority of my books this month were 4 and 5 star reads!

Different from my monthly wrap-ups, which focus more of patterns in my reading habits and is just me rambling on forever (because that’s my brand), monthly reviews are more like lists: easy to scroll through to get the whole picture of my reading month. Listed is the title, author, publication date, and cover along with the genre and age range (if applicable). I also have my rating and a three-word description of my reading experience! The links will either go to a longer review I wrote on this blog or a shorter review I wrote on Goodreads. All the cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page.

TOTAL BOOKS: 15

🌟: 0
🌟🌟: 2
🌟🌟🌟: 1
🌟🌟🌟🌟: 8
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟: 4

 

Fake BloodFake Blood by Whitney Gardner
Published: Sept 4, 2018
MG Paranormal
hilarious, satirical, realistic
🌟🌟🌟🌟

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of OrΓ―sha, #1)Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Published: Mar 6, 2018
YA Fantasy
bingeable, dynamic, intense
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Published: May 2, 2017
History
repetitive, feminist, digestable
🌟🌟🌟

 

Into the WaterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins
Published: May 2, 2017
Mystery
confusing, underwhelming, blah
🌟🌟

 

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's AngerGood and Mad by Rebecca Traister
Published: Oct 2, 2018
Feminist Theory
powerful, fierce, phenomenal
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Love WorksLove Works by Janice Mirikitani
Published: Jan 1, 2003
Poetry
stunning, emotional, historical
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for WhitenessI’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
Published: May 15, 2018
Memoir
transforming, digestable, personal
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Exit WestExit West by Mohsin Hamid
Published: Mar 7, 2017
Magical Realism
condense, evocative, timeless
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

CirceCirce by Madeline Miller
Published: Apr 10, 2018
Fantasy
lyrical, complex, engaging
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

The CorrectionsThe Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Published: Sep 24, 2001
Contemporary
lengthy, overwhelming, extra
🌟🌟

 

Horimiya, Vol. 8Horimiya vol. 8 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
Published: Jul 18, 2017
YA Romance
cute, fluffy, charming
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

GeorgeGeorge by Alex Gino
Published: Aug 25, 2015
MG Contemporary
simple, accessible, relevant
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Published: Dec 19, 1843
Holiday Classic
uplifting, atmospheric, descriptive
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Sister Outsider by Audre LordeSister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Published: Jun 1, 1984
Essays
academic, intersectional, critical
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Published: Jan 2, 2018
YA Fantasy
disturbing, surprising, addictive
🌟🌟🌟🌟

I read some surprisingly great books this month and thoroughly enjoyed most of them. Let me know if you’ve read any of these because I’d love to talk about them? Which books were your favorites for December?

September Reading Wrap-Up: Too many books and too many distractions

  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul
  • New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Please Don’t Be True by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Love Works by Janice Mirikitani
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets: The Complete Illustrated Poems by William Shakespeare
  • People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

  • Lumberjanes: Between the Kitten HolyΒ by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen
  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 4 by Karuho Shiina
  • In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Emma vol. 3 by Kaoru Mori
  • Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho
  • Nothing Happened by Molly Booth
  • Horimiya vol. 4 by Hero
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza
  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The most embarrassing thing I did this month was read the Lumberjanes graphic novels out of order by accident!! I didn’t realize this until just now when I was typing up my list of books read above (I even missed it in my review!)

September was honestly a haze. I don’t remember much; work has been really stressful. I feel like I didn’t really read anything substantial this month and maybe that’s for the best because I had a hard time concentrating on what I was reading, regardless of the format. Everything I read this month were short, easy reads.

My entire reading pattern could be boiled down into one word: distracted. I can’t even begin to describe how many books I started this month and are sitting in a large stack on my nightstand. I haven’t published that many blog posts but almost all of my drafts are half-written and just bland.

Even right now, I’m forcing myself to write this knowing I’m going to post it a week after I planned. If this wasn’t a reoccurring monthly post, I probably would’ve skipped it.

I did read some really great books this month. I fell back in love with the Lumberjanes, a series I read for the first time a couple years ago when the comics were first being published. In though I read them out of order, they were such fun and unique reads and coming off of a struggling summer working at camp, I definitely needed a series to remind me of why I loved it. I’m very excited to go back and read the one I skipped over!

I also had a few surprising reads. I was not expecting to loveΒ A Man Called Ove as much as I did; it was funny but also depressing at perfect intervals and honestly was probably the book I needed to read the most this month. There were some parts of the story I didn’t like, and some of the suicide attempts were difficult to read but overall I really enjoyed it and was not expecting to cry at the end.

My favorite book of the month wasΒ A Quiet Kind of Thunder.Β I hadn’t heard anything about this book before I read it, but honestly it messed me up in the best way possible. I loved the characters, thoroughly enjoyed the plot line and the character development and I definitely cried my way through it.

I definitely overshot my book buying budget this month, not too bad with the actual amount of money since most of them were used books, but I’m ran out of bookshelf space years ago and the stacks on my floor can probably kill me. Not to mention the amount of time I have to read all of these books. What can you do.