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?

November TBR: The Catch-Up Month

One of my favorite times of year is coming up: the winter holidays!! I absolutely love the atmosphere of hope and happiness practically exudes from everyone and it’s an ample opportunity to check back in with some old friends and family you haven’t heard from in a while. I absolutely love it.

It’s also a great time to reassess your yearly goals and make some adjustments.

Different from my previous TBRs where I’ve selected books by categories and book clubs or buddy reads I was involved in, November (and probably December) will be reserved for reading books I already added to my TBR earlier in the year but passed up on.

Out of the five books on my October TBR, I finished two of them and am currently in the middle of a third. I put a hold on a fourth book earlier in the month that I’m still waiting on, so while I’m going to add it to my November TBR because it’s probably going to be one of the first books I finish this month and it’ll make me feel good to cross it off πŸ˜…

I have 7 books I’d like to read in November, a notoriously busy month, especially with job hunting AND NaNoWriMo, so we’ll see how well this actually goes!

I’ve set this post up with the book, the month I planned to read it in, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

March: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (own)

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank’s extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girlβ€”stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years.Β 

This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while and specifically bought this year with the intention of reading it that month. Obviously I didn’t, but I think this will be a good size book to fit in my purse and chuck out whenever I have a free moment.Β  Continue reading “November TBR: The Catch-Up Month”

June TBR List

So this will be a weird TBR because technically the title says June but I’m physically on camp property starting on the 10th of the month so all my previously strong reading habits will basically go down the train. Like usual, I have a list of books I’d like to read this month but I think I’m grossly overestimating what I’ll be able to read. Typically I’ve been finishing about three audiobooks a month due to my commute, but once I’m at camp I don’t have a commute so I’ll be lucky if I can finish one audiobook!

At the time of this post, I only finished 1 of my 6 books from my May TBR. To be fair, I’ve been reading, but because I’ve been insanely busy I just haven’t been in the mood for what I picked out.

Lined up I have seven books on my TBR for the month. My goal is to finish at least two of them before I head off to camp. Honestly, if I end up reading at least one of these books the whole month I’ll consider it a success.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

Nonfiction pick: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (audiobook, hopefully)

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

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive β€” until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

I’ve had a hold on this audiobook forever but it looks like it’ll come in this month (or at least at the very beginning of July)! I’m nervous to listen it with more opportunities for distractions, but it sounds like something I will enjoy regardless. (I might have to get my hands on a physical copy if it gets too much.) Continue reading “June TBR List”