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I don’t know if it’s just me, but December absolutely flew by for me. It wasn’t the most eventful month, but I got to enjoy the holidays with family, playing board games and I spent some time with friends.

It was my most productive month ever for reading and blogging. I read 10 things this month (8 books) and I posted 20 things. What?! Who am I? I used to read only a book a month and post a hand full of things. I’m gonna try to stay this productive, but in February I start my internship so I have no idea how it will go from there. We’ll see 🙂


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  • One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel || It was an interesting exploration of how children can go along with their parents’ abusive behavior, how they can be completely stuck in it. However, It didn’t delve deep into their thoughts and emotions, so it felt like I was being kept at a distance.
  • Big Happy Mushy Lump by Sarah Andersen || In my eyes not AS relatable as the first one but still a lot of fun. This one also included a few multiple-page stories with more context, which was a nice addition (the first book only had one-page snippets).
  • Lock Every Door by Riley Sager || A really enjoyable thriller, it’s pretty high on my favorites list even though it wasn’t the most suspenseful one. It WAS very atmospheric and I enjoyed the set of characters. […]
  • Because You Love to Hate Me by 13 Authors Edited by Amerie || This took me forever to read, I think I started it in May (and had even read a couple of stories before 2019). Some stories were amazing, mainly Amerie’s, V.E. Schwab’s, Nicola Yoon’s, but most were forgettable, some even kind of “bad” in my eyes.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (#6) by J.K. Rowling || I listened to this while setting up the Christmas tree and it was the best choice ever. A new Christmas tradition was born.
  • Run Away by Harlan Coben|| This was just ‘meh’. It started off strong but dragged on and it lost me with all of the different perspectives. The general plot was predictable in my eyes, though some details surprised me. […]
  • Witch Hat Atelier Vol 3 by Kamome Shirahama || I will not stop screaming about this manga until everyone reads it. Even if you don’t usually read manga this is worth giving a try. It’s about apprentice witches in a world where magic is created through drawings. It’s so cool and the art style is to die for.
  • The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand || This was just a fun read. It was more romance focussed than I usually go for and there were some plot things that didn’t make sense but was pretty enjoyable overall.
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides || I totally see why this won the Goodreads awards for Mystery/Thriller. It ended up in my top 3 as well! It was a real page-turner, I was truly invested and it provided a big shock. I’m not 100% sure I’m happy about where it went in the end though.
  • A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard || Reading about the experiences of a paramedic was definitely interesting. The author has a pretty dark sense of humor and some of the descriptions are quite graphic.

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On the blog


December is always a month of looking back at the highs and lows of the year and looking forward to the new year. This is the first year I’m actually trying to do this properly.

So things I posted so far to wrap-up my 2019 reading were my Bookish Awards, in which I talked about everything from my favorite reads in different genres, new auto-buy authors, my most disappointing read, and the book that felt like the biggest accomplishment. I also posted Bookish things 2019 taught me, in which I discuss some of the things I’ve learned this year about my reading preferences, new reading habits I have adapted and how to keep up with blogging (coming from someone who has been on a hiatus more times than I could even try to count).

As for posts looking forward, I shared my 2020 Read or unhaul list, which is full of books that have sat on my shelves for years. This ultimatum I have given myself will hopefully finally be enough to make me read them!

Look out for some wrap-up & start of the year posts still to come like: All my 2019 reads reviews in only 2 sentences (coming tomorrow), Bookish stats, 2020 goals & Most anticipated releases.


favorite posts from other bloggers

I loved reading all of your guy’s end of the year posts, all the favorites and least favorites, all the 2020 resolutions. It has been great & I plan on doing a lot more commenting catching up in the upcoming days!

  • Alicia @A Kernel of Nonsense posted Twelve Days of Latinx Recommendations || Alicia is providing us with everything we need. 12 days, a Latinx book recommendation each day. It’s all we could ever ask for.
  • Dedra @A Book Wanderer posted My Top 10 Reads from the 2010’s || Yes guys, the end of a DECADE! I still can’t wrap my mind around that. Dendra is here to guide us down memory lane with her favorite books from each of the past 10 years (does that sentence work? I’m not sure).
  • Sammie @The Writerly Way posted All the Books I DNF’d (2019 Edition) || Because being negative is fun sometimes and Sammie did a great job of explaining the flaws of each book, but also mentions something positive about all of them.
  • Alex @Whimsy Pages posted 2020 Challenges, choose your challenge || In this post, Alex lays out some of the challenges you might want to participate in this year. So helpful! Alex is the Queen of useful list type posts!
  • Jenna @Book Mark Your Thoughts posted The Outsiders, Buddy Read Discussion || These buddy read discussions are so fun! It’s a great way to bond and discuss books, which is really what this blogging thing is all about. I hope to set up a Buddy read with Jenna somewhere in 2020! ❤
  • Fadwa @Word Wonders posted Did I the Books my Best Friend Chose for Me? || Such a fun post idea! It’s always interesting to see how recommendations by people close to you play out. You either fangirl together or have a fun discussion about why you feel differently. Which one will it be?
  • Holly @Nut Free Nerd posted Bookish Goals for 2020 || In this post, Holly looks back at all her original 2019 goals to assess them and put up some new ones for 2020. She definitely chose some important ones like read for fun (very important to remember). I also really like her cute book graphics, I’m a sucker graphics.
  • Sofi @A Book a Thought posted January 2020 New Book Releases || Sofi helps us out with a list of some books coming out this month. More books to add to our tbr, if it isn’t overflowing yet of course.
  • Sophie @Me & Ink posted the Past, the Present, and the future || In true “A Christmas Carol’ style Sophie looked at the past, present and future of her blog. I thought this was such a fun post idea and very on-brand for December.

That is a wrap! Now I want to hear from you…

How was your reading month? Did you find any favorites?
How are you doing? Are you ready for the new year?

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!


 

 

17 thoughts on “December wrap-up || A New Personal Bookish Record & the End of a Decade (!!!)

  1. It sounds like you had a really productive December which is awesome. I’m glad it was a good month for you!!
    I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about Because You Love To Hate Me except for V E Schwab’s story. It’s a shame you didn’t love it!! I struggle with short stories to be honest.
    Reading HP whilst decorating the tree sounds perfect!!
    I’m glad you enjoyed The Afterlife of Holly Chase as I’ve heard good things. It sounds like an interesting read!!
    Thank you so much for sharing my post, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. It was quite a fun post to do! 😂 I will definitely try to look at some of your end of your posts in the coming days (I am having a massive catch up 😂)!!
    I hope you have a great January!! ❤

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    1. Yes I really hope I can carry this pace into January 🙂 I don’t regret reading Because You Love to Hate Me because some of the stories were great, so I think it all worked out in the end. But it sure would have been better (and it wouldn’t have taken me nine months) if I liked more of the stories. It was fun reading the Afterlife of Holly Chase around Christmas, but it wasn’t anything THAT special. Sometimes just having a fun read is enough though. Oh you’re so welcome, I thought it was a great post and I was also very impressed with how much you managed to post in December! I hope you have a great January too ❤

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  2. December went by too quickly. I feel like just a couple of days ago I was preparing for Christmas and it’s already 2020! Crazy 😀

    20 posts??? How did you do it??? Witchcraft! 🙂

    I loved your posts “Bookish things 2019 taught me”. I can see how much thought and work went into it and would love to analyze my reading year in the same way but dreading the time it will take. Lol

    Thank you so much for including my post! I’m so glad that it was helpful. ❤

    I’m so NOT ready for 2020. But I guess I don’t have a choice. It’s already the 2nd of Jan! Time goes quicker and quicker each year. D:

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    1. I don’t know how I managed the 20 posts. First I was too overwhelmed by blogging to ever post anything and now I can’t stop. I think it has a lot to do with procrastinating on other stuff, but let’s act like that’s not it haha.

      I’m so glad you liked that post! It was really fun to make and reflecting on everything was a nice way to end the year. Writing it actually went by pretty fast because it was mostly just me blabbering on about stuff haha. I’d love to see a reflection post from you if you ever give it a try!

      You’re welcome, it was a lovely post, just like all of your other posts! I’m so glad I found your blog this year. You have been a great blogging friend ❤

      I'm not ready either. It doesn't even feel like 2020 yet. Now it's already the fifth of January? What is time even.

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  3. Look at you, being all productive this month! Teach me your wayssss.
    WHOA. What version is that Harry Potter cover? And why do mine not look nearly that awesome?! I still need to read Riley Sager, and I don’t even know why I haven’t yet, after all the good stuff I’ve been hearing.
    Ooooh, Witch Hat Atelier is on KU for the first two versions. Well, there. You’ve done it. I’m officially talked into it. I hope you’re happy!
    Happy New Year, and I hope 2020 offers all the wonderful things! Thanks so much for linking to my post. :3

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    1. I don’t know what has come over me that I’ve been so productive, I’m guessing it has something to do with procrastinating on my other responsibilities haha. That HP cover is the UK paperback version, they’re my absolute favorite version. I think with Riley Sager I would suggest starting with his first book, Final Girls. I loved that one 🙂 I am SO HAPPY I talked you into trying out Witch Hat Atelier. It’s the cutest thing ever! Happy (late) new year, I hope the same for you. And you’re welcome, it was a great post. I’m so glad I found you and your blog this year! ❤

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      1. The UK books have all the best covers, man. It costs me extra to get them, usually, but I’m seriously considering just ordering more UK books this year because the covers are worth it. Get it together, US!

        Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll have to see if I can get a copy of that somewhere. 🙂

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        1. That’s so funny because I actually often buy US paperbacks and pay more to get those 😂 It’s mostly for mystery/thrillers though. I find that with those the UK ones are super generic like just a person walking through a street or something … like really? But with some other things, mostly fantasy stuff, I agree with you on the UK ones being better.

          I hope you manage to get it from somewhere, I’d be curious to see what you think of it!

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  4. Honey, I’m SO glad that December has been such a productive month for you, I’m sure 2020 will begin in the best way for you! ❤️❤️
    Spoiler Alert: Your review of My Sister, The Serial Killer is one of my favorite posts from December, LOVE IT 😍
    Thank you SO much for mentioning my post, I’m really happy that you liked it 😊

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