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 🙂
- 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.
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.
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!