December was SUCH a hectic reading month for me, but it was SO worth it. My December Wrap-Up is full of so many good reads! I had so many library holds come out at the same time, and I had a lot of physical copies that I wanted to get to, but the result is fourteen books, which was a lot for me!
I promised myself this month I would do better about reading some physical copies of books, because I’ve fallen into such an e-book rut (is that a thing? Now it’s a thing) over the last several years. Until September (?) of this year, I honestly don’t remember the last time I finished a physical copy of a book.
I forgot how much I missed it! There’s just something about holding a good book in your hands that an e-reader or a phone doesn’t have.
Anyway, without further ado, here is my December Wrap-Up!
Three Drop Reads
1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I…didn’t make any secret of the fact that I didn’t really care for this book as much as everyone else did (check that out here). In the end, I did like it more than I had throughout the first….75%? The race was cool, and the horses were cool, and that saved this book in the end for me.
2. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Sooooo many people love this book. I don’t know if it was the audiobook that I listened to or what, but I didn’t really see it. The concept was SO COOL. Books that are alive? I’m here for it. Badass female protagonist? Done. Snarky and hot male love interest? I’m trash for that. I just had a few issues with the story itself, and that could just be something I missed while listening to it. For example, she carried a sword around all over the place for like the second half of the book…but I don’t remember her ever learning how to use one? And she’s fighting demons and getting into sword fights and…just magically knew how to use it? I don’t know, I enjoyed the concept, but less of the execution I guess.
3. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
I just posted my review of this yesterday, so I won’t bore you with another recap of my thoughts, but I’d say this is a solid 3.5 drop read for me. Great concept, not a great execution in my opinion.
4. Moonlight over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
This was super cute! A 3.5 drop read for me, just because it was about what I expected, and wasn’t anything particularly amazing. I loved the wintery romance aspect of it, though, and the fact that the protagonist was an animal-loving dog walker by trade, so I was automatically a fan. There was snowfall, Christmas in NYC, and romance, so I was a fan. I didn’t love the audiobook narrator, but that didn’t ruin the story for me at all. I enjoyed this!
Four Drop Reads
1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
No big deal, I’m only obsessed with Leigh Bardugo now. I did read Six of Crows before the Grisha trilogy, but don’t you worry, I picked up copies of all three of them. They’re on my TBR (just like everything else is. I’m not crying, you’re crying) and I will hopefully get to them this month! But my thoughts of Crooked Kingdom are pretty similar to Six of Crows. Except this book destroyed me emotionally. Seriously, I didn’t see that coming and I thought I was safe and…I wasn’t. I need more, though, so can we get another book, please, Leigh Bardugo? I’m going to need more of Kaz and Inez and…literally everyone else.
2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
I knew this was going to be good when I picked it up, regardless of all the hype it was getting. There was just this feeling, ya know? And woah. I got so sucked in, I’m pretty sure I finished this in less than a day, and immediately ordered the sequel on Book Outlet (along with a lot of other things, but shhhh that’s not what we’re here about). I NEED to know what happened next, but I’ve been clued in to a major cliffhanger at the end of Thunderhead, so I refuse to read it until I can pick up a copy of The Toll. The futuristic concept was SO UNIQUE and just totally different from anything I’d ever read before. Definitely gets a recommend from me!
3. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
The last…half or so of this book really saved it for me, but I honestly am going to attribute that to the audiobook narrator. I didn’t love her voice, and it didn’t really keep me in the story. But the twist towards the end (the one that apparently everyone except for me saw coming), really sucked me in. I ended up enjoying this way more than I thought I was going to, based off the first half of the book. That surprised me so much, though, because…witches and witch hunts in modern day society? I’m so here for that. I just didn’t really click with Penny throughout the beginning, like at all. It got SO MUCH BETTER though.
4. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
My reading of the Throne of Glass series continues. I STILL haven’t gotten around to picking up Kingdom of Ash, but it’s going to happen. Soon. Pinky promise. I even ordered a physical copy so that I have to stare at it now and feel guilty every time I look at it. But Tower of Dawn shocked the hell out of me. I really didn’t want to read it, because I didn’t end Queen of Shadows liking Chaol very much (and I know a lot of people felt the same way). I even got Kingdom of Ash and started reading it BEFORE Tower of Dawn because I was legitimately just going to skip it. I’m glad I didn’t. I like Chaol again now, and Yrene is one of my favorite characters so far. I can’t wait to see what the gang does when they get back together in KoA.
5. Slayer by Kiersten White
Ahhhh, all the nostalgic Buffy feels. Honestly, what this really made me want to do is go back and watch the TV show more than anything else. It was a good read, but I don’t know how I felt about all the Buffy hate throughout the entire book. That did get better, but still. It was really enjoyable to get back into this world, though, and I’m looking forward to the sequel when Nina really comes into her own!
Five Drop Reads
1. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Ugh, this book was adorable. I already mentioned my thoughts on it here, so I won’t delve into that too much again, but this book will absolutely be a re-read for me every. Single. Christmas.
2. I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak
Another book I’ve already reviewed! Go and read it here, but needless to say, this book made me go and love on my dogs and smother them with attention. It was such a cute read!
3. Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
I’ve already gone over my love for this series, as well (read my thoughts here), but needless to say, this series shot to the top of my favorite books and I will be reading them again the future. And I’ll be reading anything this duo writes together. Aurora Rising, I’m coming for you! (I also have a copy of Nevernight on its way, so add that to the stack of books I’m promising to read at some point in the future)
So there you have my December Wrap-Up! I am so proud of my reading month. For me, fourteen books was a solid way to end 2019.
I had nothing that was truly BAD, so I’m going to consider that a win. With my lowest being a three star read, all my books were something that I’m sure I could find someone to recommend them to.
How did you finish off your 2019? Anything amazing that you need to share? Check out more of my wrap-ups here!
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