Hi friends! Sorry for this super late wrap up! The end of the year is always the busiest time ever & I’ve been basically nonstop since December 22 and haven’t had the chance to write this post out until now! I think I did pretty well in December, and was happy that I managed to hit 100 books read in the year (for the first time ever!). I managed to read a total of 11 books in December, with an alright variety! I read:
- 2 middle grade fiction
- 1 poetry collection
- 1 adult/literary fiction
- 5 romance
- 2 young adult fiction
I’m pretty happy with that breakdown, althought I would’ve liked to have squeezed a non-fiction in there somewhere.
Books I Read in December
» Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I am so angry at myself for having put off reading this book so long. Station Eleven snuck its way into my fave books of 2018 (which I’ll be posting shortly) and I’m also planning a tattoo inspired by this book. Mandel’s musings on humanity and her writing are so eloquent and poignant and I just loved this book so much. The characters are flawed yet relatable, and I found myself really pondering life and humanity so much whilst reaing this. I’m just overwhelmed by how beautiful this book is and I cannot recommend it enough!
» Peter Darling by Austin Chant
This is yet another book I had been putting off for a long time that I ended up enjoying. I don’t think I like it quite as much as Coffee Boy but it was a sweet, memorable story nonetheless. This is a trans m/cis m peter pan reimagining, and the first word that comes to mind when trying to describe this is fun. I feel like I would’ve liked this a ton more if it had been a little better developed. When Hook and Peter were first getting together, I admit it all felt very rushed. By the end of the book, I was on board with their relationship, but a little more development would have been nice.
» A Lady’s Desire by Lily Maxton
This was such a fun, sweet f/f romance novella! This is the second f/f historical romance I’ve read this year and it’s now something I really want to read more of. Maxton really developed Sarah and Win’s relationship very well for such a short book. There was a perfect balance of pain and regret with passion, tenderness and love. Definitely recommend this one!
» Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert
If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know I love Talia Hibbert. She writes with such an addictive quality and her characters are always great. This is a supper fluffy, sexy holiday romance, but it needed a bit more character and relationship development. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t my fave Hibbert romance. Still recommend, though.
» blud by Rachel McKibbens
I heard about this poetry collection on twitter after there was some drama about a poet plagiarizing off this collection/author. I decided to give this a go because some of my favourite collections have also explored similar themes to this– mental illness, gender, sexuality and more. There were a few poems in here that really resontated, but overall this wasn’t the poetry collection for me. I can wholeheartedly understand why people love this, however I didn’t fully connect with the writing & therefore didn’t love it as much as I had hoped.
» Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon
This is yet another sexy Christmas novella, and this is my favourite Rebekah Weatherspoon to date! This was super fun, adorable and sexy all in one. I appreciated and related to Shae’s relationship anxieties, and this was packed full of really deep, relatable and honest moments. Aidan is such a lovely, understanding love interest and I just really liked this!
» A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
I read the first book in this series, A Princess in Theory at the start of 2018 and really liked it. I was a little skeptical going into this one because I wasn’t a huge fan of Portia in the first book, but ahhhh this was so much fun & I think I liked this even more than the first one! This was really cute, fun and had a perfect blend of light-heartedness alongside heavier topics. Cole’s portrayal of ADHD and anxiety was great, and I really related to Portia overall. I loved Tav as a hero and cannot wait to continue on with this series!
Audiobooks I Listened To in December
» Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
I didn’t have many expectations going into this one, but I came out liking it well enough. I loved the all queer girl cast, I loved the feminist vibes, I loved the whimsical, magical writing and really liked he character development. In saying that, I got bored with the plot a little and found there were a few issues with the pacing , however overall this was a solid read & I’m willing to check out more from Legrand in the future.
» Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Holy moly this was a disappointment. I didn’t have very high expectations going into this and I’m glad I didn’t because I would have been really mad if I thought it would be a new favourite. I found this to be so average and juvenile. I didn’t at all like the love interest (honestly I thought he was cringey as fuck), the main character was okay but I got distinct I’m not like other girls vibes with I absolutely loathe, and the plot was interesting enough albeit predictable as hell. Definitely not the book for me and I probably won’t be continuing the series.
» Nevermoor and Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
This is such a fun, sweet, lighthearted middle grade series. I’ve seen it be compared to Harry Potter a lot, and though the two don’t really have much in common, the feeling I had reading these books was the same feeling I had when I read Harry Potter for the first time. Townsend has created an imaginative world with relatable, loveable characters. The second book felt a little too much like a filler book, but this series has lots of potential and I’m really looking forward to seeing where the story goes!
Blog Posts I Published in December
That’s all for my December wrap-up. Sorry again for posting it so late! I hope you all had a lovely holiday & a happy, safe new year. How was your reading life in December? What are your goals for the new year?
Thanks so much for reading!