Monthly Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

December 2018 Reading Wrap Up

*My monthly post where I talk about the books I read and bought during the past thirty(ish) days.

December 2018 Reading Wrap Up

December 2018 Book Wrap Up

December was a great reading month for me! After slumping for most of October and November, I finally feel like I’m reading because I want to and not just because I feel like I should. I was able to read 11 books, which is quite a lot for me.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

december 2018 wrap up

I read this book so fast. It broke my heart and then put it all together again. I can’t say much about it in case you haven’t read the series yet because of spoilers. But it was So Good!

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

december 2018 wrap up

A sweet novella set around the winter solstice holiday. It wasn’t originally on my TBR but it was a perfect December read. It follows the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin and I was just dying for more of the characters from the Court of Thorns and Roses series. So I read this one right after I read A Court of Wings and Ruin.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson-Levine

december 2018 wrap up

This was a reread for me. A beloved childhood book. But I wish I would have just left it as a perfect memory. It was cute, but terribly boring. I had to make myself finish this one.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

december 2018 wrap up

This was probably my worst read of 2018. I talked about it in my current reads post, so if you want to know what I said, you can read it here.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

december 2018 wrap up

This is my favorite Harry Potter book. I loved rereading this one. It wrapped everything up so nicely. And I do love a happy ending.

Mirage by Somaya Daud

december 2018 wrap up

I really enjoyed this book. It was a refreshing new kind of story for me. I had no idea that it was science fiction, but I really loved it. The message that anyone deserves the chance to be understood and loved was really great. I feel that a lot of people will say that the main character was weak. But I think she is strong for seeing the good things in her supposed enemy. I am looking forward to the sequel!

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

december 2018 wrap up

This was a great look at the psychological effects of the concentration camps and it explains why some people survived and others did not. I really enjoyed the first part of the book; which was a recounting of some of his camp experiences. The second half was a lot of technical psychiatry terms that I didn’t exactly understand.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

december 2018 wrap up

First of all, this was my first experience with Tahereh Mafi books and I fell in love with her writing. I had high expectations and they were all fulfilled. Normally I can’t stand middle-grade books, but this one was very intriguing.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

december 2018 wrap up

This was a mash-up of the Jim Dale audiobook and the hardcover Ravenclaw edition. I listened to the story on Audible, but I read the interesting bits about Ravenclaw house in the book. This was my second time reading it this year. I liked it. It wasn’t fantastic, but I enjoyed it. I don’t know if I’m going to make audiobooks a regular part of my reading life because I was either distracted and didn’t pay attention to it, or I wandered around my house and felt like I couldn’t do anything because I would miss the story.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

december 2018 wrap up

I must have really liked this book more than I thought. It’s a low 4-star, but I was expecting only 3 stars. So, I’m pleasantly surprised. I normally don’t gravitate toward contemporary fiction at all so to have like this one so much makes me happy. It was a great Pride and Prejudice retelling. It was kind of a light read. I say kind of because it deals with big topics, but it also had some light romance where there’s a happy ending and the future looks bright. It’s an important book to read without being too deep and sad about the content.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

december 2018 wrap up

This book came out of nowhere for me. It was recommended by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy on one of her podcast episodes. I really really enjoyed it. It was satisfyingly creepy and well written. The twisty fairy tales were like nothing I’ve read before. This book may have opened up a whole new sub-genre for me. I’m just trying to figure out why there aren’t more people talking about it.

Conclusion

I was really surprised I read as many books as I did this month. Several of them I was able to finish in one day. I hardly get hours to myself where I can read uninterrupted. December was a great end to my reading year.

How was your reading this year? Did you complete any challenges? Finish up any series? Did you reach or exceed your Goodreads goal?

Happy reading,

Alicen

P.S. In an attempt to keep this post at a reasonable length, I’ve decided to make my book haul into a separate post. It will be short and sweet, but it will also have pictures, which is not typical for my book hauls. You can find that post here.

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