So it’s come to my attention that most people with book blogs do monthly TBRs and reading wrap ups. TBRs are not my jam, considering I never wind up reading the books I plan to. I’m far too much of a mood reader for such things. But reading wrap ups are something I can do, and this is where I start.
In December, I finished a total of 7 books. Considering I usually get through about 4 or 5 per month, that’s above average for me! Excuse me while I pat myself on the back.
The books I completed during the month of December are:
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
This is the first John Green book I’ve read in a while, and it exceeded my expectations. It was a fascinating portrait of mental illness and it’s an important addition to the Young Adult genre. To read my full thoughts on this one, you can check out my spoiler-free review.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
It’s been too long since I’ve re-read the entire Harry Potter series. The third book remains one of my favorites, and the Marauders still give me all the feels. I really enjoyed falling into this world again.
- The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
This sequel paled in comparison to The Wrath & the Dawn, but the last 100 pages thankfully made it worth reading. I gave The Rose & the Dagger 3 of 5 stars. For my complete, spoiler-filled thoughts, check out my review.
- How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t by Andrea Owen
This was a digital ARC I received from Net Galley, and it contained a bunch of advice I could certainly benefit from applying to my own life. I discuss this in more depth in my review, but I recommend this to anyone looking to make habit changes in the new year. I gave it 3 of 5 stars.
- The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Sweeney’s debut came as a pleasant surprise to me, considering I’d heard mixed opinions that veered toward the negative. I actually really enjoyed Sweeney’s take on family and wealth, and I’d recommend giving this book a fair chance. I gave The Nest 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I also have a review for it on this blog.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I continued my Harry Potter re-read with the fourth book in the series, which serves as a turning point for Harry. I’ve re-read Goblet of Fire more than the others, and my love for it hasn’t changed one bit. I also discovered that my new used edition of this one contains the “Priori Incantatem” mistake, which I am thrilled about!
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
My final read of December was The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, a heartwarming tale of a miserable bookseller who ends up adopting a little girl left in his shop. Zevin’s story was the perfect one to pick up for the holidays, and I adored her take on the literary community. I don’t want to say too much in this post, as I’ll be posting a review for this next week. But I gave it 4 of 5 stars and 100% recommend picking it up.
That’s it! What books did you read in December? Let me know in the comments below!