December Mid-Month Wrap-up/Mini Reviews

Hey y’all! Today I wanted to go over some of the books that I have completed so far this month. I’m really trying to push myself this month so that I can carry this momentum into the new year and hit my personal goals.

As of the 15th I have completed 9 books and I am in the middle of 5 more (I can’t stop picking up new books). Let’s chat about some of the things that I have completed this month.

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia – This is a YA fantasy that takes place in 1920’s Mexico and has a lot of Mayan mythology. While I enjoyed this story overall, there was something about the writing that I found less engaging. I’m interested in reading Sylvia’s newest book, Mexican Gothic, that comes out next year, but this wasn’t my favorite.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – I’m currently doing a Harry Potter re-read but on audio this time. These audio books are so good and I’m loving consuming the story in a different format. This is one of the few books in the series that I have actually read more than once.

All Wrapped Up for the Holidays

All Wrapped Up for the Holidays by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Colleen Hoover, Kristen Ashley, Jill Shalvis, Elle Kennedy, and K. Bromberg – This is a collection of holiday stories from some of the top new adult romance authors. Overall, this was a solid collection. I feel like I would have enjoyed it more had I actually read some of the other books in some of the author’s series. I lacked an emotional connection to some of the stories. I do highly recommend this and this book was free via bookfunnel.

Twelve Slays of Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #1)

Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost – My son and I listened to this cozy mystery via audio and really enjoyed ourselves. Holly moves back to her parents Christmas tree farm after a bad breakup with her boyfriend. While there the town’s president of the historical society is murdered and everyone that was on the farm is a suspect. Sheriff Grey, the new sheriff in town from the big city, and Holly take their time to figure out who committed the murder. This was adorable and I didn’t guess who had done it until right before the reveal. If you like cozy mysteries this is a good one, with charming townspeople and a Christmasy atmosphere. I received this ARC from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare – I finally have been able to continue my Shadowhunters reads. This is the first book in the second half of the Mortal Instruments. It wasn’t anywhere close to my favorite but I still enjoyed it overall.


Reverie by Ryan La Sala – Reverie follows Kane who wakes up from an accident and has no recollection of what happened or who he was prior to the accident. This sets off a chain of events when he goes back to school and people who claim to be his friends are trying to help him remember. With a drag queen villain and magic, I wanted to like this so much more. The biggest issue for this one was the pacing. I don’t feel like the stakes ever got high enough and I found myself not really engaged in the high energy parts. The representation was great in this book, where the fact that Kane was gay wasn’t a big deal or a focal point of the story. Also, there is a male/male relationship, which was well done. I mean I would recommend this for readers on the younger YA spectrum. I received this ARC from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tattoos & Tears: The Complete Collection

The last 3 books that I read are Temptation, Revelations, and Confessions by Amiee Louise. These are the first three books in the Tattoo and Tears Collection. I will be doing a full review of the collection when I am finished with it. I received this from the publisher, Scarlet Lantern Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.

That is everything I have completed up to the mid-month point. What I am currently reading is:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (have finished, but will talk about in my next wrap-up)
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Studmuffin Santa by Tawna Fenske
A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

What has been your favorite read so far this month? What are you currently reading? Let’s chat in the comments.

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