December 2019 Wrap-Up

Hey y’all! Today I wanted to talk about the books that I read in the month of December. I talk about 9 of my reads in my December Mid-Month Wrap-up. In the second half of the month I completed 12 more books which brought my total to 21 books read in December. Which is the most I’ve read in a month in a long time. Here are the books that I read in the second half of December.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman – This was the book club pick for December. Stardust is about Tristan Thorne who goes beyond the wall to the faerie land to get a star for the girl he loves. This read like a fairy tale and I overall really enjoyed it.

A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney – Man I loved this book. This is the second book in McKinney’s Nightmareverse series. The first book being A Blade so Black. This is an Alice in Wonderland retelling, featuring a Black main character and a diverse cast. This book is like an anime and an urban fantasy. I loved the first book and enjoyed the second book. The only issue I really had with the second book was that I didn’t really feel like I knew the villain.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – This is the first book in the Mistborn series. We follow Vin as she navigates her newly found powers and prepares to pull of a heist with Kelseir and his gang. This was as good as everyone says it is. I enjoyed the gradual world building and exploring the Alloymancy magic system. I can’t wait to continue in this series.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – *sigh* I wanted to love this more than I did. I just felt like it took too long for the story to take off. I felt the first 100 pages were a slog to get through. There were definitely some pacing issues in this book. The ending was great once we finally started getting some reveals and the story became clearer. I’m interested to see where the next book in the series will go.

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper – This essay collection was phenomenal. Cooper lays out the meaning of “eloquent rage” and what it all entails. She not only talks about the Black woman experience, but she also includes more marginalized groups.While there were some points that I couldn’t get completely behind, I do highly recommend this to everyone.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh – This wasn’t exactly what I expected but I appreciated the nuance that she used about the vampires. I was on the edge of my seat as we tried to figure out the murder mystery and I didn’t figure out who was behind everything. If you are expecting an explicit vampire story, you will most definitely be disappointed. Overall, I really enjoyed myself with this one and am interested to see what the next book is going to do.

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds – I just love Jason Reynolds. I’m a total fangirl for him. This is an interconnected short story collection that I have so much to say. I absolutely loved most of the stories and enjoyed seeing the different experiences from each child we followed. There is so much honesty in his stories that is refreshing to see in a middle grade.

These are the five Christmas romances I read in the second half of the month:
Studmuffin Santa by Tawna Fenske – I adored this one. It was so cute.
The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – A cute hate to love Christmas story.
Mrs. Saint Nick by Caroline Mickleson – This is a cute holiday novella that is also hate to love.
Sugar and Spice by Cecelia Dowdy – A love story, set at Christmas that features Black characters. Very cute and I actually enjoyed the Christianity that was incorporated in the story.
This Christmas by Sarah Spade – A cute, smutty Christmas novella that features fake dating and a second chance romance. I love this series.

Whew! this is a wrap up of everything I read in the second half of December. I was devouring books at this month and I hope to keep this momentum up all 2020.

What was your favorite read of December? If I had to pick, I would probably say Eloquent Rage or Mistborn. Let’s chat in the comments.

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