Welcome one, welcome all to my slightly belated Wrap Up post for December. Now I am back in Liverpool after being at home for Christmas, I am reunited with my laptop and its image-editing software so I can finally bring you my wrap up for how I did with my reading in December. As we got into December, I had quite a few reading challenges left to complete for the Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge but I was determined to complete it because I knew I’d already failed one reading challenge (the Book Riot Read Harder) and I didn’t want to fail another. Therefore, a lot of the books I read in the month were specifically chosen to fulfil the parameters of the prompts I had left in the reading challenge – I even got super serious and devised a December TBR to make sure I’d get it done, look at me all organised!
In December, I read a total of 8 books – 7 fiction and 1 non-fiction – and 3 were re-reads (marked by *).
In terms of format: 1 was hardback, 5 were paperback, 1 was an ebook, and 1 was an audiobook.
And as for genre, very broadly speaking, 2 books were thrillers, 2 were YA fantasy, 1 was historical fantasy; 1 was young-adult contemporary; 1 was non-fiction, and 1 was a classic.
Onto the books themselves…
The Good Immigrant – edited by Nikesh Shulka
Read: 22nd November – 5th December
Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers
Genre: historical fantasy; young-adult
Read: 2nd – 7th December
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 9: middle of TBR list]
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Genre: mystery; contemporary
Read: 8th – 16th December
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 19: NY Times Best Seller]
The Bat – Jo Nesbo
Read: 16th – 19th December
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 15: set in or written by an author from Scandinavia]
The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski *
Genre: young-adult fantasy; dystopian
Read: 21st – 24th December
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 13: recommended by a favourite author]
Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
Genre: young-adult fantasy
Read: 25th – 29th December
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 44: recommended by “What Should I Read Next” site]
The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot *
Genre: young-adult contemporary
Read: 29th December
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 39: epistolary fiction]
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens *
Read: 21st – 30th December
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 46: time travel novel]
All in all, I think that was a pretty damn successful reading month in December. Being off for Christmas definitely helped me to get some more pages read but the remaining challenges of the Around the Year in 52 Books were what really encouraged me to read as much as I did – I was so determined not to fail the challenge. However, I’ve learnt from the experience – if you’re doing a reading challenge, don’t leave 8 of the challenges until the last month, especially if they are challenges you’ve been putting off for months as it is. I know, I know, I offer a revolutionary bit of advice there! With December all taken care of… a fresh start and a fresh set of reading challenges dawned.
How did your December reading go?
What was your favourite book you read in December?
Did you have any reading challenges you only completed in December (like me)?
Please do share in the comments below and let’s chat books!