December Wrap Up

Hello bookworms!!!

It is literally the end of the year and I can’t believe that it’s here already. I know I keep saying it but I am not over the fact that a whole decade is over. Do you understand how vast a decade can be? I mean, I am sure you do. I am just freaking out here in my little corner of the world, that’s all.

Before I get carried away I wanted to say thank you to everyone who likes and comments and just visits my blog because frankly, I know it could be better and I am just not able to stretch my hours to make it a better blog. I do have some ideas that I hope to bring in 2020 but to those who are coming in regularly and just showing their love, thank you so much!

Now, onto more bookish things and less life/existential crises. I blogged a little bit more than last month and I am pretty proud of it. Of course, it was made easier by the fact that there were simply too many posts to write and well, it was the end of the year so there were those posts to do as well! I tried my best to find the time and I did!

This month saw a total of four WWW Wednesday posts and I am glad I could actually keep up with this because I love this meme/tag and I want to continue with this one in the next year as well.

WWW Wednesday

I spoke about my woes of lack of libraries where I live and it kinda got away from me.

Local Libraries (Or the lack of them)

I also did the ritual of the End of the Year tag because why wouldn’t I? It’s fun!

The End of the Year Book Tag

I, in my very optimistic wave, also decided to start a readathon of a special kind. One that would be yearlong and might actually help me conquer my physical/digital tbr.

#StartOnYourShelfathon

I also talked about the authors I discovered and loved in 2019 and it was a super fun list to make.

Authors I Discovered in 2019 and Loved

I also delved into my disappointing reads of the year, some of them weren’t even totally bad books. They were just disappointing.

Nine Disappointing Books of 2019

Then came the time for the best books of 2019 and of course, I had to make that post. It’s a given by now.

Top 10 Standalone Books of 2019

Of course, the year couldn’t end without me talking about my favourite series, too! So that also happened.

Top Book Series of 2019

Then comes the very last book haul of the month. Yes, of course, I bought some books. There’s a whole post for them!

Book Haul- December

Now, as far as reading went, December was a decent month for me. I think I read eight books and they were all pretty good so that’s always a win.

The Martian by Andy Weir

★★★★★

This was such a great audiobook and everything about the story is just plain engaging and fun! I mean, almost dying multiple times is not fun but you know what I mean! The sass really made this book and the narrator does such a great job of bringing everything to life, too!

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

★★★★

I have been so reluctant to read this one because the previous book in the series did disappoint me a bit but I am so glad that I picked it up finally. It is so much better than the second book and is, perhaps, a saviour to a series I was close to giving up on. So much happens and I was just enjoying the ride, okay?

The German House by Annette Hess; Elisabeth Lauffer

★★★★

I finished it during the mini vacation I took and it was the perfect travel read, I think. It did deal with heavy topics but it was a great book to travel with. Look forward to the review in the next week or so. It didn’t have the greatest of starts but trust me, it’s worth the wait for the plot to start moving.

Sapiens:A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

★★★★★

This book deserves those five stars, heck, it deserves all the stars. Sure it was a slow read but it was a deliberate choice and I am so glad I stuck with it because I don’t think I could have enjoyed it as much as I did without the slow pace.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

★★★★

Boy, this one was a bit much for me for all that it was only 30 pages long. This was my introduction to Shirley Jackson and now I kinda know what to expect when it comes to this author. I still have no idea why the end happened the way it happened. But very worth the read.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

★★★★★

I had been down with a cold and fever the last couple of days and hadn’t really felt like reading much so this was perfect choice for me. It has fairy-tale-ish stories and they are written so well!! Leigh Bardugo really does have a way with words.

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero

★★★★

A great book but maybe I didn’t read it at the right time. I kinda made myself sadder than I was. However that’s one more book off my physical tbr and that’s kinda important right now. There was also such charm in the writing too! Karolina’s character really shone through and I think because of her, other characters also had room to shine.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

★★★★

I picked this one up again and loved every moment of it. The magic system is something different and while it was a bit to get into initially but when I picked it up again, I loved and understood it far better.

That was December for me. Not a lot of books there on the list but! Those were some great books. Each book brought something to me that I didn’t know I wanted. And a great thing is I didn’t dislike a single book! Always a win!

The crowning jewel in the lot would be either The Martian or Sapiens:A Brief History of Humankind, I was so engrossed and enjoyed both these book so thoroughly!

What about you guys? What was your best read or the worst one? Or, let’s not call it the worst, let’s call it most disappointing read. Tell me all about it in the comments.

Till the next year!!! (Get it?)

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