Wrap Up | December 2019

Our last wrap-up of 2019! Today we’ll tell you all about the book we read in December. And after today you can expect a bunch of best of 2019 lists! But first, let’s take a look at some books that might make it to those best of 2019 lists 😉

Candyce

December was a really good reading month for me, so I can say I ended 2019 on a good note. I really hope that 2020 will be another amazing reading year. In December I read 17 books, 6 novellas, 1 graphic novel and 1 collection of comics.

10 Blind Dates – Ashley Elston

This holiday read really took me by surprise and I loved it! The family in this book are so much fun and you definitely feel the love. I’ll be impatiently waiting for the companion novel, because I need more!

Little Moments of Love – Catana Chewynd

I’ve been following Catana Comics online for quite some time and the comics are so relatable. Right after I got this one on Christmas morning I sat down and read it with my boyfriend. I will definitely be revisiting Little Moments of Love on a bad day. This will definitely make you smile.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown – Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe Brown was the TBR & Beyond group read and I’m happy I picked it up. This is the first romance I’ve read where a main character has a chronic illness and that comes alive in the story. The characters were amazing and I really hope this author gives us more stories like this.

Gathering Darkness – Morgan Rhodes

I started my read of the Falling Kingdom series earlier in 2019, but kind of got distracted. I finally finished the third book. The storyline is really enjoyable, as well as the politics. I could do withoout all the instalove and events that don’t make any sense.

The Way Back -Taylor Danae Colbert

The Way Back is a really heartwarming Christmas novella. I enjoyed all of the characters and the storyline. My only complaint is that I need more of this family! The author has made me really curious about all of these characters.

And Then I Turned Into a Mermaid – Laura Kirkpatrick

As you know if you’ve been following the blog, The Exact Opposite of Okay is one of my favorite books. Laura Kirkpatrick is the same author under a different pen name. And Then I Turned Into a Mermaid was a cute middle grade story and a fast read. It wasn’t my favorite middle grade book, but definitely enjoyable enough to grab the sequel when it’s published.

Beard Necessities – Penny Reid

Not too long ago, my heart was crushed by Beard with Me. Since finishing that book, I was couting down the days for Beard Necessities. These characters needed a happily ever after, but it did take some time to get there! I love Penny Reid and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

The City of Brass – S.A. Chakraborty

This fantasy trilogy has been on my list since I learned about it and I finally got around to reading it! I loved the worldbuilding, the characters and politics. The City of Brass was a bit different than expected, but I really enjoyed it!

The Wicked King – Holly Black

After The Cruel Prince being better than expected, I needed to know how it continued. The Wicked King was another interesting part of this series. I love the politics and unexpected twists. I really need to make time for The Queen of Nothing soon!

The Boyfriend Blog – K.L. Grayson

Whenever a character has a blog or loves books, I know it’s something I need to read. Our main character tracks her dating life online and has gotten a pretty big following. Except the love of her life may be closer than she thinks. I do wish the blog would’ve played a bigger role in this story though.

Spark and Sorrow – Rachel A. Marks

Fire and Bone is a favorite of mine and I’ve been looking forward to reading more in this series. The author gave us a prequel with Spark and Sorrow. After reading this I can say that I’m even more excited for the next book in the Otherborn series.

Lesson for Two – Christina Butrum

Maple Glen is one of my favorite fictional small towns and Lesson for Two is my favorite part of this series so far. Everything fit perfectly and you couldn’t help but love the characters. My only wish would be to have had a little more time with these characters.

Cub – Cynthia L. Copeland

The publisher recently sent me an e-mail if I would be interested in reading Cub. This middle grade graphic novel sounded really cute, so I had to say yes. Cub will be released on January 6th and my review will be posted on release day.

Asking for a Friend – Lauren Blakely

It’s been awhile since a book sucked me in like Asking for a Friend did. I read this book in one sitting, so that definitely says something about how much I loved it. Our main characters both work in the publishing industry and love books, so besides the amazing romance these characters were relatable.

Brix- Brooke O’Brien

I am really lucky to be on Brooke’s beta team and this book is one I haven’t stopped thinking about. Brix is everything I expected and then some. I won’t be reviewing until February after the author does edits and such, but definitely keep an eye out for this book!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K.Rowling

I’ve been wanting to reread Harry Potter for quite some time and was actually planning it for 2020. Isabelle talked about how much fun the audiobooks were and that made me curious. It was fun being back in this world and I really enjoyed the audiobook. I will definitely continue with my rereads in the new year.

Technically, You Started It – Lana Wood Johnson

Technically, You Started It was a book I ran into at the bookstore a few months ago. It’s a book with nothing but text messages between two characters. That’s when I saw there was an audiobook available and decided to give it a go. For a book that’s only messages, I enjoyed the way it was told. This was a fast and fun read, but it could’ve used a bit more depth or storyline at times.

Never Lasting & Never Ending – Julia Wolf

Julia Wolf always seems to give us stories that hit you in all the feels. This duet wasn’t any different. All I can say, is make sure you have the second book ready before reading the first one. You’ll want more! My review for these two books will be online soon.

Learn About Loss, A Deeper Love, The Wicked Ones & The Land I Lost – Cassandra Clare

I started reading the short stories in Ghosts of the Shadowmarket over a year ago!! I only had five to go and was able to read four out of five. Some were better than others, but I think my favorite so far is The Land I Lost!

Come Back for Me – Corinne Michaels

Corinne Michaels is another author that hits you in all the feels. Her next book, Come Back for Me is an intense emotional roller coaster. I am grateful I got an ARC of this one and my review will be posted on release day at the beginning of January!

Jesse and the Ice Princess – Michelle MacQueen

I’ve really enjoyed previous books by Michelle MacQueen and Jesse and the Ice Princess sounded really interesting. It was a fast read and I loved how the characters grew in this story. This was also an ARC for a January release, so keep an eye out for my review!

Isabelle

This was one of my best reading months of the year! While I completed my Goodreads goal earlier this year, I didn’t accomplish any of my other goals yet so I tried to focus on them a bit more this month. I was also home a lot after my surgery so I ended up reading .. books this month!

10 Blind Dates – Ashley Elston

This was my only Christmas read! But it was an amazing one and I highly enjoyed it. It was exactly what a Christmas read should be and I’m super excited for the Netflix adaptation. There is also a companion novel coming and I can’t wait to find out which family members it will focus on next.

Harry Potter 5, 6 & 7 – J.K. Rowling

The rest of my second reread of Harry Potter of the year haha. I just can’t help myself! It was once again wonderful and I cried a lot. Sometimes I wonder why it is these books still get to me. I know what’s coming, who’s going to die, and what heartbreaking moments I will hear about next, but the tears just keep on coming!

The Wicked King & The Queen of Nothing – Holly Black

I finished the trilogy! We finally started reading these books last month and I’m happy I continued on with the trilogy. It was a lot of fun reading them with a big group and talk about them right away. I think it definitely enhanced my enjoyment!

Monstress vol. 3: Haven – Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda

I finally read this one! I got it over a year ago and I’m not sure why I didn’t read it sooner. Probably because it’s a pretty intimidating graphic novel with a ton of characters. It was very enjoyable thought and I plan on getting the next volume soon!

Foul is Fair – Hannah Capin

My first eARC of 2020. I did not expect to love this as much as I did! I planned my review a little closer to the release date but I can tell you it was a delicious dark and twisted story and I enjoyed every minute of it.

 

A Touch of Magic Mysteries 1, 2 & 3 – Danielle Garrett

I love these audiobooks! These are set in the same world as the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries and we see a little cameo of Holly. I do like the Beechwood series better but this was still very enjoyable. There are two more series set in this world and I plan on listening to them as well!

Technically, You Started It – Lana Wood Johnson

Candyce pointed me to this one and I’m happy I listened to the audiobook. It’s told completely in phone messages and that was a really fun concept. I would’ve liked to see a little more depth and think the synopsis gives away way too much. But nevertheless a fun and quick read.

And Then I Turned into a Mermaid – Laura Kirkpatrick

Laura Kirkpatrick is a pen name for Laura Steven, a favorite of mine! So of course I had to read her middle grade novel. It was a fun read and I sped trough it. I will definitely listen to the next one after it releases but it wasn’t my favorite MG. The relationship between the sisters was great though!

Reveal Me – Tahereh Mafi

The last novella in the Shatter Me series. I’m excited for the last book in this series, partly because it will finally be done haha. It was nice to be back with these characters and I’ll admit this novella did a great job in also getting me excited for the last story.

The Promised Neverland 5 – Kaiu Shirai

A lot happened in this fifth volume of one of my favorite manga’s. I loved it a lot and I can’t wait to get the next couple of volumes. It was quite suspenseful and reminded me why I love this so much.

Saga vol. 5 – Brian K.Vaughan

I finally own all of the volumes and I plan on reading them all soon. It was great to jump back into the story. I did have some difficulties with remembering all the characters and storylines but I think I have it now haha.

Wayward Son – Rainbow Rowell

I can’t believe it took me this long to read Wayward Son. It’s probably because I planned on rereading Fangirl and Carry On first, but I couldn’t wait any longer haha. I’m not sure what I expected of this story but it was still different than what we got. It was very enjoyable and I’m looking forward to the sequel!

Witch Hat Atelier 1 – Kamome Shirahama

I think I found my new favorite manga! As soon as I finished reading this one I went online and ordered the next 3 volumes haha. Volume 5 & 6 also release this year so I’ll probably get them at some point as well. I absolutely loved this one and hope the rest of the volumes will be as wonderful.

 

This is what we read the last month of the year! Have you read any of these? If you have, let us know in the comments! We’re also curious about what you read in December! Any favorites we need to know about?

5 thoughts on “Wrap Up | December 2019

    1. I listen to the Stephen Fry one! It is amazing, I can’t imagine anyone doing it better haha

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