December Wrap-Up

Today I wanted to share all the books I read in December and my thoughts on them in 40 words or less.

I’m also introducing a new system of symbols to denote the diversity of books with ⭐️ to represent BAME characters/authors, 🏳️‍🌈 for LGBT+ authors/characters and 💙 for disabled/mental health representation.

So, without further ado, here’s all 19 books I read in December.

All The Books I Read In December

1. Three Strikes by Lucy Christopher, Kat Ellis and Rhian Ivory 💙

Unfortunately, I have to start with a negative review. This book was just not memorable and the three stories felt lacklustre, especially when the collection was described as being scary stories. Two stars.

2. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand 🏳️‍🌈 ⭐️ 💙

I utterly loved this casually diverse, witchy, spooky read that will haunt me for a while. Every character was allowed to make mistakes and grow and I loved all the twists and turns. Four stars.

3. People Like Us by Dana Mele 🏳️‍🌈 💙

More mysteries like this please! I was gripped by the plot completely and I’m kicking myself for leaving it so long. Four stars.

4. Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich 🏳️‍🌈 💙

This was not really what I expected. I thought it would be more like a script of the musical than a straight up adaptation and I did miss the songs, though I did still enjoy it. Three stars.

5. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult 🏳️‍🌈 ⭐️ 💙

This is a heavy topic to talk about and I thought she handled it well, but the Memento -esque storytelling style just jarred a bit for me. Enjoyed the twists though. Three stars.

6. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (The Original Screenplay) by J.K.Rowling ⭐️ 💙

I actually really liked the film, apart from the final twist (which I have opinions on). I enjoy reading the screenplays as well, to see if there’s any little details I missed while watching. Three stars.

7. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke 💙

I really enjoyed this dark, feminist fantasy. Atmospheric and very character driven, even though I wanted the romance to go down a different route. Four stars.

8. Sadie by Courtney Summers 💙 🏳️‍🌈

Absolutely incredible. Five stars. Check here for my full review.

9. Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green 🏳️‍🌈

This was just brilliant. Laugh out loud, slightly ridiculous but adorable story with a lovely romance and brilliant dialogue around sexuality. Four stars.

10. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green 🏳️‍🌈 💙

This really took me by surprise. It’s a fascinating exploration of Internet fame and a deeply engrossing mystery, which culminates in an ending that made me really want the next book. Four stars.

At this point, I’d started to have a re-read session, as I often do towards the end of the year.

11. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera 🏳️‍🌈 💙 ⭐️

I forgot just how much this book broke me the first time around and oh boy, it did it again. Four stars. Check out my full review for more thoughts.

12. Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys 💙

Ruta Sepetys is my favourite YA historical author and this is an amazing look at the worst maritime disaster of all time. It’s just brilliant and you should really read it. Four stars.

13. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust 🏳️‍🌈 💙

This feminist re-telling of Snow White is absolutely exceptional. We follow two complex, flawed women (one of whom is LGBT+) on a dangerous and magical journey that has never left me. Four stars.

14. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed 🏳️‍🌈 💙 ⭐️

There aren’t enough words to describe how much I love this book. It’s a complex look at rape culture and how abuse is normalised into everyday society. There’s intersectional feminism! Everyone needs to read this. Five stars.

15. Poisoned Apples: Poems For You, My Pretty 💙

Another feminist book to follow, with re-tellings of fairytales that are poignant, empowering or soul-destroying, all in the space of (at most) a page and a half. Four stars.

16. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee 💙 🏳️‍🌈

Mackenzi Lee’s debut is a gripping, steampunk take on Frankenstein and its creation that I really enjoyed. Great characterisation and the main side character was absolutely amazing. Four stars.

17. No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen 🏳️‍🌈 💙 ⭐️

This was a heart-warming and profound read, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t as memorable for me. Three stars.

18. A History of Britain in 21 Women: A Personal Selection by Jenni Murray ⭐️

An interesting take on Britain’s history, but I’m struggling to remember details as I’m writing this, which says enough for me. Three stars.

19. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 💙

I utterly adore Nikolai (which makes me even more excited for King of Scars later this month). Also, I enjoyed the world-building, loved all the political intrigue and am excited to read Ruin and Rising this month (hopefully after I finish an ARC for my local bookstore and The Curses).

Over To You:

Which books did you read in December and what did you think of them?

 

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9 thoughts on “December Wrap-Up

  1. abookishweekend says:

    If you want to read the musical script of DEH you can buy it on amazon! I did so since I know I won’t be able to watch it anytime soon! I also loved Sawkill girls, it was my favourite of the year. I’m loving the symboling system you’re doing now, it’s a great idea to bring up diversity!

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    • ashortbooklover says:

      I’ll have to look that up, thanks for the tip! Glad you also enjoyed Sawkill Girls, I thought it was spectacular. Yay! I’m so glad you like my symboling system – that’s exactly what I’d hoped would be the response.

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