Being the end of the year, I was really hoping to get some more reading done than I did. Of course, I made a pretty extravagant tbr for the month (December TBR). That isn’t to say that I didn’t get a decent amount of reading done, because I did, I just wish that the second half of the month went as well as the first half.
Sure, I should have expected that an increased amount of family time would decrease the amount of reading time I’d have… but I just didn’t put it together until it was too late. This is also the reason why only my pre-scheduled posts got uploaded after a while… sorry about that. I promise to do better come January (when I won’t be spending 2 full weeks with my extended family).
On the bright side, Yzma got lots of cuddles and lots of toys this holiday season. All of the playtime and excitement meant lots of naptime for this little pupper!
Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:
For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks.
Total books completed: 12
Total pages read: 3,763 (314 avg. pages per book)
- Sadie by Courtney Summers [5 stars]
- Ash Princess Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess, Book 1)[4 stars]
- The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book 3)[5 stars]
- Poison Study by Maria V Snyder (Poison Study, Book 1; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 1)[4.5 stars]
- Don’t Rush Me by Jackie May (Nora Jacobs, Book 1)[3.5 stars]
- I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You ( Gallagher Girls, Book 1)[2.75 stars]
- Magic Study by Maria V Snyder (Poison Study, Book 2; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 2)[4 stars]
- Flame by Katie Cross (The Dragonmaster Trilogy, Book 1)[4.25 stars]
- The Ronan Scrolls by Katie Cross (The Dragonmaster Trilogy, Book 0.5 (Prequel))[5 stars]
- Wolf’s Bane by Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld: Kate and Logan, Book 1)[5 stars]
- Nightfall by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 6)[4 stars]
- Fire Study by Maria V Snyder (Poison Study, Book 3; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 3)[3.5 stars]
Dedicated Blog Posts:
- Lodestar by Shannon Messenger
- Sadie by Courtney Summers
- Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
- The High Priest’s Daughter by Katie Cross
- Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
- Poison Study by Maria V Snyder
- Don’t Rush Me by Jackie May
- I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
- Magic Study by Maria V Snyder
- The Ronan Scrolls by Katie Cross – 100% spoiler free!
- Flame by Katie Cross
- Wolf’s Bane by Kelley Armstrong
In this mystery, we follow radio personality West McCray as he struggles to find out what happened to the missing girl, Sadie. Concurrently, we follow Sadie’s perspective as she fights her way into solving her little sister, Mattie’s, murder. If you do decide to pick Sadie up, might I suggest listening to it as an audio medium? In my opinion, this greatly enhanced the reading experience.
Theodosia has been living as the Ash Princess since she was six, responding to the name “Thora” and pretending that she’s not the rightful queen of a people forced into slavery and death. But what happens when her last hope of escape, of rescue, is torn from her hands? No longer willing to sit by and bury the girl she was, Theo decides to do something about the hand that’s been dealt to her.
The Queen of Nothing:
After being sent into exile, Jude must sneak back into Faerie to take her rightful place as High Queen. Things aren’t as simple as that and Jude finds herself being forced to make choices she never could have imagined. Being such a huge fan of the fae, this thrilling conclusion to the trilogy gave me everything I wanted – and then some. This has quickly become one of my favourite series of the year.
Yelena finds herself given the chance of her lifetime – to live after being sentenced to death for murder. In exchange, she must become the taste tester for Ixia’s Commander – risking her life every time she samples his meal. In this novel, the reader gets to learn about the world but also about the different ways to test for poisons. While not something I expect to have to put to use in my every day life, it is, nonetheless, something I find extremely interesting to read about. Throw in some superbly written relationships and interactions, and you’ve got a winning formula in my books. (Okay, even I can admit that pun was bad.)
Don’t Rush Me:
Growing up in Detroit a loner out of necessity more than desire, Nora doesn’t much know how to form relationships with others – or even how to interact with them. Thankfully, Nora’s not your average human. Possessing gifts that she doesn’t fully understand nor want, Nora finds herself in a unique and precarious position in the city’s underworld. Tasked with helping to find a missing vampire, Nora must rely on her powers in ways she never considered before.
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You:
One of my favourite books when I was a preteen, this read unfortunately did not hold up over time. This book follows the events of Cammie Morgan, a pavement artist so good she’s call “the Chameleon”, undergoing her first semester as a Covert Operations student in the world’ most prestigious spy school. While a read I greatly enjoyed in the early 2000s, I’ve recently read some middle grade/young adult novels that I enjoyed much more. If you’re a preteen this read might be enjoyable for you, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone older than that.
The second book in the Poison Study series, it follows Yelena as she rediscovers her roots in Sitia. While she’s been missing from her family for sixteen years, Yelena isn’t welcomed by everyone there. When her magic starts acting in ways different than is normal, people she’s gotten close to have to decide if they’re going to fear her or rely on her to save the say once again.
If you’re a fan of the Network series, you’re definitely going to enjoy this read as well. If you’re a lover of dragons, this read would also interest you. Following the twins Isadora and Sanna, we get to explore the world of Antebellum in a way we haven’t before. When the world must rely on the dragons and the mysterious Watchers, things don’t always go the way they may want.
The Ronan Scrolls:
When Rodan is killed for being mentally unsound, his twin Ronan heads out to discover the truth about what really happened. Things aren’t always what they seem in Antebellum and it’ll take a lot for the scholar to get out of his comfort zone and explore the lands. Ronan discovers things he wasn’t prepared to, and meets people that change his life forever.
*Spoilers for the Otherworld universe* Logan and Kate find themselves being the werewolf delegates for a summer camp for the teen supernaturals. The supernatural world still hasn’t accepted werewolves as part of their society, but things take an unexpected turn for the worst and neither twins can comprehend what caused it. The sequel continuation of one of my favourite series of all time, this novel blew me away and I can’t wait for Wolf’s Curse to come out in 2020.
Sophie and her friends find themselves dealing with the aftermath of the events from Lodestar, struggling with truths they find themselves unprepared for, and fighting to stay ahead of the Neverseen. When they decide to trust some unlikely allies, Sophie and the crew find themselves struggling to decide who it is they should trust with their secrets and plans.
Yelena might have survived the events of Magic Study, but her struggles in Sitia are far from over. With the re-emergence of an old enemy and the appearance of a new one, Yelena must prove once again that her Soul Finder magic isn’t the evil that so many people in Sitia believe it to be. Struggling with the distance between her and Valek, Yelena pushes herself past her limits in order to prove to the world – and to herself – that she isn’t evil.
I’m quite happy with how my reading in 2019 went overall, and my reading in December was a pretty good way to end the year off. Sure I didn’t get as much done as I wanted, but if I wasn’t trying to finish 27 books in one month I’d be happier about how much I got done. Besides, 3,763 pages is a decent amount of pages in 1 month.
For the reads that I finished but didn’t manage to post reviews for this month, they’ll be coming in early January. I hope you’ll all be patient with me as I find the time to type everything up and get them uploaded. Thankfully, the first review is already scheduled for January 2nd so you won’t have to wait too much longer.
Here’s hoping that 2020 brings more great reading and fantastic reads.
How was your reading month? Did you finish everything that you hoped to read in December? What about within all of 2019? I’d love to hear how your reading went.