December (& 2019) Reading Wrap Up

December 2019 Reading Wrap UpChristmas is my favorite season and I especially savored it this year as it was baby’s first Christmas. Even if he won’t be able to remember it, I really tried to take each moment as it came and enjoy all of the firsts! Much of what I recall from this past month is baby related, but I did read a handful of books that I enjoyed and wanted to mention.

Today I also want to revisit my list of the books I was anticipating most for 2019 to see which I actually read, what worked, and what didn’t.

Click on through to see everything I reviewed, read, and wrote in December, along with a follow up of how my most anticipated books for 2019 worked for me.


Books I reviewed:

Recursion, by Blake Crouch

Thrilling and compulsively readable, Recursion blew my mind!
dotted line separatorNinth House, by Leigh BardugoNinth House was an intriguing dark fantasy with secret societies and magic.
dotted line separatorBound for Murder, by Victoria GilbertBound for Murder was an entertaining and fun cozy mystery.

dotted line separatorThe God Game, by Danny TobeyThe God Game had an intriguing premise and a chilling conclusion.


Books I read but haven’t reviewed:

Prince Caspian, by C.S. Lewis

Prince Caspian was an intriguing prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

dotted line separatorThe Wives, by Tarryn FisherThe Wives was compulsively readable but it told a different story than I wanted to read.

Other posts this month:

Like This? Try That! 90s Movie Edition

In this edition of Like this? Try that! I focused on books you might like if you’re a fan of certain movies released in the late nineties. See the full post HEREdotted line separator5 Engrossing Thrillers to Read This WinterIn 5 Engrossing Thrillers to Read This Winter, I shared five fast paced page turners to try if you’re in the mood for a thriller this winter. See the full post HERE.
dotted line separator6 Best Backlist Books I Read in 2019In 6 Best Backlist Books I Read in 2019, I shared the best books I read this year that were published prior to 2019. See the full post HEREdotted line separator6 Best New Books I Read in 2019In 6 Best New Books I Read in 2019, I shared the best books I read that were published this year. See the full post HERE.


What did I think of the books I was highly anticipating this year? Let’s see!

I did actually read the majority of these! Interestingly, the seven books from this list that I read, I rated a four out of five. Although they didn’t quite make it to my favorites list, they were all highly entertaining and I would recommend them to the right audience. The only three I didn’t were Sword and Pen, The Starless Sea, and Survive. As of this writing, I have The Starless Sea and Sword and Pen on hold from my library. And Survive is still being written, so I’m still eagerly anticipating that one. Overall, I’m happy to see that the books I was so excited to read worked well for me!


On the stack for next month:

January 2020 TBR

January holds a handful of arcs, more than I usually read this time of year but there are several books expected to be published in early 2020 that I’m excited for! I’ve already started Things in Jars, which is a bit out of my comfort zone but I am enjoying it so far, so we’ll see how that goes. As mentioned above, I have a hold on Sword and Pen from the library, which looks like it should be available within the next couple weeks, and I can’t wait to finally read it! And I’ll be continuing the Chronicles of Narnia with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. So far this series has been working well with reading a chapter a day, and I hope that keeps working for me with this installment.

What are you reading or planning on reading next?

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