December Wrap Up! ’19

Blogmas 2019

Happy New Year’s Eve! I figured before I begin all the ‘year’ and ‘decade’ ender lists, I should wrap up what I read for the month.

This month was a bit of a slow reading month for me, due to Christmas stuff and work and whatnot. I liked what I read though, so I’m happy with it.


Books

Land Of The Lustrous, Vol. 8

Land of the Lustrous vol 8 and 9 by Haruko Ichikawa – This continues to be a super neat series. The farther I get into it, the more I like it. With volume 9 read, I’m caught up as to what’s out and available! – 3.5 stars each

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – I ended up really, really liking this book. It was a buddy read I did with my buddy Ashley, and she actually ended up giving it five stars. I think the only thing that kept it from being the same for me was the pacing at the end, it seemed, well, rushed and slow at the same time, it’s hard to explain. But I really enjoyed this and am gonna pick up the second one! – 4.5 stars

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – Ending the year with a bang, I’m tellin’ ya. I had a feeling I was gonna love this book, and I was right. I must say though, it’s one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. The plot was disjointed and lilting and melancholy and whimsical and dark and just… weird. I loved it, though. It felt like a fairy tale, albeit not one for children. The plot was disjointed, as mentioned, but it kinda made the experience better. It made it feel more like a story piecing together bits of myth here and legend there instead of a straight narrative, if that makes sense. Usually I wouldn’t dig something like this but… I don’t know, Valente really made it work. I love that I’m ending the reading year – the reading decade with a five star read. Love it, love it, love it. – 5 stars


Other things

  • Nothing really, except Christmas! Merry late Christmas! And Happy Holidays! Yada yada!

Reading Goals

You’ll find out tomorrow, now won’t you.


And that’s it! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful reading year like I did!

End of the Year Book Tag

Book Tag

Hello, a tag today! And I was actually tagged! Thanks Katy for tagging me! This tag was created by Ariel Bissett.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – This poor book has perpetually been on my backburner ‘currently reading’ list since… May 2018. I actually even restarted it earlier this year because I couldn’t remember where I was. Right now, I’m 273 pages in, farther than I got last time, but I also haven’t really touched it since July. Ideally I’d like to get it done this year, but… who knows.

And it’s nothing wrong with the book. Honestly it could be a five star book, I adored what I’ve read so far. I have no idea why I keep not picking it up.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M Valente – Personally I think this book has a more wintery feel about it, but considering fall’s almost over, that’s ok.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 5

O Maidens in Your Savage Season vol 5 by Mari Okada – This comes out December 17th according to amazon, buuuut there’s no English translation of the synopsis on goodreads yet, so who knows. I’m pumped for it though.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – Currently reading this, but it’s a chonk, so we’ll see if I finish it. The other two, Deathless by Catherynne M Valente and Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice are the last two books on my 10 in 2019 list. I will finish it this year, dammit. I will.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

Well… I hope all three of what I mentioned above are five stars, but the odds of that are slim. Fingers crossed, though.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Tentative ones, yes. But I don’t wanna say because I’ll jynx myself and fail, wah.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

Top 5 Books I Want to Read Before 2016

So we have about a month and a half left of this year. There are books I’ve been meaning to get to that I just haven’t. Ideally, I’d like to get to them in time to be counted in my goodreads reading goal. If you remember, I posted a Top 15 in 2015 post in January or December last year, stating what books I wanted to get to this year. Well, didn’t do awesome at that and honestly the ones I’m about to name probably aren’t on that list. πŸ˜› I’ll get into that massive failure after Christmas with my year-in-review post though.

So onto what I want to read! (This is as close to a TBR as you’re ever gonna see from me)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (illustrated version)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)I’ve been saving this for December. I feel so Christmasy reading it, so it’s the perfect time. :”D

My True Love Gave to Me by a buttload of authors

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday StoriesThey had this one on bookoutlet when I made an order last week, and it’s supposed to be here on Tuesday! :”D I’m so excited.

Weave World by Clive Barker

WeaveworldThis one I borrowed from my mother months ago. She said it’s a book that she randomly bought when she was on a road trip when she was young with her family, and then since she’s reread it countless times. It’s one of her favorites. So I’m going to see what it’s about. I have no clue as to the beginnings of the synopsis. I haven’t read it – she said I should go in blind, so I am.

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

The Autobiography of Santa Claus (The Christmas Chronicles #1)This one will be tricky. Not because of the book itself, but because it’s one of the books I use to keep my cruddy book case from collapsing. It’s currently supporting the shelf above it so I don’t know what’s going to help when I pull it out. Reading this book could also come with the bonus feature of buying a new book case.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)

I’ve never read it. I think it’s just time.


So that’s it! According to goodreads, I still need to read another six books to meet my goal, so I’ll have to find something else too, but hopefully these five will make the list. Wish me luck! What are you going to be reading from now til New Year?