It’s the end of the month yet again, but it is also the end of the year! 2018 wasn’t the best year, but it was a great year for books! I read nine books this month, which I’m really happy with because I just came off a huge reading slump early in the month. Everything considered, I think it was a good reading month, and a nice way to end the year.
What I Read:
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield – ★★★★☆. This was a really interesting historical fiction novel. We all know I love some weird historical fiction, and this book fit the bill. You can read my full review of Once Upon a River to find out more.
When the Air Hits Your Brian: Tales from Neurosurgery by Frank Vertosick, Jr, MD – ★★★★☆. You might know I work in a neurology department at a medical school, and I do work pretty closely with the neurosurgeons as well. It’s something I would never be able to do personally, but I do find it fascinating. This book was really interesting, not just because it talked a lot about the different aspects of neurosurgery, but it highlighted just how different medical training was in the 80s compared to today.
The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare – ★★★☆☆. I chose this as my Shakespeare play of the month – I’m down to a handful, so I’m just choosing randomly at this point. This one wasn’t my favorite, but I didn’t dislike it, either. Honestly, a lot of the plays are starting to blend together at this point. A few stand out as unique, but this was not one of them.
The Unbound by Victoria Schwab – ★★★★☆. I finally finished The Archived duology (for now, there might be a book three), and actually enjoyed the second book more than the first. I haven’t been the biggest fan of young adult literature this year, but Victoria Schwab really does it well. She has a way of writing younger characters that feel age-appropriate, but not annoyingly immature (this goes for her middle grade novel as well, which I read a few months ago).
Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams– ★★★☆☆. This was a huge achievement for me, because it means I finally finished The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series! I reread the first book a year ago, and have been slowly making my way through the rest of them this year. Honestly, I would have given this four stars, but the ending was not at all satisfying, especially since it’s the end of the series (I am not counting the sixth book, because Adams didn’t write it). Overall, the first book was my favorite, but I’m definitely a fan of the entire series.
The Dead Zone by Stephen King – ★★★☆☆. Yes, I finally finished my Halloween read. And I am so glad I ended up reading The Green Mile in October, because this one ended up not being my favorite. It wasn’t bad, but I’ve definitely read King novels I liked much better. Like The Green Mile.
Fox 8 by George Saunders – ★★★★☆. Recently, I’ve been trying out a new audiobook app (not getting rid of Audible, just trying something new), and I saw this short story on there. Since it was few, I figured why not. And I ended up enjoying this quite a bit. It’s a story about how humans affect the environment, and I particularly liked how the main character was a fox. Really cute, but also impactful.
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris – ★★★☆☆. I think I was gifted this maybe ten years ago and never ended up reading it. I wanted to read something holiday appropriate around Christmas, so I decided it was time to finally pick this up. I thought the first story was really funny, but I didn’t love the rest of this book. I think the fact that I liked the first story so much set me up for disappointment.
One Day in December by Josie Silver – ★★★★☆. This book kind of broke my heart, but I really liked it. It wasn’t as fun and light as I was expecting, but it was a great romance. It kind of reminded me of Love, Rosie, which I read a few years back. If you like contemporary romance novels that aren’t exactly fluffy, I’d definitely recommend this one. (Note: I did pick this up in December because of the title, but the majority of this book does not take place in December, so don’t think this is a holiday read – though it can be.)
What I’m Currently Reading:
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. This kind of slowed down a bit, so I put it on hold so I could fit in a few more books by the end of the year. I do plan on finishing this in January, because I am interested to see what happens.
What I Watched:
Mary Poppins. I’m a huge fan of Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, so I obviously had to see this. And, honestly, I didn’t like it as much as the original. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, I just thought the plot was too depressing. It was like they tried to make it not a sad movie with happy songs, and it just didn’t work for me personally. Everything else about the movie I enjoyed, I just thought the main plot didn’t quite fit the rest of the film.
A Simple Favor. I actually read this book a few months ago, mostly because I was interested in the movie. And I have to say, this is one of the rare instances of the movie being better than the book. I didn’t love it, but I did enjoy it.
Dumplin. I tried to hold off watching this until I read the book, but I was weak. And I don’t regret it. This movie was so cute! I really enjoyed it, and I am even more excited to read the book.
You. I may or may not have binged the entire first season of this the second it landed on Netflix. (Hint: I definitely did.) I thought it was a pretty good adaptation. I enjoyed it just as much s the book.
What I Did:
Celebrated four years of Adventures of a Bibliophile! That’s right, Adventures of a Bibliophile is officially four years old! I can’t believe it’s been that long! I do want to celebrate with a giveaway soon, but this month has been absolutely crazy, so I’ll work on that as soon as things calm down a bit. Thank you all for sticking with me this long! You’re the reason this blog still exists.
That’s it for December! Make sure to check back in tomorrow for my infamous reading stats infographic!
I hope you all had a great month! What’s the best book you read in December? Are there any holiday reads I should add to my TBR for next year?