December Wrap Up – I Finished ALL the Reading Challenges

December Wrap Up

It’s the end of December, which means it’s time for my last wrap up of the year (and the decade)! I’m pretty happy with what I read this month. I finished pretty much all of the books I wanted to read this year, and I finished all of the challenges I wanted to. So I’m feeling pretty accomplished (and also stressed, because blogging every day this month is A LOT). But I read some good books, and watched some cool things, so let’s talk about them.

What I Read:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – ★★★★★. I was so excited about this one because I love The Night Circus. And I loved it.

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz – ★★★★☆. This was such an interesting book. I did like all of the sci-fi elements, but I really loved the discussion about the transgender experience.

Devil on the Cross by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o – ★★★★☆. Honestly, I still don’t know how I feel about this one, but I think I liked it. I’m not sure post-colonial African literature is really my thing, but I do want to explore some more.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – ★★★☆☆. I wanted to like this one so much more than I did. It was good, it just didn’t click with me. Which is fine.

The God Game by Danny Tobey – ★★★★☆. This book was, unexpectedly, one of the most thrilling I’ve read all year. It’s about a group of teenagers playing a game against an AI who thinks it’s God. That’s just as scary as it sounds.

The Marriage Game by Alison Weir – ★★★☆☆. This year, I read the lowest rated books on my TBR, and this was one of them. I didn’t dislike it, but I was a little disappointed because I usually love Alison Weir’s books.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – ★★★☆☆. I read this for a reading challenge (check out my post in which I talk about what I learned from doing way too many reading challenges this year). It was a cute mystery. I think I probably would have enjoyed it more if I’d read it when I was twelve.

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano – ★★★★★. This is about a boy who is dealing with the aftermath of being the only survivor of a plane crash. I really loved it. Definitely one to check out when it’s released next month.

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay – ★★★★☆. I loved Adam Kay’s memoir, This is Going to Hurt, so naturally I had to pick up his Christmas-themed one (which is basically all the holiday stories that didn’t make it into the first book). It was a fun read, but also kind of gross.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling – ★★★★★. I started rereading Harry Potter earlier this year. And then I realized the year was ending, so I flew through the last three.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – ★★★★★. This was the third time I’ve read this, and I still loved it just as much as the first time. This was actually a book club read, but it came at the perfect time because I really wanted more Erin Morgenstern after reading The Starless Sea.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Nothing, actually. I completed a lot of reading challenges this year, and now I honestly don’t know what to read. Nothing sounds good at the moment. I’m hoping a few days off from reading might be a nice refresher before I start my 2020 reading.

What I Watched:

I actually watched quite a few things this month, so I’m just going to give a few highlights:

Little Women. I LOVED this movie! It was so good. Saorise Ronan is fantastic.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 (Amazon). I love Mrs. Maisel. If you haven’t seen this show yet, definitely check it out.

You season 2 (Netflix). I honestly don’t know how I feel about this one. It was good, but not too memorable.

Welcome to Marwen. I watched this on a whim because I love Steve Carell, and I ended up really loving it. I didn’t know it was a true story going in, and it was pretty heartbreaking. But really great.

What I Did:

Went to The Total Forking Shirt Show! I love The Good Place and along with the Detroit Creativity Project, they occasionally do improv shows for charity. This was actually my second time going, and it was amazing. If you haven’t seen D’Arcy Garden attempt to scale a giant fork, you haven’t lived.


That’s it for December! I hope you all had a fantastic month! Come back tomorrow for my 2019 reading stats (which is usually the most popular post I publish all year).

What was your favorite December read?

5 thoughts on “December Wrap Up – I Finished ALL the Reading Challenges

  1. After reading your description of Dear Edward, I think I’d like to read it. 😃
    I think my favorite book in December is a tie between Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell and Regretting You by Colleen Hoover. I didn’t finish Regretting You yet, but I’m almost finished, and I’m loving it. 😊

  2. Eeek! The Starless Sea, I’m do excited to get my hands on a copy. The Night Circus is also on of my favourite books of all time! I also watched season two of You on December and to be honest I kinda prefer the first season over this one.

    I hope you have a lovely January and Happy New Year xx

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