Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2019

Good morning friends! I hope you’ve had a great start to the year. Today, I’ll be sharing with you my Monthly Wrap-Up for December 2019.

A lot of great things happened this month. I had my Winter break which I spent with family, I read a good number of books, and something exciting happened…more on that below. My blogging took a dip since I barely wrote anything the last few weeks of the month, but I’m still pretty happy with everything else in my life right now, so I’m not too upset about that.

I am still happy to get back into blogging full time and doing all the wrap-up posts that I should have done before.

Anyways, without further chit chat, let’s get started!

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads

My goal for the year was 100 books, but I read 98 which isn’t bad. I’m still proud of myself, especially because I read 13 books this month. And some of them were great. Others, not so much. I also didn’t do any reviews, and that’s something I plan on working on this month and through-out the rest of the year.


  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – 3.5 | This was so so so much better than the first book, and we actually got to see Celaena in action. The disaster that happened in the second half was nerve-wracking and the final reveal was surprising. However, it all made sense and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series goes. RTC
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choksi – 3.5 | It was good. Not spectacular like I had been hoping but still good. I liked the puzzles and the characters. However, the plot was meh, and I didn’t feel like I connected to the characters that much. Unofficial Review
  • The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah – 2.5 | It was meh. There wasn’t much Muslim rep like I’d been hoping. Mina was aggravating, Michael was just meh, and I honestly liked the side characters more than the MCs. The politics was interesting, but overall this book was just meh. RTC
  • Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – 4 | This was really good. I loved the world, the Allomancy, and the explanation of how everything worked. The characters were all pretty interesting and I liked Vin, Kell, and Ham the most. The heist was unbelievable and that ending shocked me. I can see why many people love Sanderson’s books, but there were some things that annoyed me and weren’t done very well. Unofficial Review
  • Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – 3 | This had a lot of potential, but in some areas it fell flat. There wasn’t much of a mystery, but there was a lot of suspense and some thriller parts towards the end. I liked the atmosphere and how I could feel Jules’ terror, but I was disappointed that pretty much all my guesses and suspicions were correct. RTC
  • Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco – 2 | This book was a disaster. The ridiculous twists, and the reveal at the end made no sense at all, and I was so frustrated with Audrey Rose. Being in her head is painful, because she thinks the exact same thing a hundred different ways. I’m just so glad that this series is over. There were some good parts (Liza, Daci, and Illeana met and their friendship is amazing!!), but overall, this was still a disappointing finale to this series. Unofficial Review
  • The Late Show by Michael Connelly – 4 | Pretty good. I liked Renée and the mystery of who did it, as well as the rogue cop aspect. However, I wished that Renée had a partner who also played a major, present, role in the story. It was good, just not amazing. RTC (maybe..)
  • I Hate Weddings by P. J. Petersen – 2 | This was short, a little sweet, but also rather annoying. It was hilarious seeing all the things that went wrong, but I was also annoyed by the juvenile-ness of it as well as the decisions that Dan made.
  • Our House by Louise Candlish – 4 | This was great. I liked the alternating storylines, and the ending was super satisfactory. I didn’t like Fi much, but I understood her passion to protect her kids. Bram was the one I sympathized with the most, and I really hoped that he would be saved. It was really sad reading the story from his POV. RTC
  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly – 4 | It’s been a while since I read a legal thriller and I loved this. Mickey was ok, and I liked his relationship with both of his ex-wives, and the way that he made things right by the end. Again, it was good, but just not a 5 star. RTC (maybe..)
  • Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – 3 | There were some good parts. There were some bad parts. I liked Ayesha and Khalid somewhat, especially at the beginning, and the rep was also pretty good. The drama was hilarious. However, the ending completely went off the rails, and I hate how some things were resolved. RTC
  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – 2 | I have no idea what happened to this book. It’s so short. It’s so tame. It’s so ridiculously unlike The Wicked King that I can’t believe they are from the same series. There’s no backstabbing political poison awesomeness. There’s not much epic spying or fighting. Sure the snake part happened and everything, but that’s it??? That’s ALL that happened??? And the ending. Wow. RTC
  • Standstill by Jack Probyn – N/A | I got this for review from Reedsy. The idea of the story was great, and it was somewhat thrilling, but there were too many errors, grammatically and with the plot/setting. The MC was really unlikable, and overall, it just wasn’t for me.
  • Blingsighted by Karin Slaughter – DNF | I read the first few chapters, and I just wasn’t pulled in to the story. My hold was also up, so I decided to DNF and maybe try and read it some other time.
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – DNF | I was bored. There is so much telling, and not so much interaction/dialogue, and I love dialogue. So I was bored. And then my hold was up and I let it go. Maybe I’ll try to read it some other time, but right now, I’m just disappointed.
Total Number of Books Read This Month: 13
Total Number of DNFs: 2

Tags:

I’m still behind on tags, like usual, but I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has tagged me!! I’m working on getting them all done.

Fall Bucket List Book Tag  | The Real Neat Blog Award

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Life & Blog Updates

So. For that awesome news that I was telling you about. I got into college. Aka, I am now a college student. Not fully, because it’s a program where I am in High School and in college at the same time, but still, I. am. taking. college. classes!!!!! Or well, I’ll be starting in a few weeks

I’m partly excited, and partly nervous, because hey, this is a lot. I’m a high school and college student now. It’s still weird saying that lol. Classes are going to start in a few weeks, and I’m still not sure how this is going to affect my blogging. It was a little hard to do everything before with just my high school classes, but now that I have extra, I might not have time to blog as regularly as I used to.

So yeah that was the awesome exciting news…

I’ve also been thinking about a new posting schedule:

  • Monday: Review
  • Wednesday: WWW
  • Friday: LTB
  • Sunday: Review
  • Tuesday: “Creative” post (such as wrap-ups/tbrs/”other” posts)
  • Thursday: Tag
  • Friday: LTB

And repeat. At the end of the month, I should have 4 reviews, 2 WWW Wednesday posts, 2 tags, 2 “creative posts”, and 4 LTB posts. I feel like those are still pretty good numbers. This is not definite, and it all depends on how much time I have. If I can still manage to post 4 or 5 times a week, I’ll try, but if not, that’s my tentative new posting schedule.

I said in my November Wrap-Up that I was going to do some more creative posts in December, and I did do some! I did my first Book Recommendation post, which you can check out here, and I also talked about my anticipated reads for 2019, and whether they lived up to my expectations or not (this may be more of a wrap-up post than a creative post, but still).

Once I’m done with all the wrap-up posts (2 or 3 more), I’m going to do another Book Recommendation post, and maybe try creating an original tag. I know, I’m very ambitious.

I’m also behind blogging-wise. Last week, I started my Winter break, and I spent it with my family so I didn’t blog as much, and I didn’t blog hop either. I managed to catch up on all my comments yesterday (I hope I got them all, and I’m sorry if I missed one!!), and through this weekend, I’ll be going back to catch up on all your awesome posts! I may or may not comment I’m behind on a lot guys…I don’t have a number, but it’s a lot, but I’ll definitely read them.

And yeah. I think that’s all the updates I have.

That’s A Wrap!

In the end, I read 13 books, did 0 reviews, 2 tags, 4 LTB posts, and 1 recommendation post. My goals for December were to read 14 books (at least 10), do 3 reviews, 4 or 5 tags, and 4 LTB posts. I only met my reading and LTB goals.

For this month, my goals are to read 12 books, do 2 more wrap-up posts, 1 book recommendation post, at least 4 LTB posts, 1 creative post, and maybe 1 or 2 book reviews.

Chat with me

That’s it for this wrap-up! How was December and 2019 in general for you? Did you meet any of of your goals for the year? What are your plans for 2020? Any tips for my new college self? Am I the only one who was disappointed by The Queen of Nothing? Chat with me in the comments below!!

WWW Wednesday #41

Hey friends! I hope you are having a fantastic day! It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Note: I’ve been rather MIA lately. I’m behind on blog posts, comments, and blog hopping. All my amazing plans to write so many posts and be productive over the Winter break have flown right out the window. And well, I’m disappointed about that, but I ended up having a great time with my family, and I hope you all did too!

I’m going to work on catching up on all the posts and comments that I’ve missed, hopefully starting today. And I can’t wait to tell you guys about something amazing that happened this past December, and my plans for January and 2020 as a whole (coming in my wrap-up post)!! I’m equally nervous and excited.

So, basically I apologize for disappearing, and I am work on catching up on everything 💚


Since I missed last week’s WWW (and the last of the year and decade!!!!), I’m going to be talking about all the books I’ve read since my last WWW post on the 18th of December.

Now, let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

What I Just Finished:

I managed to finish 98 books last year. Didn’t get to 100, but that’s alright, because I read 98 and that’s still an awesome number.

Capturing the Devil: This book was a disaster. Not a complete disaster, but still a disaster. The ridiculous twists, and the reveal at the end made no sense at all, and I was so frustrated with Audrey Rose. Being in her head is painful, because she thinks the exact same thing a hundred different ways. I’m just so glad that this series is over, and I honestly can’t see why I liked it in the first place. There were some good parts too (Liza, Daci, and Illeana met and their friendship is YESSS!!!), but overall, this was still a disappointing finale to this series.

The Late Show: Pretty good. I liked Renée and the mystery of who did it, as well as the rogue cop aspect. However, it just wasn’t a five star, and I wished that Renée had a partner to help her with the investigation.

I Hate Weddings: This was short, a little sweet, but also rather annoying. I don’t think MG books are for me.

Our House: This was great. I liked the alternating storylines, and the ending was super satisfactory. I didn’t like Fi much, but I understood her passion to protect her kids. Bram was the one I sympathized with the most, and I really hoped that he would be saved. It was really sad reading the story from his POV.

The Lincoln Lawyer: It was great. Not really memorable, but I enjoyed the legal drama, and liked some of the characters.

Ayesha At Last: This had pretty good representation. I liked the drama, and Khalid’s awkwardness. However, some of the characters annoyed me to no end, mainly Hafsa, and I didn’t like how everything was handled at the end. It was cute at times, annoying at others, and that ending wasn’t really good.

The Queen of Nothing: In two words: I’m disappointed. What. Happened. To. This. Book? Where is the plot?? All the snake drama happened, yes, but where did the amazing back-stabby political landmine plot go?? This book was so short, and it was so tame compared to The Wicked King, and I’ve been so hyped for this disappointment. I’m just really disappointed.

Standstill: I got this book for review from Reedsy, and I didn’t like it much at all. The idea was great, but the execution just wasn’t good.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Just started Heir of Fire. Hopefully this will be great!

What I Plan To Read Next:

Next up is The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware and Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine.

Chat with me

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Have you read Ink and Bone? What did you think? Have you read any of the books above? How many books did you read last year? What’s your reading goal for 2020? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)

Tag Thursday – The Netflix Book Tag

Hi all!! I hope you are having a great day! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag, but I shall finally catch up! Thank you so much to Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties for tagging me!!

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Recently Watched | The Last Book You Finished

I finished this a few days ago, and I loved it, and I 100% recommend it, and I really hope you love it if you read it!


Top Picks | A Book That Has Been Recommended to You Based on What You’ve Previously Read

At first, I didn’t want to read this, but now I kind of do. This has been recommended to me by one certain friend (who is determined to make my TBR insurmountable) because I like brooding broken boys and also because it is an adventure.


Recently Added | The Last Book You Purchased

So, I don’t buy books. I haven’t bought a book since forever. Actually I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book. I’ve been gifted books, I live and breathe library books, but I haven’t bought any. Anyway, this is the latest book that I’ve added to my TBR!!


Popular on Netflix | Books That Everyone Knows (Two You’ve Read, and Two You Have No Interest in Reading)

Two I’ve read: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and The Wicked King by Holly Black. The hype for SOC is real guys. It was absolutely awesome, and I will never stop talking about Kaz and the rest of the crew. TWK was great, definitely a whole lot better than The Cruel Prince.

Um, I can’t think of two? Only one book that I can think of, which is Caravel. It just doesn’t not seem like it’ll be my cup of tea.


Comedies | A Funny Book

This book will always end up as one of the funniest I’ve read. It was awesome, hilarious, and just so relate-able (even though I am not a mother of a toddler or an infant…)


Dramas | A Character Who Is a Drama Queen/King

Cardan is definitely the biggest drama king around. Like really. But he’s also a really great guy in the end, I hope…


Animated | A Book with Cartoons on the Cover

I haven’t read any book with cartoons on the cover, and I don’t have any in my TBR


Watch It Again | A Book or Series You Want to Reread

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo is my new favorite book, so I really really want to read it again. I have Crooked Kingdom on hold, so I’ll probably try to read SOC again before CK comes in.


Documentaries | A Nonfiction Book You’d Recommend to Everyone

I don’t read a lot of non fiction outside of what is necessary for school, so I honestly can’t recommend any book.


Action and Adventure | An Action-Packed Book or Series

It’s a series about kids who are spies, so there’s a lot of adventure and action! There are 10 books, I think, in this series!


New Releases | A Book That Just Came Out or Will Be Coming Out Soon That You Can’t Wait to Read

Everybody, and I mean everybody, seems to be excitedly waiting for this book. And I am too! I just really hope that it doesn’t disappoint me.

Tagging/Nominating:

Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books | Zoe @ Zoe’s Library

Ruqs @ Many Things Bookish | May @ My 1st Chapter | Aria @ Book Nook Bits

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out!

And that’s it for today! Have you done the Netflix Book Tag? Have you read any of the books above? What is your most anticipated book for 2019? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Top Five Tuesday ~ U-V-W-X-Y-Z

Hey guys and qelcome to Top Five Tuesday!! Top Five Tuesday was created and is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

Today’s topic is: Books that start with the letters U, V, W, X, Y, & Z.

This is actually part of a series that started the first Tuesday in July, starting from A and it will continue to the last week of July and end with Z. You can learn more about the topics and see the rest here!

P.S. I’m so sorry for posting this late!! I completely forgot!

Let’s get started!

U is for The Ultimatum by Karen Robards

I haven’t read a great book that started with the letter U, and I have exactly one book in my to-read shelf which is The Ultimatum. It’s about a girl who swindles con artists, and anything with con artists is a big YES for me.


V is for Vicious by V. E. Schwab

I loved Vicious because there was no good guy, everybody was crazy, and the science was amazing (which is a lot of praise coming from someone who doesn’t really like science…)!

V is also for A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

I loved Shirin, I loved the representation, I loved the characters, and I loved the message that was being sent by this awesome book.


W is for We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

One of my favorite fantasy novels! We Hunt the Flame was fun, with two amazing guys, one who is an annoying obnoxious too-full-of-himself pain and the other a broody assassin with a dark past. I loved the writing, I really liked the characters, and the rep was great!

W is also for The Wicked King by Holly Black

I didn’t really like The Cruel Prince, but I liked The Wicked King, and now I am super excited for The Queen of Nothing!!


X is for…nothing?

I don’t have anything in my read or to-read shelf for X, so I added two books for V.


Y is for You by Caroline Kepnes

This one is on my TBR, and it sounds perfectly deliciously creepy. It also happens to be the only Y on my TBR and read shelf…

Z is for…nothing?

I’m going to double up on W to make up for this one!

That’s it for this Tuesday! Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Did you enjoy them? Did you also struggle to find books for each letter? Let’s chat in the comments below!

(Be sure to link to your Top Ten Tuesday and Top Five Tuesday posts so I can check them out!!)

Top Five Tuesday ~ P-Q-R-S-T

Welcome to Top Five Tuesday!! Top Five Tuesday was created and is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

Today’s topic is: Books that start with the letters P, Q, R, S, and T.

This is actually part of a series that started the first Tuesday in July, starting from A and it will continue to the last week of July and end with Z. You can learn more about the topics and see the rest here!

Let’s get started!

P is for Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

I actually don’t have a favorite book that start with the letter P, so I’ve decided to substitute with a book that I want to read: Prep School Confidential. A murder mystery with rich kids set in a boarding school sounds amazing and I really want to read it!


Q is for The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

I also don’t have anything for Q! A book that I am super excited to read is The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black! Hopefully it’ll be an awesome end to the series!


R is for The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

This was a great book that centers around a young mother who is trying to juggle two kids with her husband’s secret job while trying to figure out what will happen to her career. It was fun, light, and entertaining so I hope you love it if you read it!!!


S is for SYLO by D. J. MacHale

I was going to put Six of Crows, but the point of this is to showcase our favorite books that we don’t usually talk about. SYLO was the first sci-fi book that I loved. The characters were spectacular, the plot was believable, and the cliffhanger ending made me continue and read the other two books in the series in two days!! I probably still won’t willingly pick up a sci-fi novel, but this one was amazing!


T is for Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus

I read the second book by Karen M. McManus before One of Us Is Lying and was super wowed by it. I really liked the plot, and the characters, and also the diversity. However, that ending left a few questions unanswered and that really disappointed me. But it was overall still an awesome book!

That’s it for this Tuesday! Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Did you enjoy them? Who are some of your favorite authors? Let’s chat in the comments below!

(Be sure to link to your Top Ten Tuesday and Top Five Tuesday posts so I can check them out!!)