December & 2018 Reflection

It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.

— Sarah Kay

December’s always a little weird since the first half of the month is pre- and actual final exams, while the second half is winter break, which really means that I just read a lot throughout the month — stressfully and when I should be studying during the first half (though I did better this semester by putting my Kindle and print ARCs up on a hard-to-reach closet shelf until after my orgo final!), more leisurely during the second.

December is also the month where I really look at whether I’ve achieved this year’s goals, and start thinking about what I want to achieve next year. (I’m in the process of setting goals for 2019; that post will be up very soon.) And since this blog is shiny and new, I’m making everything up as I go anyway! Expect lots of changes in the coming year 😉

This post is coming at you pretty late because I was reading up to the deadline (I DNF’d the last book on the last just before 11pm!), thanks to my need to start fresh with each year’s reading logs.

Books Read This Month

19 total (2 DNFs), 3.18 average rating
• Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab – 4/5
• A Small Dark Quiet by Miranda Gold – 2/5
• Apple Island Wife by Fiona Stocker – 3/5
• Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones – 2.5/5
• I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships by Michael S. Sorensen – 2/5
Ragnarok Unwound by Kristin Jacques – 2/5
Happy Ever … After by Seb Earl – 2/5
Odette by Jessica Duchen – 4/5
• soft magic by Upile Chisala – 4/5
The Hourglass by Liz Heron – 2.5/5
Time’s Fool by Alys Earl – 4/5
• Sadie by Courtney Summers – 4/5
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera – 3.5/5
• Wild Magic (The Immortals #1) by Tamora Pierce – 4/5
• The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas – 3.5/5
• Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin – DNF
• Wolf-Speaker (The Immortals #2) by Tamora Pierce – 3/5
Emperor Mage (The Immortals #3) by Tamora Pierce – 4/5
• Cull by Tanvir Bush – DNF

2018 in Review

Total books read: 250
Average rating: 3.5

Top 5 reads of the year:

1. Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang
2. This is How You Survive by Lana Rafaela Cindric
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire
4. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
5. The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

2018 Blog Stats

Total blog posts published: 16 (including this one)
Total Goodreads friends + followers: 107
Total blog followers: 18

Tbh I’m not sure what else to include at this point, so I’m just gonna end here for now. Thank you all for making me feel so welcome in the bookish community while I figure this blogging thing out, and see you in the new year!

I’d love to hear from you, whether it’s a book rec, your own goals for next year, or something else entirely. And may your 2019 be filled with lots of good reads ❤


9 thoughts on “December & 2018 Reflection

    1. to be quiet honest I’m not enjoying my Immortals (Wild Magic, etc) reread as much as I had hoped, but Tamora Pierce’s other books, especially the Emelan cycle, are still high on my recommendations list! Glad to hear you liked Wayward Children as well – I’m so excited for the next one coming out this month 😄


      1. I loved Tempest and Slaughter, I hadn’t really heard of Tamora Pierce over in Ireland to 2018 so all the books are new to me which adds to the enjoyment! I’m still to read the third book in Wayward Children, but I’ll get there!

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  1. WOW! 250 books read is just so impressive for me, who « only »  managed to read 23!! 😱
    I so much look up to being able to reach such a number someday- due to mental issues I sorta lost my ability to read as much (or is it my imagination?? Things dont look quite the same growing up..) and im slowly picking up the pace 🙂

    Im glad you feel welcome in our community, I can’t wait to see your little blog grow and change as you discover new things xx

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    1. awww thank you so much Kristina ❤️ I’m a pretty fast reader to start with and I have several “pockets” of time throughout the day when I can get a few pages in, so I’ve been pretty lucky to be able to get through so many books — but of course any number is better than zero, especially if you’re making progress, and I hope you get to read more books this year!

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