Monthly reading review – December 2020
This December I have read:
Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones ★★★★
Pride (Shifters #3) by Rachel Vincent ★★★★★
Prey (Shifters #4) by Rachel Vincent ★★★★★
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) by Gregory Maguire ★★★
Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #10) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu ★★★
Naked City by Ellen Datlow (Editor) ★★★★
Saga (Collected Editions) #7-9 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples ★★★★★
The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan ★★★★
The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo #4) by Rick Riordan ★★★★
The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo #5) by Rick Riordan ★★★★★
The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett ★★★
Taken by The Hunger (Blood Thirst Affair #1) by Harnet Spade ★
1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?
This December I made myself very busy by reading 13 books total! In order to get all my reading plans done I was off by a few books I ran out of time to read and even with all that I think I did better than I expected! I am pleased with all the books I have read in December and how many of them from my own shelves!
2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in December? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?
There were quite the few books I enjoyed this month and the one I liked best was Saga (Collected Editions) #7-9 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples. There were some moments in this epic space graphic novel that shook me and as a whole I think it was the most memorable book I read this month. I kept being amazed at the artwork in the book and at times it just sang the song of the times we are currently in!
3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?
I had a lot of luck with the Kindle freebies and new stories and authors I tried out so far. This December after quite some time I ended up finding and reading a book that just felt bad and was the least enjoyable book this month: Taken by The Hunger (Blood Thirst Affair #1) by Harnet Spade. It takes a lot for me to rate a book with only one star and nothing about this one could crank it higher no matter how I looked at it. The narrative was chaotic and most of it was angst ridden and sex crazed female main character jumping from one male character to the next without actually having any real sex at all. From any point of view I tried to look at it this story failed to deliver.
4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?
I was very aware that my reading plans by the end of the year left too many books for December. I ended up prioritizing for the two reading challenges and reading less books for the third one. I think I did good managing and finished two out of three reading challenges!
5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?
I did good on continuing some series and even finishing some! I finished with The Trials of Apollo book series by Rick Riordan and brought an end to more than a few book series from the Percy Jackson universe. I am happy about it and feel ready for the Disney+ TV series next year. I also read all the Saga volumes that are available to me and happily wait for new ones! Four of the books I have read this month were first in a series and from them I plan to continue only one: Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones. Shifters series by Rachel Vincent was amazing and I plan to finish the last two books of the series in the first few months of next year. I even managed to squeeze in one book of second reading of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book series!
6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?
There are some books I enjoy as a guilty pleasure and would not recommend them to everyone but I could not recommend Saga graphic novel series enough! The story is amazing and at times endearing and heart breaking. The artwork and design is thought provoking and cuts straight to the things we might overlook otherwise. It sometimes comes out as gritty and harsh on the eyes as well as the heart but it does so well showing what life can be and how we need to cherish it and smile while we still have teeth!
Final thoughts on December 2020 reading
I had a lot of books I set myself to read this December. Sadly I knew that my plans had very little chance to be fully realized. I am happy with the amount of books I managed to read in December. There were some books I choose to let go in favor of finishing some others. I managed to finish two reading challenges out of three and I will post details on those in a day or two. I was not very active in making post since I tried to use as much as possible time for reading. I had run trough some books and had to work for it to finish them. I did make one review this December for:
Naked City by Ellen Datlow (Editor) ★★★★
You can read it HERE.
After quite some time I have accumulated a good number of books I am in progress of reading:
Elminster: The Making of a Mage (Forgotten Realms: Elminster #1) by Ed Greenwood
Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons by Andy Collins, Skip Williams, James Wyatt
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
MOR – Plodovi osvete by Josip Kralik
I will have to slow down from adding new book challenges until I cull the books I am in progress of reading at the moment! I have plans for some other overviews for reading challenges I have done trough the year and finally making some updates to the parts of the site I have been neglecting. I hope my plans become reality soon!