wrap up: December 2018


  • Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko ★★★★★ | review
  • The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg ★★☆☆☆ | review
  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh ★★★★☆ | review
  • The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman ★★★★★ | review
  • Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday ★★☆☆☆ | mini review
  • The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey ★★★★☆ | review
  • There There by Tommy Orange ★★★☆☆ | review
  • The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories edited by Jay Rubin ★★★★☆ | review
  • Severance by Ling Ma ★★★★☆ | review
  • The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose ★★★★☆ | review
  • Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman ★★★★☆ | mini review
  • The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith ★★★★☆ | review
  • Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima – ★★★☆☆ | review

Favorite: Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko
Honorable Mention: The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman
Least favorite: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

YEARLY TOTAL: 133 (once I finish Territory of Light)

Exciting stuff – 133 is definitely a new yearly record!  It definitely wasn’t the best year quality-wise, but I’m still very pleased with the amount I was able to read.

Currently reading: Heavy by Kiese Laymon, Cherry by Nico Walker


What was the best book you read in December?  Comment and let me know!

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14 thoughts on “wrap up: December 2018

  1. I can’t wait to hear what you think of Heavy, I’ve been wanting to read that one.

    That’s great that you got to read so much this year, congrats on it being a record! It also wasn’t the best year quality-wise for me either, I’m kinda glad to hear I’m not alone in that…Here’s hoping next year is better. Wish you a happy New Year!!

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    • I’m about halfway through Heavy on audio and man, is it intense! Well deserving of all of the hype so far.

      I feel like a lot of us have been having a similarly lukewarm reading year, I’m not sure what it is! I mean, I have read plenty of great books, but when I look back on my year as a whole I just think ‘meh’… Wishing you a very happy new year as well, hopefully 2019 brings us some spectacular books!

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      • I figured it would be intense, just the description alone was…

        I’m not sure what it was either, but your experience sounds similar to my feeling..not like there were so many abysmal books, but few that blew me away. Everything was just kind of fine. So yes definitely, here’s hoping our 2019 is spectacular!

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      • Yes! I had way too many ‘fine’ books in 2018. I’m hoping everything in 2019 will either blow me away or be so bad it’s fun to hate-read (I probably shouldn’t admit that’s something that I enjoy, but it’s true). I’m definitely going to be more choosy about what I pick up and hopefully reach for more backlist titles that I have in the past few years.


  2. Congrats on reading so much this year! I’m with you on having one of my highest yearly totals, but probably one of my lowest overall average ratings, which is interesting 🤔 Let’s hope 2019 feels like a standout year for great books.

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  3. Wow, it looks like you had a fantastic end to the reading year, finishing so many books! Several of your Dec books are on my TBR, and I’ll definitely be perusing those reviews! Especially the ToB books… you’ve been reading so many! I hope you find many more 5 stars in 2019. 🙂

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    • I’m so uninspired by the ToB shortlist so I decided I’m not going to bother reading the whole thing, but the longlist has still given me some really great reads! And I do still want to read a couple more from the shortlist once I can get my hands on them. Happy 2019 reading to you as well, fingers crossed we both get a ton of 5 star books!

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      • I agree, I didn’t end up adding any new books to my TBR when I saw the shortlist, but I still plan to read a bunch of the titles that interested me from the longlist.


  4. I am really looking forward to your thoughts on Heavy. I still haven’t quite decided on how to review it because I found it so very difficult to read and that obviously is not a good way to critique a book.

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