Tuesday, January 02, 2018

December Reading Wrap-Up

It's been a little while since I've done a monthly reading wrap-up, but since this was a really good reading month, it seemed like the time to jump back into it.

You may remember I intended to binge on books in December, and I did just that. I didn't gravitate to short books to cram more in before the year was up, but I did gravitate toward them to keep my interest up and feel like I was finally making some reading progress. It worked!

Super Rabbit Boy Powers Up! (Press Start #2) by Thomas Flintham: I picked these up from the Scholastic book order for Greyson on a lark, and they are GREAT. He loves them, he can read through them fairly quickly (they're right on his reading level), and I like them enought that I picked this second istallment up without Greyson.
If you have a reluctant reader who likes video games, this might be just the thing.

Frosty Relations (A Witch's Night Out #2) by Tara Quan (novella): Too short on pages and character development. A meh romance.

Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale volume 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (comics): This might actually be my fave of the month. I'm not really into Archie comics, but add a horror element, and I am THERE.

Afterlife with Archie issues 6-10 (volume 2 basically) by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (comics): I couldn't stop reading, so I read this next run of comics in single issues from Comixology Unlimited.

Hush by Nicole Lyons (poetry): I noticed this collection when I found some of her single lines from the poems made into pretty Pinterest images. Admittedly, they pack a feminist punch and got me all fired up, but the lines are better by themselves. The collection skewed far too relationshippy for me.

How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman (non-fiction): Was a JOY TO READ. If you love the minute details of life in a different time, this is the book. It's an examination of Victorian living from sun up to sun down complete with the nitty gritty of personal hygiene, the burdens of doing laundry and feeding the family. Soooo much more. It's a really nice examination of Victorian cultural ideals that shaped the living conditions and trends of the time.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum: A really sweet book about Santa Claus's upbringing and how he became the Santa Claus we know and love! I thought it might be too sweet, but it was a fast, fun read for the day or two before Christmas.

The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough: This little book gave me The Enchanted and A Monster Calls vibes all rolled into one. It's about a woman who is living with and helping care for her father in his final days which involves home care nurses, unsavory bodily deterioration, family squabbles. It's a bit of a slow burn as we get to know the protagonist and her backstory, and it's laced with something magical that was not the star of the show. In my estimation it was an expression of her mental state throughout the process of her father's dying. This was an oddly beautiful little book. Highly recommended as I haven't seen much of it here in the States. You might have to order it from Book Depository. I learned about it from Savidge Reads, so go give his post a look.

I'd love to know what you binged on in December, and cheers to all of us finding some great books in 2018!

7 comments:

  1. Wishing you the best for 2018!

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    1. Thank you so much, and the same to you!

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  2. I'm impressed by all you read in December. I didn't read much of anything.

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    1. It's one of those good reading months for me once the academic term ends. Here's hoping your reading picks up in January!

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  3. The Language of Dying really calls to me. And, you can get it in Canada. Tempting!

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    1. YAY! I'm glad it's easier to get hold of there. I'm definitely interested in reading more of Pinbourough's work now that I've finished this one.

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  4. Happy New Year, Andi! What a great way to finish off the year with so many interesting reads. Really curious about the Pinsborough book and How to be a Victorian. Given how much I love mysteries with Victorian settings I think that would be a blast to read.

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