Just like that, the merriest of months has come to an end. Let us go gentle into that dark, damp night that is post-Christmas winter.
December plodded along. I was actually fully in the Christmas spirit for once, even though we didn’t put a tree up until December 20th. Our household renovations are still underway, so the holiday decorations remained neatly sealed up in their storage boxes, but as the Grinch once said in his diatribes, Christmas is not about the packages, boxes, or bags.
As far as reading goes, I guess this was the month I decided to catch up on all things Victoria Schwab. I binge read City of Ghosts, Vicious, Vengeful, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet, and I would’ve kept going if I had any other Schwab books in my possession. I also finished my year-long Harry Potter reread, which was totally magical, and I started the long-discussed Mortal Instruments series!
How was your holiday? What did you read this month?
December Reading Wrap-Up:
Books Read: 12 / Pages Read: 5,635 / Average Rating: 4.25
The Half Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; I am so thankful for J.K. Rowling. It’s been over a decade since I last read the series, and since I vastly prefer the first four movies to the latter four, I haven’t even seen the second half of the movies in ages. So I forgot quite a lot of what happens in HP #6 & #7. The Half Blood Prince is arguably my forgotten favorite. I worship the Sectumsempra chapter, because it is so unusually vicious, and I love the development of Malloy more than anything. The lines between good and evil really get blurry in this installment.
The Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Vicious – V.E. Schwab: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; This was the second time I’d read Vicious this year. I read it in July, but when I sat down to read its sequel this month, I forgot everything that happened in the first book! I do not regret rereading, though. V.E. Schwab’s Villains series is so delectably violent, maniacal, and dark, and I still can’t get over how strong the rivalry is between Victor and Eli.
This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; WHERE HAS THIS DUOLOGY BEEN ALL MY LIFE? Holy crap, the world of Verity blew me away. These monsters are genuinely creepy and the weird dystopian backdrop is so darkly fascinating. I absolutely love how this book played out.
Our Dark Duet – Victoria Schwab: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; The sequel did not disappoint. All of the darkness and violence and fear of This Savage Song is simply amped the heck up in the second book. Kate and August’s story feels so sad and unfinished, but I appreciate V.E. Schwab all the more for being able to break my heart.
City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Vengeful – V.E. Schwab: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; Can j just say how much I love Marcella Riggins? She is terrifying and absolutely badass. Her kind of vengeance is my kind of vengeance. The conclusion of this series left a little bit to be desired for me; the final confrontation between Eli and Victor felt a little lackluster, but the novel is bloody and action-packed and a satisfying resolution.
An Anonymous Girl – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; That’s it. It’s official. If ever and whenever I crave a truly twisty thriller, I’m heading for Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. An Anonymous Girls wasn’t quite as twisty as The Wife Between Us, but it packs a fast-paced punch and keeps you guessing until the last page.
Severance – Ling Ma: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; What a strange little book this was. The apocalyptic, satirical glimpse of Chinese-American culture was sardonic, funny, and totally unique.
The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare: I’ve gone into this series with skewed expectations. I’m not big on young-adult fantasy; I know it can be full of tropes and cheesy teenage drama. Going into TMI, I fully expected silliness, and Clare delivers it. I could definitely critique it and find loads of issues, but honestly, I’m just here for the quick, cheap thrill. Clare’s books are fast-paced and full of action and adventure. They aren’t the best examples of world-building or character development, but I didn’t come here for that.
City of Bones – Cassandra Clare: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
City of Glass – Cassandra Clare: ⭐️⭐️⭐️