Looking back, I haven’t written a wrap up since August. AUGUST. I don’t know how I’ve managed it, but I’ve not discussed all the books I’ve read in one place, and that’s really been bugging me. This is going to be a post I’ll struggle with, one that might seem a bit here, there and everywhere – but I don’t feel like I can move on with my blog until I’ve done what I want to: wrap up 2019. If that involves writing for a very long time, and maybe not summarising/reviewing the books as amazingly as I’d like to, then I’m going to learn how to have to be okay with that. I’ve been in a 6 month reading slump that I’ve not been able to fight off, and it feels like a hand around my throat constantly killing my joy.
It makes sense that I’d finally commit to writing this right in the middle of my exam season. After all, if there’s one thing I truly excel at – it’s procrastination. But please stick with me throughout this, I’ve drafted over 20 posts in the last few months that I’ve absolutely hated, and I really need to complete and publish this one to be able to move on and grow from this experience. Please reassure me that my post isn’t completely shambles, and you might just rescue me from the brink of throwing in the towel and focusing on other things. (Which I really don’t want, seeing as I’ve just lost my position in my Brass Band and that knocks me back from doing things I love quite considerably). I’m going to be as stubborn as possible and stay as long as possible, but I might need some advice and guidance from my fellow bloggers.
Without further ado, here’s my September-December Wrap Up.
September started off pretty great, with me finally committing myself to the first 7 comic books in the Overwatch origins series and then moving onto Slay, which was a beautiful Warcross-vibes story about a game celebrating black culture for black people. It was really moving and had me tearing up every so often, and hooked me right from the first page. Jade City was next and I really wish I could include Jade War in my wrap up too, but although I got halfway into it, I never did finish it. I blame Crown of Coral and Pearl which showed up in my life and completely blew me way out of the water by putting itself firmly on my favourites list for the year.
I then read the first 4 books in the Vampire Academy series, with the aim of finishing them all before the end of the month but got sidetracked by University and life and ended up reading Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice in October instead, which I’m not entirely mad about. Vampires were the perfect start to the month of Halloween. (Yes, it takes up a whole month).
My next few books were aiming to be all “spooky” or “dark reads” but before I got to the end of the month and was close to a burn out, I really needed something lighter, and Gloria Chao’s new book seemed like the perfect fit for me. I actually enjoyed everything I read this month, with Sadie and Serpent and Dove being the biggest surprises for me. Neither are really ‘my type’ of book, but I really did enjoy them and might fight myself reading more books like them. Three Dark Crowns was a reread and I planned to pick up the next few books but just never got round to it. It’s difficult because I dislike the UK covers for the series, so I’d have to order them from Book Depository or something and shipping takes so looooong.
Whether it was “the end of the year is approaching blues” or I just had a lot of things I wanted to ignore, I can say with absolute certainty that November was one of my best reading months in the year. I I read some truly epic books and the chance to read A Heart So Fierce and Broken early meant that my month was amazing. Truly. The quality of most of the books was higher than I was expecting, and by that I mean I read a few books I’d heard bad things about (The Beautiful) or even DNF’ed on my first attempt (An Enchantment of Ravens). But maybe I was just in a good mood and I enjoyed everything at a certain level as a result. I’ve also been really willing to DNF this year, so that has definitely helped me get through some really good books instead of really bad ones!
In November, I also discovered one of my new favourite authors: Tara Sim. I’ve had these books on my radar for a while but has no plan to pick them up, until I saw Timekeeper on a discounted price at Forbidden Planet in London. I figured “why not throw caution to the wind” and decided to pick it up, especially due to her next release, Scavenge The Stars, being on my top anticipated releases of 2020. I ended up absolutely LOVING them and I can’t describe how excited I am to talk to you guys about them! It’s a gay historical fiction where time is a form of magic and every clock tower is powered by a clock spirit. It’s very excellent. The writing is just *chefs kiss*, and I’m so happy I have a new auto-buy author on my list!
You might think I don’t have too many more things to talk about from November, but I did read the first two books in another series – The Lunar Chronicles. I then finished the other two in December. This was a reread for me as I was in the mood for sci-fi and also to revisit some books I loved, so these were the ones I picked and I’m really happy I made the decision to go back to them.
We’ve arrived at the final month! This one was a bit weird for me, as I was tackling with the craziness of the Christmas period (I work in a toy store) whilst also managing to digest quite a few books. It helped that I focused on a few shorter reads by authors that I already loved, but I somehow also managed to get through The Night Circus- which is not only a hefty book but requires a lot of concentration to understand and appreciate to its fullest. I finally decided to pick this one up because of the arrival of The Starless Sea, and I’m really happy that I did. I finished the year with Infinity Son – a delightful superhero fantasy by one of the book community’s favourites: Adam Silvera. The perfect book to introduce me to 2020 and hopefully a good indication of how my reading year will go (very very well).
If you’ve made it this far, thank you for sticking with me and reading this post – I hope to become a more active face again, now my life has calmed down a bit and my commitments have changed. I should have more free time, at least.