I hope everyone who celebrates it had a great Christmas, and if not that had you had a great December and end of the year!
We are now within touching distance of the end of the year, and so it is time to continue on looking back at 2019 with my last monthly wrap up. Despite this month being a super busy one for a number of different reasons, I still managed to read four great books during it, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed and am very glad I read before the end of 2019.
So here are all of the books I read in December!
This was my book club pick of the month for December as well as my first audiobook, and it was definitely one I that I was not expecting to hit me as hard as it did. I had no idea what this one was about before picking it up, and so I was not prepared for the many different things this story would throw my way.
So all in all, I really loved this book and the emotional punch it made. I adored watching Eleanor’s growth as she slowly learns and begins to understand her trauma and childhood as well as how Raymond helps to show her that she deserves love and kindness after all. This book managed to beautifully switch between humour and heartbreak, having you laugh and cringe one minute and in tears the next. The plot twists this one had in store I never saw coming which made them all the more shocking and heart-wrenching, and definitely helped to make this a story I doubt I will ever truly forget.
(tw: Child Abuse, Arson, Death, Depression, Suicide, Alcohol Abuse)
I of course also finished my most anticipated release of the year at the beginning of the month, and whilst I didn’t want to leave these characters behind till book two, I was also a huge fan of how this one ended and of the story itself. Somehow Maggie Stiefvater managed to create an entirely new story with some amazing new characters still feel as whimsical and magical as The Raven Boys without being a continuation of it. I could gush about this beautifully woven story and all of its intricacies for days on end, so if you want to see more of my thoughts check at my review of this spectacular story.
(tw: Suicide, Murder, Death, Violence)
At this point in the month I was nearing the end of my first semester of university, and so I was in the mood for a fun and quick audiobook to help me relax after a busy day of trying to met deadlines and attend the last few lectures of the year. Therefore, this one seemed like the perfect choice, as was already familiar with the story and would then be ready for the final book’s release next month.
This book was just as enjoyable as the first as we got to dive deeper into the mystery of Ellingham and watch as Stevie uncovers more and more dark secrets from both the past and the present. I also loved watching more of Stevie and David’s relationship as well as her friendship with Janelle and Nate who always seem to be there for her whenever she needed them. The story was just addictive as in Truly Devious, and I can not wait to see what more plot twists and reveals this series has to offer in the The Hand on the Wall.
(tw: Violence, Death, Murder, Kidnapping)
Finally, my spontaneous pick of the month was this 2019 Beauty and the Beast retelling that I had been meaning to pick up ever since it was published in January. I’m not the biggest fan or the biggest reader of retellings, but this one instantly caught my attention and so I am definitely glad that I managed to read it before the end of the year.
This book had me hooked from the start with its addictive plot and fast moving storyline that made it almost impossible for me to put this one down. The world-building was gorgeously done and I loved getting to explore the kingdom outside of the castle, as well as learning about the magic system and the history of magic in this world. The characters were all so beautifully written, with Harper a strong and brave protagonist to Rhen’s more conserved and guarded demeanor. This book surprised me with how much it grew on me and how much I began to care about these characters, and so I am insanely excited for the sequel to be released very soon.
(tw: Violence, Death, Kidnapping, Torture)
As so much of December is the run up to Christmas, I didn’t watch or listen to alot of things that weren’t festive, particularly any new series. That said, I did manage to continue on with some of my other series including Lucifer, as well as finish the first series of His Dark Materials which already has me desperate for more.
As it is for everyone, December was a very busy month for me, with the end of my first semester at university bringing more deadlines followed by Christmas preparations, a few shifts at work and a few days out thrown in as well. In particularly, I got to see two performances in London just before Christmas, the first of these being Hamilton with my boyfriend. I now definitely see why so many people love this musical, with the songs still stuck in my head these weeks later.
I also got to attend an immersive theatre production of The Great Gatsby, one of my favourite classics, which was unlike anything I’d ever been to before. It was so spectacularly done with all the actors really engaging with the audience and acting out their roles right next to you. I would definitely recommend it or anything like it, to anyone that gets the chance!
What books did you read in December? Was your December a busy one like mine?