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December Wrap Up!

Hellooooo, welcome to my blog 🙂

There’s a bunch of stuff I should be doing right now: reading, sleeping, writing my personal statement for university. Instead I’m watching old episodes of Graham Norton and I’m going to talk about all the books I read last month.

December was a great reading month for me, unexpectedly. For me December means two things: Christmas (yay) and also end of term exams (boo) so for both of those reasons I definitely was not expecting to read 10 books, and decent books too!

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐.75 – This book was a book of firsts: first book I read in December, first book by Christina Lauren and the first Christmas book I ever read and I had a great time. Previous to the week I picked this up I had heard next to nothing about this book until suddenly it was everywhere and I decided to give it a try.

I read this entire thing in just a couple of hours which is even more impressive when I point out I spent most of the night studying for a big history exam I had the next day. This book ended up being just what I needed to de-stress and chill out. It was cute, funny and sexy and the time travel/groundhog day elements were a lot of fun to read about. I will 100% read more from this author duo.

Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario ⭐⭐⭐ – I really love this over but that’s besides the point. This book is novel in verse all about grief and the different way two sisters deal with their grief over the loss of their mother. I enjoyed this and read it one day but it’s not something that’s going to stick with me although I gotta give it props because the more novels in verse I read, the less intimidated I am by them.

Together, Apart by Various Authors ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – This made the honourable mentions of my 2020 favourites and for a good reason. It’s insane and hilarious to me that this is a thing that exists but it was actually the best anthology collection I’ve ever read. Yes I’ve only read 3, including this one, but it’s still top of the list. This is essentially a bunch of impossibly cute romances and meet cutes set during the pandemic. I read this whole thing while feeling very anxious one night and it really cheered me up.

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Another Christmas book! One I’ve wanted to read since it’s release. This book is all about a girl who is dumped over Christmas so her very large extended family take it upon themselves to set her up on various blind dates. I loved the family dynamics in this book and how crazy but entertaining each of the blind dates were. I think this will end up being one I try and read every Christmas season.

You Have a Match by Emma Lord ⭐⭐⭐ – I’m sad about this one lads. I really loved Tweet Cute by Emma Lord which I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of last year and was hoping to feel that same kind of love with this one but that sadly wasn’t the case. This is about a girl who takes a DNA test for the lolz but then finds out she has an older sister and so goes to a summer camp to find out more about her. It was entertaining enough but the drama around why these sisters never knew about each other was kind of contrived and over the top and I wans’t feeling much chemistry with any of the characters even the main romance.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – I don’t know how to rate this book but I really did like it. This is yet another book in verse from the perspective of two sisters one in the US and the other in the Dominican Republic who only found out about each other when their father dies in a tragic plane accident. Long lost sisters was my thing this month apparently.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho ⭐⭐⭐.5 – Another case of “this was good but not as good as I was expecting and now I’m disappointed”. This book has been on more TBRs then I want to count but December was finally the month I read it. My favourite part of this book was the two main characters Gu Miyoung, a gumiho who must kill a man each month and feed on their energy, and Jihoon who was the cutest. Like I said this was good but I was expecting better which sometimes stings more. I’m definitely gonna try and get to the sequel soon though.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – It took me forever to read this book but it was my fault for reading this mid exam season not the books. I feel like I’ve tlaked about this a lot recently so to be brief: don’t know how accurate the italian setting/culture is but I enjoyed it, the budding enemies to lovers romance was everything and I love the main character Emilia. I want the sequel to this ASAP!

The Raven King + The Kings Men by Nora Sakavic

God these books are like a punch in the gut over and over so why do I re-read them every year? I started my re-read back in April this year and finally finished in December.

Obviously I loved these books, I’ve read them 3 times now, maybe more, and I still love them as much as the first time.

I feel like I notice different things each time. My goal is to one day be able to quote all of Neil Jostens iconic roasts from heart, but I have a terrible memory so a few more re-reads are needed.

December turned out to be a really good reading month. Lots of 2020 releases, a decent amount of ARCs and sure there were a few books that didn’t quite meet expecatations but they still were good.

I’d love to know your thoughts on any of these books and also what you’ve been reading recently. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Elli xx

4 thoughts on “December Wrap Up!”

  1. Clap when you land was such an amazing book, I cannot stress that enough!!! Wicked fox sounds so good! And yes, christmas is awesome and finals suck, I feel you 😁


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