December wrap up

December Wrap Up | 2017

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Hey Epic Geeks,

If you follow me on Goodreads, you likely know that I didn’t hit 75 books, not that I didn’t try. My goal for 2018 is back down to 52. I love the pace of one book a week and think it will be more relaxed and enjoyable this year!

December was extremely busy and I’m not sure how I didn’t think it would be. Oops. I still managed to read (or listen?) a lot of books, seven to be exact.


What I read in December …

Grishaverse by Leigh Bargudo


In November, I read the first two books of the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. You can see my mini-reviews for those in the November Wrap Up. I finished up the trilogy and then read the 3 novellas that are actually folk tales of Ravka!

Ruin and Rising (Grishaverse #3)


Ruin and Rising is the third book in the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. As per usual, I don’t want to say much due to spoilers. I did enjoy this one though and suggest reading all of her books.

The Witch of Duva (Grishaverse #0.5)


Once upon a time, there were woods near Duva that ate little girls. This story was very touching and full of twists. I absolutely loved every second of it. I actually rated The Witch of Duva 5 stars.

The Too-Clever Fox (Grishaverse #2.5)


The Too-clever Fox was clever as can be, escaping many traps time and time again. Just remember, just because you can escape once, doesn’t mean you’ll escape the next time.

I thought I would like this one more considering Sturmhond was referenced as the Too-Clever Fox. However, it only hit a 3 star for me. It was good, just nothing … spectacular? It was too predictable for me.

Little Knife (Grishaverse #2.6)


This novella is more similar to a fairy tale set up. A father wants to marry off his beautiful daughter, but only after the suitors do some impossible tasks. He expects her to be married off to the wealthiest suitor. This story has some lovely twists and moral questions. I really enjoyed Little Knife, leaving it with a 4 star.


The Night Before Christmas

Reading The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore is a tradition in my family. Every year, probably since before I was born, we read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. Once I got older and was no longer at home on Christmas Eve, my sister and I continued the tradition. The first year, we surprised my mom with a group phone call just to keep the tradition alive. It’s happened ever since.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Yes, you read that correctly. I finally finished The Night Circus! I absolutely love it, ending with a 5-star rating. The Night Circus is about a circus put together to be unique and a mystery. Turns out, it ends up being a stage for a behind-the-scenes game between two magicians. The game stretches out over years and in this book, differences in time, characters, and everything is so amazing. I hope to do a book talk about this soon because there is just way too much to say. I loved it!


Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson

I received Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson from Net Galley. This officially released in March of 2018. This was so relaxing and relateable I absolutely love Sarah’s Scribbles and her book collections are just amazing. Thanks for being such an awesome artist Sarah!

Here’s a piece of her work you may recognize.
More of Sarah’s info: Sarah Andersen Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


There you have it! These are all of the lovely books I managed to finish during December. Most were short, but hey, that’s okay! What did you read in December? Did you hit your Goodreads goal?

In the meantime, keep calm and stay epic,

Kayla

  • *Places The Night Circus on my reading list* Thanks for that!
    I finally got around to ready Ready Player One this past month. Loved the quick, light read. In the middle of American Gods right now. Not enjoying it as much as had hoped.

    • You’re welcome~

      I haven’t read Ready Player One. Quick reads are so nice sometimes, especially after heavier books. I loved American Gods. I listened to the audiobook, though, so maybe try that? I know some books are much easier as audiobooks than hard copy.

  • Mariah Kaercher

    Good for you for reading all those books! I don’t nearly read that often, I wish I would! I just find that I get too tired after a long day and pass out at night. I need to make reading before bed a priority!

    • Most of these were audiobooks. I’m fortunate to have a job that I can listen to them while working. I definitely understand not having time to just read though. It took me months to finish The Night Circus just because of that.

  • The Grishaverse is awesome! <3 And… how do you manage to read so many books!!! O.o wow I have a new good now: YOU

    • hehe Thanks! Definitely all because of audiobooks. The novellas are super short. I think I finished them all in one day.

      • Even so… I cannot see myself finishing a book in one day! A manga yes, a comic book yes, but a book… Well, if it only has around 200 pages LOL

        • hahha I feel that. I also have 8 hours a day of work that I can listen to audiobooks during.

  • I didn’t hit my goal either! As long as we’re trying though, right??

    • Absolutely! You shouldn’t be stressed about reading. It’s supposed to be relaxing! <3