Reading Wrap-Up: December 2019

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Happy New Year, everyone! 2019 was a great bookish year for me, and I closed it out by reading a load of great books (partially due to all the reading I did over the Christmas break). I read a total of 109 books in 2019 — check out what my final reads were, as well as the books I hauled in the last month of the year.


Books I read

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (review)

The Toll by Neil Schusterman

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Prosper’s Demon by K. J. Parker (review)

The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan

Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

Nemesis by Agatha Christie

King of Assassins by RJ Barker 

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

The Wicked + the Divine by Gillen McKelvie

I read a whole lot in December, due in part to the Christmas holiday. Overall, I managed to read 12 books last month, eight of which I read while at home for the holidays. There is a huge range of ratings here, from 5 stars to 2 stars. My favourites of the month were The Shadow Saint, Nemesis, and All Systems Red (which was a reread and I enjoyed much more on a second reading!).


Books I bought

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (hardcover)

Fallible Justice by Laura Laakso

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

The Last by Hanna Jameson

Moroda by L. L. McNeil

The Lost Ones by Anita Frank (Christmas giftcards)

The Vanishing Bride by Bella Ellis (Christmas giftcards)

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Christmas giftcards)

Deeplight by Francis Hardinge (Christmas giftcards)

Exhalation by Ted Chiang (Christmas giftcards)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Christmas giftcards)

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (2019 savings)

Priest of Lies by Peter McLean (2019 savings)

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2019 savings)

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones (2019 savings)

Woof. I brought in a ton of books this month! It’s not surprising due to the fact that it’s Christmas and I tend to get lots of books and giftcards, but this is definitely quite the haul. A few of these I bought as regular purchases, however I did get some with giftcards. I had also been saving £1 per book I read in 2019, and used that money to buy more books! I also invested in a few preorders that are not included here.


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Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corocan

The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan

The God Game by Danny Tobey

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H G. Parry

I was lucky enough to receive some amazing upcoming books in December! I have already finished The Shadow Saint, as you have seen above, and am currently working on The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep.


Wishlist gifts

Give the Dark my Love by Beth Revis

Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James

Here There are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé

The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

I have some absolutely amazing friends! A huge shoutout to my pals who generously sent me these books from my Amazon wishlist. I was so excited to receive them that I’ve already read three of them! I’m looking forward to reading Give the Dark my Love and Here There are Monsters soon.


Christmas gifts


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce

Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

The Realm of the Gods by Tamora Pierce

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao 

I am so fortunate to have an incredibly bookish family! We tend to give and receive loads of books for Christmas, and this year was no exception. I’ve already started on the Murderbot books and am so looking forward to reading the rest of these!


That’s it for this very long December update! What did you read last month? Did you get any new books for the holidays? Let me know!

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