Tuesday, 1 January 2019

A Month In Books - December 2018

Welcome to December's Month In Books roundup!

I read an even-impressed-myself 21 books in December plus finally DNFing a French novel that had been hanging about for months. I also blogged 5 Spotlight posts and transferred over 4 older reviews from this blog to Literary Flits. Scroll down for an intriguing YA audiobook (Ketchup Clouds), whimsical Urban Fantasy (My Dream Woman), Singapore poetry (Watching Aliens), and a Rwandan biography (The Barefoot Woman), plus many more ...

Regular blog series:
I blogged a trio of #Top10of2018 posts last week so if you scroll back through this blog you can discover my favourite New Authors, Book Covers, and, of course, Books Of The Year. I also blogged Bookish Bingo and State of the ARC updates as well as roundups of my 2018 Challenges and proposed 2019 Challenges. I didn't blog a ReadingWomen in December and am not sure whether to continue these posts. I'm enthused to jump in with the Cover Characteristics posts I love at Metaphors And Moonlight though so you can expect my Stairs themed post on the 10th of January

December's WorldReads featured books from Switzerland and I will be 'visiting' Argentina for January's WorldReads on the 5th. I've learned of a few more bloggers considering global reading for 2019 too so I'm eagerly awaiting their posts.

The Spotlight post giveaway winner was Dickensen Academy by Christine Grabowski. (If you'd like the chance to win a Spotlight for your book, add its link to This Linkup. One winner drawn each month!)

Reading Challenges:
Alphabet Soup: Completed!
Books In French: 1 DNF added
Classics Club: 2 added, 37 remaining
Decade Challenge: 0 added, 4 remaining.

Now, on with this December Reading Roundup!
(Clicking each cover image will take you directly to my Literary Flits review or Spotlight page)

My Reviews










Spotlights




My Book Of The Month was a clear favourite this month (although The Darkness That Divides Us by Renate Dorrestein and The Storm by Tomas Gonzales both came close on on its heels). The simple, plain cover belies a complex novel of immigration experience and cultural alienation. Aya Dane is the second Mhani Alaoui novel I've read. Dreams Of Maryam Tair was also superb!


I hope you have found some books to tempt you in this selection! You can keep up with my daily book posts on Literary Flits and don't forget all the Giveaways are listed in my Giveaway Linkup.

15 comments:

  1. You did well with your December Reads! I spent the last week of the year starting two big books and I finished both today, which gets me off to a good start this year. I'll be visiting The Arctic for World Reads this month!

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    1. I think pretty much all of mine were middly or short reads. I've got a few bricks awaiting me, but I always find reasons to put them off!

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  2. What an impressive reading month! Good for you for deciding to dnf that book that wasn't working for you. I hope you have a great January of reading!

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    1. I'm trying to become more decisive about DNFing. Too many fab books out there for me to waste time on the ones that aren't working for me

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  3. Congratulations on reading 21 books. If I could do that, I’d get through my TBR shelf a lot faster. Happy 2019!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I'd love to get my unread books down to just one shelf full :-)

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  4. That's a good number of books to have read.

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  5. 21 books is awesome! And Cover Characteristics is always fun. :)

    Hoping your 2019 is getting off to a fabulous start!

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    1. I've been having great fun scrolling back through dozens of book covers to categorise them. It's the sort of time-wasting task I adore!

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  6. 21 books is amazing! I enjoyed looking at all the covers and seeing books that are new to me. Happy 2019!

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  7. It always impresses me when I see that bloggers have more than one blog. It's all I can do to keep up with the one!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Lol, I kept getting complaints from non-bookish folks about too many book reviews getting in the way of travel posts so I split them out. Now I do loads of memes here instead though so it's probably no better!

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  8. Wow! 21 books in a month. Go you! I think the most I've read in a month is 15. See what I read in December at Girl Who Reads

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