December 2021 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

Welcome to the first day of the new year! What better way to kick off 2022 by closing out 2021? It’s time to wrap up my reading for December. It was a pretty easy-going reading month because I was mostly focused on getting ready for Christmas. I did manage to get through five books, though, and I’m not mad about it! Quality-wise, it was a great way to close out the year.

Alright, let’s see what I read in the last month of 2021!


Books Read


Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

Book: The Girl of Dorcha Wood by Kristin Ward

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: I read this for a tour run by The Write Reads and I had so much fun with it! It’s certainly a dark tale (so please check triggers!) but it was a wild ride, too. I loved the take on Celtic folklore. I’m looking forward to continuing the series. You can read my full review here!


Book: The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: I read this book as part of being a BBNYA 2021 panelist. Though this wasn’t my favorite of the three I read, it was still a solid fantasy novel. The pacing was a bit off, but the characters and the world-building was great! I’m sure I’ll be writing a full review soon for the finalists blog tour.


Book: Forget Me Not by Anca Antoci

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: We have another The Write Reads blog tour book here! This was such an interesting read that I absolutely flew through. There were some pacing issues, but it was such an unique fantasy that I ended up loving. You can read my full review here!


Book: Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn

Rating: ★★★★★

Thoughts: Here is another of my three reads for the BBNYA 2021 finals and this was my favorite of the entire contest! This story blew me away with its writing, its characters, and the incredible world-building. I’m so ready to read anything and everything that D.N. Bryn writes! You’ll definitely be seeing a full review from me soon.


Book: Soul-Strung by Rachel Hobbs

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: This was my last blog tour book/post of 2021! As a sequel, this was a a pretty solid book. Again, this suffered from some pacing issues, but I still had a good time. And it certainly ended on a great cliffhanger! You can read my full review here.

Book of the Month


There was definitely a clear winner for the last month of the year! The Book of the Month for December was…

This was just a damn good book! I loved the diversity. I loved that it had a disabled main character. I loved that it had asexual rep. There was just so much to love about this incredibly beautiful the tale! On top of all that, the writing was incredible and I fell in love with our MC, a siren who learns that not all humans are horrible. I don’t want to gush too much about this because I’ll definitely be writing a full review soon!

Reflections


So I had a bit of slower reading month to close out 2021. That doesn’t take away from the fact that I somehow managed to read 114 books last year! I’ve never read over 100 books in one year! I’m kind of impressed with myself, lol. And it was a year filled with incredible reads, too. I mean, I had 16 five star reads! I’ve bumped up my Goodreads goal by only 5, though, because I know myself. If I put down 100 and start to see “You’re X books behind”, I’m going to stress myself out 😂 I’m really happy with how my reading year turned out.

December was a stressful month for other reasons, though. Mostly because I look at the word “self-care” and don’t realize I can apply it to myself. I was turning myself inside out at the end of the year trying to make other people happy which, noble goal, but I ended up burning myself out hard. I took on too much in regards to blog tours, I was trying to push myself through books I wasn’t enjoying, and it all combined to make me not want to read anything! Even books that I was thoroughly enjoying. So I’m planning on being more truthful with myself about what I can and cannot accomplish without running myself into the ground. I want my reading to be just as incredible in 2022 and I want to be able to keep up with my little blog without it feeling like a chore. It’s about balance, after all.

Now I’m not going to talk about my January plans too much because I want to an entire post for my 2022 reading goals. Just know, I’m already excited for my reading in the new year!


How was your reading in December? Did you find a new favorite? Make any progress on some challenges? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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