december wrap up (cc)

Jesus Christ why did I have to read so many books…holy shit Hello everybody, welcome back to my channel. Today we are doing my December wrap-up. I’m actually filming this in January so as I was going through all my books and finding all the ones that I needed I was like “wow I really read that last month didn’t I”, it feels like so long ago and that’s crazy. Anyway, I did have a read-a-thon last month I did the Read Your Gays round 2: Happy Holigays and I have a few books from that and a few books from the library So, let me see how many books I have here 18 books here to talk about so without any further ado Let’s just jump on into it so The first book I actually read and I read both in the series that is Wires and Nerve volumes 1 & 2 The first one being just wires and nerve and the second one being gone rogue. These are graphic novels like novella kind of things in the Lunar Chronicles universe So if you’ve read the Lunar Chronicles like Cinder, Scarlet, Winter- Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Stars Above, Fairest, all that good stuff, then that is the universe that I’m talking about here. I absolutely love that series. I have a tattoo for it on my arm here. This is one of the series that got me back into reading. So I love it so much and it means a lot to me. So I read those two, I did get them both from the library, I rated them both four stars I thought they’re really good. They just didn’t really like blow me out of the water. I may get them eventually for my shelves, but but as of right now, I’m just like ya know, “they were good. I read them. I I don’t need to buy them at this moment.” I’m not too worried about it So yeah, the two graphic novels follow Iko From the Lunar Chronicles who is an android and she is… I don’t wanna say too much because it would spoil other books in series, but she is kind of like basically, what’s it called… a bounty hunter and we’ll just leave it at that. It’s really good. And if you’ve read series you’d probably really like them. The art style is really cool. It’s not too text-heavy. So yeah, I do recommend but yeah overall four stars for both of them. Next up for Read Your Gays round 2, I read Crier’s War by Nina Varela. This was a reread for me I read the arc a while back and I got my finished copy in the mail And I knew I had to do a reread of it. I loved this book so so much I did give this five stars. This is about a girl named Crier and a girl named Ayla and Crier is made, so she is an automae and it’s got a science fiction spin on it if you like Westworld, it’s kind of similar to Westworld in the sense that she is created and all this stuff and basically created humans rule over Natural-born humans, I guess you could say and Ayla is a natural-born human and she is going to kill Crier she’s on a mission to kill Crier and she ends up becoming her handmaid and yeah, it’s really good. There is a queer relationship in this a female female romance, if you will, and It’s really good. I highly recommend it. It is definitely Just a solid fantasy sci fi Young adult book it’s it’s solid it’s good. I have no complaints about it It’s slow burn so who could ever ask for more? And there goes the garbage truck, yep, okay, perfect timing my man. We made it through three books So next up I read Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosie Thorr this is a sci-fi book obviously as you can tell from the cover It looks very science fictiony And this is about a girl who- oh my god get off of my street this is about a girl who is essentially, disobeying the government by helping her Grandfather? Father? Grandfather I think put Basically pacemakers into people. You’re not supposed to do it. It’s against the law. She’s doing it anyway, and so she’s on the run from the government and she meets up with a couple people There is a female female romance. There is an asexual, aromantic character in here He is a side character though. So be forewarned. It’s not like the main character I went into it thinking it was the main character so not the main character, but, it’s still really good representation there’s a little bit of a discussion in here about it and overall, it was really good. The romance in here is so so cute and I could not ask for more, the plotline was really good a really solid and I ended up giving this one four stars. Again, it was really good solid It just didn’t blow me out of the water, but I did really like it and I do plan to read it again in the future Um, but yeah overall a really good queer book if you’re looking for that, really good representation in here and a really good story. Next up We have The Queen of Rhodia by Effie Calvin This is the third book in The Tales of Inthya series, the first one being The Queen of Ieflaria. I’ve talked about the series a lot on my channel recently, especially and that is because I love this book so much. I gave this one five stars. It was really good. There is such Such good discussions in this one the books definitely get better as they go. The first book was really good, solid, loved it. Second book, good discussions, solid loved it. This one, great discussions, solid, loved it. Like it just keeps getting better and better I’m so excited to see what the next one holds but this one was just so so good. It talks a lot about From the point of view of a fat girl who is Kind of like tormented by her mother about other things her weight being one of them and it had a really good discussion about that had a really good discussion about parenthood and parenting and deciding to have kids or not and it was so So good and honestly the author did a really good job with these topics in my opinion. I thought they were really well done and Overall the story it was great, again. I won’t go into what this book is about but The Queen of Ieflaria is about a girl who goes to… She’s betrothed to the prince and the prince ends up dying. So she has to become betrothed to the princess and Yeah, that’s all I’ll say about that. It’s really good it is a really great world building in this series like some of the best I have read and I really really like this one. Next up We have a new favorite of mine if you watched my top 15 of 2019 video and that is If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio this is very similar to The Secret History it is a dark academia book following a group of kids who go to this theatre school and they study theatre and they do a bunch of Shakespearean plays and They are Shakespeare buffs Essentially and there’s a murder mystery… shit goes down and it’s dark It’s so so dark and it’s told from the point of view of our main character who is getting released from prison for what he did and He’s telling his story to the Officer who was like “listen, I don’t think you’re telling the whole truth even after all these years tell me what happened” and he sits down tells him what happened and It’s kind of dual perspective in that sense like a few of the chapters Are from like, you know, 20 years in the future however many years in the future and then the rest of the book is told From the point of view of this kid in university. So yeah, definitely recommend this one I did give it five stars it is a new favorite of mine. I loved it so much I actually gifted it to a friend for Christmas and he will be reading it soon I’m so excited to get his thoughts on it because I know he’s gonna love it But yeah, if you haven’t picked this one up yet highly highly recommend Alrighty next up we have Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland this is a book about a girl who is following in her mother’s footsteps to become a dreamwalker and Basically, this means exactly what it says. I don’t know if… it’s actually a soulwalker. So it’s essentially the same thing. It’s what it says. She can walk through people’s souls while they sleep and she usually goes with her mother to do this, but her mother ends up being killed and she has to figure out what happened and She meets a lot of people along the way she finds a lot about herself The main character is asexual. That is such Such a good part of this book. There are so many great discussions on that there is one whole chapter dedicated to just gender identity and sexual identity and it’s so so good and I just want to frame that whole chapter and it’s just amazing and It’s so well done. The prose in this is absolutely stunning the Characters are amazing. I could feel them. They are real to me and It’s just so so good. One of the side characters is also trans as well And that has such good discussions around this. I have not heard anything about the trans rep though, so I can’t speak for that but the author themselves is Asexual so that’s own voices for that, but I don’t think the trans representation is own voices, so I’ll be sure to check that out and make sure that trans reviewers are liking this one as well But yeah, I highly recommend this one. I did give it 5 out of 5 stars Next up we have The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell this I gave 5 out of 5 stars I had such a good reading month this month. I or last month, rather. This book Was phenomenal it blew me out of the water. I have such an obsession with cult books and books like About cults like this one. I loved After the Fire I loved I read Devoted which is about a Mormon Kind of cult ish? I think I can’t remember that. I read that a while ago But I just have like a weird fascination with cults and this one just hit the spot for me. It did its job it’s about a girl who turns 25 and she comes into this inheritance of a big-ass mansion and She kind of looks up the history and she finds out that three people were found dead in this mansion four children who are missing from the mansion and one baby was upstairs crying in her crib and she is that baby and Shit goes down, shit goes down hard and This is so so good. This is actually one of the first books I read with the point of view of a homeless person and I think that was done fairly well I mean I can’t speak on that but it was almost like too real like it was like “oh my gosh I don’t want to think about this. It makes me sad,” but obviously it’s something that we should be thinking about, talking about but yeah highly recommend this one. If you haven’t read it, It’s a good one. It is a good one. I promise you, okay? Next I read Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore. This is about a Bunch of girls. Oh my god. I just realized the front of this book gives me like Midsommar vibes. Oh My gosh like these flowers right here. I think they’re I don’t know what they are I’m not going to try and pretend I know what they are, but these ones right here I think of that scene with Florence Pugh and she’s got like the crown on and the flowers are like moving and like They look like they’re breathing and I think it’s like one of these flowers That’s a tangent anyway It follows a bunch of girls who live on this estate and the women in their family they only give birth to women and They are destined to How do I put this? their… their legacy is That every man that they fall in love with vanishes into thin air as soon as they fall in love with them and a boy appears Stuff goes down Anna Marie McLemore’s writing, like I said a million times before is so atmospheric. It’s so beautiful So lyrical, and I loved it so much. I did give this one five stars And this is also not the only Anna Marie McLemore book that I read this month So we’ll be getting that one a little bit later. I highly recommend all of their books. They are just a stunning Ok Next up. We have a big ol boy and that is Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes Look at this This is like seven… six hundred and fifty pages Maybe yeah 650 pages and I really liked this one Actually, I gave this 4 stars and I read the solely because of Piera Forde’s recommendation she talked about it a lot on Twitter and She said that there was a female female romance in here and that it was just a really good book overall And I have to agree. It didn’t blow me out of the water Like most of my four-star books. It’s like it’s really good solid book, but it didn’t blow me out of the water same thing with this one, but the romance in here was absolutely adorable. I loved it so so much. This book is told from a point of view of Sal who is She’s telling her story of basically her life and how she got to the point she is now. It starts off with her being imprisoned for treason and she is about to be Executed Done-zo and Listen her life story is…wild if you liked Nevernight You’d really like this one also if you liked Gideon the Ninth you’d like this one Especially the humor in this one is very similar to Gideon the Ninth. The main character is like Gideon on crack she’s just so sarcastic and badass and Takes no shit. I love her. She’s amazing. I love a lot of the characters in here But yeah, definitely worth the read worth the long read and yeah, I highly Recommend this one as well Even though the cover is nasty. Look at this. This is this is not it chief but the story the story is what counts and it is beautiful. I love it Okay next we have my Stephen King of the month and that was Roadwork this Kind of underwhelmed me. I gave this three and a half stars. I liked it. But I was expecting a lot more from It it’s about a man who Kind of goes… not crazy. He kind of goes crazy because They are building a highway through his town and they’re building basically right over his house and he has however long to move out and find another place to live because They’re gonna you know, tear his house down and build over it and same thing. Hi Jesper Hi, what are you doing? Bye. Same thing with his business he owns a laundromat and they are building over that as well and He is really angry about this and he eventually like loses his mind stuff goes down It’s interesting So that’s why I gave it three and a half stars. I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading it, but I was a little bit underwhelmed I expected a little bit more from it But yeah overall a decent read Yeah, that’s it for that one Okay Alrighty next up is a book I got from the library and that would be Bird Box by Josh Malerman this I’ve been wanting to read for a while Not to be that person But I wanted to read it actually before the movie came out And before I did I had even heard about the movie the book sounded interesting to me And I haven’t read it until now actually which is a year after the movie came out But yeah, I really like this one. I gave it 4 and a half stars I liked it, it just was missing a little bit something for me. This is about a woman who is raising Well, it’s dual perspective. One perspective is the woman as This bird box stuff is happening. People are going crazy and like killing themselves when they see this monster and everybody has to like, you know, not look at the monster and keep their eyes closed and stuff and it follows her as this is happening and as she has to find shelter and stuff like that and that also follows her as Like four years later or something like that with two children trying to get them out to safety without Seeing the monster, so it’s really good. I really liked it, but it was missing a little bit of something for me I liked the idea of not knowing what the monster was even though it drove me a little bit crazy the ending I Wasn’t a huge fan of, I liked it, but I don’t know. I don’t know what I would have wanted instead, but I I don’t know. I think that’s where I kind of deducted the half star is that the ending just wasn’t enough for me So yeah, really liked it overall. I highly recommend if you haven’t read it and you liked the movie All right, next up I read Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan this is a reread for me I was reading this in preparation for Ruthless Gods which I have an arc of I will be hopefully reading this month But this is about a woman who can kind of Call on the gods and goddesses to help her in situations And so for that she is kind of coveted a coveted object if you will and she’s an asset and she ends up going on the run with an enemy and From another enemy and It’s a little bit of an enemies to lovers and I really like the romance in here That is definitely a shining part of this but I really like the dark fantasy, horror fantasy that this is and A lot of people have read this so I won’t go on about it But if you hadn’t read it yet, highly recommend it. It’s really good. I did give this What did I give this… four and a half out of five stars Okay, next we have Blanca and Roja by Anna Marie McLemore. This one is about two girls, they are sisters and they are growing up and At some point one of them will turn into a swan. It is like the family curse. Is that each generation This family will have a daughter that turns into a swan and it’s kind of like two girls competing against each other to not become a swan and then It’s a lot of different stuff happens. It’s very beautiful. Very lyrical, whimsical, like Anna Marie McLemore’s writing usually is and I really like this one. I do have to say though It’s probably one of my least favorite even though I did give this five stars and I love all of them This one is just like the lowest five starts. Does that make sense? I don’t know It’s really really good and I gave it five stars, but I liked Their other books more if that makes sense at all Okay We’ll get into the end here got four books left. So next up I have Rust and Stardust by T Greenwood. This is the story of Sally Horner and if you don’t know who Sally Horner is, she is the inspiration for Lolita she was a girl in the forties/fifties who went missing and She was abducted by An older man, who was a convicted he sexually abused young girls and she was like 11 when she was abducted and it’s the story of her abduction basically and it’s told from a bunch of point of views her point of view, her mom’s point of view, her sister’s point of view and It’s really really good. I did give this one four and a half stars I really liked it just felt like something was missing for me But I did overall really liked this one I’ve been wanting to read it for a while But I did finally get my hands on it and I finally read it and I really liked it So if you haven’t read it, I haven’t heard anybody talking about it. So I highly recommend it if you’re interested But obviously trigger warnings for abuse, sexual assault, pedophilia. Okay Next we have Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray I buddy read this with Austin from Sovereign Novels, and I really enjoyed this one I think I liked the first one better. This was really enjoyable for me, but I did get end up giving it four stars I gave The Diviners four and a half. I do plan on continuing the series just because I am curious One thing I really like about these books is the discussions that go on in them. I like the race discussions and all that good stuff The diversity of the characters is fantastic if you didn’t know, The Diviners is mainly about one girl who is a diviner and She’s got magical abilities and it’s super cool. This is a continuation of the series so I won’t go into what this one’s about, but I highly recommend The Diviners. I feel like everybody’s read at those Well go into that one too far. Next up, we have Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo this one I really liked I Feel like I can’t say much more than that, I did give this one 4 out of 5 stars It was a little underwhelming for me because I had hyped this up so much in my mind I did read the arc of this a while back and I dnf’d it but I did want to read a finished copy when it came out and I liked it It just kind of underwhelmed me a little bit. It was a little bit confusing at times but overall this story was enjoyable and it Is definitely a series and I will want to continue in the future this is about a girl named Galaxy or Alex Stern and She is at Yale and she is there to kind of monitor the doings of certain houses, I guess I Can’t remember what they’re called Yeah secret societies. She’s monitoring monitoring the secret societies of Yale and it’s definitely interesting. There’s a lot of magic in here and I Liked it overall. I just don’t have a whole lot to say on it Yeah, that’s it. That’s it. And Finally this month. I read Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh. This is a little tiny novella I actually started and finished this at work. We were dead Sunday night and I Read it in like an hour This is about a man who lives in the woods Who is kind of one with the woods in like a literal sense. And the the trees like move and they’re What’s what’s the word I’m looking for Personified. The trees are personified and this plot essentially is about this man who comes into the woods and finds him and It’s a short little story. I highly recommend it. It’s well worth the read it’ll only take you like an hour to read it It’s so good. It’s so magical and I love little magical whimsical stories like this So yeah again highly recommend it. I did give that one five stars as well So that is going to be it for this wrap-up I hope you guys enjoyed let me know if you read any of the same books or will read any of the same books down below and Yeah, thank you so much for watching and I will see you in the next one. Bye. Bye

14 thoughts on “december wrap up (cc)

  1. Your speaking has improved a lot! Sometimes you can sound a bit out of breath but you've relaxed a lot and it's great to see. ❤️

  2. 😂😂 “get off my street”! I am always impressed by how much you read in a month Boston!! ❤️ Great wrap up!

  3. I just found your channel recently and oh my gosh you are my favorite person on booktube right now! I've never found anyone else whose taste in books is so similar to mine

  4. thank you for the captions! i am not personally hard of hearing but it makes it a lot easier to keep up when i can read a long 🙂

  5. I’ll definitely look into Seven Blades in Black, if it’s similar to Nevernight then I’m sure I’ll love it!
    I’m glad you liked If We Were Villains, I was a little underwhelmed by it unfortunately but I know lots of people enjoyed it!
    Lovely video💗

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