December Reading Wrap Up

Hey there everyone! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a great new year. One of my goals this year to go back to sharing my wrap-ups, the list of books I read during the past month, and just some fresh thoughts on them as well, just quick one or sentence thoughts. So let’s get into it!

The Priory & the Orange Tree

I was incredibly intimidated by this novel and after reading it I can’t fathom why. The storytelling, world-building, and characterization were on point making it absolutely amazing.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rise of Knight and Sword

The book said steampunk. This was not steampunk! This was cyberpunk, why there were dinosaurs, I have no idea. Absolutely no world-building. Potential with the cast of characters except very poor characterization.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

The Shadow Wand

This book! Let me tell you, the copy I had was missing pages 575 – 609! I had to order a new one! But it was totally worth it. Absolutely love the series, love the way the characterization has expanded and the tension, ah! So good.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Carmilla

Its funny, I heard about this book in passing years ago in college. When it finally popped up at the bookstore I snagged it quickly and decided I would finally read it. I mean I literally studied Gothic Lit at Emerson, I should know this story inside and out. I was not disappointed.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Other Birds

Yo, this book was simply lovely. It was all about found family, about creating your own family in the chaos of the world. Of finding love and friendship with those around you. It was about letting go of the pain. Absolutely loved it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dune

This was another intimidating read! I don’t know why it took me so long to read this novel. I have seen the Dune Miniseries about a thousand times. I own it on DVD. That and Children of Dune. I can’t fathom why it was so intimidating to me but this was another easy read for me. The writing, the pacing, the world-building, the politics, absolutely magnificent. Now I just need to see the new movie.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nettle & Bone

So I really liked the premise of the book. The opening was a little slow, but overall, I enjoyed the voice of the characters and the misfit crew we had here. I also loved all the callbacks to classic fairytale figures. Most notably Maleficent, that was genius!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Spear

This was a strange one. I was not expecting one long narrative. There are no chapter breaks just page breaks which caught me off guard. I still liked the story and the way the characterization was done. Honestly, an excellent way to retell the story of King Arthur.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Calamity Jane

I love the Janies series! This has been on my TBR pile for ages and I finally got around to reading it! Absolutley loved it. I love how the authors pull together three different historical figures, history, and give it this new spin. I also love how the authors break the fourth wall repeatedly.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What Moves the Dead

You had me at “fall of the house of usher retelling.” But really, what is it about fungus that makes it so appealing to horror writers. Don’t get me wrong, fungus is strange, and Kingfisher did an excellent job of giving it that horror quality. Quite loved it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Lore Olympus: Volume Three

The last book I read of 2022! I love Lore Olympus so much. Honestly, one of the best graphic novels I have read in a long time. I used to read comics weekly but between college and work and starting a family, sort of lost the time to do it. But every Saturday you can bet I’m reading this on WEBToon. I fast-pass that shit. And reading it pulled together here, it’s like a directors cut. Smythe is amazing!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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