Welcome to this year’s last wrap-up post! I’m also sharing my results for Sapphicathon (while mini reviews for the books I’ve read are coming next month).
So here’s what I read in December:
(The ones with 👭 are books I read for Sapphicathon)
- A Night at the Mall by M. Hollis
- Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff
- Tripping Over You by Owen White
- 👭 Ripped Pages by M. Hollis
- 👭 Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley
- The Goose Girl by Robin Gallica
- 👭 The Edge of the Abyss by Emilie Skrutskie
- 👭 The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis
- The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan
- Fence #2 by C.S. Pacat
- 👭 Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
- 👭 Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (DNF)
- 👭 Set the Stage by Karis Walsh (DNF)
- The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan
- Always Raining Here by Bell and Hazel
- Long Exposure by Kam “Mars” Heyward
I’m quite impressed because I managed to read a lot more than I did in the past months. I did get a little bit of a reading slump around the end of Sapphicathon, and that’s because sadly after a streak of great novels/novellas I started two books that weren’t great and made me want to change genre completely. Thankfully I fought the slump by starting the second book of Magnus Chase and I managed to finish it sooner than I thought I would, so there’s that.
Thoughts on Sapphicathon:
I’m so happy I decided to join. It was super chill and I loved seeing everyone read a lot of f/f stories and especially raise awareness on them. Even if I didn’t get to read a ton of books for it, I came out of the readathon with a lot more recs that I found on twitter and goodreads, so I now can’t claim anymore that “I want to read f/f but I don’t know of any good books.” That’s an easy excuse to give but that’s all it is. The books are there, they’re being created and they span all genres if you really care to find them. Don’t be afraid to use your social platforms to ask for recs if you can’t find them yourselves, and get familiar with people who regularly talk about about f/f content.
With that said, I’m a little sad that my last two reads for the readathon weren’t great. I had a lot of problems with the writing in Winterglass, and that put me in a slump, so I didn’t even feel like reading Set the Stage, which I started specifically to have something contemporary to read when Winterglass would bore me. Sadly, that too wasn’t great because I didn’t care about the characters at all, and at that point I really needed to read something completely different, meaning that I basically ended my sapphicathon after one and a half weeks instead of doing the full two weeks.
However, I came across a lot of (from what people say) great f/f books and I now own a few of them as ebooks and I’m looking forward to read.
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman: this is actually my first audiobook ever and I hope this format will work for me. I’ve already listened to half an hour of it while I was making food earlier and I feel like I could follow it well, so I’m confident that I will be able to enjoy “reading” in this format. I wasn’t even interested in this book until reading Magnus Chase made me want to know more about this mythology (we learn Greek and Roman mythology in Italy but we never talk about the Norse myths!)
- The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee: this was given to me as a Christmas present in hardback format and I already started reading snippets of it, plus the introduction. It’s a nonfiction book about the discovery and history of DNA and genes, how mankind first reacted to it, and how science and medicine were and still are trying to uncover its many secrets.
- If the Fates Allow (anthology by various authors): this is an anthology where every story features LGBTQ+ themes and characters, and the common theme is Christmas holidays. Admittedly anthologies aren’t my thing, so I’m taking it slow. I’ve read only one story so far and it didn’t work for me at all, so we’ll see what happens with the next ones. This was an ARC by Netgalley btw, but I don’t know if it’s still available there.
I caught up with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Rosa Diaz is biautiful 💖💜💙) and I can’t stress enough how amazing this show is. It’s probably not perfect, but I don’t really know of any other show that is as woke as b99. And it’s SO funny without making fun of anyone.
I also finished Stranger Things and I really liked it. The kids are all amazing actors and I’ve already signed the adoption papers. My only complaint is the unnecessary use of the girl hates girl trope, especially in characters so young and especially since there aren’t that many girls to begin with. That truly pissed me off and I expected better, but other than that it’s still a great show. My favorite thing in season 2 (without spoiling anyone) was the unlikely friendship between Dustin and Steve.
And this is it for this month and this year. I’ll see you all in my next post, and I wish you all to have fun celebrating New Year’s Eve!