December Wrap-Up


Here is my super late December Wrap-Up, where I tell you all the books I read in December.

Usually I read a lot less in the end of the year than I do in the beginning of the year (even though January has proven to be a struggle bus).

So here the 3 books I read in December and my thoughts.

The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

Dates Read: December 7 – December 7, 2019

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The artwork continues to baffle me. Though I found the story line to be less entertaining than the first one, I still heavily enjoyed this.

Words from a Woman by Ti’Anna Davis

Dates Read: December 16 – December 16, 2019

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I will disclaim that I am friends with the author but all my opinions are my own.

This is a self-published poetry book that I simply adore. I tend to not read a lot of poetry books that are not like Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson or Edgar Ellen Poe. However, this one was hit a personal note inside of me that I could easily relate to a lot of the poems in here. Not all of them left the impact I expected, but the ones that did really left me thinking.

They are short, almost spoken-word-like poems that I really enjoyed. It encouraged me to read more modern poetry and see what I like.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Dates Read: December 12 – December 18, 2019

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is still not a five stars simply because I am not entirely a fan of Renee’s writing style. It is very flowery and filled with prose that it made me lose track of what was being said. I do also think that the mystery aspect of it fell a bit flat and it could’ve been better executed where the reveal had a larger impact. I think this is mostly due because I lacked a personal connection to the characters. In a way, their relationship was borderline Wattpad style where out of nowhere they are the closest of friends without a direct build-up.

By the end of the book, however, I was highly intrigued by the romance (which is what I picked up this book to begin with). I can’t wait for the second book to come around so I can really see the magical side of this book come through. The ending is where it had the most impact to me, and that’s where I saw the talent of Renee Ahdieh’s storytelling. This book really was a book to set the characters and the world, and not one with a lot of action or tension. Still, it was a highly captivating read.

I will say that the paranormal aspect of it didn’t come through as much as I wished. Again, I was expecting a lot more vampire and angst, and it fell flat for me. However, I still heavily enjoyed it.

And those are all the books I read in December 2019. Tell me what books you read, and your thoughts on any of my reads.



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