December Wrap: Closing the Year with a BANG!

Holy crap, y’all… I didn’t realize until compiling this wrap-up that I read 42 DAMN BOOKS in December. Yes, some of them were short reads, but I don’t care, that is AWESOME and I am so proud of myself right now?!?!

Click the titles for links to reviews wherever available!


EMOJI KEY:
πŸ¦„Β = review copy

🌻 = POC rep
🌈 = LGBTQ+ rep
πŸ“šΒ = Short-a-thon
✨ = Diverse December

5 stars:

  • Kingdom of Needle and BoneΒ β€” Mira Grant πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸŒˆβœ¨
  • The Gilded WolvesΒ β€” Roshani Chokshi πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸŒˆβœ¨
  • Merry InkmasΒ β€” Talia Hibbert 🌻🌈✨
  • Witching Hour TheatreΒ β€” Jonathan Janz
  • Hark! The Herald Angels ScreamΒ β€” Christopher Golden πŸ¦„
  • A Holiday By GaslightΒ β€” Mimi Matthews
  • Kin β€” Kealan Patrick Burke 🌻✨
  • Song of the Dead β€” Sarah Glenn Marsh πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸŒˆβœ¨
  • In an Absent DreamΒ β€” Seanan McGuire πŸ¦„
  • Dear Aaron β€” Mariana Zapata
  • Zita the Spacegirl β€” Ben Hatke πŸ“š
  • Illuminae β€” Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (reread) 🌻🌈✨
  • My Boyfriend is a Bear β€” Pamela Ribon πŸŒ»πŸŒˆπŸ“šβœ¨
  • Waves β€” Ingrid Chabbert πŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸ“šβœ¨
  • All Systems Red β€” Martha Wells πŸŒ»πŸŒˆπŸ“šβœ¨
  • Fence, Vol. 1Β β€” C. S. Pacat πŸŒ»πŸŒˆπŸ“šβœ¨
  • Sour Candy β€” Kealan Patrick Burke πŸ“š
  • NOS4A2 β€” Joe Hill 🌈✨
  • Dead Lake β€” Darcy Coates πŸ“š
  • The Tea Dragon Society β€” Katie O’Neill πŸŒ»πŸŒˆπŸ“šβœ¨
  • MPD Psycho, Vol. 1 β€” Eiji Otsuka & Sho-u Tajima πŸŒ»πŸ“šβœ¨
  • The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant β€” C. S. Pacat πŸŒˆπŸ“šβœ¨
  • Love Looks Pretty On You β€” Lang Leav πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸ“šβœ¨
  • Damaged Goods β€” Talia Hibbert πŸŒ»πŸ“šβœ¨
  • The Sea Was a Fair Master β€” Calvin Demmer πŸ¦„πŸ“š
  • Fragments of Horror β€” Junji Ito πŸŒ»πŸ“šβœ¨
  • Colder, Vol. 1 β€” Paul Tobin πŸ“š
  • Savage Species β€” Jonathan Janz πŸ¦„πŸŒ»βœ¨

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4 stars:

  • The Battle of the Labyrinth β€” Rick Riordan 🌻✨
  • The LightsΒ β€” Carrie Pack πŸ¦„πŸŒˆβœ¨
  • The FaithfulΒ β€” Matt Hayward πŸ¦„
  • Pennies β€” Pepper Winters 🌻✨
  • Child of the Moon β€” Jessica Semaan πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸ“šβœ¨
  • Bone Parish, Vol. 1 β€” Cullen Bunn πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸ“šβœ¨
  • The Lost Sisters β€” Holly Black πŸŒˆπŸ“šβœ¨

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3 stars:

  • Goth (manga) β€” Otsuichi 🌻✨
  • Snow in LoveΒ β€” anthologyΒ πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸŒˆβœ¨
  • We Should All Be Feminists β€” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie πŸŒ»πŸ“šβœ¨
  • Spill Zone β€” Scott Westerfeld πŸŒ»πŸ“šβœ¨

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2 stars:

  • Dear HeartbreakΒ β€” Heather Demetrios πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸŒˆβœ¨

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1 star:

  • Snow and MistletoeΒ β€” Alexa Riley
  • Unfollowing You β€” Komal Kapoor πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸ“šβœ¨

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DNF – no rating:

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in progress & predicted ratings:

NOTHING! I managed to end the year with a clean slate!


Other Reviews Posted this Month:

(click the photos!)


Movies Watched this Month:

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  • Searching β€” 5 ⭐
  • The Nun β€” 3 ⭐
  • A Christmas Horror Story (rewatch) β€” 5 ⭐ (review)
  • The Mummy (millionth rewatch) β€” 5,000,000 ⭐
  • The Spirit of Christmas β€” 3.5 ⭐ (review)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (rewatch) β€” 4.5 ⭐
  • Iron Man (rewatch) β€” 5 ⭐
  • Iron Man 2 (rewatch) β€” 3.5 ⭐

Music I Loved This Month:

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This was the second month in a row I practically only listened to one album:Β The Silver Scream by Ice Nine Kills. It’s the metalcore group’s latest release and is 13 tracks of pure horror film homage loveliness. I’m obsessed and it’s probably my favorite music album of all time at this point.


My Favorite Non-Review Posts of the Month:

(click the post headers to see the posts!)

My Favorite Posts from OTHER Bloggers This Month:


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41 thoughts on “December Wrap: Closing the Year with a BANG!

  1. I just added ‘searching’ to my watchlist, he wasn’t convinced we should see it at the cinema but I feel like I’m missing something there! Interested to see you DNF unwind too, that’s been sitting on my owned TBR for a good year or so but never reaches top of my list..

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    1. Searching was REALLY good but also very sad at points so make sure you have some tissues on hand! The opening scene honestly had me holding back literal sobs. As for Unwind, I was having such a hard time getting into it but might try it again some time, if that says anything for how conflicted I was over it lol!

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  2. WOW you had such a fabulous reading month, it’s incredible that you got to read so much and so many 5 stars, I’m impressed! πŸ™‚ Happy reading!! ❀

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  3. OMG YESSSS you can never watch The Mummy enough times! Speaking of which I should go rewatch it soon…
    ALSO 42 BOOKS?? Dang, I’m so impressed, especially since so many were 5 star reads!

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    1. You’re so welcome, Ari! β™₯ Awww thank you hahah! I felt a little like a superhero when I tallied up all those 5-stars πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and same on Snow in Love, Kasie’s was SO GOOD and Nic Stone’s was pretty solid too! I just wish I hadn’t hated the other 2 😦

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  4. 1) I LOVE that you marked the POC and LGBT+ books and how you used the emojis to do it. It makes it so easy to find diverse books! AND that you read so many????
    2) You have so many five star reads!! Go you! My month definitely had its highs, but not near as many.

    Those two thoughts just jumped out at me when I saw this, haha. As well as the 42 books in a month part: congrats, that is amazing. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€ I’m glad you like the little emoji key, it’s really fun to do and I like that it helps me see at a glance whether or not my reading that month was diverse “enough” for my own personal standards or if I need to improve it the following month. (I was pleased with December!) Thank you so much β™₯β™₯

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  5. I can’t wait to see Searching! Also, it’s great that not only did you read so much last month, but you also had so many 5-star reads! Congrats!! πŸ™‚

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  6. Me: *is in complete awe of your ability to knock my socks off every month*

    Destiny, my dude, you. are. amazing. Seriously, so much amazing content! Fence Vol 1! The Gilded Wolves! In An Absent Dream! Iron Man! Captain America! The Mummy!

    I love The Mummy and I am constantly amazed at how few people have actually seen it! I rewatched the Iron Man trilogy last year and really enjoyed them, my favourite is Iron Man 3 but I also love the first one too! Do you have a favourite MCU movie?

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    1. Awwww thank you so much Ellyn! You’re gonna make me cry πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ’• And yes, The Mummy is such an underrated gem honestly. Oooh… from the ones I’d seen before I’d say Winter Soldier but as we’re rewatching them there are some I loved before that I love less now and vice versa so I’ll have to tell you if that’s still the case by the time we finish our marathon! We were trying to watch one per day but we fell off the schedule when I started my new job lol!

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  7. I have also been listening to The Silver Scream nonstop lately. My kids and I love it! Do you have a favorite song on the album? I am partial to Thank God It’s Friday, Stabbing In The Dark, A Grave Mistake, and IT Is The End. =)

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    1. That’s awesome haha! It’s so good! Oh man, all of the ones you listed are phenomenal. I’ve had that album on repeat basically nonstop since Halloween and my favorite keeps changing from week to week lol! But I think if I had to narrow it down, probably Thank God It’s Friday and A Grave Mistake. I’m also really partial to Love Bites and Rocking the Boat!

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