December 2023 Recap & Haul Time!

January 9, 2024

It’s time for a look at my December reading life!

It’s time for another wrap-up/haul post — and some fun stats!

I can’t believe it’s time to write my final 2023 monthly recap, but here we are. I think I’m going to change up my recaps a little for January’s, but I decided it made sense to leave it alone for December to keep it matching the other 2023 recaps!

The month at a glance:

  • books read: 20
  • books DNFed: 1
  • average rating: 4.6
  • best book: toss-up between Radiance and Where the Dead Things Go to Die
  • worst book: Fluids

What I read:

(each title link will direct you to my review for more thoughts!)

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✨ review copy → 💞 buddy/group read → 🔁 re-read → 🎧 audiobook → 🍰 graphic novel/manga
🤷‍♀️ TBR jar → 🗓️ 2023 TBR → 🌻 seasonal TBR

5 stars

4 & 4.5 stars

3 & 3.5 stars

2 & 2.5 stars

1 & 1.5 stars
  • nothing this month!

And now, for some of my favorite recent hauls:


I got some great Christmas gifts, so we have a “gifts” section this month! Thank you so much to everyone 🥰


I bought almost nothing in December! My book ban started off pretty strong because the books I did buy were either from book boxes or were like $3 or less. I did get a TON of freebies from Stuff Your Kindle day, but I didn’t feel like making this post a million miles long to include all of those. 😂 I think I downloaded about 40 freebies and almost every single one was a romantasy title.

review copies:

I also didn’t haul a ton of review copies this month, since I’m trying really hard to stop taking on so many review commitments, but I did get some very exciting ones!

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read or hauled, or what was something nice that happened in your life?




More about Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. I love that all 7 of our buddy reads in December were 5 star ratings for you. My favorite book of December was definitely NOS4A2 by Joe Hill!!

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