2018 Wrap-Up | December

With NaNoWriMo reaching its end and three unimpressive books to finish out November, I was in sort of a reading slump when December began. Thankfully, with the time off here at the end of this final month of 2018, I was able to get back on a more satisfactory reading track, and finish out the year on an uphill slope (not June and August levels, but a feel-good level nonetheless). Let’s get into the specifics. 

Books I Finished:

A Murder of Crows (The Ravenscourt Tragedies #1) by Annie Kirke – This book blew me away. It is so captivating, mysterious, whimsical, and so many more adjectives that would be too many to list here. You can read my book review here, and I highly [highly] recommend making room for it on your immediate TBR. 

Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver – I found some poetry in one of my anthologies by Mary Oliver, and decided to seek out some of her other writing. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of the passages I added to my Stories. I found these essay so profound, moving, and exceptionally written – every. single. one. If you enjoy nature writing or observational writing and creative non-fiction, I highly recommend this collection. 

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi – This book review hurt a little to write, because I was quite excited for this book. However, it did let me down and I did think about not finishing it, but I continued on and am sort of glad I did. Anyway, you can read my review here

Books I Did Not Finish:

I didn’t finish either of these not because I’m disliking them, but because the end of this month has sort of gotten away from me (in a good-ish way). I’ll be finishing them up in January.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson 

Georgiana Darcy by Alice Isakova

Books I Added to My Bookshelf:

Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming – I was on the blog tour for this book back in September, and have wanted a hard copy ever since (I read the ebook). I finally purchased it this month.  

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry – Christmas gift.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry – Christmas gift.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – Christmas gift.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – Christmas gift.

Little Moments of Love A Catana Comics Collection – Christmas gift. 

Books I Am Not Keeping:

Gazelle in the Shadows by Michelle Peach

Blood Moon (Parts 1&2) by S. Yurvati 

Read why I am unhauling these books here.


And that does it for December. Let me know if we read any of the same books or if you’ve read any of the titles I added to my shelves this month – they are all still on my TBR. I hope you enjoy this last day of 2018, and I will see you in the New Year! 

-Kelsey

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