December Reading Round-Up

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Hard to believe we are just hours away from the end of 2019 and the beginning of not only a new year but also a new decade.

I did well with most of my challenges and was able to complete most. I’ve included info on my favourites here.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for December was 38 books with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 1
Historical Romance– 5
Romance – 10
Women’s Fiction -3
Non-fiction – 3
Memoir – 1
Picture books – 8
Humour – 1
Mystery – 3
Thriller – 1
(Diverse books – 3)
I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 24
TBR books –5
E-books – 8
Charity reads – 1

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads) Hallelujah! I completed the regular section of the challenge – all 40 books. But I was reading right to the end of the month to complete it. I was short 2 books to complete the Advanced section. Oh well. C’est la vie.
Here the books I read this month to complete this challenge:
#3 – Book by a musician – Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden
#23 – set in Scandinavia – And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
#24- Takes place in one day – The Dinner by Herman Koch
34- Revolves around a puzzle or game – The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I needed 6 books to finish this challenge but I did it! 6 books to finish this challenge but I did it! Yeah!
Here are the books read:
#7- memoir by someone you admire -– Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden
#11- published in year graduated – If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, Why Am I in the Pits? By Erma Bombeck
#19- Gothic fiction –Too Tempting to Resist by Erica Ridley
#23 – True Crime – Newtown by Matthew Lysiak
#33- book about a cult – The Cult Child by Vennie Kocsis
#38 – allegorical book – The Curious Snowflake by James C. Struck

Monthly Key Word Challenge
I chose “Christmas” as the key words this month and read 3 books:
Christmas in Christmas in Winter Valley by Jodie Thomas
A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains
With these last books, I completed this challenge!

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was to read a book you had meant to read all year.
Newtown by Matthew Lysiak
With this last book, I completed this challenge!

Beyond the Bookends
The theme was “Sherlock Holmes adaptation”
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg
With this last book, I completed this challenge!

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was “Fantasy”:
Dark Descent by Nicole R. Taylor

With this last book, I completed this challenge!

Connect Five
I post a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. In December, my connections were:
Kisses, Wild, Wicked, Date
Check here.

Favourite Reads
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.
My top 10 though were:

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Newtown by Matthew Lysiak

Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden

The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros

No Judgements by Meg Cabot

Refire! Don’t Retire by Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz

Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith

Chasing Rainbows by Mona Ingram

Black in White by J.C. Andrijeski

Lisa Kleypas: Devil in Spring, Hello Stranger, Devil’s Daughter


2020 Resolutions
I have joined the 2020 Bookish Resolutions Challenge and have set my goals for reading for the New Year (check here for my post with links to the challenge):

Reading Goals
• Complete 10 reading challenges this year
• Read 400 books over all – (at least 100 to be pbs and mg novels)
• Read at least 50 books that I already own
• Read 50 non-fiction books, including books on writing and creativity
*Create my own syllabus for reading women authors and some fantasy series

Writing Goals
• Finish at least one writing project a season
• Write 500 words per day
• Enter a writing competition
• Complete a writing course (online or in person)


I am linking with the following:

Monthly Wrap-up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

Best of the Bunch(at A Cocoon of Books)

Spread the Love(at As Told by Tina)


Happy New Year everyone! May 2020 be filled with awesome reading!


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