December Reading Round-Up with end of Year Summary

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Well, we made it to the end of the year! What an achievement, after a year of upheaval and uncertainty. We have all missed so much. Thankfully, my husband is recovering his strength and is walking more independently.

Ontario is once again in lockdown, so we have decided to hunker down and visit through phone, email or facetime.

Reading is such a necessary stress-reliever and I still usually turn to fantasy or romance.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month. I am also going to include a summary for how successful I was with the challenges I worked on this year.

The total read for December was 25 books, along with 28 picture books with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 3
Romance – 4
Women’s Fiction

Historical fiction – m2

Historical romance – 2
Non-fiction – 4
Pix books – 28       

MG – 1

Play – 1

Sci-Fi – 2

Anthology – 2

I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won), an e-book, or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown

Library reads –30                                   TBR/owned books –11

E-books – 6                                                           

Charity reads – 1

 

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges as well as what I achieved for the year:

 Goodreads Reading Challenge

“Congrats!   You have read 400 books of your goal of 400!  400/400 (100%)”

Yeah! I met my goal, even tho it was a challenge at the end.

 Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I read all 50 books for this challenge. Some of the categories were more enjoyable than others but, on the whole, I found this my favourite challenge.

I read 4 books to finish the challenge this month:

#17 – Medical thriller – ended up reading the whole trilogy by Vivian Shaw: Strange Practice, Dreadful Company, Grave Importance

Adv. 1 – author in their 20s when published – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Adv. 4 – set in the 1920s – Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson

Adv. 5 – set in Japan – Cherry Blossom Temple by C.L. Shore

 

52 Books in 52 Weeks

I was able to read all 52 books for this challenge and enjoyed most of the categories. I had to read 5 books this month to finish the challenge though.

#19 – Stephen King novel – Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

#32 – A Spy novel – The Spy by Paulo Coelho

#38 = Set in the future – Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

#40 – on Mensa reading list for Gr. 9-12 – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

#41 – Published when you were 20 – Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

While I Was Reading

I read the 12 books for this challenge.

 Modern Mrs. Darcy

I read the 12 books needed for this challenge.

 

Beyond the Bookends
I completed 10 out of 12 of the monthly themes.

The theme this month was “book that takes place at the beach”

I read: Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

Monthly Key Word Challenge

I completed all 12 monthly challenges.
The key word I used this month was “Silver”

I read: Silver Bells by C. J. Hunt

 

Monthly Motif

I completed all 12 of the monthly themes.
The theme this month was “sugar, spice, and everything nice” or holiday themed reads

I read 6 Christmas books: my favourites were:

The Last Chance Christmas Ball (an anthology)

The Christmas Key by Lori Wilde

Christmas in Peony Harbor by Rosie Summers

 

Blogger’s Bookshelf
I completed 10 out of 12 of the monthly themes.

The theme was “by an author you hadn’t read before”

I read lots – 7 new authors! My favourite was Vivian Shaw

 

Diversify Your Reading

I completed 9 out of 12 of the monthly themes, and this month did not compete the theme.

 

My Kitchen Year

I’m continuing my read and cooking through Ruth Reichl’s cookbook

My Kitchen Year”. I’m enjoying reading her stories that are mixed in with her recipes.

This month I made 2 fall recipes, making them to suit my tastes and how I wanted to make them. Winter recipes have now begun and I have a number I hope to make in the new year.

Potatoes Au Gratin. Much easier than scalloped potatoes that I usually make, but just as good

Turkey Hash with Fried Eggs. I used sweet potatoes and added mushrooms and peppers. It is a good recipe to use up cooked turkey.

 

Favourite Reads
Here are my top 10 reads

Whole trilogy by Vivian Shaw:

Strange Practice, Dreadful Company, Grave Importance

Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Last Chance Christmas Ball (an anthology)

The Christmas Key by Lori Wilde

Christmas in Peony Harbor by Rosie Summers

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson

 Cherry Blossom Temple by C.L. Shore

Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 Looking Ahead to 2021

 I will be taking part in a number of challenges once again. I have decided to post a New Year’s post tomorrow, outlining my bookish resolutions for 2021 as well as the challenges I plan to participate in.

  

I am linking with the following:

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Monthly Wrap-Up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

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Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)

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Inspire Me Monday (at Create with Joy)

 

 

16 thoughts on “December Reading Round-Up with end of Year Summary

  1. You read and enjoyed so many books, it’s great to have a hobby that helps out in times of stress. Good to hear your hubby is continuing to make good progress. Hope Ontario beats this virus.

  2. Looks like you had a great reading year! I love how challenges can get us to read something we may not have otherwise. Gift from the Sea is a favorite of mine too and one of the few books I have reread.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Congrats on such a great month/year of reading! Popsugar is my favorite challenge, too. 🙂 Happy reading in 2021!

  4. I’m so happy to read that your husband is making excellent progress in his recovery! I just realized that we are “neighbors” after reading your post–I live in the mitten state. Our library was closed for months, then opened to pick up holds, then to my surprise yesterday–it’s back open to all collections to check out. So once again, I can look at the librarians’ recommendations (they put them face out on front shelves) and check out books I fancy.

    • Thanks Danielle. The stress is finally lessened. We can get books, but must line up outside and the books are brought to us – after we have ordered on line. At least we are getting books.

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