2020 Reading Wrap-Up: Fourth Quarter

I managed to read more than I expected in the last quarter of 2020. I read a variety of things — novels, audiobooks, comics — and even stepped outside my comfort zone to pick up a bunch of romance novels. I’d say it was a good reading quarter.

BOOKS | AUDIO BOOKS | COMICS

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Let’s Rewind: December 2020

Despite how much of an ass 2020, it still seems as if it flew by.

Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.


December.

It wasn’t too bad. Sure the Christmas spirit wasn’t flowing strongly through me, filling me with Christmas cheer and making me run around racking up a huge bill while buying everyone presents, but I still enjoyed the holiday and the time off to just relax.

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Book Haul #67: Last Haul for 2020

The end of the year is fast approaching, and everyone’s looking forward to telling 2020 goodbye. But before we get to that moment, here’s a small book haul for the end of the year.

PURCHASE

PHYSICAL

DRAGON WING by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

This series might be the next bunch I buddy-read with Emily at Embuhleeliest, my buddy-reader in all this Robin Hobb… and maybe Margaret Weis.

PLAYING IN THE DARK: WHITENESS AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION by Toni Morrison

I saw this thin book in the store, read the back, and could not leave without it.

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Christmas Stocking Tag

It’s Boxing Day, if you celebrate that. It’s not celebrated here in the U.S., unfortunately, so it’s a work day for those who work on the weekends.

For me, it’s another tag day! 😀 Oh yes! This bout of Christmas book tags will continue through the weekend. Today I’m doing the Christmas Stocking Tag, which was created by Kate at Reading Through Infinity, because I couldn’t find a Boxing Day-themed book tag (and here I thought there was a book tag for everything. I was gravely mistaken).

You get up on Christmas morning and your stocking is full! You take it down and start to unwrap the treats inside. The first thing you see is…

An orange! Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young (illus.)

For some reason, the “refreshing” part of the question stumped me, so I focused on the “vibrant” part instead and chose Skottie Young’s silly fantasy comic book I Hate Fairyland, which is about a 40-year-old woman stuck in a 6-year-old’s body in fairyland. The story is silly and fun with bright, vibrant illustrations. Many people love it, but it didn’t work for me.

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Christmas Book Blogger Tag

It’s Christmas!! My favorite time of year. 😀

We aren’t really celebrating Christmas this year in my household, but I’m still excited for the holiday and I do hope you all are having a wonderful, safe, socially distanced holiday season.

To celebrate Christmas on my blog, I’ve decided to do the Christmas Book Blogger Tag, which I found on Whimsy Pages. It was created by Trish at Between My Lines, whose blog seems to be down.

What Is Your Favourite Christmas Scene In A Book?

the Battle of Christmas Eve in the Nevermoor series

I recently completed the latest installment in the Nevermoor series — Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow — so it’s still on mind. That’s why I selected its annual Battle of Christmas Eve for this answer. Saint Nicholas and the Yule Queen battle to show off their magical powers and wow the Nevermoorians, and it’s amazing. I think it’s a wonderful celebration. (Btw, I lean more toward Saint Nicholas (because gifts! 😆) than the Yule Queen because I’m not a big fan of snow.)

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Christmas Carol & Songs Book Tags

I’ve been saving up all the Christmas book tags I find for this time of year. So from now through Christmas, and maybe a little after that, I’m posting nothing but Christmas-themed book tags. 😀

Today is a two-in-one post featuring the Christmas Carol Book Tag and the Christmas Song Book Tag.


Christmas Carol Book Tag

The Christmas Carol Book Tag was created by booktuber Lauren Wade and is based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, which I haven’t yet read and probably should this Christmas.

Ghost of Christmas Past — A book that was a childhood favourite

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton, illus. by Jan McCafferty

I believe Blyton’s Faraway Tree books were among those I read as a kid and loved and that got me interested in the fantasy genre. The Enchanted Wood is about three siblings who move to the country with their parents and discover an amazing tree in the wood behind their house. Atop the tree is a portal to various worlds, which the kids explore with the inhabitants of the tree. I loved this book as a kid but not so much when I reread it last year.

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“Tikka Chance on Me” by Suleikha Snyder

This will be the third romance novel I’ve reviewed in the past six or so days. That’s the longest romance streak I’ve ever had on here. Usually if I read a romance novel, it’s just one in a few months or a year.

I’ve been on a romance binge since November, when I climbed out of a reading slump. I’ve dipped in and out of several romance novels since then, but the three I’ve reviewed so far and this one were the only ones I stuck with to the end.

With Tikka Chance on Me, I discovered it through the “Readers Also Enjoyed” section on Goodreads. I liked the cover, so I decided to give it a chance and see if my library had a copy on Libby. I didn’t even bother to read the synopsis.

Genre

Contemporary Romance

Series

n/a

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“Kissing Tolstoy” by Penny Reid

I really enjoyed Grin & Beard It and wanted to jump into another Penny Reid novel after finishing it. I believe the first novel in the Winston Brothers series wasn’t available in my library’s app at the time, so I decided to try one of Reid’s Dear Professor stories instead and picked up Kissing Tolstoy.

Genre

Contemporary Romance

Series

Dear Professor, book 1

Pubbed

2014

Goodreads summary

What do you do when you discover that your super-hot blind date from months ago is now your super-hot Russian Lit professor?

You overthink everything and pray for a swift end to your misery, of course!

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“Grin and Beard It” by Penny Reid

I’m on a contemporary romance binge, and I’m loving it. It’s been years since I’ve read a bunch of romance novels in a go, so I’m quite surprised at myself at the moment.

I’d seen the Winston Brothers novels floating around the internet and was curious about them because I love the cross-stitch effect used for the cover. I think it’s so cute, and it makes me want to collect the series. After reading Black Witch Magic, I thought to myself, why not try one of those novels with the cute covers. So I did, and I loved it! 🙂

Genre

Contemporary Romance

Series

Winston Brothers, book 2

Pubbed

2016

Goodreads summary

Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

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Stuck at Home Book Tag

Hey y’all! 😀

Being stuck at home and having to work from home since, like, March is starting to get to me again because a few days ago, I started singing my favorite song from the Hobbit soundtrack — “Misty Mountains” by Richard Armitage — to the cat, so… Here’s a book tag! Lol!

I’m really excited to say that I was tagged for this, yes indeedy! I was tagged by the wonderful Rae of Rae’s Reads and Reviews, and the tag was created by Ellyn at Allonsythornraxx.

(Btw, if you’re interested, I did a similar tag a while back — Stay at Home Book Tag. If you’re looking for more book tags to do, check out my list of them here. I’ve done a ton over the years, lol.)

What are you currently reading?

Well, I have a couple stuff going at the moment…

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