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.
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.
I also got to meet up with friends I haven’t seen in a while, so that was great as well. And the big plus is that there wasn’t a huge snow storm. So people who love snow got enough to satiate them for the while, and those who hate snow (like me) didn’t have a huge pile to deal with. So overall (despite Trump and the corona’s efforts), December was pretty okay for me.
I kicked off the month with Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder, which I consider a short story due to its length. It’s a romance story about an Indian-American woman who becomes involved with a White guy who runs the local biker gang. I liked it and would like to read something longer by the author.
I picked up An Embarrassment of Witches next which is by Sophie Goldstein (illus.) and Jenn Jordan. It’s a YA fantasy graphic novel about life after college for two young women, one who is trying to figure out what she wants to do and one who’s struggling with her stressful internship. It was okay. I liked the college it’s set at because of the interesting subjects a person can study.
Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen was next and it was great too. It’s a graphic novel featuring moments in Andersen’s life that we can all relate to. It was a light, funny read and made me want to try more of her books.
I then reread Wundersmith by audio, which is narrated by Gemma Whelan — I wasn’t a big fan of some of the voice types the narrator did, — before moving on to Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow, which is the third novel in Jessica Townsend’s middle grade fantasy series. In this one, a mysterious virus is infecting the Wunimals. It was another fun read that I sped through. I borrowed a copy from the library, but I’d really like to get my own.
I decided to read the first book in the Winston Brothers romance series by Penny Reid, so I read Truth or Beard and quite enjoyed it. I didn’t love it as much as the second novel in the series (which I’d read first), but this was still good.
The last book I completed this month (the last of 2020) was In by Will McPhail, who is a cartoonist at the New Yorker. It’s a semi-autobiographical graphic novel about a young man trying to make meaningful connections with the people in his life. I liked it for its dry humor and poignant moments that made it heartrending.
I didn’t read any articles in December. I really hope I get back to doing this in the new year.
AROUND THE BLOG-O-VERSE
Notable Book Covers of 2020 (casualoptimist.com)
— I love this blog for its focus on book covers. I look forward to this time of year for a roundup of the best ones.
Favorite Picture Books of 2020 (letstalkpicturebooks.com)
— I always find beautifully designed picture books on this blog, so I had to share their list of their favorite ones. Also check out their post featuring their favorite case wraps of 2020.
Some clean, wholesome and fun filth. (thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com)
— Drew dropped this post when I needed a laugh. Silly, filthy fun, lol.
STUFF I PUBBED
I posted several reviews and tags. Here’s a review of one of the best books I read this year that I reviewed in December:
— It’s one of the many Discworld novels. In it, the Ramtop witches go abroad to stop a girl from marrying a prince.
I haven’t been paying attention to much, so here are several posts that can update you on 2020’s biggest bookish news:
The Ten Biggest Literary Stories of the Year (lithub.com)
The Biggest Literary Stories of the Year: 30 to 11 (lithub.com)
The Biggest Literary Stories of the Year: 50 to 31 (lithub.com)
— I finished up season 1, I think… Either I did or the show is on a break. Anyway, I enjoyed it and I can’t wait to see what happens next because it stopped on a bit of a cliffhanger.
— A friend told me it sucks, but I wanted to check it out anyway, so I did. And guess what? It sucks. I’m a couple episodes in but it has yet to spark my interest.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
— I actually didn’t get a chance to finish watching this, but I love what I’ve seen so far. Love the costumes and performance and animation. I love this type of story. It’s such fun! And I love that the leading actors are all Black folks, so I think I’ll love it when I’m done watching.
Legend of Korra
— Still watching this. I’m enjoying it a lot more than I did when I first watched it. I even find it funny.
— This is an animated short on Netflix, and it’s really good. I haven’t heard much folks talking about it. I wish it had more notice.