December 2019 Wrap-Up

Yeah, yeah, we’re a solid 6 days into 2020 already, but I’ve had other posts for y’all. Now seemed as good a time as any to give a quick rundown on everything I read, posted, watched, and/or did last month.

December was a good month, reading-wise–between print and audio, I finished 12 books (even if two were fairly short). 7 of those were ARCs, which is even better because I’m actually relatively on track with those for once (and I nailed the 50/50 ARC/owned book split) and was able to boost my NetGalley percentage a little bit. So…yay for that! Without further ado, here’s my list:

Print books

Audiobooks

  • Let’s Talk About Love – 1 / 5
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – 4.5 / 5
  • This is How You Lose the Time War – 5 / 5
  • When Dimple Met Rishi – 3.5 / 5

The last three are all reviewed in a single post, as each one is a mini-review; since I so thoroughly disliked Let’s Talk About Love, that one gets a rant/review all to itself.

Current reads

  • American Dirt
  • Mooncakes
  • Little Women (audiobook)

I also just finished reading Lincoln in the Bardo (oh my gosh that book just destroyed me at the end) and listening to the audiobook for Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion. Expect reviews for those sometime soon. And I’m planning to start Followers in the next day or two, as soon as I finish Mooncakes!

Other recent posts

What else is new?

First: y’all know I love Mr. Robot, but oh my gosh, the series finale? Absolutely brilliant. I can’t get over how good it was. How perfect. How unexpected, yet entirely fitting. PLEASE, somebody else watch it so that we can go on and on about everything that happened. And how Rami Malek totally should have gotten the Golden Globe last night for that role, because damn, he killed it. (Also, can we discuss some theories about that one scene with the blue light from the middle of this season? Because that never got resolved…)

Second: I finished watching all of Friends, right before it got taken off Netflix. My mom and I were watching it together and really had to hunker down in the final couple weeks to get through it, but we did it! The ending was sad, but it also just kind of…worked. Though I feel pretty bad for Joey, who seems kind of left out as everyone else starts moving on to bigger and better things. Anyway, finishing the show has been doubly helpful because this month’s Reading Rivalry theme is Friends, so I can actually help out and answer trivia questions. (For anyone else who does Reading Rivalry and/or is just curious, I’m on team Chandler.)

Third: holidays, as one would expect, mean family members come to town. One of my brothers now lives/works in Los Angeles, which is pretty far from the Chicago suburbs I call home. Like any good book-loving sister, I got him a book for Christmas (in addition to some other, more practical gifts), though I initially figured there was a good chance the book would end up shelved and never read. True, the moment I saw it and its description–fusing two of his major interests, business and electric guitars–I thought it sounded perfect for him, but he’s never been a big reader. Not that he doesn’t like it–he’s had some books he has genuinely loved over the years, but historically he’s usually preferred his storytelling in forms like TV shows and video games. Much to my delight, though, part of his current job involves long periods of waiting in places where he can’t have a phone, which means…reading is suddenly something he’s doing a lot of! This has me a little more excited than I probably should be, but hey–he seems to appreciate my recommendations, and now he and I have a sort-of-shared interest. That’s always good, in my book. (Pun intended.)

Fourth: I’m clearly rambling now. Hope everyone had a lovely holiday season and is starting 2020 off on a good note!

As always,

Kathryn (“K-Specks”)

4 thoughts on “December 2019 Wrap-Up

  1. Bree January 6, 2020 / 7:26 pm

    Oh, that sucks that Reverie didn’t work for you. I’ve been fascinated by this book since I saw the cover.

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    • Kathryn Speckels January 7, 2020 / 7:30 am

      Yeah, I was super bummed. The premise was cool (if ambitious, which I think was its downfall), the drag queen sorceress was a delightful take on the “evil queen,” the whole cast was so unabashedly queer, and as you said, the cover was so pretty…but the book itself was kind of a mess. But alas, sometimes that’s just the way things go.

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  2. dinipandareads January 7, 2020 / 7:29 am

    Great wrap up! Despite the few bummers it looks like you had a pretty good reading month ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved your review of The God Game and now I can’t wait to read it!

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    • Kathryn Speckels January 7, 2020 / 7:32 am

      Yep, it was still a good month, even with the few disappointments–I especially loved Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory, which tbh made up for some of the less-stellar reads. And I’m glad you liked my review of The God Game! It’s a cool one–and comes out today, so you’ll be able to pick it up soon ๐Ÿ˜Š

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