Last roundup of 2018! I can’t believe the year is over. I spent the last ten days of December at home in Ireland, and although I thought I would get LOADS of reading done, that was totally not the case. Instead, I cuddled babies, made jigsaws, played videogames, and saw lots of lots of people. And ate delicious brownies. But rounding out my year was December’s list of books, which brought my total for 2018 up to 240 – the most I’ve ever read. So I’m pretty delighted overall.
- If We’re Not Married By Thirty – Anna Bell
- Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty
- The Day She Can’t Forget – Meg Carter
- Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay – Jill Mansell
- The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
- A Cotswold Christmas (Willoughby Close #1) – Kate Hewitt
- Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) – Cassandra Clare
- One Day in December – Josie Silver
- The Brands Who Came For Christmas – Maggie Shayne
- Girlhood – Cat Clarke
- Blame the Mistletoe (A Marietta Christmas #2, Love in Montana #2) – Dani Collins
- Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men – Lundy Bancroft
- One Day in December – Shari Low
- Vicious (Villains #1) – VE Schwab
Favourite Book This Month
I LOVE love loved this book. Because I got an early copy of it, my full review isn’t scheduled to go up for another few months yet, but once this is available, I whole-heartedly recommend that you read it, because I really, really enjoyed it. It was just very sweet, very enjoyable, and atmospheric, and had a surprising depth to it which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Least Favourite Book This Month
The Brands Who Came for Christmas. I mentioned this in my Christmas Crackers post – it was just full of such judgemental attitudes, it was really jarring to read.
Favourite cover art
Everything about this Shadowhunters cover is so ethereal and gorgeous, it has to be my winner for this month. It fits really well with the previous books in the trilogy, evokes the seaside setting of The Dark Artifices, and is very eerie-looking, reminiscent of Thule from the book itself. I keep meaning to write a post about QoAaD in full, but I just have so many questions it would be terribly spoiler-filled. I might have to go onto Tumblr to ask all my questions. In any case, great cover art!
I can’t believe 2018 is over. I’m sitting at my desk at work on January 3rd, 2019, and insisting on writing the wrong year on everything (my diary, mostly…), while in my head I’m convinced it really was 2016 only a few weeks ago. It’s very quiet in the university today (largely because the campus was closed until, uh, yesterday), and I’m thinking about planning out what I’ll be doing for 2019, both in work and blogging (and life in general). The freshness of the new year always gives me pause for thought. But I don’t think anything shocking will come in 2019. We’ll see how that thought pans out, though!