Wrap-up: December 2020

It’s a new year so I figured, why not shake things up a bit with my wrap-up style. So here we are! Instead of just having my favourite books on here, you get everything I read (a mistake on my part because I read a lot last month), everything I watched, and the music I listened to. Hopefully, this is a bit of a nicer post for you to read then.

A little key:
🐝 = favourite
🕊ī¸ = reread/rewatch/relisten
☀ī¸ = 4 or 5 stars, highly recommend
☁ī¸ = 3 or 4 stars, enjoyed/had fun reading
🌧ī¸ = 2 or 3 stars, was alright/not for me but someone else might enjoy
🌩ī¸ = 1 or 2 stars, bored out of my mind/it was awful

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Best of: November 2020

It’s finally December (which feels like it shouldn’t exist this year? I don’t know), so it’s time for a wrap up post. This is probably the last of the ones I’ll do in this style because it’s getting a little boring, to be perfectly honest. Plus I figure it’s better if you actually get a bit more than a list of books…

But, anyway. This month I once again had no concept of time and couldn’t even remember I read half of these in November. It’s starting to become a theme.

Total books: 56

Novels: 38
Nonfiction: 4
Novellas: 5
Graphic novels: 5
Poetry: 1
Classics: 2
Short story collections: 1

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Best of: October 2020

Full disclosure: I don’t actually remember reading a lot of these books in October. Like, I went through my list like was it really only this month I read these ones? Yes. Yes it was only this month.

Really though, I had a kind of meh month of it. I don’t think I rated many books (that weren’t rereads) 5 full stars (This is What it Feels Like was the only one I think, though there were a few 4.5s, again a couple of them rereads).

Then again, I did also read enough that I will happily rec over* half of the books I read in total, so was it really that bad?

*Some of what I’d rec I still wouldn’t say was the best of what I read. If that makes sense.

Total books: 55

Novels: 39
Nonfiction: 1
Novellas: 10
Poetry: 4
Short story collections: 1

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Best of: September 2020

In September, I took part in #SapphicSeptember, and I am excited to say I actually succeeded in reading all the books on my TBR (summary perhaps to come, but don’t hold me to it)! So that was fun. I also read uh…nearly 50 other books as well, so yeah.

Busy month. Of a sort.

Of those 63 books I read, I would probably only rec about 15 of them (those 15 you see here), which is meh, but sums up my reading month really. A fair few meh books, dotted with some great ones. At least there was nothing much truly terrible…

Total books: 63

Novels: 45
Nonfiction: 3
Graphic novels: 3
Classics: 1
Novellas: 7
Plays: 1
Poetry: 2
Short story collections: 1

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Best of: August 2020

Somehow, August feels as though it has lasted forever. And yet, here we are, already in September. This month, I challenged myself (with Michelle) to finish all the unread ARCs I had. And guess what? I actually succeeded in it! As of right now, I have 100% feedback on Netgalley and no ARCs to review on Edelweiss.

It feels a bit strange, to be honest.

In September, I’m going to be doing #SapphicSeptember, so watch out for my TBR post, going up soon!

But anyway. August. As ever, swings and roundabouts, but I also did a lot of rereading. I mean, until this year, I would have said I very rarely reread books. And then 2020 came along and I seem to be rereading more often than not. Seven of the 20 books I’d recommend here are rereads so… (Though, please, do not talk to me about that one romance I’ve read 3 times so far this year.)

Total books: 49

Novels: 35
Nonfiction: 1
Classics: 1
Novellas: 4
Plays: 1
Poetry: 6
Short story collections: 1

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Best of: July 2020

July was a… mixed month, I think. I swung wildly between books I loved and books I hated a lot – there was not much going on in between. As such, I have a lot to rec you from what I read.

And, yes, I did go on a binge of one particular author’s backlist. I’m sure it’s quite obvious who…

Total books: 50

Novels: 34
Nonfiction: 2
Classics: 2
Novellas: 8
Plays: 3
Short story collections: 1

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Best of: May 2020

May was a very mixed reading month for me. I read some amazing books in the first half, and then some really really shit ones, and then more recently, back to the good stuff.

But thankfully I read enough that was very good to have 19 books (that you should read!) in this post.

Total books: 54

Novels: 35
Novellas: 7
Poetry: 12

P.S. before we go any further, undoubtedly you have heard about the Black Lives Matter marches currently occurring around the globe. Please consider donating/signing petitions/educating yourself, resources for all of which you can find here.

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So You Just Finished FE3H For The Hundredth Time And You Want A Book That’ll Give You That Same Sweet Shot Of Serotonin

In my defence, I did not mean to get so into playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I started it because I wanted to call the main character shithead (only to find out that, sadly, you cannot get people to call you by your name…) and now look at me. I was writing fic for it the other day! It has been a slippery slope to say the least (I restarted the whole game because I hadn’t managed to recruit Linhardt before the big cut scene, so that’s how it’s going).

But anyway! What can I do with my newfound uhhh obsession but rec some books? It’s that or play the game for hours on end while listening to King Falls AM…

Lockdown and all.

P.S. I don’t have any DLCs, so this is just playable characters for the most basic version.

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Best of: April 2020

First of all, let’s not talk about the state of my ARCs at the end of this month. All my good work in March, undone.

But anyways! April was full on lockdown so I didn’t do much else but read. And read some more. As you can see. (Oh, and set my goodreads challenge to 500 books, but let’s not talk about that.)

I took part in a couple of readathons too, #ReRaReadathon, as hosted by @yourtitakate and @acrimsondaisy, and #ReadALittleRomance, which I hosted myself (and which is still ongoing for another couple of days). And, what do you know, I completed #ReRaReadathon! With a few, uhh, alterations to my initial TBR, sure. But complete’s complete, right?

Total books: 55

Novels: 35
Novellas: 9
Short story collections: 2
Nonfiction: 5
Poetry: 3
Plays: 1

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