December Wrap Up and January TBR
Happy New Year! It’s 2019, and it’s time for my last wrap up of 2018—my December Wrap Up—and my January TBR.
December Wrap Up
I finished two of my highly anticipated books and quite a few ebooks, so I’d say I finished the year off strong.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
It’s hard to believe that the Throne of Glass series has come to an end and let me say, this book was epic in scale. There is not a lot that I can say about this book without getting super spoiler-y about the series, but I felt like it was a good conclusion to the story. I did feel like it dragged a little bit at times, but you can see everything slowly piecing together what would build to an explosive ending. We also get to read from many different character perspectives, which I’ve enjoyed more as the books went on because I had a love-hate relationship with our main pair.
Overall, I may go as far to say that this is one of my favourite books in this series and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
If you’re not new to my blog, I’ve probably already talked your ear off about this book, but I’ve finally gotten to read Queen of Air and Darkness! This book is also the last in the series, so I can’t say much, but I adored this book. The world in these books has expanded so much that it makes it really fun to read. That said, I did feel like this was more of a set up for the next series than a finale to a trilogy. We’re left with some unanswered questions, which I’m sure will be explored in The Wicker Powers and I’m stoked to see where we go next.
If you want more of my spoiler-y thoughts, I wrote a full review, which went up before the end of the year.
It’s no surprise that I enjoyed reading this book and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Learn About Loss by Cassandra Clare and Kelly Link
This month, I also finished off the rest of the available Ghosts of the Shadow Market e-books. I don’t think that there is anything I can say about each specific post (seems to be a theme with this post), except for commenting on the setting and the characters.
The backdrop for Learn About Loss is the US during the Great Depression. We also get an Iron Sister character which was super cool, as we rarely see the Iron Sisters because they’re always hidden away making weapons.
This short story was a very quick read and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
A Deeper Love by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson
A Deeper Love takes place during World War II in London at the time of the Blitz. We mostly focus on two warlock characters who are doing what they can as mundane nurses. This one felt the shortest, but there is a reconnecting of certain character relationships that were both adorable and painful to see after everything that had happened in The Infernal Devices.
I gave A Deeper Love 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
The Wicked Ones by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman
The Wicked Ones follows characters that played a significant role in what would ultimately set up The Mortal Instruments series. A couple of these characters we’ve only heard of in the other novels.
This is as non-spoiler-y as I can be, but I found this short story to be a super interesting read and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
The Land I Lost by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
Out of all of the Ghost of the Shadow Market short stories, this one was by far my favourite. This one is super spoiler-y, but the only thing I will say is that my favourite ship is one of the focuses and it made my heart very happy.
Of course, this short story got 5 out of 5 stars!
Through Blood, Through Fire by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman
Through Blood, Through Fire is the last of the short stories that we’re getting before the release of Ghosts of the Shadow Market. Timeline wise, this short story takes place towards the end of Lady Midnight, and we find a character that ends up playing a major role in Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness. This one was emotional and filled in details of character backstories that added a new layer to the overall narrative of what’s to come.
I also gave Through Blood, Through Fire 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
I don’t want to plan too much for what books I will read in January. The Biannual Bibliothon is coming up later this month, so I will be doing a separate TBR for that, and I’ll be spending my first few weekends dedicating my time to finishing my Master’s application. I’m hoping to still get some reading done on my commutes and these are the two books that I’ll be carrying with me.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
One of the things that I want to do this year is read more classics, and I realized I had never read any Dickens. So I was at the bookstore with one of my friends and on a whim, we decided that we should read Great Expectations together. I likely won’t finish this month because I’m reading it with someone else, but I should get a good start.
This book follows an orphan named Pip who is able to leave his childhood of poverty to become a gentleman when an anonymous person offers him the chance. Great Expectations is one of Dickens’ most beloved novels and is packed full of excitement, while also exploring how our deepest moral dilemmas are often created by our own obsessions.
I’m only about 14 pages in and I’m curious to see where this story will go.
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
Odd One Out was one of my highly anticipated books from last year that I didn’t quite get to, so I’m hoping to dive in at the start of the year.
What had initially intrigued me about this book was the Goodreads summary, but I’ve decided that I don't want to know much more going in. From what I can tell it's about three people who form complicated relationships with each other, but it's also about exploring friendships and new crushes, while also discovering yourself.
Dear Martin was one of my top 10 books that I read in 2018 and I’m hoping I’ll love Odd One Out just as much.
That’s all for my December Wrap Up and my January TBR. Have you picked your first read of 2019? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!