My Bookish Month of December 2019

Happy New Year!! I hope you had a lovely time welcoming the new year! If you spent it in bed reading, I truly couldn’t be more jealous πŸ˜‚ Thanks for joining me in this new year and welcome to another monthly overview, 2019 or 2020, the FromBelgiumWithBookLove-show will go on!

December… Always a month of mixed feelings… I always try to get into the Christmas spirit but more often than not I end up feeling like a total Grinch πŸ˜‚ This December, for the very first time, I had a fellow Grinch and it made me super happy (cheers and Bah Humbug!). I did read / listen to a few Christmassy books, and I even came across some reads that were unexpectedly Christmassy. I read / listened to a few blog tour books, I read a few NetGalley eARCs and I read / listened to a few books I really wanted to get to by the end of the year, so all in all not a bad reading month. I received a book package from Orenda Books with 5 of their books coming out in the coming months and I threw my read-only-non-reviewable-books-during-the-holidays-resolve out the window in favour of some Orenda goodies 😍 I enjoyed my reading in December but I’d thought I’d be able to read a bit more. But between being too sick to read for a couple of days (the hubby was knocked out by a stomach bug and graciously passed it on to me when he was done with it πŸ™„) and pesky social obligations, I got through fewer books than I’d hoped.

Anyhoo, here’s what I did last month, and some of what I’ll be posting this month:

What I read (full novels):

The God Game, Danny Tobey (review to follow)
Three Hours, Rosamund Lupton (review to follow on the tour)
Mistletoe, Alison Littlewood
Serpent & Dove, Shelby Mahurin
Six Wicked Reasons, Jo Spain (review to follow)
Lock Every Door, Riley Sager
In Bloom (Sweetpea 2), C.J. Skuse
A User’s Guide to Make-Believe, Jane Alexander (review to follow)
The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air 2), Holly Black
I Am Dust, Louise Beech (review to follow)
Other Words for Smoke, Sarah Maria Griffin
Beast (Six Stories 4), Matt Wesolowski (review to follow)
The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air 3), Holly Black

What I read (novellas / short stories):

Stealing Christmas, Paul Heatley
Everything Happens, Jo Perry
Smalltown Boy, T.S. Hunter
A Little Night Murder (Mydworth Mysteries 2), Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
A Christmas Crime: a festive mystery short story, Tara Lyons

What I listened to:

The Phantom Tree, Nicola Cornick
Duplicity, Sibel Hodge
The 19th Christmas, James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
From the Cradle, Louise Voss & Mark Edwards
Mistletoe Murder (Dewberry Farm 4), Karen MacInerney
Perfect Remains, Helen Fields (review to follow on the tour)
The Murder of Harriet Monckton, Elizabeth Haynes

What I read earlier but reviewed in December:

Snakes and Ladders by Victoria Selman
Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women, Sharon Blackie
Killer Women Crime Club Anthology
A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer
The Merciful Crow, Margaret Owen
Sorcery of Thorns, Margaret Rogerson

Last month I also talked about non-festive festive reads in my bloody Christmas post and I talked about what I’ve learned from books. I also had a few Music Mondays (Wonderful Life, Smalltown Boy and This Ain’t New Jersey) and I shared a FairyLoot unboxing.

One thing left to show you: my book of the month…

Well of course it is, what did you expect?! More than honourable mention for these two though:

I hope you had a fab month! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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