What a way to wrap up the year – I read 20 books (my record for the year!) for a total of 2,876 pages and an average of 92 pages per day.
Of these, only 3 were audiobooks, but quite a few were novellas and other shorts, which are easier for me to tackle during the holidays. I read a lot of great books this month, but my favorites (aside from The Hobbit which is a yearly reread) were River of Teeth and The Swallow. I did DNF one last book this month: Duchess of Aquitaine.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
First Sentence: In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots ad cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three.
Notable Quote: “…death is like that: people are alive until they die.”
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
First Sentence: Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, a young carpet merchant called Abdullah lived in the city of Zanzib.
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
First Sentence: Winslow Remington Houndstooth was not a hero.
The Swallow by Charis Cotter
First Sentence: There’s no place for me.
Poison is not Polite by Robin Stevens
First Sentence: Something dreadful has happened to Mr. Curtis.
A few thoughts on Goodreads:
(Note: I’m going to stop linking to individual reviews on Goodreads because I’m lazy. If you don’t want to friend me, that’s ok, you can just search through my profile for the reviews. Or not, that’s ok too!)
Ajax Penumbra by Robin Sloan
First Sentence: A visitor walks in the city, searching.
Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman
First Sentence: Lyra didn’t often climb out of her bedroom window these days.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S Lewis
Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
First Sentence: The battered cargo balloon came in out of a rainstorm over the Whit Sea, losing height rapidly and swaying in the strong northwest wind as the pilot trimmed the vanes and tried to adjust the gas-valve.
The Life-Changing Magic of not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight
The Silver Chair by C.S Lewis
Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman
First Sentence: Charlotte was certain she was going to die.
The Wednesday Witch by Ruth Chew
First Sentence: “Now don’t let any stranger into the house, Mary Jane.”
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
First Sentence: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
First Sentence: It was the closest kingdom to the queen’s, as the crow flies, but not even the crows flew it.
A Whiter Shade of Christmas by Taylor Grant
First Sentence: Matt Connor had already lied to fourteen people since he’d arrived at the office and it was only 11 am.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
First Sentence: Marley was dead: to begin with.
Fisher of Bones by Sarah Gailey
First Sentence: The moon was dark the night our Prophet died.
Review to come:
The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey
First Sentence: The sky was overcast, a solid gray sheet that seemed to hand just barely above the treetops, with no sign of a break in the clouds anywyere.
Duchess of Aquitaine by Margaret Ball
Amongst these reads, I was working on my TBR Teardown Challenge and I consider it a successful month. I’m giving myself the ability to roll over books that belong to a series. I would like to say that I have to read trilogies within two months, but for longer series, I’m not sure what a good timeline is.
Green means the book is a part of the series and the titles aligned to the right are the subsequent ones that come after book one. The little arrow means they’re migrated to next month’s list. So I successfully started both trilogies.
*cover images from Goodreads