December in books & 2019 reading wrap-up

This is it, the final day of the month and year. Though there are a few hours left to read, I am going to share the books I have read this month. To be perfectly honest, I know I won’t finish another book before the month ends. Despite being distracted by the holidays and my many goals, I actually got a decent amount of reading done. True, I wish I had have read more, but I am very happy with how much I got done. December in books is the twelfth installment of my ongoing series which highlights the books I read in a month.

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December in books

Yona of the Dawn Vol 21 by Mizuho Kusanagi

The previous volume ended on such a cliffhanger than I read this one as soon as it arrived. I am convinced this series gets better with each volume. The story continues to be strong and makes me want to keep reading. Though I can’t go into much detail, as I don’t want to post spoilers, I have to say this is one of my favorite manga series. A must-read for those who want to read manga.

Warriors: Moonrise by Erin Hunter

The second book in the second series, The New Prophecy. I hate to say it, but I don’t really remember much about this one. It was a quick read, as these books tend to be, and I do recall it being a solid story, but the details are a bit fuzzy. Sometimes this happens with books, even when you enjoy them, they quickly fade from memory. I will be continuing this series, as they are great books.

Sword Art Online: Aincrad 1 & 2 by Reki Kawahara

The first two light novels in the Sword Art Online series. These two books tell the story of Kirito and Asuna, and their struggles while being trapped in the VRMMO game Sword Art Online. The story covers what equates to the first half of the first season of the anime – which is based on the books. So, if you’ve seen the anime, you pretty much know the story. However, I still think reading this series is worth it.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk & E.B. White

I’m trying to read more non-fiction books, especially those on writing. This was a book I had glanced through a few times but had yet to sit down and read cover to cover. For such a tiny book, it has a wealth of knowledge in it. I know I will be referencing it quite a bit in the future as I work on my writing. If you are a writer or want to be a writer, I highly suggest you get this book.

Silver Spoon Vol 1 & 2 by Hiromu Arakawa

About 2 years ago I watched the anime Silver Spoon and it became one of my favorite series. I was lucky enough to get the first two volumes of this series for Christmas and immediately read them. It’s a story about a city kid who decides to go to agriculture high school and his journey of learning how food is grown and where it comes from. It’s hilarious at times, like when he learns exactly where eggs come from. This is an underrated manga and anime series. I cannot wait to read the rest – once I own them.

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

Sarah Andersen comics are some of my favorites to read. I got this book for Christmas and immediately devoured it. I love how relatable all of the comics are and it just makes me smile so much reading them. If you haven’t read any of her comics, then you are missing out.

Komi Can’t Communicate Vol 3 & 4 by Tomohito Oda

After a strange turn of events in the previous volume, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, these 2 volumes were great. They reminded me more of the first volume. Komi still has a ways to go to becoming the person she wants to be, learning to communicate and obtaining more friends, but luckily, this series has only just started. I look forward to seeing where this series goes in the future.

Sword Art Online Volume 3: Fairy Dance by Reki Kawahara

Set shortly after the first two books, Kirito finds himself entering a new VRMMO. I really enjoyed seeing the original form of this story, as I’ve only ever seen the anime. This is another book I can’t say much about, as I don’t want to spoil a story, but it’s well worth the read. I look forward to continuing on with the series.

December in books stats

  • Books read: 11
  • Books purchased: 0
  • Books purged: 1
  • Books DNF’d: 1
  • Books gifted: 5

2019 reading wrap-up

2019 was a very solid reading year. Not only did I read a ton, but I also managed to knock down my TBR by a considerable amount between reading and purging books I had lost interest in.

Books read in 2019

  • January: 33
  • February: 24
  • March: 43
  • April: 52
  • May: 65
  • June: 14
  • July: 13
  • August: 4
  • September: 12
  • October: 19
  • November: 11
  • December: 11

That brings the total number of books that I read this year was 301. That’s a lot of books! Honestly, that’s probably the most books I’ve read in a year – not including when I was young and read tons of very easy to read books.

How did your reading go in December? What about for 2019? If there are any books you think I should read, please let me know. I love discovering new books and authors.

4 Comments

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    It looks like your end of the year was just as busy as ours based on your book number list. 🙂 We didn’t get to as many things as we would have liked due to the holiday festivities, but it only comes around once a year. 🙂 So we are okay with that.

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      It was pretty busy but in a good way. I didn’t get everything because of the holidays, but as you said, they only come around once a year, so I don’t mind not getting some things done if it means enjoying that time.

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