December has been a weird one. I managed to go home to Poland for Christmas, and even though we couldn’t spend it as a whole family, it was still nice to see my family. We ended up doing a (mini) family dinner on the 22nd, even if we normally celebrate on the Christmas Eve and went to Zakopane to ski for a few days.
I didn’t manage to write much this month sadly between all the things, but I gave my dad to read the first chapter of one of the stories I’m working on. He is asking for more, so I’m guessing that’s a good sign, right?
Reading-wise, I have read quite a few books – I finished 22 books this month – but I don’t have as many favourites as I usually do, so it’s a bit easier to choose my top five reads of this month. I’m still in between of reading a few really good books – amongst others, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke – so I know I will be starting 2021 with some brilliant reads.
I will write my summary of 2020 next week, but if you want to see some of my absolute favourite books I’ve read in the first half of the year, here’s my Mid-Year Wrap Up. I’ve read over hundred books in the last six months, so it will be hard to choose my favourites! There have been some wonderful books published in 2020 and some older ones I’ve only now discovered.
My Top 5 Books in December
Reverie by Ryan La Sala
I think that Ryan La Sala’s Reverie has probably been my favourite book in December. It’s one of those books, I wish more people heard of or read it because it’s really such a great read with interesting characters and a vibrant atmosphere. I haven’t, in fact, heard about Reverie until I saw it on my library app accidentally one day. And I’m glad I did – it was a great audiobook! Reverie follows Kane as he tries to put his life together again following an accident that left him half-dead in the river. Only that not all things are the way they seem. What I enjoyed the most about Reverie, was the complexity of the story. You really had to listen to the narration very carefully to not miss anything and follow the story in their entirety.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Get a Life, Chloe Brown is one of those books that have been hyped so much that I wasn’t sure whether I want to read it. I often find that a book or a series doesn’t necessarily live up to the hype surrounding it or to my expectations resulting from it. But I’m glad to say, I was mistaken this time, and Get a Life, Chloe Brownhasn’t disappointed me at all. First in The Brown Sisters series, Talia Hibbert’s book follow Chloe Brown, a chronically ill computer geek as she resolves to finally get a life and don’t be defined by her illness. At moments, I wasn’t sure whether I have loved the author’s style that much – but that’s just my preference – but I think the story and execution were done very well overall. Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a fun, charming and incredibly real book, and I would definitely recommend reading it if you haven’t yet.
Fable by Adrienne Young
Adrienne Young’s Fable is another book that I haven’t picked initially fearing it would not live up to the recent hype. While I haven’t ended up loving this book as much as some other readers, I certainly think it’s a good and interesting read, and I’m looking forward to the second instalment of the duology. Adrienne Young’s book follows Fable, a seventeen-year-old girl, who is on the quest to find her father again. Four years ago, after a tremendous storm and horrible events, he has left her on an island full of thieves. Left alone, Fable must learn to fend for herself and survive. Shown from Fable’s perspective, the book has a great atmosphere, and I would recommend it to YA fantasy lovers interested in the adventures at the sea.
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
I’ve been lucky to receive early e-ARC of Sophie Gonzales’ newest book, and I have enjoyed this YA very much. Perfect on Paper follows Darcy Phillips as she navigates high school while running a particular business on the side. Hiding behind locker 89, she’s anonymously giving other student advice on relationships. Perfect on Paper feels like a mash-up between Sex Education and Leah on the Offbeat, and it’s a fun read that still touches on heavier topics. Biphobia, and Darcy feeling like she’s not queer enough, like she doesn’t necessarily belong anywhere, are important topics tackled by Sophie Gonzales here. If you enjoy Only Mostly Devastated and are fun of YA romances, you should definitely check this book once is out.
A Burning by Megha Majumdar
Megha Majumdar’s A Burning is an incredibly powerful debut. While the book follows three very different characters – Jivan, a poor Muslim girl from the slums, Lovely, an outcast wishing to become an actress, and PT Sir, a teacher – it is Jivan’s story that frames A Burning. Her story is affected by Lovely and PT Sir, her life in the powers of those who can affect her future. Heartbreaking and painful, Megha Majumdar’s book will stay on your mind long after you finish the book.
What books have you loved the most in December?