Thursday, January 5, 2023

December 2022 Reads

It's my final book review of 2022 reading! I'll post about my favorites of the year, but high level: I read 123 books! 1 less than last year, but I'm still very stoked! It was a great year of reading!! 

In December I read 9 books. Winter Break hurt my reading - we were having too much fun - but 9 is pretty solid for me. It wasn't my most challenging month of reading {I got suckered into more holiday reads}, but it also wasn't a super great month either. My average rating was 3.33 {compared to 3.9 for the year}.

Girls of Paper and Fire
 by Natasha Ngan - This was the Blog Friend Book Club selection of the month, and it's the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy about girls who are forced to be the King's concubines. I didn't like it quite as much as everyone else did, but it was pretty good.

By the Book
 by Jasmine Guillory - I read a lot that Jasmine Guillory writes, but almost everything I've given 3 stars to, and this was no exception. This was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I liked it about as much as I've liked everything by this author.

A Merry Little Meet Cute
 by Julie Murphy - This was an R-rated Christmas love story, ha. A porn star gets cast in a Hallmark-esque movie with a former boy-bander...and sparks fly. This was super cute, one of my faves from the month.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
 by Gabrielle Zevin - I liked this but didn't LOVE it like so many others did, ugh. I think the hype got to me with this one, and I'm super bummed. This follows 2 friends who create video games {the worst but easiest description}, but it's also so much more than that! It was great...I just expected more, sigh.

One Italian Summer
 by Rebecca Serle - I loved In Five Years by Rebecca Serle, then didn't enjoy The Dinner List, so I thought I had set my expectations better for this...but it just was only okay. I like that all of this author's books have an element of magic to them, but I really didn't like the main character in this. Katy's mother has just died, and she goes on the vacation she and her mother had planned to take...but her 30-years-younger mother is there! The premise was neat, the descriptions of Italy were great, I just thought Katy's relationship with her mother was weird, and I didn't like a few of the plot points. It was good, and I'm glad I read it...but I'm not sure how much more effort I'll put into her books... 

Forgiving What You Can't Forget
 by Lysa TerKeust [audiobook] - My therapist recommended I read this, and there was a lot to appreciate from it {I want to checkout an e-book copy so I can write some phrases down I really liked}, but it also got a lot preachy for me, so it wasn't perfect.

You're a Mean One, Matthew Prince
 by Timothy Janovsky - M/M love story set during Christmas - the rich son of a famous author gets sent to his grandparents as punishment after buying an island and sparks fly with the college student staying with grandparents. This has great mental health representation and was a lot of fun.

The Road Trip
by Beth O'Leary - This is another example of loving some books by an author and not others, ugh. I really enjoyed The Flatshare and The Switch but wasn't crazy about The No Show. I was hoping this would go back more to The Flatshare/The Switch...but for me, it didn't. Former lovers end up having to ride together to a friend's wedding. The timeline in this jumped from the present {and all the hilarity of their disastrous attempt to get to the wedding} and the past {the whole run of their relationship}. I enjoyed the ending but it took too long to get there and I just didn't care about a lot of the characters.

Forget the Alamo
 by Bryan Burroughs, Chris Tomlinson, Jason Stanford [audiobook] - As a native Texan, I'm learning there's a lot of history I have a slightly skewed perspective on. I learned a lot from this book, but it also felt very long and parts that could have been a page were a chapter, ha. Very interesting for sure though!

And that wraps up 2022's reading! 


Emily said...

I'm so amused by all these holiday titles! My friend gave me two holiday books like these and I VERY seriously considered mailing them to you but instead I donated them to our local library's holiday sale (sorry). Also, a non-Texan, the ONLY facts I know about the Alamo are that 1) Texans revere it because of a battle (couldn't tell you when said battle took place or who it involved) and 2) Ozzy Osbourne peed on it. That's the end of my historical Alamo knowledge.

Natasha said...

I know even less about the Alamo than Emily! Maybe I should read that book. I'm sad you didn't love T3 as that's the next book on my list. I'll try and lower my expectations for it after reading your review.

Kathryn Bagley said...

The hallmark porn star book sounds interesting..ha! I have been very lazy with getting on board for this month's BC book. I need to find motivation!