monthly wrap-ups

December 2018 Wrap-up + January 2019 TBR | January Anticipated Releases

Happy new year, everyone! May 2019 be kind and prosperous. In December I finished 4 books, and DNF’d one book. These are the books I read in December:

  1. These Rebel Waves – Sara Raasch | review | 2.5/5 stars
  2. The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye – David Lagecrantz | 3 stars
  3. Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean | review | 3 stars
  4. Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor | 4 stars
  5. Everless – Sara Holland | DNF
  6. The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle – In progress ~65%

Letfover books planned for December:

  • Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody
  • Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
  • The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

Artemis Fowl Series Read-Along + My Best Friend Chose my TBR

My best friend helped my plan my January TBR, but then I realized I actually had a load of new releases I wanted to read that are coming out this month. Since my bff chose Ace of Shades for me to read, I decided to enlist her help again because her judgment really can’t go wrong. This is what we came up with:

  • Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer ☑️
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Kelly Barnhill ☑️
  • The Baker Thief – Claudie Arsenault
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

A note about Artemis Fowl –  I’m planning to do an Artemis Fowl series read-along up ’till the release of the Artemis Fowl movie! Depending on if anyone is willing to read with me, this might be a solo project where I look back on the series as a whole while rereading it now that I’m grown.

I’ve been examining the misunderstood-genius-loner archetype in media a lot recently, and while I have my complaints about the archetype as a whole (due to very stereotypical writing and characterization e.g. the typical INTJ anti-hero/villain a la Benedict Cumberbatch), I never felt Arty-boy fit into this box because like with Ciel from Black Butler, Artemis’ author takes the time to explore his character. If my memory serves me well, I’d actually place Ciel, Artemis and Elementary’s Sherlock into a category of characters that go against the mainstream convention of glorifying the INTJ personality type and the stereotypes that come attached with it in media portrayals. So since I cannot trust my memmory, I’ll be using the upcoming Artemis Fowl movie as an excuse to reread the book series, and seeing how the books hold up in my eyes.

New Releases in January I’m looking forward to:

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Kakuriyo Vol. 1 – Waco Ioka (Art), Midori Yuma (story) ☑️

Over the summer I watched the Kakuriyo anime with my bestie (who is getting the MOST mentions in this post) and we fell in love with it and also discovered a thing or two about ourselves while watching.

Lo and behold, they’re bringing Kakuriyo to an English-speaking audience. The anime was based off of the original light-novels. I’m ready for the wholesome content that inspired the wholesome wholesome anime. EDIT: I didn’t realize this was the manga adaptation rather than the novel itself oops.

Image result for the girl king mimi yuThe Girl King – Mimi Yu ☑️

I didn’t realize the cover looked very much like Mistborn’s, but tbh I was never here for Branderson books since I don’t feel the need to read fantasy “greats” to have a good time.

I’ve been waiting for this book for a *very* long time. I just want my asian fantasy fix already!


The Wicked King – Holly Black ☑️

Image result for the wicked kingOk, do you realize how much effort it took for me to get a Barnes and Noble edition of the Cruel Prince this fall? Only to realize that I actually prefer the normal edition of its sequel?

I’m still peeved af about what happened in the last book – mostly because of Madoc and the blatant lack of build up between Cardan and Jude’s shoujo-style lust, or whatever it is. *shakes fist* I’m already hooked, though I wasn’t too impressed by the shift in storylines from a fairy Hana Yori Dango to a political fantasy


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Kingdom of Copper – S. A. Chakraborty
I honestly can’t resist blue on a cover, but like… also this is a continutation of a book I really liked from last year. Please let me know what the deal is up with Nahri.




Image result for king of scarsKing of Scars
– Leigh Bardugo

The things I do for love. You might be asking, “Alice you don’t like Greg why are you touching this?” I’m here for my boy Nikolai, even though it’s very likely he’s gonna be done dirty because my storytelling preferences do not align with Bardugo’s most of the time.

Sigh, whatever. Leigh knows she’s gonna make bank because Nikolai is too good for her world and definitely Alina.

3 thoughts on “December 2018 Wrap-up + January 2019 TBR | January Anticipated Releases

  1. Ooh I’ll be totally down for an Artemis Fowl reread! I don’t think I read the last one when it came out, though. I wasn’t really impressed with the Atlantis Complex. But I *was* pretty obsessed with the series when I was like 13 and semi-crush on Artemis lol. And The Girl King! Fingers crossed it lives up to expectations!

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