December Wrap Up

December was a great reading month, but not so great for my health. As soon as I stopped being a hermit I ended up with a two week cold. Yay. Then there was Christmas, which is just exhausting.

I read a lot of middle grade books last month, and holy cow, I was not prepared for how amazing they would be.

What I Read

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

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This was a beautiful Middle Grade fantasy retelling of Les Miserables in a Thai-inspired setting.

For He Can Creep by Siobhan Carroll

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Narrated by a cat living in a sanatorium, this short story, featuring a poet and a deal with the devil blew me away.

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

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I’m not the biggest fan of the genre, but this book was a love letter to fandom, and had great fat representation, and a cute romance.

Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho

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A necessary and timely book on racism and the uncomfortable conversations we all need to have. Based on the hit YouTube series.

Eva Evergreen, Semi Magical Witch by Julie Abe

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This middle grade fantasy had Kiki’s Delivery Service vibes, but went so much further. I loved Eva, and I look forward to the sequel.

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

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I didn’t know I would love this book like I did. Suraya and her ghost, Pink, were the stars of the show, in this eerie, but heartwarming story about friendship. I bawled my eyes out at the end, so you have been warned.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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Korean mythology meets space opera. This book was an adventure, and I loved every moment.

Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather

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Nuns in space sounds boring to most people, but I loved this sci-fi novella with all my soul. It’s got living spaceships, and a plague, and amazing characters.

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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Paola, a sensible, science-loving pre-teen gets a big wake up call when her friend goes missing, and all the stories her mother told her turn out to be true.

What I Watched

Goblin

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A Korean Odyssey

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Hotel Del Luna

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My December Playlist

  1. Carry You – Missy Higgins
  2. Run to You – Lea Michele
  3. Done For Me – Punch
  4. Dynasty – Miia
  5. The Destiny of Sam-Jang – Fara Effect

Blog Posts I Liked

Shealea has put together an amazing (and comprehensive) database of books by Asian authors releasing in 2021.

Esmée wrote a powerful letter to the book community about performative activism.

CW from The Quiet Pond recommended 20 diverse and modern retellings of old classics.

CW shared some super helpful book blogging advice for when you’re writing a review and you feel out of your depth.

Kal from Reader Voracious has put together the 2021 Ultimate Book Blogger/Reader Spreadsheet to track all your bookish stuff.

Fave Blog Posts I Wrote In 2020

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Under Your Wings by Tiffany Tsao

Things I Want to See More of in YA || A Wish List

Racism in the Book Community || Discussion

Greek Mythology Retellings || Recommendations

Standalone Books to Transport You to Other Worlds || Recommendations

Author: Ana

My name is Ana. My pronouns are she/her. I am a 30 year old bisexual, disabled Australian. I love reading, and my goal is to promote diverse books on this blog. Besides reading I love writing, singing, dancing, and bullet journaling. I am also mom to 2 Birman cats.

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