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
This was a beautiful Middle Grade fantasy retelling of Les Miserables in a Thai-inspired setting.
For He Can Creep by Siobhan Carroll
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
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
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
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
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
Korean mythology meets space opera. This book was an adventure, and I loved every moment.
Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather
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
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
A Korean Odyssey
Hotel Del Luna
My December Playlist
- Carry You – Missy Higgins
- Run to You – Lea Michele
- Done For Me – Punch
- Dynasty – Miia
- 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