bookish month in review

[2020] December Review

So I’ve had this post written for a while but never got around to posting it… backdating it to the relevant month, haha.


I read 6 books in December, for a final total of 70 books in 2020 – numerically, my second best year since I started keeping track in 2006!

  1. Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars
  2. Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Last Crossing
  3. Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women
  4. C.L. Polk, Witchmark
  5. T.J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea
  6. K.J. Charles, Band Sinister


I have mixed success with TBRs, but I’m finding that a to-do list with enough flexibility to allow for unpredictable library holds and mood reads works for me. Here’s the plan for January:

  • Fence Volume 1, C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad, Joana LaFuente
  • How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, Holly Black
  • The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal, Carey Pietsch + McElroy fam
  • Unravel the Dusk, Elizabeth Lim
  • Iron Heart, Nina Varela
  • I’ll Be the One, Lyla Lee
  • 100 pages of The Count of Monte Cristo, my big Classics Club book for 2021


Finish 2020’s Popsugar Reading Challenge
50/50 prompts completed! Proud of myself for sticking this one out.

Participate in a December photo challenge on Bookstagram
Posted a few photos for #jollybooksmas – header photo related.

Answer at least 2 prompts for Top Ten Tuesday
December 1st and 15th.

Other blog posts: year end wrap-up/goals, 5-star reads of 2020, anticipated 2021 releases
Technically didn’t make any blog posts in December but whatever. I posted 2021 goals to the blog and a corresponding checklist to bookstagram. The Top Ten Tuesday post for January 5th lists my anticipated releases for the first half of 2021. I made a few graphics for bookstagram stories to showcase 5-star reads (viewable under “2020 highlights”).


  • Answer at least 2 out of 4 weeks’ prompts for Top Ten Tuesday
  • Finish page for 2021 reading challenges
  • Finish Financial Planning & Management e-course

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