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Monthly Wrap Up: December 2022



There's something satisfying about looking back at what you've accomplished. It can inform where to go next or a goal to add or change. It can push you to achieve more, or to change the balance in your life. For me, looking back at what I did on the blog inspires me to keep going. And looking back on what I read actually puts some perspective on my reading life. It serves as a checkmark, a period, an end and a new beginning to start a new month instead of having all the days and months just run into each other.



Here's what my Reading December looked like. (graphs via Storygraph, an alternative to GR)


By the numbers:

I read 9 books

2 fantasy

3 mystery

1 memoirs

3 general fiction

0 historical

0 DNF

2 were ARCs

2 audio books


The genres in the graph are always slightly different than mine because it's based on whomever is categorizing the book .... I call one a mystery, they rate it a thriller - tomato/tomahto



Books by their ratings (link is to my review):



None again :(




Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

Tuyo by Rachel Neumeier




City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita

All of Our Demise #2 by Amanda Foody

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote




The Blackhouse by Carole Johnstone

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown (review pending)



My Favorite Read of December

Fairy Tale is amazing, atmospheric, creative, and has two fabulous main characters (spoiler, one is a dog).

Click image to go the review.
















Challenge Progress

Beat the Backlist (a poor showing this year): 27/48 prompts

COYER challenge: 27/54; complete - the goal is to read 1/2 or more of a list I compiled

Added to Goodreads in December

I added 55 books to my TBR, and read a total of 9 making a net addition to my list of 46. I've made peace with the fact that I'll never read them all, but I know just where to look when I wonder "what should I read next".





Hope you had a great December and a relaxing holiday. And now it's time to start looking ahead. I'm going from just a couple of challenges to .....drum roll ...... 12. Yep, 12 challenges. There will be overlap as books apply to more than one, but I'm hoping these challenges will help keep me accountable for some personal goals - plus they're just FUN (for me).


How did your reading life treat you in December? If you'd like to share your monthly wrap ups, link up with others at Feed Your Fiction Addiction for the September round up. Nicole puts up a new linky at the end of each month.




Welcome to Bookshelf Journeys.

It's my goal to provide real reviews of the books I read without totally rehashing every plot. I'll never spoil a story by giving away a plot twist! Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest and will discover a new book or author to add to YOUR TBR list.  Take a moment to explore, read a couple reviews, and let me know what you think.

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For your convenience, I use #hashtags in the reviews and when you click on one, you'll find more books with that theme. Hopefully you'll find it a helpful way to navigate the site and find books you'll enjoy. I've also recently added tags that will show up at the end of each review that serve the same purpose.

The review ratings are based on a 5 star  (1/2 stars sometimes) system with a 3 being an average read for me. I hope you find that helpful. Knowing, of course, that all opinions are just that - my opinion!  Let me know if you agree or disagree - I'd love to hear from you.

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