The last day of December is tomorrow, guys. I can’t believe it. I guess it’s time to do my December 2021 wrap up. Since I’ll be doing my 2021 wrap up tomorrow let’s get the December one out of the way.
I didn’t read a lot of physical books this month. It’s been so hectic, but I did listen to several audiobooks. And I found a new favorite book of all times. So, I would deem this a successful reading month.
The Hero of Ages
Who is the Hero of Ages?
To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness–the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists–is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.
Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can’t even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans.
My Rating: 5/5
My Full Review: https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/12/20/the-hero-of-ages-review/
The Secret History
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.
My Rating: 5/5
My Full Review: https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/12/27/the-secret-history-review/
The Night Before Christmas
America’s favorite Christmas Poem tells the tale of a father seeing Santa on Christmas Eve. It brings Christmas magic to life.
My Thoughts: This is a classic. I love this poem.
A Christmas Carol
“Bah!” said Scrooge.”Humbug!” With those famous words unfolds a tale that renews the joy and caring that are Christmas. Whether we read it aloud with our family and friends or open the pages on a chill winter evening to savor the story in solitiude. Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience. It is the one book that every year will warm hour hearts with favorite memories of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future — and will remind us with laughter and tears how the true Christmas spirit comes from giving with love.
My Thoughts: This is another Christmas classic. It just gets better every time I read it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrator that I listened to this year though. I’ll probably physically read it next year.
Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down–and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony.
Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.
My Thoughts: I love witchy things. Usually, that’s enough to make me love any book. But that didn’t work with this one. This was terribly cheesy. I mean the bad guy’s last name is Grimorie for crying out loud. I couldn’t handle this. And to top it off the characters were annoying. I was not a fan.
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie
In her diary, thirteen-year-old Hattie chronicles her family’s arduous 1847 journey from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail.
My Thoughts: I can’t believe I read such sad stuff when I was younger, but I loved it. And I still do. This is a classic story that I loved just as much now as I did then.
What if you could live forever?
Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? That is what young Winnie Foster must decide when she discovers a spring on her family’s property whose waters grant immortality. Members of the Tuck family, having drunk from the spring, tell Winnie of their experiences watching life go by and never growing older.
But then Winnie must decide whether or not to keep the Tucks’ secret–and whether or not to join them on their never-ending journey.
My Thoughts: This is still one of the most beautiful books that I’ve ever read. I adore it so much.
So that’s my December 2021 wrap up. What did you read this month?