December ’18 Roundup & Ramblings



Raw Data:

12 Books

3338 Pages

3.67 Average Rating (talk about ending the year on a high note. I’m pretty happy!)


The Bad:

Of Mice and Men – 1 Star (ugh, what a waste of talent)


The Good:

To Kill a Mockingbird – 5 Stars (it should REMAIN required reading in schools)

Hogfather – 5 Stars (Pratchett was bitter but he still wrote really funny books)

Seal of the the Worm – 4.5 Stars  (what a great ending to a great series)



Shaman King is really revving up and I’m excited about continuing to read this series each month. This month I read all 3 volumes in one day and wrote the reviews between each volume (I was feeling in a VERY wordy mood) and then just scheduled the reviews for each monday. Just like in November, that kind of pace worked really well for me. I don’t know exactly why nor do I particularly care, as all I DO care about is it is  working.  Bring on the FIGHTING!!!


Misc. and Personal:

I totally slacked in reading this month. January is going to have me reading like crazy to get that 3 week cushion back. I used it all up this month 🙂  Of course, with the Parental Pods, Miss Betsy W & her friend and the Bombfunk’s and the Bookstooge’s all together for Christmas, for nigh on a week, I was doing a lot of things besides reading.

Christmas went well but I started getting sick the Sunday before and was flat out by Christmas. Mrs B caught it from me post-Christmas, so there’s not been much going on after Christmas except trying to recover and drinking of lots of herbal teas and hot water.

Thankfully, I was Tagged by Norrie and so had an easy post on a weekend. I also did another 6Degrees post and that allowed me even more breathing room.  Thank goodness for people who continually tag and remind me that I can do book related, non-review posts!

A lot of time was also spent on writing up my thoughts on 2018. I’ve got that mostly taken care of by now and my Annual Review should be coming out January 1st.

No Cover Love this month as nothing really stood out to me. I’m not going to throw a “pity” cover love to something that I don’t actually love.

The End.


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21 thoughts on “December ’18 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. We’ve got the bug here too. It started with my aunt who passed it to my other aunt who passed it to my mother–give it a few days and gosh, you have a very sick family, all drinking hot water and gargling salt water. It was a nightmare. I hope you’re feeling better now!

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    1. Thank you, we’re on the mend. Passing something on is one of my nightmares, as I hate it when other people do that. Trying to balance being social at Christmas, especially with my family being here from so far away, with not wanting to infect everyone, quite the tightrope to walk 🙂

      I have probably drank more hot peppermint tea in the last week than I have in the whole year!

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  2. Nice way to close out the year with a high average rating in December! I’ve been slacking on writing reviews too, though I’ve been finishing a lot of books. Once I get to my “normal” schedule after the holidays, I’m going to have a lot of writing to do…

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  3. Your sickness sounds bad enough that you might not feel well enough to read. That would suck. I do hope you can get lots of January reading done. My 2018 was such an embarrassment that I’m determined 2019 will be much better. How could it possibly be worse? In any case, wishing you tons of reading time in 2019 and lots of health and happiness!!

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