December Read Round-up

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Perhaps a little late, but these posts were a staple on the blog before the hiatus, so I really want to get back into the habit of them. New year, new me, new blog schedule or something like that. Right?

So, in December, I honestly didn’t read a ton of published books—I read 3—but I read a lot of webcomics, so I’ll drop some links to stuff I’m currently following at the end of this post, too.

Favorite book:
City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab
This is a cute, exciting little read, meant for the middle school grade age group but enjoyable by anyone who likes ghosts and magic and a little bit of adventure. Schwab continues to impress me with her interesting characters and fluid writing, and just like all her other books, I just tore through this one. It’s definitely a single-day read if you have about an hour or two to dedicate to reading, and I like that a lot about it. There’s supposedly going to be a series in this world, and I’m looking forward to that; they’ll make nice light reads between the longer books I plan to tackle in 2019.

Normally I’d talk about the runner up here, but I only read two other books, so I’m just going to touch on each one really briefly: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn (Writer) and Fiona Staples (Artist). Six of Crows was basically Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Ocean’s 11 and I loved it a lot. Fast, fun, dramatic, I’m pretty much sold on at least the next Dregs book if not the full Grishaverse. I’m still a bit disappointed with how we left Inej and Nina, but I’m willing to give Bardugo the benefit of the doubt here.

Saga is a comic I’ve heard a lot about but never got around to reading until I got it for a gift exchange this year. I’ll have a full review up, uh, soon…ish, but the highlight is: I liked it! I like the art but the world and the characters are what really sold me. There are spaceships that are just giant trees that grow as spaceships and that’s delightfully weird and interesting.

Highlights aside, here’s my stats: I read 3 books, one urban fantasy/MG, one fantasy, and one sci-fi. All three had women in the creative team and Saga was written by a man. These books were all pretty short, so it ended up being 910 pages of reading. More than I thought I did, to be honest, so I feel pretty good about that, at least. I’m already off to a running start in January, thanks to some time off for holidays and my birthday, so expect a bit more from the eventual January round-up.

And, as mentioned, here’s the webcomic titles I started following last month:
Sweet Home—super creepy horror story about people turning into monsters
Lore Olympus—absolutely gorgeous retelling of Persephone and Hades in a modern setting
King of Mars—goofy magical shenanigans with hilarious art and fun characters
Come Hell or High Water—BL Drama/romance, king and a pirate and ~court drama~

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