December Wrap Up // End of the Decade Existential Crises & Rereads Aplenty

Hey lovelies! 💛✨

… so I’m here to wrap up December, which means it’s officially the end of the decade. A terrifying thought. One that has led to many sleepless nights but! today marks my favourite time of year, New Years. The promise of a clean slate, a blank page, as the clock hits midnight. It’s enough to keep me going throughout the year,, so I hope it can be that for any of you who need it too.

Whatever 2019 meant to you, if you’re reading this, I just want to say thank you for sticking around. I nearly gave up on Typed Truths this year, but time away showed me just how much I love having this outlet and just how much the bookish community means to me. I don’t know what 2020 will bring but I hope to be here a little more regularly and with a lot more enthusiasm. Here’s to a new year, a new decade, full of possibility for us all. Happy New Years, lovelies! 💛 May the odds be ever in your favour.

➸ Key

📚 Book club // 🖤 ARC/RC // ♻️ Reread // Rep = 🌷 (poc) // 🌸 (queer) // 🍄 (disability/nd/mi/ci) // 💐 (religion) // 🌻 (plus-size)

December Wrap Up.

The Cruel Prince // Holly Black ♻️ • ★★★★☆

I did plan on rereading both The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King this month so I could finally pick up Queen of Nothing but uh, that obviously didn’t happen. Fingers crossed it might in January? Either way, I loved this even more the second time around. Stabby fae political revenge stories are apparently my Thing now.

Book cover with a doorway, covered in vines, showing a view of a alternative reality

Strange Exit // Parker Peevyhouse 🖤 • ★★★☆☆

A twisty science fiction about a girl who has to ‘wake’ the occupants of a spaceship in the virtual reality they have forgotten isn’t real. Turns out if I am not emotionally invested in the characters, it won’t matter how good your plot twists are, I just won’t care. but it was a tense, edge-of-your-seat ride that I think a lot of sci-fi fans will eat up.

One of Us is Lying // Karen M. McManus 📚🌸🌷 • ★★☆☆☆

This was The YA Circle‘s December botm!

Look it’s nearly 2020. I’m not debating whether sexuality should be used as a plot twist – *newsflash* it shouldn’t – and the fact that its ‘reveal’ was more of a climatic moment than the actual murder mystery is unacceptable. The fact that it also demonized mental illness and praised slut-shaming? Not here for it.

Silver in the Wood // Emily Tesh 🌸 • ★★★★☆

Tor novellas have a particular way of making me feel a bittersweet sadness that is gutting,, but in a good way?? This might be Tesh’s debut but her writing felt like a fairytale, lush and descriptive and magical. If you love more traditional feeling fae stories, you’re going to love Tobias and Henry. It made me cry.

Infinity Son // Adam Silvera 🖤🌸🌷 • ★★½☆☆

This was one of my most anticipated 2020 releases but it let me down. Silvera set out to write a gay homage to X-Men and he did achieve that,, but his world-building was so underdeveloped, it made for a very disjointed, confusing read. The characters had exactly one personality trait: Revenge Girl, Fame-Hungry Brother, Reluctant Chosen One. It was so flat. I wish I could say I loved this one but it just didn’t.

Scavenge the Stars // Tara Sim🖤🌸🌷 • ★★★★☆

I knew Tara Sim would deliver! You know how sometimes you read books at exactly the right time? This was everything I wanted. I mean, what more could you want than a stabby revenge story full of characters trying to be Good & True despite life throwing them every curveball it can?? Cayo & Amaya were such easy characters to root for and I loved their dynamic. I can’t wait for the sequel!

Tweet Cute // Emma Lord 🖤 • ★★★★★

Speaking of right time, right book. My eyes have permanently been like this 😍😍 since I finished Tweet Cute. This is one of the best contemporary romances I have ever read! The banter, the mcs, the messy reality of senior year and expectations and family and love. It was so witty and heart-warming. I adored it. I may have pre-ordered it was the intention of rereading it the moment it gets in my hands.

The King’s Questioner // Nikki Katz 🖤 • ★★☆☆☆

Swoon Reads’ books are always a hit or miss for me and unfortunately, this was a decisive miss. It was a basic, absolutely forgettable fantasy with flat characters and no plot. Katz has one of those over-written styles where she explains every minutiae of detail without actually conveying anything.

Crooked Kingdom // Leigh Bardugo 🌷🌸🍄🌻• ★★★★★

… It was- … I mean…. Are there even words that can be used to describe perfection like this? It made me cry like a baby and unable to sleep for days but it was just beyond words, absolutely everything. I love these characters and Leigh Bardugo and the entire Grishaverse so much, my hearts aches just thinking about it. Bless 2019 Rachel for finally reading this series. It was so worth waiting for 😭😭

… and this begun the end of year panic where I read a bunch of graphic novels.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 9: On a Roll // Shannon Watters & Kate Leyh 🌷🌸 • ★★★★☆

The Lumberjanes crew never fail to make me smile and this volume was just so wholesome. It involves an almost-deadly game of roller derby with some yetis and it was just to much fun. I love that we’re seeing more of the Zodiac cabin, especially Barney!

Kin // Holly Black & Ted Naifeh • ★★☆☆☆

I couldn’t believe there was a Holly Black fae series out that no one seems to have read but there was no way I was going to turn down a fae graphic novel. I did, inevitably, compare it to The Cruel Prince the whole time and – combined with the ugly black & white art – it fell short of my expectations. The first volume, especially, was a disjointed mess with weird time skips and confusing world-building.

Kith // Holly Black & Ted Naifeh • ★★★☆☆

I was still detached from the cast but there were a couple of good twists & turns that pulled me in. Fae lore – especially the way Holly Black writes unflinchingly inhuman faeries – will always be a favourite of mine.

Kind // Holly Black & Ted Naifeh • ★★★½☆

… and by the third volume, the plot kind of hooked me. I was invested in the world, drawn into the politics, wondering what would happen next. I really loved the way it ended and I am kind of keen to read a prose adaptation? though it is a little dated. and I should probably be reading Queen of Nothing first.

Stargazing // Jen Wang 🌷🍄💐• ★★★½☆

Absolutely adorable. After The Princess & the Dressmaker, I was eager for more Jen Wang. Her art style is beautiful and the colour scheme was particularly beautiful this time. I somehow feel like I missed something though, that it something went over my head? but a beautiful middle grade story I’ll undoubtedly be recommending to the students.

▷ Let’s Chat

how did your reading month go? did you get to achieve all your before-the-end-of-the-year goals? let me your favourite or least favourite book you picked up. or maybe a movie or show you watched & would recommended. did you watch anything Christmassy?

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