December 2022 Wrap-up

December was a really good reading month for me! I read 12 books and two of those books were 4.5 stars!

House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson – 3.5 stars

This was a really good gothic, queer horror book! It’s about a woman who leaves her home in the slums for what she things will be a better life being the Bloodmaid of a wealthy Northerner. The vibes of this were great and if you enjoy the creeping horror of gothic novels, this is for you!

The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I by Lindsey Fitzharris – 4 stars

This was the nonfiction book I read and it was so good! This is a very brutal book about the horrors of war. I’m not really someone who likes nonfiction about wars and battles, but I love nonfiction about people in those wars and this book was about the surgeon that revolutionized plastic surgery to help wounded soldiers feel more like themselves. The descriptions were goring and hard to listen to at some points, but this book was just so fascinating. That being said, I didn’t drop a star rating because of that, I only rated it 4 stars because there were a few points I was confused who were were following or what was going on.

Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo – 4 stars

This was the only book I finished for the Queer Lit Readathon, but I still really enjoyed it! This is about two pre-teen witches who both have to hide their magic from their small Southern town. But then, an outhouse starts walking on its own and generations of witches rise from the dead and now both of these girls have to work together to save the town.

I loved both main characters and how their interpersonal problems were handled! If you want a paranormal middle grade recommendation, give this one a shot!

Peter Darling by Austin Chant- 4.5 stars

The first of two books I read for Legendathon! If you missed it, this book made my top 10 of 2022 list, so that should give you a pretty good indication of how much I loved this story! I really didn’t expect to be swept up in this trans retelling of Peter Pan, but I read it in about a day! If you’re interested in this book but haven’t read it yet, please do so!

The Genesis of Misery by Neon Yang – 4 stars

This was the phenomenal start of an adult sci-fi series inspired by Joan of Arc. Read my full review of this book here!

A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell – 2 stars

The second of the two books I read for Legendathon and this one went a little differently as this book made my worst of 2022 list. My main issue was that the mystery started halfway through the book (which I consider egregious for a Sherlock Holmes retelling) and when we did get a mystery, it was really more of a spy thriller than mystery we could follow. This also wasn’t a retelling of a specific Sherlock Holmes story so… I don’t know why the main characters had to be Janet Watson and Sara Holmes.

Sugar and Spice by Eli Wray – 3.75 stars

This was such a cute t4t Christmas romance! It’s about two nonbinary college students baking cookies and pining for each other while they do it. Perfect cute vibes for the season!

This Christmas Rivalry by Beverly Jenkins – 3 stars

I’m glad I finally read a romance from the Beverly Jenkins, but this was just okay. It’s about a successful business women being inherited a minor league football team and the coach of the team and her butting heads. The romance was pretty good for it’s length. Also, the Christmas aspect doesn’t happen until halfway through the last chapter. I’d recommend it if the premise interests you, but don’t expect holiday vibes.

Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire – 4.5 stars

This is my favorite of all of the prequel Wayward Children books! We follow Antsy, who was introduced in the previous Wayward Children series, and where her door lead her. Read my full review here!

Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert – 4 stars

Two friends pining for decades over one another have their feelings come to a head when they’re the first people to arrive for Christmas. This was more angsty than I’m used to for a Talia Hibbert book, but it was balanced pretty well I feel like (the house is literally covered top to bottom in kittens and dogs). I think that if you go in knowing it’s friends to lovers with a little more angst, you’ll enjoy it!

Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman

This is a YA fae story being released this month. I received a finished copy for review from BookishFirst and the publishers but I will not be reviewing as to not break the Harper Collins Union picket line. For more information on the strike, go to the Union’s twitter page here!

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – 3 stars

Rachel has no idea what she’s getting into when her long time boyfriend Nick invites her to his best friend’s wedding and to meet his parents. This was really fun! It’s a lot of laughing at the ignorance of the uber rich and being amazed at the extravagance. That being said, I think I might like the movie adaptation more? But I think both editions are worth your time!

What did you end 2022 with? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below!


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