December in Review

I read 18 books last month, which beats my old record for books read in a month by 2. I mostly chalk it up to going into the month knowing I needed to read 15 more books to hit my Goodreads goal for the year and then proceeding to read a few short children’s books (which were part of my plan to hit that number anyway, but I hadn’t been getting to them throughout the year like I meant to). More astounding, though, is that I surpassed my previous amount of pages read per month by about 100 pages, so the smaller books do not mean that I didn’t read very much over all. That is most likely due to the speed with which I went through an entire 4-book series of audiobooks during the month. That series was 1500 pages by itself.

I hit my Goodreads goal on December 18th, 10 days earlier than I did last year. That means I read 15 books in the first 2 1/2 weeks of December and then only read 3 books in the last 2 weeks! This makes me laugh, but also makes sense, what with Christmas through New Year often being a busier time.

Here are the books I read in December:

The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal by Lilian Jackson Braun (4.5 / 5)
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (5 / 5)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (3.5 / 5)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (5 / 5)
The Big Lie by Bill Myers (5 / 5)
Ruth by Ellen Gunderson Traylor (5 / 5)
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (3.5 / 5)
North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson (5 / 5)
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (5 / 5)
Cozy Up to Christmas by Colin Conway (2.5 / 5)
Addie McCormick and the Mystery of the Missing Scrapbook by Leanne Lucas (5 / 5)
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (5 / 5)
The Monster in the Hollows by Andrew Peterson (5 / 5)
The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern (3.5 / 5)
The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (4 / 5)
The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson (5 / 5)
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain by Lilian Jackson Braun (4 / 5)
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (4 / 5)

This list includes 5 re-reads (most of that was listening to the audiobooks of the entire Wingfeather Saga again). My favorite book from December (that wasn’t a re-read) was Ruth. I started 4 series, continued 4 series, and finished 2 series. My ever-changing short list of to-be-reads, as well as a flag for the book I’m currently reading and an ongoing list of those I’ve read and posted about can be found here.

I’m also keeping my Goodreads page updated with a more extensive list of to-be-reads. Despite my almost too-long TBR list, I’m always looking for more to add. Feel free to offer suggestions of your favorites or just recent reads you enjoyed.