December Wrap Up

I cannot believe how fast the reading year went. While there are so many books I did manage to read, my TBR is still sitting tall and judging me. Will there ever be a time in my life when my TBR pile is manageable?

I had a pretty easy reading month because I decided I would not read more than the 9 books I need to make my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 200 books for 2019. I also had a lot of writing to catch up on and I was heading off on vacation for most of December and I did not want to see one book for that time. Yes, I do take breaks from reading and this one was much deserved.

In December I wrapped up my reading year by reading 9 books, the lowest number of books I’ve read for a month, but I am beyond happy about it. These 9 books were so diverse and taught me so much, I could not imagine a better set of books to read to close out the year.

Three of my favourites happened to be from Caribbean writers, they were Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad by Krystal A. Sital, Augustown by Kei Miller and The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James. All three books were well written and taught me so much about the history of three islands I adore- Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti and Jamaica. These three books made the list of my top favorite Caribbean reads. If you haven’t read anything by these authors, I highly recommend grabbing a copy from them.

 

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My re-read for December was The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, I read this book back in 2012 and I decided to give it a re-read because I remember being entirely too impressed with it but my Goodreads review did not remind me why. Also, my friend was gushing about how life changing the read was, so I decided how would be great time to pick it up.

 

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty is that beach read everyone should whip out on vacation. While I did enjoy the build-up and character driven plot, the ending of the book fell for me. However, if you are looking for a light entertaining read, this is it. No Longer At Ease was the final book in the African Trilogy that I started reading earlier this year and managed to finish before the close of the year, Chinua Achebe is that strong African voice I never get tired of hearing from and I happy I got to close the year out reading this book.

Overall, December was a fulfilling reading month and it was the winding down I needed to start 2019 fresh.  Below is the breakdown by ratings:

4 Stars

Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad by Krystal A. Sital

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James

Augustown by Kei Miller

Our Daily Bread 2018 by Our Daily Bread Ministries

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

3 Stars

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

No Longer At Easy by Chinua Achebe

But This Is Different by Mary Walker Baron

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

 

 

 

 

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