What I Read in December

I didn’t know what to expect this month. NaNoWriMo took a lot of out me. It does every year. Sometimes that means I don’t have the energy to engage with words at all and sometimes I just don’t have the energy to write. This year reading was fine. I wanted to finish reading some books and I did!

My goal for the year was to read 24 books. I ended up reading 30. I think for 2022 I will aim for 30 again and see if I can surpass it.

Books I finished reading in December:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Year of the Griffin – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

Books I’m currently reading:

  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Heaven Official’s Blessing (Volume 1) – Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

What books did you read in December? Did you reach your reading goals for the year and are you aiming higher in 2022?

What I Read in November

I never know what to expect when it comes to reading in November. Trying to write 50,000 words in a month can really interfere with reading time, but sometimes making a book come out of my brain really makes me want to shove more books in there.

Books I finished reading in November:

  • Lore Olympus: Volume One – Rachel Smythe
  • Dark Lord of Derkholm – Diana Wynne Jones

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
  • Year of the Griffin – Diana Wynne Jones

What books did you read in November? Did you end up taking a break from reading to focus on writing during NaNoWriMo?

What I Read in October

October was an interesting month for reading. I usually read a classic like Frankenstein or Dracula. This year I decided to find something I hadn’t read before and browsed my library’s app. That’s where I found Practical Magic. I’d watched the movie more than once but never read the book so I gave it a try. It wasn’t the scariest book, but a Halloween read doesn’t have to scare me out of a night’s sleep to scratch the spooky book itch.

Books I finished reading in October:

  • Network Effect – Martha Wells
  • Priestess of the Morrigan: Prayers, Rituals & Devotional Work to the Great Queen – Stephanie Woodfield
  • Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones

Did you read anything spooky or scary during October? It’s one of my favorite things to do and I’d love to get some ideas for new or overlooked books for next year.

What I Read in September

I read a bit more in September than I did in August. It wasn’t something I made a conscious effort to do. I just allowed myself to read when I wanted to read. It just happened to work out well for me.

Books I finished reading in September:

  • Exit Strategy – Martha Wells
  • The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Network Effect – Martha Wells
  • Priestess of the Morrigan: Prayers, Rituals & Devotional Work to the Great Queen – Stephanie Woodfield

Did you read more during September? Sometimes I think the months with changing seasons make for easier reading, but I have no evidence to back this up.

What I Read in August

I didn’t finish as many books this month and I didn’t start any new ones either. I guess it was a slow reading month. It happens sometimes but I’m a little worried it will become a pattern. I don’t want to read less. There are too many good books out there.

Books I finished reading in August:

  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang
  • Exit Strategy – Martha Wells

Do you ever unintentionally read less for a little while? Do you do something to start reading more or do you let the phase run its course?

What I Read in July


July was a weird month for reading. I kept bouncing from one book to the next without actually finishing any of them for most of the month. Then in the final week of July I reached the end of multiple books. It was a bit strange to close out the month with so many conclusions. I’m not sure that’s happened to me before.

Books I finished reading in July:

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab
  • Rogue Protocol – Martha Wells
  • Persuasion – Jane Austen

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  • The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang
  • Exit Strategy – Martha Wells

What did you read in July? Have you ever jumped around between different books only to finish several of them within a few days on each other? I’m still not sure how I feel about it even now.

What I Read in June

June felt really chaotic. I think I got too caught up in the number of books I was reading at once and I felt overwhelmed. Because of that, some of the books have been moved to the back burner until I finish a few more or feel a bit more equipped to handle reading many books at once again.

Books I finished reading in June:

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  • The Night Masquerade – Nnedi Okorafor
  • Artificial Condition – Martha Wells

Books I’m currently reading:

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  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab
  • Rogue Protocol – Martha Wells

What books did you read in June? Do you ever find yourself reading too many books at once? What do you do when that happens? I’d love some tips and tricks for dealing with starting too many books.

What I Read in May

I didn’t stop reading in May. It was a really hard month for me and there were times I hid in books. I won’t pretend I read a lot during those times. I spent a lot of time staring blankly at pages, but it was a comfort to have another world to jump into if that was what I needed.

Books I finished reading in May:

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  • Home – Nnedi Okorafor
  • Across the Green Grass Fields – Seanan McGuire
  • Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
  • All Systems Red – Martha Wells

Books I’m currently reading:

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  • The Night Masquerade – Nnedi Okorafor
  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

What books did you read in May? Are there any books you are looking forward to reading this summer? I’d love to add to my to-read list.

What I Read in April

I was prepared for April to focus much more on writing than reading. It didn’t turn out that way. I really needed reading to get through certain days.

Books I finished reading in April:

  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi
  • In an Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire
  • Come Tumbling Down – Seanan McGuire
  • Binti – Nnedi Okorafor

Books I’m currently reading:

  • Across the Green Grass Fields – Seanan McGuire
  • Home – Nnedi Okorafor

What books did you read in April? Have you ever intended to do something else only to discover you needed to read to get through the day?

What I Read in February

There was so much snow in February this year. I feel like I should have read more books because of it. I’m still ahead of schedule with my 2021 reading goal though!

Books I finished reading in February:

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  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire
  • Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Books I’m currently reading:

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  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire

What books did you read in February? Are you on track for your 2021 reading goals?