Throughout December I took part in the Reindeer Readathon, a readathon with prompts based around Father Christmas’s reindeer, and I had a lot of fun with it. It really encouraged me to keep reading throughout December, which is great, as I often end up feeling a little burned out and wanting to do nothing but lie on the sofa and eat chocolate.
I was on Team Mistletoe, and I’m proud to say I managed to read books for all of the prompts – including the Christmas Star bonus! If you want to learn more about the readathon, you can check out my TBR here.
A fast read (a book under 250 pages)
I picked up Austin Chant’s trans retelling of Peter Pan, Peter Darling, and I enjoyed it! This book has made me realise how own voices trans stories are something I need to be reaching for more often.
A book that has a main theme of music or dance
I ended up straying away from my TBR to read Naomi Kritzer’s Fires of the Faithful and I’m sorry to say I didn’t like it, which was a real shame because it sounded perfect for me. Ultimately I just didn’t think it was written all that well and my copy will be going to charity.
A book that has moved around on your shelf, but you still haven’t read it
I finally crossed Robin LaFevers’ Mortal Heart off my TBR, finishing up the original His Fair Assassin trilogy, so now I can move on to LaFevers’ new books. This was probably my least favourite book in the trilogy. I did enjoy it, and it was nice to see Annith take centre stage when she’s been underestimated by so many people, but the romance was a bit too instalovey for me.
A book with a strong female character
Joe Hill is a horror writer I’ll be reading more from because I loved NOS4R2! This one also gave me the Christmas Star bonus because it’s over 500 pages but, despite it being a chunky book, I sped through it and I love Vic McQueen.
A book that you think will have an impact on you (or a sci-fi book)
Again I strayed away from my original TBR and I’m so glad I did because I ended up reading my favourite book of 2019, Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper. This book is required reading and I’m so grateful Rubenhold has finally given these women a voice.
A book that has romance as its main theme
I shouldn’t be surprised considering all the glowing reviews I saw across the blogosphere in 2019, but I really enjoyed Olivia Waite’s The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics! Waite is definitely a romance author I’ll be reading more from in future.
A book you think has a beautiful cover
I strayed away from my original TBR again near the end of the year when I was in the mood for something comforting and easy to read, so I decided to reach for some more of Grace Draven’s romantasy, Radiance. Entreat Me is still my favourite book by her that I’ve read so far, but I enjoyed this book a lot more than I enjoyed Phoenix Unbound and it was so much fun to follow an arranged marriage where the husband and wife agree from the beginning to be friends, and watch their relationship grow from there.
A graphic novel
I borrowed Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper: Volume One from the library and it was so cute! This book helped me realise that I actually prefer YA contemporary graphic novels to SFF graphic novels, and it’s a series I’m definitely interested in continuing. Unfortunately my library doesn’t have any of the other volumes in the series, which is a bummer.
A book with red on the cover
I ended up straying away from my TBR for this prompt to finish up Tracy Borman’s The King’s Witch. Unfortunately I didn’t love this one, but it was a very easy read and I’m glad I crossed it off my TBR.
So I ended up managing to earn all the points I possibly could for my team, and I’m pleased with that!