Goodbye 2020, hello 2021!
I hope you all had a good month of December!
Mine was productive especially with the blog, I posted quite a bit more than usual because I challenged myself to post every day at the end of the month. It was a lot of fun even if it was a lot more work than I had originally expected (since I’m incapable of planning and writing posts advance…🤡)
I was also able to spend the holidays with my parents after being on my own for two months. It was great to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve with them! 🙂
I read twelve books this month which is more than what I usually read. However, I read a bunch of novellas at the end of the month so it increased my number of books read quite a bit!
I had a lot of three star-reads in December which means that I liked everything I read but that most books weren’t memorable. However, I still read a few books that I really enjoyed so, it’s not my worst reading month of the year.
- The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson ★★★ 1/2
- Fleet of Knives by Gareth L. Powell ★★★
- The Vela by Becky Chambers, S.L. Huang, Yoon Ha Lee & Rivers Solomon ★★★
- Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor ★★★ 1/2
- Semiosis by Sue Burke ★★★
- Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky ★★★ 1/2
- This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar & Max Gladstone ★★★★★
- Clarkesworld #165 edited by Neil Clarke ★★★
- The Deep by Rivers Solomon ★★★★★
- The Wall by Gautam Bhatia ★★★★
- Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire ★★★
- Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo ★★★
Favorite Books of the Month
I had a blast with my re-read of This is How You Lose the Time War! I love everything about this book: the gorgeous writing, the world, the wonderful characters and the heart-wrenching romance. I’m pretty sure I’m going to read this book every December from now on. I have to say that my biggest reason for re-reading this book in December was that I needed to put the pieces of my heart back together after watching Start-Up and iI thought reading this book again would help and… it did!
My other favorite of December was The Deep by Rivers Solomon, another novella. I have wanted to read it since I first heard about it and, it was even better than I expected it to be! The Deep is a tragic story about trauma and how it affects people. Wonderful and raw, I now need to read every single book Rivers Solomon has ever written!
Start-Up follows Seo Dalmi, a woman who wants to launch a start-up and two men, Nam Dosan, a programmer, and Han Jipyeong, a business man who works for an investment company.
As expected, Dalmi and Dosan create a start-up together and they need the help of Jipyeong. Various misunderstandings create a situation where Dosan has to pretend he knew Dalmi when he was young (except that *of course* Dalmi actually knew Jipyeong and not Dosan).
A love triangle ensues and, while I often tend to prefer the guy who doesn’t get the girl at the end (I have a serious case of Second Lead Syndrome), I didn’t expect my heart to be broken into pieces over and over by how unfair the entire situation was.
I know I’m not alone in my misery because The Swoon, a Youtube channel powered by Netflix, just posted their 2020 Korean Drama Awards and they created a special award just for Start-Up called Most Heartbreaking Han Ji Pyeong Moments.
I guess the moral of Start-Up is: if you’re a good guy, life is going to suck and everybody is going to leave you. However, if you are a stalker and a pathological liar… you’re going to meet the love of your life.
Daredevil S3 & Money Heist S3/S4
After that, I was completely done with Korean dramas and their cruel love triangles. So, I decided to finish and get caught-up on a few other shows.
First, I decided to finally finish watching Daredevil, a show that I started in 2015. I really enjoyed the final season, I’m sad Netflix decided to stop producing it but at least, they gave it a good ending! Daredevil is a dark, violent and suspenseful story about faith, corruption and morality. Exactly what I needed after Start-Up!
After that, I watched the third and fourth season of Money Heist, a Spanish show following a bunch of misfits who decide to rob the Bank of Spain. As expected, these two seasons were action-packed and very entertaining. However, while I had a lot of fun with the third season, the fourth had a lot of pacing issues and the writers used a lot of cheap-shots in order to create a need for another season. I will probably still watch the next one but my expectations are very low.
The Heroic Return of K-Dramas: Black Dog
After this needed break, I decided that my heart was ready again for Korean dramas as long as they didn’t have any romantic storyline. Black Dog was the perfect choice, in fact, I liked it so much that it made my top 5 Korean Dramas of 2020.
Black Dog is slice of life drama following four teachers working at Daechi High School in Seoul. It deals with a lot of hard topics but it’s still managed to be heartwarming and beautiful. It’s very quiet and slow-paced but I loved it!
I posted 18 posts in December which is… probably more than I have ever posted in a single month? I tried to review a bunch of books that I read earlier in the year and I also wanted to post all the usual end of the year posts!
- Reading Updates
- Book Reviews
- Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
- The Descent of Monsters by Neon Yang
- New Suns, Original Stories by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl
- Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott
- Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
- The Wall by Gautam Bhatia
- Catch-Up reviews: The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Ascent of Godhood & Ancillary Sword
- End of the Year Lists
- The Best Short Stories I read in 2020: Part 1
- The Best Short Stories I read in 2020: Part 2
- Top Ten 2021 Fantasy Releases I’m excited to Read
- Most Surprising and Most Disappointing Books I read in 2020
- Favorite TV Show & Movies of 2020
- Ten 2020 Releases I wish I read in 2020
- The 2020 Curious SFF Reader Awards
January Reading Plans
I don’t have a strict TBR in mind for January. I know that I’m going to read for sure an ARC of Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt and Lovecraft Country by Matt Gruff, a book that I’m buddy-reading with Mayri from Bookforager!
Here are some books that I may read in January, I don’t think I will get to all of them but I should probably be able to read six or seven!
How was your month of December? What is/was your first read of 2021? 😀