December Wrap-Up & January Reading Plans

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! πŸ™‚

Books Read

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 β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
  • Fleet of Knives by Gareth L. Powell β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Vela by Becky Chambers, S.L. Huang, Yoon Ha Lee & Rivers Solomon β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
  • Semiosis by Sue Burke β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
  • This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar & Max Gladstone β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Clarkesworld #165 edited by Neil Clarke β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Wall by Gautam Bhatia β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo β˜…β˜…β˜…

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!

TV Shows

Start-Up

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.

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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!

Post Recap

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!

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!

Other than these two, I plan on reading one or two books for Vintage Science Fiction Month, an event hosted by Andrea, the Little Red Reviewer.

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? πŸ˜€

10 thoughts on “December Wrap-Up & January Reading Plans

  1. Glad you were able to spend the holidays with your family.
    I didn’t finish watching Start Up because that show just annoyed me after a while LOL. It’s a shame because I like the actors.
    Good luck with your January reading plans, it looks like you have a lot of great reads ahead of you!

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    1. It was great to have some IRL interactions! πŸ˜€ More seriously, I missed them a lot so it was great to see them. πŸ™‚
      I think you made a good decision by dropping it, I only finished it because I’m a huge Kim Seonho fangirl, he’s a member of my favorite variety show (2 Days 1 Night) and I thought he portrayed his character perfectly. I was biased from the start to love Han Jipyeong…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ If it weren’t for him, I would have stopped watching around episode 6 or so.
      Thank you, I hope I will be able to read a lot of books on my TBR after my finals! πŸ˜€

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      1. Oh, I never got super into 2 Days 1 Night, but I did used to watch a lot of Running Man waaaaay back in the early days (I think I only got up to episode 70 or 80 before I stopped watching). Those variety shows can be fun though!

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      2. I can’t speak for the older seasons because I haven’t watched them but I’m the biggest fan of season 4. I decided to give the first episode a try because one of the member is a musician I like and I fell in love with the entire cast. The latest season has been running for about a year now and I haven’t missed a single episode! πŸ˜†
        I watch Running Man from time to time and while I enjoy the the cast, the games are too complicated for my brain and I prefer 2D1N because it showcases beautiful landscapes! πŸ˜€

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      3. I feel like the earlier episodes of Running Man had WAY less complicated games as it was mostly just the tag game. I think that’s why I lost interested after a while to be honest.
        Maybe I’ll check out 2D1N at some point again when I’m looking for something fun. Thanks!

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