Hello my fellow book lovers! Today, it’s time for my final wrap-up of 2018! I’m honestly not looking forward to writing this post, because my reading month was A MESS. I wasn’t in the mood to pick up any books, but forced myself to reach 100 books, since I was so close.
I did it! I managed to read exactly 100 books in 2018, while my initial goal was 52! I mainly read non-fiction on audiobook this month and haven’t reviewed any of these books yet, with the exception of Mindhunter. These are in order of when I read them.
The first book I read in December was Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule, about the Green River Killer. I loved Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me and want to read all of her non-fiction work. Because of the large number of victims, it was often difficult to keep track of them. That said, this was very informative and in 2019, I will continue to read more of Rule’s books!
As I mentioned in my December TBR, I was really excited to pick up Mindhunter, as I love learning more about criminal profiling and serial killers. Thankfully, this did not disappoint. I wish, however, that we learnt even more about the serial killer research. Additionally, Douglas talks about many cases in which criminal profiling proved its worth. That said, there were A LOT of cases to keep track of. Anyway, you can read my full review here.
I want to pick up more anthologies because I need to get used to actually reading books again. I certainly listen to many audiobooks, but as a result, I neglect my physical TBR. Open Mic was also one of the books I wanted to get to in December and I thought it was a decent diverse Young Adult anthology. Admittedly I don’t remember much about the stories, but I didn’t hate any of them.
Black Klansman is about black detective Ron Stallworth who launched an undercover investigation into the KKK. This wasn’t as action-packed as I had expected and the lack of retaliation shows me that that KKK group wasn’t very bright, but I nonetheless admire Stallworth for taking these risks by attempting to keep his community safe. The audiobook was narrated by the author himself and it was rather stumble-y at times; the writing wasn’t excellent.
Freedom is a Constant Struggle by world famous activist Angela Davis is a collection of essays, interviews, etc. Because of this, the book felt repetitive at times. Because I listened to the audiobook, it was difficult to distinguish between questions and answers. I wish this had been edited further to make it seem like an actual book. Davis would for instance say “I see some people raising their hands right now”, which didn’t make sense in the context of a book.
That said, this was educational and I do not regret picking it up. Davis’ activism is intersectional: in support of Palestine, not restricted to the USA, covers trans lives, etc.
As I had feared, I didn’t like What We Lose as much as I wanted to. That seems like a contradiction, so let me explain: I absolutely want to love literary fiction, but I often notice I don’t have enough live experience to understand all its themes and characters.
At times, this seemed more of a memoir instead of a fictional story. While discussing real events and individuals such as Nelson Mandela, I didn’t know whether those were the opinions of the character, or the author.
That said, if you are more mature and have more success with literary fiction, this might be your cup of tea.
I have to admit I didn’t find the synopsis of Bad Blood very intriguing, but because of the praise this has received, I decided to pick it up anyway. And I’m glad I did! If this had been about any other Silicon Valley startup, I probably wouldn’t have cared as much, but considering this company wanted to improve medicine, its corruption is absolutely horrifying. If you enjoy true crime podcasts, I recommend this one!
Finally, I listened to the audiobook of Bringing Adam Home, about the disappearance of six-year-old Adam Walsh in 1981. I love true crime I had heard of John Walsh before, but I didn’t know any details about the case.
I’m beginning to think there’s no such thing as a perfect murder. Books like Bringing Adam Home prove this. At the beginning of the book, I thought “Will there be any twist and turns?? They clearly have their killer, what’s the rest of the book going to be about?!”. Sadly, terrible police work prevented this case from being solved decades earlier. Despite the queer slurs and detailed descriptions of paedophilia, I don’t regret picking this up.
Of the six books on my December TBR, I read three. That doesn’t seem like much, but considering I’m a terrible mood reader, I’m pleased with that.
I post other content beside reviews! Please check out these other posts if you haven’t yet:
- November & December book haul
- most disappointing reads of 2018
- favourite new-to-me in 2018 authors
- most anticipated 2019 releases | Top 5 Wednesday
- a batch of mini-reviews
- 2018 book releases I didn’t get to
As you can see, I read a lot of audiobooks and non-fiction this month, which indicates I wasn’t in the mood to read. Hopefully, I’ll get back into the swing of things in 2019! Which books did you read in December?
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