The last day of December! I’ve been on vacation since the 23rd, so the month has resulted in a lot more reading than I expected. It was all over the place this month, as was my mood; I read what I needed and nothing else.

December Reads
December Reads

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  2. The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
  3. Book of Mutter by Kate Zambreno
  4. The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte
  5. This is Water by David Foster Wallace
  6. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
  7. Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott
  8. Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney
  9. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
  10. Dot Journaling by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

I won’t be giving anything I read this month its own review so I’ll pick three to talk about. Rather than the good, the bad and the ugly, let’s twist it a bit: the good, the ugly and the unusual.

December Reads

The Good: Elegy for Eddie was the book that I needed to spur me forward with the series. Prior to this book, the last one in the Maisie Dobbs series had me a bit worried that it would fall off for me. Elegy for Eddie brought it back – it showed real growth in Maisie and rather than giving her the happy ending that it felt like we were winding down to, it presented her with challenges and connected her to her past. Loved it! I’ll be continuing on with this series in 2018.

December Reads

The Ugly: Black Deutschland is the worst book I’ve read all year. Told from the perspective of a young, full-of-potential man named Jed, who is fresh out of rehab and leaving Chicago for the wonders of Berlin. The narrator was all over the place and as a reader, I never got a sense of who he was. Sometimes I felt like I was hearing from the author and sometimes I was reading Jed. I rushed through this and was bored the entire way through. I kept hoping that it would pick up or come together, but alas, that wasn’t to come.

December Reads

The Unusual: I surprisingly loved reading Dot Journaling. I’m not a newbie to bullet journaling, but Miller offered quite a few arguments for spreads I had thought of as “not for me.” I’d recommend this book for anyone looking to get started with a bullet journal – and what better time to pick this up than January! (Sure, you can start a bullet journal anytime… but you should start in January).