Novel Rewind is our version of a wrap-up post, where we discuss what we read and what we’ve been up to during the past month, as well as what’s ahead in the coming month.
It’s just me (Madalyn) on the rewind again this month! Bee is still on her maternity hiatus, but you can go send her some love on Twitter!
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- [5 Dec] Waiting on Wednesday: You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno
- [12 Dec] Waiting on Wednesday: I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
- [18 Dec] Top Ten of 2018: Announcement & Sign-Up!
- [7 Dec] Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff Tales
- [14 Dec] Holiday Gift Guide: Gryffindor Stories
- [17 Dec] Books to Reread in 2019!
- [25 Dec] Top 10 of 2018: Books I Wish I’d Made Time to Read
- [26 Dec] Top 10 of 2018: Debut and New-to-Me Authors
- [27 Dec] Top 10 of 2018: Captivating Characters
- [28 Dec] Top 10 of 2018: Cover Love
- [29 Dec] Top 10 of 2018: I Ship It!
- [31 Dec] Top 10 of 2018: Anticipated 2019 Releases
our most anticipated january release
There are so, so many great books coming this month (especially great sequels!), but I think this one wins out as the release I’m MOST excited to read.
venturing around the blogosphere
Check out these posts from other creators we loved in December!
- Sophie @ Sophiesticated Books gives a comprehensive, IMMENSELY helpful overview on how to improve your BookTube thumbnails
- Melanie @ meltotheany retains her rightful place as the Book Review Queen(TM) with her review of Queen of Air and Darkness
- Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner shares how she uses her library book cart
- Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase discusses the pros and cons of e-readers and e-ARCs
- Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books asks whether the main character’s bad behavior impacts our enjoyment of the book
- Whitney @ WhittyNovels compiles a list of the best Soft Boys(TM) in books
- Cristina @ Girl in the Pages reviews my favorite book of 2018
- Dani @ Dani’s Bookshelf offers tips for tackling your TBR pile
- Kitty @ Jellyfable lists every asexual character in YA
every book read this month
life & what’s happening
WE SURVIVED THE HOLIDAY SEASON! This was my first year as a non-student adult during the holidays, and, um, that got old really fast. I never realized how STRESSFUL the holidays are! Even with all the stress, though, I had a pretty great December. I spent a lot of time with friends, Drag Race came back for a new season, and I got to visit my parents in Florida for a few days for Christmas! I also was completely and utterly overwhelmed with love for the book community for pretty much the entire month. I received so many kind, thoughtful gifts from my incredible friends, and I’m still processing all the love, tbh. I also hit 1.5K subscribers on my BookTube channel! To close out the year, I did a liveshow on Kristin’s YouTube channel with fellow friends Jane and Alexa where we wrapped up our year in reading and looked ahead to 2019.
Our favorite ‘grams from this month!
My top nine photos of last year truly proved that 2018 really was 20gayteen.
Also, I’m planning on revamping my Instagram and posting a lot more bookish photos there this year! It won’t be a dedicated bookstagram, but it will be a hybrid of book and life things. I’d love if you gave me a follow!
My January is jam-packed, and I think it’s going to be a fantastic start to the new year. Over MLK weekend, my aunt rented a cabin in the North Georgia mountains for pretty much my entire family, and I can’t wait to just hole up in the Appalachians for three days! Later that week, I’m planning on attending Roshani Chokshi’s Atlanta tour stop for The Gilded Wolves. And THEN, I get to spend five whole days in Seattle at the end of the month for ALA Midwinter! Excited for the books, but even MORE excited to spend time with some of my very best BookTube friends, Chelsea and Jane. If you’re going to ALAMW, please let me know! I’d LOVE to hang out!
king of the month
If you would have told me a few months ago that I would read a nonfiction book about plagues in the last month of 2018, and that I would fall in love with said plague book to the point where it would earn a spot in my year-end favorites, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. BUT HERE WE ARE, and now Jennifer Wright is one of my favorite authors!
How was your reading month in December? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? How did you spend the holidays? Are you going to ALAMW? Let’s chat in the comments!