Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2022

Where has December gone? Is it really already the end of 2022? What have I done with all my time? These questions plague me. πŸ˜‚ Honestly, all I can remember from the first half of December is that work was incredibly busy and took over most of my brain. One great thing that happened was that I GOT THE JOB for That Interviewℒ️ I was panicking over at the start of the month and I signed my new contract yesterday!

Other than that, I feel like it’s been a weird-ish month. My mood has been shifting as wildly as the weather (the stormy winds and rain have been wonderfully cooling though!) which has in turn affected my reading. I’m in Bali for the holidays and I’m still WFH even though the office has been pretty quiet lately, which is making me want to go on hols! Also, I also can’t believe it’s time to wrap up the year? HELP.

December has ended up being a slower reading month than I expected. I managed to read 16 BOOKS, with a few uncounted erotic romances as I won’t be rating them, so overall, it’s been a pretty decent reading month! There’s a lot of romance on the list, especially holiday romances, which I’ve mostly been enjoying. Sadly, I didn’t find too many new favourites and only had two 5-star reads this month. My favourite of the two is one that’s shot high up my list of favourite reads of 2022 though and it’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. I wrote an “essay” of my thoughts (linked below) and I’m still unsure why it worked so much for me when there’s so much I disliked, but the story and characters are still with me and my love for the book has only grown since.

**BOOK COVERS are linked to Goodreads and the TITLE TEXT is linked to my review if available!**

Panda rating: 5 pandas

5 pandas

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
Resting Witch Face by Juliette Cross

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow


4.5 stars

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas


Panda rating: 4 pandas

4 pandas

(ARC) Just One Tent


Panda rating: 3.5 pandas

3.5 pandas

The Geek Who Saved Christmas
Lovelight Farms
Santa, Baby
(ARC) The Holly Dates


3 pandas

Sold to the Demon Prince by Lauren Crowne
Forrest for the Trees by Kilby Blades

2.5 pandas and lower

Witcha Gonna Do? by Avery Flynn
Skin Deep by Tara Wyatt

Release Blitz: Witcha Gonna Do?

I’m sure by now many of you have heard about the HarperCollins Union Strike but I found these blogs that talked more about it and explained what we can do to support them:

If you’re looking to get organised in the new year, check out Kal @Reader Voracious’ 2023 Ultimate Book Blogger/Reader Spreadsheet Template. I used the 2022 version this year and it was amazing!

Recommendation Posts:

Discussion Posts:

Other Fun Posts:

And that’s it for December, friends! I’ll be posting more about my year of reading over the new few days, so keep an eye out for that. Hope you’ve all had a good month! What was your favourite read this month?

40 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2022

  1. Congrats on the job! I’m glad everything went well with it. ❀ You had a good month of reading too. I think I had one or two 5 star reads.

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  2. This month really did fly by. I can’t believe it’s already going to be 2023. Crazy. I feel like it was just 2020. That’s awesome you got the new job. Congrats! And great reading month as well!

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  3. Congrats on the job!!! You had a big year. Go read your other monthly wrap ups to remind you. πŸ™‚ Also I somehow 100% missed the news on the HC Union Strike. And this was the month I posted only reviews! AUGH! Now I’m like, frick, how many reviews from their imprints did I post… sigh. I read a lot by Inkyard. Thanks for making me aware. I’m certainly hoping it’s over by now but if you’re including it here I fear it isn’t yet πŸ˜‘

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    • A lot about the strike was posted on Twitter, or at least that’s where I first heard about it and that’s where I still see people talk about it cos I’m always on there, lol. I’m not sure about the other social media platforms like Instagram but I can imagine if you’re not on socials, you might not have heard about it! The strike is still ongoing because (last I understand) no word has been heard from HC. πŸ˜” If you have the time or energy, you can always go back and private those posts but also, it’s okay, at least you know moving forward?

      And thanks, Jennifer! I know it’s always easy for me to forget just how much has happened in my year. I should get better at acknowledging that! πŸ˜ƒ Hope you’re having a great December.

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  4. So exciting about the job, Dini! Congrats, again!!! I think you had a pretty great reading month though! WOW! It’s been so long since I’ve read that many books.. haha.. although.. I think I had a good December. I might sneak one more in tomorrow. I hope you have an AMAZING 2023!!!!

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  5. Congrats on getting the job! That’s so exciting! I wish you the best of luck in this next stage of your career!

    And 14 is quite a books to read in a month! I’m glad most of them seemed to be ones you enjoyed!

    Thanks for helping to spread the work about the HCP Strike by mentioning my post! And I can’t wait to check out some of the other posts you mentioned as well!

    I hope you had a great end to 2022, and I wish you a wonderful year filled with joy and happiness in 2023!

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