December 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

I’m glad short-a-thon was happening this month, because my attention span is non-existent. As you can see, I read a lot of books this month but pretty much all of them are under 200 pages.

However! I managed to finish the Candybook Land game by Elaine Howlin! In the end, it took me 26 books to reach the end of the board. During my adventure, I visited places such as Licorice Lagoon (twice!) and Lollipop Palace. Plus, a bunch of random tiles. But no pink ones somehow.

Candy-Land-game-board numbered

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character [16]
๐Ÿฆ„ย = ARC or review copy [8]
๐ŸŒย =ย Around the World in 52 Booksย on Goodreads – [1] COMPLETED
๐Ÿ‘ญย =ย Sapphic Book Clubย monthly or bonus read [0 – shame on me]
๐Ÿฌย =ย Candybook Landย – [7] COMPLETED
๐Ÿ”–ย = Short-A-Thonย [17]
๐ŸŒฑย = Diverse Decemberย [4] [disabled, mentally ill or non-white protagonist]

As always,ย Iโ€™m linking up with Avalinahโ€™s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARCย is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

Note: In 2019 I’m planning to request fewer ARCs, although I still might read unsolicited ones if I receive them and they interest me. I also decided to stop tracking here how many ARCs I have left, and while I try to keep myself to release dates, I don’t beat myself up if it doesn’t happen. I’ll still list the ARCs I read in my wrap-up posts, but that’s all. I’m also excited for the new bingo, and I’ll try to fill it – although some of these are outside of what I usually read, and I might not request another nonfiction ARC just for the sake of the bingo… but we’ll see.

state of the ARC bingo 2019 first half - empty

Hereโ€™s all the books I read this month:

  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde: 54 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒฑSincerely, Harriet by Sarah Winifred Searle: 176 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย Dear Earthling: Cosmic Corresponent by Pen Avey: 116 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identitiesย  by J. R. Zuckerberg and Mady G: 96 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŒฑย The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: 404 pages. 5
  • Josie’s Coat by Amy McNulty: 66 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย Afterlife by Tracy Ogali: 62 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย Teapot and the Dragon by Nick Jordan: 42 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย Surface Tension by Valentine Wheeler: 115 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย Some Girls Bind by Rory James: 200 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Mending Noel by Charlie Cochet: 54 pages. 2๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ”–ย Christmas at the Wellands by Liz Jacobs: 88 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Szembeszรฉl [an anthology of lesbian fiction in Hungarian]: 166 pages. 3.5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Magic, Murder and Mistletoe by Ellen Jane: 101 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ”–Write Faster Today by Emma Fisher: 56 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Jack the Ripper: The Truth about the Whitechapel Murders by Tom King: 58 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: 68 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • She Died in My Arms by Ono Ekeh: 69 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Sleepwalking by Cara Malone: 66 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Noticed Me Yet? by Anyta Sunday: 70 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ”–๐ŸŒฑBinti by Nnedi Okorafor: 90 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Outworlder by Joe Vasicek: 79 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ”–ย Rescues and the Rhyssa by T.S. Porter: 175 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Young Avengers Volume 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg: 144 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Young Avengers Volume 2: Family Matters by Allan Heinberg: 184 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen: 128 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย A Little Familiar by R. Cooper: 91 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Rainbow Rebel by Lina Langley: 83 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ

Favourite books this month:

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (ensemble cast, F/F ship)
  • Josie’s Coat
  • Surface Tension (F/F)
  • Magic, Murder and Mistletoe (F/F)
  • Rescues and the Rhyssa (F/F)
  • A Little Familiar (M/NB)

Reviews on the blog:

Book tags:



See you all in 2019!

~ Alexa


2 thoughts on “December 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

  1. The Candybook Land game looks like so much fun, and I adore Becky Chambers!

    I actually stopped requesting ARC’s in 2018 and closed my NetGalley account. I felt like the pressure was turning reading into a chore rather then a joy and it’s important to protect your happiness.

    I might pick it up again in the future, but right now I am just enjoying casual reading ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. I agree, requesting ARCs can be really stressful. But it’s still a great opportunity if you can’t afford new releases. So instead of cutting it off completely, I’ll just try to restrict myself to titles that are sequels to things I read or by an author I already like. We’ll see if that balance works or if I need to step back even further ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for commenting!


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