December, 2021

December 5th, 2021, 2:16 p.m. - This book is not about what it thinks it's about

55. Reprieve (James Han Mattson)
This is definitely an "I could have written this better" book. Disappointing.

Up next: Falling (T.J. Newman)

December 11th, 2021, 3:42 p.m. - Seriously, Middle Eastern terrorists? In 2021? SERIOUSLY?

56. Falling (T.J. Newman)
This is a Michael Bay moving in book form. That is not a compliment. Intriguing premise, ridiculous execution.

Up next: We Are All the Same in the Dark (Julia Heaberlin)

December 18th, 2021, 2:06 p.m. - Heaberlin sure likes flowers

57. We Are All the Same in the Dark (Julia Heaberlin)
It took me a while to get my hands on a copy of this, and it was definitely worth the wait. Just as I started complaining that there weren't enough suspects and it was too hard to figure out who the killer was, Heaberlin hit me with a twist I didn't see coming.

Up next: The Turnout (Megan Abbott)

December 25th, 2021, 2:11 p.m. - Please stop talking about people's feet

58. The Turnout (Megan Abbott)
This is fine, but it gets gross and weird. Too weird for me.

Up next: Rabbits (Terry Miles)

December 31st, 2021, 2:34 p.m. - Out with a bang, and the 15th Annual Year-End Book Round-Up

59. Rabbits (Terry Miles)
This was really fun. There was a little too much telling instead of showing, but the story itself is great. This would make a good limited series.

Up next: The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina (Zoraida Córdova)

Oof, so close to reading 60 books this year. But it's better than I've done in the past, so I'll take it.

1. When No One Is Watching, Alyssa Cole
2. Open House, Katie Sise
3. Long Bright River, Liz Moore
4. Little Secrets, Jennifer Hillier
5. The Girl from Widow Hills, Megan Miranda
6. Vicious, V.E. Schwab
7. Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid
8. Shiver, Allie Reynolds
9. They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Hanif Abdurraqib
10. Girl A, Abigail Dean
11. Here for It, R. Eric Thomas
12. Good Neighbors, Sarah Langan
13. The Absolute Book, Elizabeth Knox
14. The Bright Lands, John Fram
15. The Girls Are All So Nice Here, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
16. The Push, Ashley Audrain
17. To Be Honest, Michael Leviton
18. Piranesi, Susanna Clarke
19. A Little Devil in America, Hanif Abdurraqib
20. Broken (in the best possible way), Jenny Lawson
21. Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro
22. The Last Flight, Julie Clark
23. Catherine House, Elisabeth Thomas
24. Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls, Nina Renata Aron
25. White Ivy, Susie Yang
26. A Burning, Megha Majumdar
27. When the Stars Go Dark, Paula McLain
28. And Now She's Gone, Rachel Howzell Hall
29. The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris
30. Dream Girl, Laura Lippman
31. Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing, Lauren Hough
32. The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix
33. Hot Stew, Fiona Mozley
34. Black Buck, Mateo Askaripour
35. Such a Quiet Place, Megan Miranda
36. False Witness, Karin Slaughter
37. True Story, Kate Reed Petty
38. Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir
39. You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey, Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar
40. No One Is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood
41. The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz
42. The Atmospherians, Alex McElroy
43. We Are Watching Eliza Bright, A.E. Osworth
44. We Were Never Here, Andrea Bartz
45. Apples Never Fall, Liane Moriarty
46. Fuzz, Mary Roach
47. My Heart Is a Chainsaw, Stephen Graham Jones
48. The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave
49. Several People Are Typing, Calvin Kasulke
50. Committed, Adam Stern, M.D.
51. Mother May I, Joshilyn Jackson
52. Dear Miss Metropolitan, Carolyn Ferrell
53. Everything's Trash, But It's Okay, Phoebe Robinson
54. Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes, Phoebe Robinson
55. Reprieve, James Han Mattson
56. Falling, T.J. Newman
57. We Are All the Same in the Dark, Julia Heaberlin
58. The Turnout, Megan Abbott
59. Rabbits, Terry Miles

The best: They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, The Last Flight, And Now She's Gone, Several People Are Typing

The worst: Klara and the Sun

The most memorable/impactful: You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey, No One Is Talking About This

Favorite characters: Briar Chamberlain (Such a Fun Age), Grayson Sykes (And Now She's Gone)

Least favorite character: Heather DeLuca (The Final Girl Support Group)

Book that most lived up to its hype: No One Is Talking About This

Book that least lived up to its hype: Klara and the Sun

Book I was looking forward to that didn't disappoint: False Witness

Book I was looking forward to that did disappoint: We Were Never Here

Books I'm most looking forward to in 2022: Reckless Girls (Rachel Hawkins), The Paradox Hotel (Rob Hart), I'll Be You (Janelle Brown), The Puzzler (A.J. Jacobs), Don't Fear the Reaper (Stephen Graham Jones)

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