Happy New Year! December Wrap-up and what’s happened this week on the blog! The Sunday Post 01/05/2020

Hi friends,

This is Sunday and you’ll get the Full Monthy today!

My Best Wishes;

My December Wrap-Up;

What’s happened this week on the blog!

It’s sale time so let’s give you lots to read for one post only LOL

As usual I am linking up toThe Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer


First things first: Happy New Year! I hope this nex decade will bring you everything you’ve ever wanted from book boyfriend and girlfriend to great health because there is nothing more important than health. Oh and wealth too 😀 

In my private life this week

We celebrated the New Year’s Eve very hush hush at home, with my hubs and son.

We watched a movie: Thor Ragnarock and let me tell you that it was rotten tomatoes for me!

I loved the first Thor but here…it did look too much like American Pie at Olympus and I do not love American Pie! Sorry guys but so not my cup of tea!

Luckily the evening was saved thanks to an extraordinary Canadian show woman: Véronique Dicaire! If you only speak English, don’t be frightened and simply follow the link before as she is singing great hits!

Probably my Canadian friends know her but I juts knew of her so far. She blew me away with her show! She can imitate any female singer. And has lots of humor plus she is really flexible and could dance throughout that parody!


The rest of the week was pretty uneventful as I was home and just enjoyed to read, rest, hike and nurse my recovering dog.

I convinced my husband to watch A Star is Born with Bradley and Lady Gaga yesterday and he was so interested that the next on our list is Bohemian Rhapsody! I already had watched A Star is Born once and Bohemian Rhapsody twice but …


I don’t know where you live but here the weather is awful. Absolutely too hot for the season: no frost and no snow. Just rain and gloom.

I was so fed up with these gray days that I finally ordered two softboxes from Amazon to be able to take pictures for my bookstagrams even if the weather is bad or it’s late at night. I am waiting for them to be delivered, let’s hope this will solve my problem!


Last but not least I decided to join the 2020 Audiobook Challenge hosted by Kimberly and Hot Listens! I’ll make a separate post with it in a few hours 😀 

On the blog (click on the graphic to read the post)

December Wrap-UP

I have read nine books in December (well eleven really but the reviews are only published for nine) and I must say that some were bloody brilliant!

From lower rating to higher rating:

Landon and Shay by Brittainy C Cherry was a 4 stars for me.

The Guy on the Left by Kate Stewart was also a 4 stars even if Troy deserved 5 stars alone!

The Simple Wild by KA Tucker: a buddy read with Sarah and Tracey as we all three wanted to read the book for a long time and it was the push we all needed. 4,5 stars! Romance at its best! It was one of my “book from the backlog”.

Annette Marie’s Red Winter trilogy that I buddy read with Raven @dreamyaddiction and Jen @starcorssedbookblog and we had so much fun that next on our plate is Taming Demon LOL I gave 4,5 stars to each book of this highly addictive series! If you want to have a good time just go for it!


And my favorites of the month (two books from my backlog and one new release)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo was a 6 stars! Excellent audiobook and stunning performance by all the narrators!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo was nearly 6 stars if not for what Leigh did to Nina! Audiobook too!

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (it was a six stars and now I can’t wait for the third book!!!) Also in audiobook!

Let’s not forget that the whole December I hosted Blogmas2019 with my own awards! A daily posting that was so much fun! The lasts posts can be found here below in the weekly recap.


This week on the blog

I have reviewed four books!!!!!!!!

Immortal Fire by Annette Marie (see above for the review);

What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel was not easy to rate so I left if blank for once!

My first read of the year was one that I promised I would do to friends on Facebook: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee was extremely well written for a first work, perfect for lovers of love stories but also extremely frustrating!

Last but not least King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo read by the phenomenal Lauren Fortgang (I now have officially read all of Leigh Bardugo!)

My three last Blogmas posts for the year ….

I also published a list of my best books of the decade as I have seen many of you posting about it and thought the idea was brilliant (there is more than the ones on the graphic)!

Last but not least my LOOOOOOOOOOOONG list of most awaited books for 2020 …part 1! You’ll get part 2 next week LOL


In the literary world and blogosphere

As far as quizz are concerned, Epi Creads asks if you are a Celestial or a Specter. I confess that I had no idea what was that about before doing the test LOL


Novels and Nebula gives advices about how to build a reading habbit http://www.novelsandnebulas.com/build-a-reading-habit/


That’s it gents for the first Suday Post of the decade! How was your week? Anything interesting?

Thanks for reading!




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50 Replies to “Happy New Year! December Wrap-up and what’s happened this week on the blog! The Sunday Post 01/05/2020”

  1. Nooooo!!! I LOVED Thor: Ragnarok! Ah well… To each their own!

    I’ve yet to read/listen to Dark Tempest and Immortal Fire but I loved Red Winter! Glad to see they were hits for you too!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Here the weather is one day sunny but cold, the next cold but with clouds. Not the usual winter but for me, at the moment, better than too warm. I have not seen A Star Is Born yet or Bohemian Rhapsody but from what I´ve seen on TV (the usual commercial stuff for movies) both movies must be pretty good. Hope your lightbox is giving you the light you are looking for. Happy reading.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Vi!!!

  3. I’ll have to check and see if I’m a Celestial or a Specter. 😀 The family and I haven’t seen A Star is Born, but we all liked Bohemian Rhapsody. Happy New Year!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Becki!

  4. Seems like we had a very similar new year’s eve 😀
    Oh, and guess what! I read the Simple Wild too. Very unlike me, i know. We had slightly different experiences with it i think 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Let me guess…you hated it Norrie! LOL

  5. It sounds like your new years eve was about as uneventful as mine. Except I didn’t bother with the bad movie. LOL I still haven’t watched A Star Is Born although I want to. I’ve seen most of Bohemian Rhapsody (bits and pieces here and there that probably equal the entire movie) and I really enjoyed it. I’m not even going to bother with a December monthly wrap-up because my reading was dismal. I only managed 3 books… and they were all audio books. The two physical books I tried to read were both DNF’s. *sigh*

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Tanya let’s hope that 2020 is way better for you reading wise!

  6. Sorry Thor: Ragnarok didn’t work for you, Sophie – it’s actually one of my fav Marvel films. I laughed my way through it. Hubby and I saw Knives Out this weekend and it was amazing – totally recommend.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thanks for the recommendation Teri! I guess I was not in the right headspace to enjoy.

  7. You have really read some great books ! I read my first by Leigh Bardugo – Ninth House – and really enjoyed it. I have the ones you read on audio and just need to get to them. Robin loved Starsight so I need to get going on that series too. I own the first one on audio. You can see why I must read some things I own this year. I share some of the anticipated reads with you. Grace Draven was also on my list. I love Annette Marie but haven’t read the series you have been reading. I’m working on the Guild ones Spellbound and Demonized.

    I’m glad you had a pretty relaxing holiday. Have a great week and happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Demonized is the next one that I hope to read too Anne!

  8. Happy New Year
    The weather is pretty awful here too, but for the opposite reasons.
    We share a few books on your 2020 wish list, I’m reading Chosen this week.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I just hope you’ll stay safe!!!

  9. Happy new year! Glad you had a fun NYE. I also stayed home for a quiet night with the family and watched some movies, played some video games. My days of going out partying and drinking for new years are long behind me, lol!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well same here Mogsy!!!

  10. Aw sorry to hear about Ragnarok. It was definitely different and I had to keep telling myself- relax Greg and just go with the humor haha. I hink you either love it or hate it- although maybe there is a middle, cause I was in the middle I think!

    Anyway- ooh Clestial or specter? Hmmm off I go…

    Have a great week!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      PS I was a Celestial LOL

  11. Sadly I couldn’t get into A star is born, I felt all they did was drink so I didn’t get very far.I’m super excited to finally read Landon and Shay by Brittainy C Cherry!!! I loved other books by that author!! Great post <3

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Jessica and yes, that’s part of the book with them drinking so much!

  12. SO much great reading this month! I read Read Winter and loved it, but I realized I never finished the series—I need to do that!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes please! This is so fantastic!

  13. I hope the 20s bring me wealth. I badly need some. Good luck with your Bookstagramming! One of the reasons I’m inconsistent with that is because I can never get good natural light.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I wish you wealth then AJ! And how come you never get good natural light? Ithought Colorado was the most sunny state of the US? LOL

  14. I like your kind of New Year’s Eve, too. I can’t believe I ever enjoyed anything else.

    I’ve been told I need to watch Bohemian Rhapsody…and I did enjoy the newest A Star Is Born, but I could watch it again.

    Enjoy the new year and all those books!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Laurel I hope you’ll get to watch Bohemian Rhpasody because it’s a masterpiece!

  15. Rachel @Waves of Fiction says: Reply

    Loved A Simple Wild too! Happy reading, Sophie! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Rachel!

  16. I totally agree about the Thor movie. I loved the first one HARD. After that, it felt too campy. I bought a nice box light to help on the gray days we have here in Ohio. Its been warmer than usual here as well. I hate it.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Samantha are you happy with your light box? And which one did you get?

  17. I am welcoming this mild winter with open arms. I hate snow and the cold. I remember, when I was thinking about bookstagramming, I was looking into those boxes. They’re are awesome.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well Sam we’ll see when I get them! Fingers crossed 😉

  18. What’s a soft box? Tell me all!!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      It’s a lightbox, kind of tool used to lighten a scene with a natural light when you want to take pictures indoor!

      1. Aaaah I see! I do have a light box but it was cheap and not really worth a carrot!

  19. Can you believe it’s a new decade? Here’s hoping we see a positive change in the next few years!
    I’m curious to see what the softboxes are- a type of lightbox? Sounds interesting at any rate 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes Jacquie they are some lightbox indeed!

  20. Literary Feline says: Reply

    Happy New Year! I hope you get some colder weather soon. It’s so sunny and bright here right now. I do love it, but I also like the rain and wish we would get more. I cannot stand snow and ice, so it’s probably good I live where I do. It looks like you you had a good reading month! I hope you have a great week and a fabulous January in general!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you! Happy New year too. And let’s hope you’ll never get snow then 😉

  21. Happy New Year, Sophie! I’m sorry you didn’t like Thor Ragnarok! I enjoyed that movie. You’ve read some amazing books! I can’t wait to check out your posts! Hope you have a great month!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Raven! You too!

  22. Love this post, and sounds like you had a great month in December and first week of the decade. It should prove to be interesting and hopefully packed with good things.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you!!! And yes it should come with the best things!

  23. Happy New Year, Sophie! I also spent a quiet night at home, watching movies and eating pizza. I envy your relaxing week:) And my TBR is growing because of the fabulous reviews you’ve shared!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Sorry for your TBR Laura! LOL

  24. Love the best books of the decade and most awaited in 2020. I’ll have to note several of those on goodreads. Great value post.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  25. I love your posts, they are always so beautifully put together and the photos are stunning<3

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Maisy!!!

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