Month in Review: December 2019

December was a fantastic reading month! From my Classics Club list, I read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and immediately had to go on to devour the sequels (three of them so far). This is an astonishing story that I can’t believe I never got around to reading before.

I also read two nonfiction books that happen to count for my Reading All Around the World project: Daring to Drive and Born a Crime. Both were powerful and moving reads. There is so much injustice and wrong in our world, but also such amazing, inspiring people who meet those challenges with courage and determination. They make me want to try a little harder in my own life, which is so much easier in comparison.

Then there was some lovely comfort reading with the D.E. Stevenson reissues from Dean Street Press, and a touching graphic memoir that I read in French — all great things!

How did your reading year finish up?




Other Books Read

  • Daring to Drive by Manal Al-Sharif
  • Ce n’est pas toi que j’attendais by Fabien Toulmé
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – Review to come
  • Vittoria Cottage by D.E. Stevenson – Review to come
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • Music in the Hills by D.E. Stevenson – Review to come
  • Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou
  • Winter and Rough Weather by D.E. Stevenson – Review to come
  • Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou
  • The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah


Other Features and Events

Shared in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, the Month in Review linkup at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction

24 thoughts on “Month in Review: December 2019

  1. When the clock turned into 2020 I was reading a fantastic novella – The Hours by Michael Cunningham. I would have loved to have finished it before 2019 was out but I also didn’t want to rush it


  2. Hi, I’m just stopping by to say hello. Ce n’est pas toi que j’attendais means It’s not you I’m waiting for, right? I am hoping I still can understand french after all these years. I only ever had a grade 3 or 4 understanding of the language but it has never left me entirely and I am thankful for that. À tout à l’heure 🙂


    1. It means “It’s not you I was waiting for …” and goes on to say “but I’m glad that you’re here.” It’s about the author’s journey accepting his daughter who was born with Down Syndrome. The graphic format helps with comprehension – if you want to brush up your French, I can recommend it!


  3. Bonne année, Lory! I have to say that my teenage consumption of Astérix and Tintin graphic novels when on exchange in France must have done a lot for my language skills, slang, exclamations and all (par Toutatis! from Obélix, Woahh! from Tintin’s Milou/Snowy). I’m looking forward to your review of Ce n’est pas toi que j’attendais — in French of course! Bonne chance!


  4. I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and was equally blown away. I unfortunately never read any of her further memoirs. I will have to seek them out since you recommend them.

    I read a lot of good books in 2019. Adding in the occasional audio book has helped me access more books that I normally would in physical format only. The only book I carried over is The Duke’s Children which I started in December and am still reading and loving it.


    1. I just had to keep finding out what happened next! The later memoirs are not so poetic in style, but the story is still compelling. The fifth one just came in from the library hold now so I’ll have to jump back in.


  5. Ooh, I’ll look forward to reading your review of Vittoria Cottage and will save your reviews of the other two as I have yet to acquire them (but need to). What a great reading month!


    1. His ability to look back on those events with insight and a sense of humor was truly amazing. It makes me want to look at my own life and my relatively trifling problems differently.


  6. You definitely had an excellent reading month. Born a Crime is new to me and since I’ve been reading more nonfiction lately and really know nothing about apartheid, I am going to see if my library has this book.


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