I know I say this at the beginning of every wrap up, but can you even believe it’s December? Seriously. 2020 has been the longest and shortest year of my life. Isn’t it funny how that works out? I feel like it was JUST 2019, my whole year fell into a black hole.
Books Read – 29
My biggest announcement is that in November I began filming for my first YouTube/BookTube video! I’ve been struggling this year with people finding and being able to watch my old wrap ups and makeup lives, so I decided to take the plunge into YouTube so that it would make it easier for everyone! Please take a look, subscribe if you’d like, and let me know what you think!
All in all, I have 11 five star reads. Which doesn’t seem like a lot for me, but I can’t even remember how many I had last month. I know numbers are so relative, but for me, when I looked back on my month, there were so many 4s. I felt like some of the books were good, even amazing, but they just didn’t have that instant 5 star connection for me. Don’t you hate that?
In November I read 76% POC/AOC reads and 24% queer reads. While I’m disappointed I didn’t make it to my quota of 33% for queer reads, I over shot my 50% for POC/AOC! So that’s something right? How do you think your month stacked up?
Last month I also listened to 6 audio books which accounts for a big chunk of my reading. I’ve really enjoyed listening to audio books while doing chores, it’s made my day to day life so much more enjoyable. How about you? Do you like audio books?
Favorite Book of the Month
I Love You So Mochi!
Here’s a sneak peek of my review early!
While I knew I was going to love Kimi – talk about a character with an amazing fashion sense and is so utterly relatable – what I ended up loving the most was the discussion of family in I Love You So Mochi. Kimi feels like her mother knows her the best, so when they have a major falling out over Kimi’s lost passion for painting, she feels adrift. Her impulsive decision to visit her somewhat estranged grandparents in Japan starts her on a path both of self-discovery and exploring her relationship with her mother.
I Love You So Mochi is a tender story about mothers and daughters. About finding our own voice and passion while balancing family. To realizing that our family’s expectations should not dictate our own path. The heavy weight of the guilt and pressure of someone else’s dreams on your shoulders. Kuhn is also able to balance Kimi’s new knowledge about her mom in a way that is similar to Harley in Harley in the Sky. When reality intrudes on our dreams, will we put our dreams aside or work to make them soar?