December 2018 Monthly Round-Up

December 2018 Monthly Round-Up
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I hope you’re relaxing after the holiday chaos…I’m trying to! I didn’t do a Monthly Round-Up last month since I was participating in Nonfiction November (instead, I posted my Nonfiction November Mini Reviews), but I’m back! However, this may be the last monthly round-up for awhile. My workload has drastically increased with the podcast (more details below), so I’m going to be making some changes. I’m thinking these monthly posts might be the first thing to go…they take a long time to write and don’t get that much traffic. Speak up in the comments if you have strong feelings about this!

I read 7 books this month…which is low for me, but there was lots of holiday chaos and I spent a lot of my reading time getting the podcast ready to launch. I also decided to listen to Helter Skelter, the book about the Manson murders, which is 26 hours long, so that sucked up many of my audiobook hours (and I still have 15 hours to go!).

I always spend most of December reading backlist books (which I don’t get to very much during the year) and this year’s crop was excellent! 



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  • Sarah’s Book Shelves has a podcast! I’ll be talking with a bookish guest every week and books he/she recommends. Episode 1 (with Georgia Hunter, bestselling author of We Were the Lucky Ones) is now live wherever you listen to podcasts!
  • The New and Improved 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker is now available for $14.99! I’ve made lots of improvements from last year’s tracker…check out more details here.
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December Quality and Recommendation Sources

Reading Quality

December 2018

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 86%
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 100%

2018 Full Year

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 64% (way above my 43% success rate from 2017!)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 86%

Successful Recommendation Sources

If you’re interested in tracking these types of stats, my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker does all the heavy lifting for you! Enter your book details and it automatically compiles everything into Summary Charts in real time! Go here for more details.

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in December
Eight 2018 Books That Deserved the Hype…and Five That Didn’t
Book of the Month December 2018: What Book Should You Choose?
Best Books of 2018

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)

Best Books of 2018 Lists by Fellow Bloggers / Podcasters

Most Anticipated Books of 2019 Lists

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  1. Tina wrote:

    Hey! Thanks for sharing my lists. And I think these posts are good, but you also do a weekly round up of what you’ve been reading (I think) so I think it makes sense to cut this in favor of podcast stuff!

    Posted 1.3.19 Reply
  2. Susan wrote:

    I like reading what worked for you and what didn’t book wise. However, I guess we see what is working when you do reviews of books, and we see what didn’t work when you DNF a book. Its your blog you should do what makes you happy with it.

    Posted 1.3.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thank you! Yes – you would still see all that in my weekly reading updates on Mondays.

      Posted 1.7.19 Reply
  3. I read Helter Skelter years ago and found it very disturbing but compelling.

    Posted 1.3.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Ha – that’s about what I’m feeling right now. Am surprised at how much the LAPD missed!

      Posted 1.7.19 Reply
  4. Angela wrote:

    Yay, so glad to be one of your successful recommendation sources! Congrats on the podcast!

    Posted 1.3.19 Reply
  5. Thanks so much for sharing my lists, Sarah. I’m amazed you got any books read in December with the holidays and getting ready to launch the podcast. Great job on it all and bravo for taking on Helter Skelter on audio. That’s one long book!

    Posted 1.3.19 Reply
  6. RK wrote:

    Congratulations on your podcast! And I also enjoyed The Kind Worth Killing.

    Posted 1.3.19 Reply
  7. Cori wrote:

    In regards to the book purchased 9 times……I’m the queen of buying random things on Amazon, how does that work on your end? If I click on the link for a book to buy and add other stuff to my cart (Xmas gifts, food, etc.) do you see everything I bought through your link?, just the book? or just a total of the percentage? Thanks for explaining!!

    Posted 1.3.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yes – I get credit for anything you purchase through my Amazon links…not just the book I link to! I can see every item purchased through my links, but not who purchased them. You’re welcome and thanks for buying through my links – it really helps pay for the cost of running the blog!

      Posted 1.7.19 Reply
  8. renee wrote:

    You had a super productive December Sarah, way to go! Thanks for sharing my best of list! Can’t wait to talk books with you in 2019

    Posted 1.3.19 Reply
  9. Resh wrote:

    That’s a fabulous round up. I am so excited about 2019. I loved An American Marriage so I am super keen on Tayari Jones’ new book

    Posted 1.4.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oh, it’s not new Tayari Jones…it’s from her backlist!

      Posted 1.7.19 Reply

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