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Fangirl Friday: Best of the Decade, December Edition

Last year, I saw a great bunch of posts about what book bloggers were reading the year before, and it got me curious. What was I reading this time last year—and the year before that, and the year before that? Never one to do things halfway, here’s everything I read during every December of 2010-2020—and which ones come out on top!

[Click for January’s, February’s, March’s, April’s, May’s, June’s, July’s, August’s, September’s, October’s, and November’s!]

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2020

Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

December 2020: the month I finally finished my Twilight and True Blood series rereads! And yet, neither are hugely festive… So, for being the only remotely festive option, and sparking an entire year of romance reading to follow, I’m giving the win to Would Like to Meet.

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2019

An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare
Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare
The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

And another month of finishing up a series reread: my 2019 Shadowhunters reread! I read this series in chronological order by timeline, not publication, down to the individual short stories in Ghosts–which is why it looks like I read so many of them this month, when it was more that I finished the months-long reads. But Ghosts is still the one I’m giving the win to, because my heart is still so very Herongraystairs.

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2018

My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
The Little Girl Who Gave No Fucks by Amy Kean
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
Lobster is the Best Medicine by Liz Climo

True and heartwarming story: all four of these were Christmas gifts! But My True Love is the one that keeps giving–it’s a seven-year-old gift this year, and I’m intending to reread it this holiday season, too–so I’m giving the win to that.

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2017

Tithe by Holly Black
Royal Crush by Meg Cabot
The Royal Wedding by Melanie Summers
The Royal Treatment by Melanie Summers
The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter
Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This is a really hard month to vote a winner for! I love everything Jennifer Lynn Barnes does, I adore Heist Society, Holly Black is usually an automatic win, and Melanie Summers’ Royal books are absolute joy. But seeing as this is December, the month of nostalgia, I’m going sentimental: I read the Royal Crush series over four consecutive Christmases, getting a book each Christmas Day and burning through it before Christmas dinner, so I’m giving that the win.

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2016

Harley Quinn, Vol. 4: A Call to Arms by Amanda Conner
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky 

The memory of reading Fantastic Beasts is one of bittersweet nostalgia for me; so though I’ll eliminate it from being an overall winner as I usually do with Potter books (nothing else would stand a chance otherwise), this month, I’m giving it the win.

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2015

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot
Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson

I mean… Is it too much to give the win to another Middle School Princess book? (I don’t care; they’re my rules to break, and I’m breaking them. Congratulations, Genovia!)

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2014

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

So many Christmassy reads! …And seeing as I’ve already given My True Love the win once already on this post, I’m giving the win to the only non-Christmas read here, Darkest Part of the Forest. Go figure!

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2013

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Winner by default! I’m also rereading these soon, so it’s frightening to realise it’s been eight years since I read it last… Winterkeep, here I come!

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Apparently I’m missing 2012 (can you tell I hadn’t started tracking my reading on Goodreads, and gave up back-tracking it?), so moving to…

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2011

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

It’s a decade on, and I still haven’t read her Shopaholic series. Honestly, what’s that all about?

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I’m also missing 2010, so…

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So which December book takes the top prize as my Ultimate December Read?

Drum roll…

My True Love Gave to Me

If I’ve learned anything from these Decades posts, it’s that I’m a really seasonal reader: romance is more likely to win in summer months, spooky or supernatural reads are more likely to win in October, and I guess a festive book was more likely to win in December. But it’s fun, so no regrets!

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Do you agree? Which of these would be your favourite–or what’s your favourite ever December read?

I can’t believe I’ve done a year of these! Check back next month for a wrap up of the Decades winners, and what I guess were my top 12 books of 2010-2020…

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