December. The month of festivities. Christmas creeping closer, the streets bustling more as people hurriedly buy gifts for others. Everything is suddenly strung with lights and tinsel, lighting the world up for the final month of the year. There’s a happy atmosphere surrounding the air, gently concealing the stress levels Christmas can bring.
December brings along the Christmas break. A break from work, a break from college, a break to recover from the year. A break…to READ.
Okayy, that’s obviously not the universal reason for the Christmas/End of Year break but it sure as hell is MINE.
So let’s see what December brought!
There’s also a video version of this post if you’d like the see, combined with my January TBR! Click here to see! (though I forgot to mention one of the books – doh!)
December was a good reading month for me. I read more books that I have done in a while, and I’m so chuffed about it. I read 8 books! That’s a lot for me. So let’s get into it!
A Quiet Kind of Thunder
by Sara Barnard
Rated 4.5/5 stars – [Review]
I didn’t expect to love this one as much as I did, but it’s now one of my favourite contemporaries! This book handles so many important subjects – mental health, disability, diversity, even a slight touch of gender expectations/identity, and yet it somehow is one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read. I love the main characters. I really hope everyone goes out and reads this book!
The Retribution of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
Rated 1.5/5 stars – [Review]
While I thought the first two were pretty good books, I really didn’t like this one. It felt like the author was trying to make the plot as shocking as possible, when really it just made the story sound ridiculous. I couldn’t take it seriously, and for me that really ruined my enjoyment of the series. Not to mention the fact that there isn’t even an explanation at the end. UGH.
The Illustrated of Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets
by J.K.Rowling & Jim Kay
Rated 5/5 stars – [Review]
One of many rereads for me, though this time round I did it through illustrations. This was the perfect thing to read on the run up to Christmas, and even better after hating the previous read that month. As always, this was rated 5 stars, and even more so because the illustrations are absolutely stunning. I’m really glad this series is getting illustrated editions, I can’t wait to collect them all!
Hollow City (reread)
by Ransom Riggs
Rated 3.5/5 stars – [Review]
Another reread for me, this time in the hope that I could finally finish the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy. I enjoyed this one more than the first, what with the setting turning it into more of a historical fiction and providing more dangers. Though the plot was shaken down slightly for me by the mighty handy conveniences dotted all the way through. Who needs to figure things out when the world is one huge convenience?
by Stephanie Garber
Rated 4.5/5 stars – [Review]
I looooved this one. Compared to The Night Circus in endless reviews (including my own), I was very excited about this one. And it certainly lived up to it! I sped through the pages, eager to figure out what the hell was going on. And let me tell you, this is definitely a twisted story. There’s no predicting where this will go, and it’s such a gripping page-turner, I almost immediately wanted to reread it.
Library of Souls
by Ransom Riggs
Rated 3/5 stars – [Review coming 11/01/17]
By the time I finally got to this one, my interest in the series had dwindled slightly. Even though I think the series gets better with each book, the actual ratings drop with each one, weirdly. But still. It was a fun, lighthearted read. Interesting enough to keep me reading though not something I would rave about in a conversation. I know I’d have loved it had I read it the first time I attempted this series.
by Jane Austen
Rated 3.5/5 stars – [Review coming 09/01/17]
A Jane Austen one that really intrigued me from the start. First off we see a family that is already comfortable, already one of marriage rather than striving to find one, and from there we see a woman adopt her niece in the hope of giving her a better upbringing. It was classy and sophisticated as always, though not my favourite of Jane Austen’s novels, and felt quite different to her others that I’ve read.
And A Happy New Year?
by Holly Bourne
Rated 4/5 stars – [Review coming 16/01/17]
The final novella to the Spinster Club trilogy, I loved seeing a sort of after shot of the series. And though this book is only 200 pages long, it made me cry six times somehow. It broke me. Probably because of how realistic it is. And how much I love the characters. I just want to give Evie a massive hug (though she probably wouldn’t want that so nevermind). I loved this one, and it was a great quick read.
I’m currently reading my UK ARC of Heartless by Marissa Meyer. For some reason, we over here in the UK have to wait a few more months for this one to be released compared to the US, but I managed to get my hands on an ARC. At the moment, it’s not really blowing me away. It okayy, enough to keep me reading and enjoying, but it doesn’t feel amazing. Still, I’m only halfway through so we’ll see. I’m also currently reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – the last of her books I need to read!
Run Over Posts from November:
End of Year Posts:
Honestly, this part is going to be really short because nothing much happened in December for me, since the majority of it was Christmas break for me.
It basically consisted of me trying to keep up with all the blog posts I had going up, all the video ideas I had, as well as spending the majority of my time at my friends house and reading. How I managed to do all that in those weeks, I’ve no idea.
But I did get an unconditional offer from a university I applied to! And a conditional one from another. But the unconditional one is a huge relief, because no matter what now, I’m going to university this year!!
*wipes brow with relief*
So there’s my December, all wrapped up!
Have you read any of the books I read in December? What did you think?
How many books did you read this month? Which was your favourite of the month?
Did you buy any new books? How many and which ones? (feel free to link your haul!)
Did any interesting events happen this month for you? Visit anywhere nice?
What are you currently reading, going into the month of January?
Also, let me know what you thought of the new intro!
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
Come and visit me!