Sunday, December 31, 2017

December Reading Wrap Up

I'm really pleased with my reading this month. Generally I'm a mood reader and I can't just pick up any book and get through it. This month I was determined to finish some books I'd previously started and put down due to not being in the mood for them. Thankfully it worked and I can officially cross them off my ever mounting TBR list.

I think I've forgotten how to read! I'm getting very used to having everything read to me. Every one of the ten books I finished this month were books that I listened along to. I got the first three illustrated Harry Potter stories for Christmas though so I'll definitely be kicking off 2018 with physical books.

Book one: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Rating: 5/5

This was a great start to the month. It had been one I picked up right towards the start of the year when I first discovered booktube and was buying every book I heard recommended. I wish I'd actually picked it up sooner.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this! I'm not sure I've ever seen any Alice films and I read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland a few months ago and really didn't like it so I'm not attached to the original story and world.
I love how Marissa Meyer was able to take a character that everybody knows and create a brand new story that didn't seem like fanfiction. I really enjoyed reading about Cath and found the entire story believable and very entertaining.
I'm excited now to pick up everything else Marissa Meyer has written.

Book two: The History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray

This was available on audio from my library and I fancied something nonfiction. I feel like I only ever learnt about men throughout school so it's nice to see all the different ways women have shaped the way we live.
I fully intend to pick up books on a couple of the women in this collection to learn more about them and how they stuck to their convictions in times when they were told they should be seen and not heard and how their actions granted me the freedoms I enjoy as a British woman in the 21st Century.

Book three: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Rating: 3.75/5

I finally picked this up because I really didn't want to see the movie trailer before I'd created the characters and world in my head and I didn't know how much longer I'd be able to go without being spoiled.
I did enjoy the story but I honestly think my expectations were too high. I think it could have been 50-100 pages shorter and I wouldn't have lost any info and would probably have rated it higher. Personally I think I benefited from the audiobook on this one because I think it would have felt a lot slower had I just read it.

Book four: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Rating: 4/5

I liked this book until towards the end when I had a massive problem.
Porter is all 'you have to be completely honest with me so I can trust you' and then as soon as he finds out that Bailey is the girl he's been talking to online he doesn't bother telling her that he's the guy she's been talking to. NOT COOL PORTER.
Other than that this was a cute contemporary. I liked all of the characters.

Book five: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
I think I took too long between the Red Queen and this book and if I'd picked it straight up it would have been a higher rating. Or maybe this just suffers from second book syndrome. I found myself losing focus throughout the plot of this one and didn't really care about most of the characters.

Book six: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Rating: 3.75/5 (rounded up to 4 on goodreads)

I initially started this a few months ago and couldn't get into it but I'm trying to get to all of my 'unfinished' books before the end of the year so I decided to give this another go and see if the audiobook helped. It did! I finished it the second time around in one sitting.
I loved the email parts more than the irl parts because it did feel at times like there were too many pointless characters. I also liked the last third more than the first two. It was a slow build for me. Like I said though I did really love this and I would recommend to anyone who wants a cute and easy contemporary.
I'd already ruined this for myself by knowing Nick Robinson is playing Simon in the movie but I honestly love that casting, I could picture him the whole way through. I'm 100% looking forward to the movie coming out.

Book sevenThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Rating: 4/5

I initially picked this up physically a few months ago and couldn't get past the first 50ish pages but there was no way I could leave 2017 without reading it. It's so highly rated and recommended.
If you're interested in having a read and are into audiobooks then I would really doing it that way. The narrator did an incredible job.
I had the same problem with this one that I've had with a few other books in December, it could have been shorter. That doesn't take away from the fact that this is an important read that I think everybody needs to pick up.

Book eight: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Rating: 4.75/5

This was so whimsical, I really enjoyed it. When I first finished this it was a 4 star read but the more I'm thinking back on it the closer it's feeling to 5 stars. I'm loving it more and more with all the time passing.
I honestly enjoyed all of the characters. Really liked the world building and the trial aspect.
I'm going to try to read more 'middle grade' books in 2018 because they're so magical.

Book nine: King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
I think I'm losing interest with each book but I'm still enjoying it enough to be continuing with the series and I'm very much looking forward to War Storm after that ending!!

Book ten: Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
Rating: 3/5

I had a week off reading over Christmas. Not intentionally, it just sort of happened. So I decided to go with something quick and easy.
Despite it only being a seven hour audiobook it felt like it took forever to get to a point. It was an easy read and I enjoyed the premise but that's about all I enjoyed. I feel like I'll soon forget about having read this.

I've had the more amazing reading year in 2017. This was the year I wanted to get back into reading so I initially only set my goal at 17 books, I never imagined I would be able to get through 91!! 15 of those were 5 star for me which I'm so happy with. Hopefully in 2018 I can top that and have an even better reading year.

Nikki x

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