December Wrap Up

So it’s that time of the month again, time for another reading wrap up. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas, I know I did. But I’m excited for the new year and a new start.

Let’s take a look at the book stats…

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The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

3-star

+ I found the writing style had a lot of humor, I don’t think I was expecting that.

+ Quite interesting characters especially Gram and Big.

+ Like her potential love interest (especially Joe).

– Her family background was trying to be a bit too sad, especially with all the excessive tragedies of Bailey’s death.

– The relationship is a little too insta-lovey.

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

4-stars

+ Entertaining to read, a subtle hilarity.

+ Felt like I was talking to an old friend.

+ Lots of interesting anecdotes about her time on Gilmore Girls.

+ She talks about ‘aging gracefully’ – I love that – Hollywood should definitely take a leaf out of Lauren’s book.

– It may sound obvious, but it was a biography – and I just don’t really get into non-fiction the same way I do a novel.

 

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

4-stars

+ Easy to read, written in simple, easy to understand English

+ Really captures the beauty and mutual love in James and Bob’s relationship

+ Doesn’t overdramatise the situation, without underselling the unlikelihood of the story, the presentation is almost factual

+ Just inspiring – and it’ll make you want to cuddle your cat to death!

– Could be a little repetitive in places

 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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+ Really interesting narrative style, in that there wasn’t really a narrative.

+ It flowed really well, even through there we seemingly hundreds of characters.

+ The relationship was comforting without hindering the underlying drama of the plot.

+ The surveillance analyst literally made my life, I got so excited when he was about to report and I don’t know why.

+ I didn’t see a lot of the twists coming, particularly the big one at the end (well okay I saw part of it coming, but you’ll have to look at the review, there’s not enough space here)

The 12 Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

3-star

+ Dash is really funny to read

+ It did make me feel Christmassy

+ All in all, quite well written

– Felt a little repetitive in places

– Shouldn’t have read it as a standalone, definitely needed to have read the first one.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman

3-star

+ Interesting concept

+ Obviously took a lot of research and was approached from a place of knowledge, not ignorance

+ Made me think about things from a different perspective, but me in the place of the unbeliever – was very insightful

– A little hard for me to read and fully appreciate as a Christian

– I’m not really sure why it lost another star because there wasn’t anything strictly wrong with it, I guess it’s just that I didn’t really appeal to my own values (which I know is a stupid reason to take off a star but it’s the truth)

What Light by Jay Asher

2-star

+ A nice concept – a holiday book about a girl on a Christmas tree farm and forgiveness, what’s not to love?

+ I enjoyed the Christmas tree farm setting

– Her boyfriend was a psychopath who really needed to have gone through extensive therapy, even if he didn’t actually hurt his sister.

– Siera and all her friends are either ridiculously pretentious or snobby

– If I literally roll my eyes when reading a book, I feel a star should be detracted.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

+ I got to go back into the world of the Illuminae Files

+ Even though I was sceptical at first, I ended up really loving Hannah and Nick

+ More chapters from surveillance analyst 7213

+ It didn’t feel like a filler book

+ I found myself gasping and saying things like ‘Oh my gosh no!’ way more than is acceptable.

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen (due to be released 02/03/2917)

4-stars

(Full review will be posted just before release date)

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

3-star

(Full review will be posted just before release date)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

1-star

In the interest of full disclosure, I should link to my explanation of why I won’t be finishing Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – but I won’t get into that here.

 

And there you have it, not a bad way to finish out the year. I can only hope January is just as good! What was your favourite read of the past month?

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  1. This may be a random question, but how do you get the photos in your blog posts? To be more specific, what app of software do you use to make them? It looks really cool and nice, and I am trying to find a way to get my photos to look less.. odd.

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    1. Ha ha, I’m sure you’re not going to believe me, but I edit everything with microsoft powerpoint! To add all the flowers and baubles and bits I go to Etsy, there are some really amazing artists with great packages available. I hope this helps!

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