December TBR (and November Wrap Up)

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first day of Blogmas 2017! As I explained in my introductory post, I had to do this a little differently this year, which meant my November Wrap Up and December TBR was a little bit delayed, but you need wait no longer, it’s here at last!

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When I first started thinking about writing this, I genuinely thought I’d only read 2 books in November. However, a quick scan through my Goodreads revealed that I’d actually read 8 books (5 of which were uni books).

Since such a large portion of these were course books, and most of them were read such a long time ago, I’m going to skip the traditional summaries and instead show you some stats and tell you my rating for each book. Full reviews for all non-course books are to follow!

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The Changeling by Thomas Middleton

4-stars

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

4-stars

The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary

3-star

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

3-star

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

3-star

Artemis by Andy Weir

4-stars

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

2-star

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

4-stars

 

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Now, let’s move on to the fun bit, my December TBR. I haven’t had a proper TBR in ages, pretty much since the start of the semester, and although that worked really well for my uni work, I’m excited to get back to my listing making and planning.

For this TBR, I tried to pick books with some vague link to Christmas (some of the links are more tentative than others) or at least some reference to snow or family or other wintery things.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the books…

Image result for the snow childThe Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I read about this book in an article and it sounded interesting, which I’m sure is why most people choose to pick up a book, but in my case this is rare (usually I need to have read a thousand reviews and have examined star ratings and the like) but this one just caught my eye.

From what I understand, it’s about a couple in Alaska who can’t have children, so they build a child out of snow and it comes to life… sort of. Honestly, it sounds a bit Light-Between-Oceans-ey, which I enjoyed, so I’m more than willing to give it a go!

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The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

This one is one of my more tentative links to Christmas, as it’s really more about family and ancestry than it is about Christmas itself, but I’m still interested.

Again, I may be wrong, but from what I understand, this book begins by introducing us to a group of settlers and continuing to show the evolution of their ancestors over the next 200 years in that same location. I feel like in practice it’s probably going to be more complex than that, but I’ll keep you posted in my final review.

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City of Thieves by David Benioff

It’s been a while since I’ve read any historical fiction, particularly WWII fiction, so I’m excited to give this a try. I know very little about this book, but it is one that I’ve heard about from the bookish community and so I’m going to give it a shot this month.

Image result for landline rainbowLandline by Rainbow Rowell

Okay, so by the time I actually got around to writing this I’ve actually already finished this book, but it was part of my initial TBR for December.
This is one of Rainbow Rowell’s adult novels, set at Christmas, all about family and thinking about what’s important.
The review’s coming your way soon so I don’t want to spoil it, so I’m keeping my lips sealed!

Image result for the little book of hyggeThe Little Book of Hygge by Miek Wiking

I don’t normally have non-fiction books that I’m excited to read, but this month is a bit different. I love the concept of Hygge, and now that I have some time on my hands I really want to learn more about it. This book is the only one I’ve really heard much about so I’m starting here, but leave me any suggestions you have down below!

Image result for broke millennialBroke Millenial by Erin Lowry

I’m an avid The Financial Diet watcher and I can’t wait for their book to come out in January. However, to tide me over, I’m going to give Erin’s book a try. One of my goals for 2018 is to fix my relationship with money, so this is a good place to start.

 

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And that’s it! Thanks so much for joining me today guys, if you have any suggestions for me, or want to let me know what you’ll have your nose buried in this month let me know in the comments down below, I love to hear from you! If not, I’ll see you back here tomorrow with a fresh post.

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