December 2018 Wrap Up (my best reading month ever!)

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Oh my God. I did it.
Earlier this year I made two goals for myself. One of them was to write a rough draft of a novel and the other goal was to read 200 books. Guys, I completed both of those goals!

I still cant believe that I did it, I feel burnt out right now, I don’t even know what to do with myself to try to relax and recharge.
This month was probably my best reading month ever, I read 26 books and I liked so many of them so let’s get into my reading month.

The Wise Mans Fear
by Patrick Rothfuss
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have no words for this, it is just epic. I was in awe over how fleshed out this world is, there are legends and so much backstory and it’s amazing. Kvothe grew so much but I was frustrated by his lack of understanding about different cultures and people. He interacted with so many different kinds of people and yet he still thought different things were weird or unusual.

Burial Rites
by Hannah Kent
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this and would definitely recommend picking this up during the winter. The cold weather really added to the atmosphere in the book. Agnus was mysterious and the writing was smooth as her tale was unwoven.

Sadie
by Courtney Summers
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Holy hell, this was a trip. This ended up being a lot darker then I was expecting and I went into it expecting it to be dark. The writing and the style of the book with the podcast inserts were fantastic. One day I will download the audiobook and listen to it.

Batman Arkham volume 5: Poison Ivy
by Gerry Conway
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I read this a couple years ago and decided to reread it, I didn’t like it as much as the first time I read it, I do love the backstories that it goes through and seeing more details from her origins but some of the stories were just plain borrowing.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
by Christina Lauren
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was adorable and funny! I couldn’t get enough of these characters Hazel is now one of my favorite characters ever. I love her eccentrics and her outlook on life, Josh was also great with how understanding he is.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
by Kiersten White
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this, I really enjoyed reading this and when I finished it, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars but now I’m thinking back on it and I’m not sure if it is a 4 star read for me. The story was a little slow, it really dragged in places, I did really enjoy the ending though. That really took me by surprise.

Speakeasy
by Sarina Bowen
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Yay for more of the True North series! I love this series and I can’t get enough. This one was centered around May and while I was hoping for a f/f relationship, I still enjoyed Alec and found myself wanting more.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This took me a while to get into, it has a very slow start and Eleanor comes off as a very frustrating character, but I am glad I stuck with it because it got better and better with every single page turn. This is another book where I was surprised by the ending.

The Well of Ascension
by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this, even if it was a bit slow for the 1st part of it, I still really enjoyed the politics that were a central theme. I was a bit frustrated with Vin though, she irritated me with her blind trust in someone even though she had doubts about every single person shes ever talked to in her life, she was willing to trust this one guy on the first night they meet! Elend was perfection, I adored him so much and his desire to bring change to his city.

Godsgrave
by Jay Kristoff
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t even know what to say about this because it was amazing. I loved the gladiator aspect, I think that was my favorite part, I loved Mia’s character progression and her struggle to keep her vow of vengence vs living her life and forming bonds with others.

Lumberjanes Vol 6
by Shannon Watters
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Lumberjanes Vol 7
by Shannon Watters
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I love the lumberjanes series, I find these girls to be just adorable and I love their passion that they all have for their friendship. I was a little bored with volume 6, the story was a little slow and kind of came out of nowhere. Volume 7 was much better to me, I adored the storyline and the weird quirkiness that is fully Lumberjanes.

The Pale Dreamer
by Samantha Shannon
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I don’t often read novellas and this was kind of a reminder why, it didn’t feel relevant to the series, it didn’t feel like it added anything. It was just there, Pagies intro to the criminal underground.

Paper Girls Vol 1
by Brian K. Vaughan
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was odd, I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t, I was pretty confused about most of it and it never really cleared up, maybe I’ll read volume 2 and things will get cleared up but that’s kind of annoying in a way.

The Hero of Ages
by Brandon Sanderson
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What to even say about this?! I loved it so much and I wanted to scream and cry as it came to an end. I love Brandon Sanderson and yet I also hate him for toying with my emotions this way, I cant wait to read more of his work.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wow, this was amazing. I loved everything about it from the writing, to the characters, to the story set up. I was worried about the hype going into it but it really lived up to its hype in my eyes.

Monstress
by Marjorie Lu
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was another weird graphic novel and I dont think im going to continue on with the series, if I do I think I’m going to see if my library has them because I really struggled to connect to the story.

Maybe Not
by Colleen Hoover
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I thought this was fine for the most part. Like Bridgette was irritating and then you see why she is so angry at the world, Warren is special. I kind of hated how they went about their relationship.

Maybe Now
by Colleen Hoover
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I really struggled with this, I had to keep forcing myself through this and honestly felt like it could have ended in 4 different spots and it would have been fine. I was happy to see more of Maggie and see how her life progressed. I also really hated the ending I thought it was tacky and unneeded.

My Favorite Half Night Stand
by Christina Lauren
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

After reading Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating, I was so excited to jump into this. I was intrigued about the group of guy friends aspect because I have a group of guy friends that I kept envisioning while reading this and it made it so much fun. But that’s really where the fun ended for me, I quickly realized that there was tropes that I’m not a fan of and I didnt like how flat Millies character was. Especially after reading Josh and Hazel, Reid and Millie just fell flat compared to those two.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by J.K. Rowling
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I started rereading Harry Potter, I have the illustrated editions and realized that I haven’t read those and decided to pick them up. The illustrations just add something really special to the reading experience.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Continuing on with my reread, I ended up paying a lot of attention to the story structure and the way the story was written and I appreciate it so much more now then as a child. Also, I haven’t reread this since 2010-2011ish, it’s been a long time since I’ve read these and I found myself appreciating the foreshadowing Rowling weaves into the story. It’s so casual and so nonchalant that you wouldn’t really remember these parts when youre reading book 7.

Fireworks
by Sarina Bowen
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This makes me so sad but I think this is my least favorite of the True North series, the romance was so instant, one second shes hating Benito with every fiber of her body and the next paragraph shes basically forgiven him and is halfway in love. That being said, this book had an added twist of suspense that Sarina Bowen did really well.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My favorite out of the series, and the illustrations were amazing. I love Lupin and my heart is permanently breaking for him and the prejudices stacked against him.

Legend graphic novel
by Marie Lu
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

While I enjoyed the artwork for June and Day, I feel like a lot of the story was lost or just didn’t translate well into a comic form.

Prodigy graphic novel
by Marie Lu
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Same as above, it just felt like I was missing so much of the story, if I hadn’t read the Legend Trilogy beforehand, I know I would be feeling lost and confused about the story.


My favorite book of the month: The Hero of Ages
My least favorite book of the month: Maybe Now

How was your December?

 

 

 

 

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