I had a wonderful December this year. My exams didn’t make me as stressed as they usually do. I celebrated the holidays with my family. I enjoyed my time off school. I hung out with friends. I relaxed and I did the projects I’ve been putting off for quite a while! As far as reading goes, I had a pretty good month as well!
This month I read a total of 7 books, which is quite good. I’m happy with it! The quality of this books was great!
Wildcat by J.P. Harker
The first book I finished this month was Wildcat. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn’t the fastest read, but I didn’t mind because it’s a slice-of-life kind of story. I liked the main character Rhia and I felt for her as she went through A LOT. I also liked the love interest. The plot was interesting and kept me entertained for the full 500 pages. There were some plot twists I did not see coming and there were times I couldn’t put the book down, because a certain scene was so thrilling. I would recommend this! 4 out of 5 stars from me!
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
This was an amazing surprise. I loved this! It’s not that I was expecting not to like it, but I wasn’t expecting to love it this much. It was amazing and I’ve found a new favourite! This book made me laugh, smile from ear to ear and cry and I love it for it. I really liked the characters and the plot kept me very engaged. Every time I had to put the book down, I wanted to pick it up again so badly. If I had had less to do, I would have finished this in a day. The only thing that bothered me was Eliza relationship with her family in the beginning, but later on she does realise she wasn’t acting very nice. Would highly recommend! 5 out of 5 stars obviously!
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
The next book I read was Moxie and I highly enjoyed that too. It was definitely empowering. The amount of girl friendships and girls supporting girls in this book was amazing! I liked the main character Vivian and the romance too. Contrary to what seems to be the general opinion, I don’t think it was unnecessary. It added an extra layer to the discussion of feminism in this book. The plot was interesting and had a good pace. I had some trouble with the writing style in the beginning, but that’s all. I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a feminist book! I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Overall this was an okay book for me. It started out really solid. I liked the way the main character Tony told his memories from his youth. At times it made me laugh or smile with recognition. The second part of the novel I didn’t enjoy though. It was a struggle to get through and not intriguing honestly. It was frustrating how much would have been solved if Veronica just spoke to Tony. Instead she had this whole ‘I won’t answer any of your questions’ thing going on, which annoyed me. The first part of the book I would give 4 stars, but the second part I’d only give 1.5 to 2 stars. So I’m settling for a 2.75 out of 5 stars. I’d recommend the first half of the book, but not the second.
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Then I re-read Winter by Marissa Meyer and I absolutely loved it all over again. This is a terrific conclusion to a series that has become one of my favourites. I love all of the main characters, Cinder, Kai, Iko, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Winter and Jacin! I got even more out of this book than the first time, because I was already attached to Winter and Jacin. The plot was very entertaining and I loved how all the pieces fell together. I obviously gave this 5 out of 5 stars! If you haven’t, GO READ THIS SERIES! Trust me, you’ll be doing yourself a favour.
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Then I read Stars Above, the Lunar Chronicles story collection and I loved it too! This was a wonderful addition to the series and I recommend it to anyone who loves the books. This book gave me all the feels. I was swooning over the wedding story. Loved this! Overall I gave this 4.5 out of 5 stars, but here’s a breakdown:
– The Keeper: 5 ⭐
– Glitches: 4 ⭐
– The Queen’s Army: 5⭐
– Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: 4⭐
– After Sunshine passes by: 5⭐
– The Princess and the Guard: 4⭐
– The Little Android: 3⭐
– The Mechanic: 4⭐
– Something Old, Something New: 5⭐, but actually infinitely more!
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
I’m still currently reading this, but I’m confident I can finish this by the end of the month / the year. I read this for the first time this summer and it quickly became one of my favourite books. I love the writing style, the story, the characters, the quirkyness (Is that a word?), the unexpected, but amazing diversity, and so much more! I would most highly recommend this! I’m already loving it as much as the first time and I’m sure it will be 5 out of 5 again! My tissues are already on hand.
That’s all I read this month! That means that I’ve read a total of 90 books this year. I’m really proud of myself!
Here is an overview of all my posts this month!
That’s all for this month’s wrap-up! I hope you enjoyed! See you tomorrow with a post on my favourite books of the year!