December Wrap-up! // the most festive month of the year

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!


readingThis month I read a total of 7 books, which is quite good. I’m happy with it! The quality of this books was great!

31943639Wildcat by J.P. Harker

Goodreads – my review

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!

31931941Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Goodreads

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!

35383830Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Goodreads – my review

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.

10746542The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Goodreads

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.

13206900Winter by Marissa Meyer

Goodreads

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.

25689074Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Goodreads

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!

22466429Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

Goodreads

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!


on-the-blog Here is an overview of all my posts this month!

Reviews

Wildcat by JP Harker // a very enjoyable novel with an impressive amount of research

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu // empowering with a cute romance!

Discussion

The Pressure to Read // Let’s talk!

Tags

Joy of christmas book tag!

Readathons

Cramathon 2017 TBR!

Analysis

Analysing my reading this fall

Have I accomplished my 2017 goals? // an analysis

Other

A reminder and a wish!

The Giveaway Winner!

My favourite YA covers of 2017!

2018 bookish goals // Let’s get these accomplished!


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!

Love,

eva 2.0

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One thought on “December Wrap-up! // the most festive month of the year

  1. Pingback: My reading year 2017 // an overview, stats, opinions and more! | Brilliantly bookish

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