December Wrap-Up

Remember how I said I wasn’t going to read that much anymore? Well, let’s forget that for a bit because I’ve been reading so much this month! Mainly because of Riveted, which allowed people to read 25 books for one day each. That was really fun (and a little stressful). I’ve also read some other books and overall had a pretty great month! Christmas was fun (and I got a few books), and I got some eARCs, and blogging has been great too! I hope you had wonderful days too!

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  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds ★★★ I liked this but it just didn’t make me feel anything and that’s the kind of book this is. It’s about a black boy whose brother was killed. (review)
  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren ★★★★★ This was so cute!! I highly recommend it if you liked Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (review)
  • WANT by Cindy Pon ★★★★ WANT is the first book I read that is set in Taiwan and I really liked it! I read it in one day which might have been a bit too little for me to enjoy it to its fullest but it was so good!
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ★★★★ This took me forever to get through, I started it back in August but only finished it in December. It was really good, though I didn’t really like the ending, the characters were great and there was so much character development!
  • Girlhood by Cat Clarke ★★★★ Girlhood is set in a boarding school and is really diverse and exciting but the ending did disappoint me a little. It was really good though!
  • The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers ★★★★ This book was so well-written and developed, but it was also a little slow for me. I would definitely recommend it if you like space books! (review)
  • Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Bernard ★★.5 This felt so disappointing to me, the characters were mildly annoying, I thought the story was a bit bland and nothing really happened. (review)
  • The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart ★★★★ I did not expect that this was a horror novel so imagine my surprise when I found out it was! It was surprising, atmospheric and really different from anything I’ve read before! (review)
  • It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne ★★★★★ This was so perfect! Holly Bourne proved herself again by writing such an amazing feminist story! (review to come)
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert ★★★★ I didn’t know at all what I was getting into when starting this book, but it definitely didn’t disappoint! Magical, dark and fairytale-ish writing and an intriguing plot! (review to come)
  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin ★★★★.5 This was a perfect conclusion to Wolf by Wolf and I love it so much! I even loved the historical aspect: the alternative history of what if Hitler won the war? was so well-written! The characters amazing and flawed and I love Yael!!

 

In December of 2017 I added to my tbr:

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Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody moved from my anticipated-releases to my to-read shelf because I got an eARC and I couldn’t be more excited!! I have added Artemis by Andy Weir to my tbr because it’s a) by the author of The Martian (which was amazing) and b) it’s about a badass woman on the moon and c) I have been told it should be considered New Adult and I want to read more NA! Scythe by Neal Shusterman sounds amazing which is a fantasy about assassins and it’s set in a utopian world. I received an eARC of More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer and I don’t really remember what it’s about but I remember that it sounded interesting! And I got To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey for Christmas which is completely out of my comfort zone but I’m curious to see what it’s about! (ps this cover is gorgeous, why don’t I have that one?)

January TBR

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I made a list of all the books I had on my physical tbr and I let my twitter friends randomly pick numbers and I’d read the corresponding books. So above you can see all the books I will try to read in January! I added a few myself (By A Charm and A Curse, which is an eARC, and Strange the Dreamer because I’ve been wanting to read it for so long!).

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How was your December? Did you read any of the above-mentioned books? Any books you think I will love from my TBR? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!

33 thoughts on “December Wrap-Up

  1. Ahhh I’m so jealous you got an Ace of Shades eARC! My request is still pending on Netgalley, but my hopes aren’t very high at this point haha. I hope you enjoy it! It sounds like you’ve got some great reads lined up for January!

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    1. I was so lucky! I got it from edelweiss but I was never accepted for anything before on edelweiss so I was a little in shock (but in a good way). Thank you! I hope you’ll get accepted as well!

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  2. I adored The Hazel Wood also! (tho the ending prevented it from being a new fav of mine)
    And Angelfall is such a cutesy read! I’m excited to hear your thoughts on it 🙂

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    1. I don’t really know how I feel about the ending, I liked it because it wasn’t cliché, but I also wished it were a bit more cliché haha
      I can’t wait to pick it up!

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  3. i’m so happy you enjoyed autoboyography, girlhood & the hazel wood! i want to read all of them really badly so i’m hoping i like them as well.
    omg i absolutely LOVE george & a monster calls!! they’re both SO amazing & i hope you adore them as well. 🙂
    so sorry you were disappointed by beautiful broken things :(. i hate it when pretty covers lie.

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  4. I loved Strange the Dreamer!! Even though it wasn’t my favorite because it was a little slow in the beginning but I still recommend for you to try it! Also I need to read Autoboyography because I loved Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda!

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  5. Oh man so many good books! I actually just finished Blood For Blood and enjoyed it a lot, glad you did too. I’m desperate to read Want and Autoboyography aaah, hopefully in 2018! I do hope you enjoy A Monster Calls and Strange the Dreamer — Strange was a little slow for me to begin with but then I fell deeply in love, so. *nods*

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  6. Happy new year, Lia! Wishing you all the best for 2018 ❤ ❤
    I am so happy you enjoyed The Hazel Wood, I can't wait to read that one 🙂 I recently finished that Holly Bourne book, it only happens in the movies and LOVED IT SO MUCH? It was so, so great, I can't wait to read more from the author 🙂
    Wishing you a great January!! xx

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    1. Thank you Marie ❤ Happy new year to you too! Best wishes!
      I hope you love it! Yay! I'm so glad you loved It Only Happens in the Movies!! You must read her other books, they're equally brilliant!!
      Have a wonderful January!

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  7. ASDFGHJKL YOU ARE FINALLY READING A MONSTER CALLS. please do, PLEASE, get some tissues out, you might be needing them. Autoboyography is SO HYPED? And the thing is I saw it in my library but didn’t pick it up and now I am regretting everything haha. So glad you loved The Hazel wood! AND YOUR TBR LOOKS FANTASTIC JUST SAYING. *whispers* strange the dreamer

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    1. Yes I am! And I will grab all the tissues I can find! I honestly don’t know why it’s so hyped?? I picked it up before the hype and now suddenly EVERYONE is talking about it (not that it’s not good, it really is).
      I can’t wait to read all the books on my TBR! I’m reading Strange the Dreamer right now!

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  8. In December I read the sample of Scythe and I liked it so far, so I plan on reading it in 2018 as well. I’m surprised that it is considered NA, because it felt more than YA, but we will see. I’m curious how you like it.

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  9. Man there’s so many good books on this list and your future TBR! I keep hearing such wonderful things about It Only Happens in the Movies, but I’m struggling to find it anywhere. I’m going to have to cave and buy it online so I can get my hands on this one.

    I was also approved for More Than We Can Tell and plan to read it this month if not early Feb. because of my love for Letters of the Lost, which I read as my final book of 2017. http://nerdnarrationblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/december-2017-wrap-up/

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