December was a very productive month in terms of reading and other things going on in my life. I managed to read six books this month! It’s the most I’ve read in one month in a long time. I’m very proud of myself for it.
So, let me first go through the books I read this month, then I’ll talk about my book haul, then I’ll list any tags I did I at the end of the post, including any discussions I did.
So the six books I read as month are as follows:
- “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios. I did a full review of it, so you can check out what I thought about it there. I rated it 4/5 stars.
- “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell. I also did a full review of this book, so you can check out my thoughts there! I rated it 5/5 stars.
- “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling. This book was much better than I was expecting, as it included much more details than I was expecting. It was much different from the movie (as this was my first read through) and I was very glad to have read it. Great character and plot development happened in the novel and I can’t wait to read the next. I rated this 5/5 stars.
- “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han. You can read my review and see what I thought. I rated it 4/5 stars.
- “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman. What beautiful writing. You can read my review here. I rated it 5/5 stars.
- “This Night So Dark” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I seem to be onto a patter here. I did a review! I rated it 4/5 stars.
All of the books I read this past month left me wanting more. Sure, some of them had their faults while others blew me away, but that’s to be expected, right?
Now my book haul! I bought seven books this past month, and they are:
- “The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne. I got this book while on my honeymoon in Walt Disney World and I was so happy to get it! It’s fully illustrated and in color, so I’m sure it’ll transport me back to me childhood.
- “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. I got the pocket edition and it is very adorable in its small size! I’m behind the times in not having read any of Tolkien quite yet, but I hope to in the upcoming year.
- “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo. This is the second book in the Grisha trilogy. It’s very hard to find this book at my local Barnes & Noble, but I managed to find this one at another one!
- “The Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and “Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor. This is the first and second books in the Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this trilogy and how the writing in it is beautiful. I hope to enjoy it when I read it!
- “The Darkest Minds” by Alexandra Bracken. This is the first book in The Darkest Minds trilogy and I hear a lot of good things about it. Mind control, super powers? Cool stuff!
- “This Shattered World” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This is the second book in the Starbound trilogy. I’ve started reading it already and so far I’m really enjoying it.
Those are all the books I’ve gotten in the past month. All bought with gift cards, so I’m not really going against the project five books or anything like that. I’m very excited about this upcoming year! Read about some of my resolutions I hope to stick by in 2015.
Tags! I only did one that I didn’t already have in this post, so here it is:
Reading Habits Tag
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? Either at my desk or on the couch in the living room.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? Bookmarks are cuter, but I’m not opposed to pieces of paper.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages? I prefer stopping at the end of a chapter or section.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading? Sometimes.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? Occasionally music, but I prefer silence.
6. One book at a time or several at once? Several at once, but I try to focus only on one at a time.
7. Reading at home or everywhere? Everywhere!
8. Reading out lout or silently in your head? Silently.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? Yes. >> Sometimes. I have a bad habit of reading the last page of a book before starting the beginning.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? Break the spine.
11. Do you write in your books? SACRILEGE. No.
Links to various discussions I talked about this past month:
- NaNoWriMo 2014 Writing Revisions – I discuss my revision plans for the novel I wrote in November.
- Buying Books and Feeling Guilty – Never feel guilty for buying books when you have X amount on your shelf left to read!
- #ProjectFiveBooks and #0by16 – Read five books before buying one book and get that TBR down by 2016!
Accompanying video: December 2014 Wrap-Up & Book Haul
So that is it for my December Wrap-Up and the many things that has happened this month. Wow. Anyway, what did you read this month? Did you enjoy your choices? Let me know in the comments below!