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cook*create*read: December Reads

Thursday, January 02, 2014

December Reads

Here's my roundup of reading in December! I actually managed to read 10 books in December! I am astounded by that but so excited to have found my reading mojo again! Most of these were Young Adult books and one was a re-read.

Firstly, I went to the library (why??) and picked up three Young Adult books that I'd heard much talk about.  I read Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher first.  This was interesting and quite sad read about a teenage girl who has done a terrible thing, feels terribly guilty and ends up writing to a murder on death row.  I enjoyed this and gave it 4/5 star.

I then read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.  I had heard so much hype about this book, and it is being made into a movie (or may already be out, I'm not sure) and I was expecting great things.  I should know better!  This was a real struggle to get through, I found it really slow going and not much really happened at all.  A disappointing 2/5!

After that I felt I needed a bit of a break from YA books and picked up Joyland by Stephen King.  I had high hopes for this book - not one of his horror books as such, but more a murder mystery set in a theme park which I thought sounded really interesting.  It was ok, the characters were good, but the plot itself was a little thin.  Just a 3/5 stars.

Next up was another book I'd heard so much about from watching bookish types on YouTube ... Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.  Apart from anything else ... what a gorgeous cover! Behold!

This sounded really interested.  It follows the story of a girl who is locked up in prison because she is too dangerous ... she kills people simply by touching them.  This one didn't disappoint me.  I really enjoyed this story and will definitely be reading the other books in this series (I think it is a trilogy, with 2 in-betweeny novellas).  4/5 stars!

I then won a book in a Goodreads giveaway, World After by Susan Ee, but it is the second in a series so I had to buy the first - Angelfall.  This was an action-packed dystopian novel about evil angels and was an interesting take on the subject.  I enjoyed it and gave it 4/5.

Back to the library books after that, and I read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  A book about aliens.  I'd heard a lot about this one, but to be honest I wasn't expecting to enjoy it at all.  However, it was a really great read and I will definitely pick up the sequel when it comes out.  Another 4/5!

Christmas was then approaching, and I wasn't feeling too festive, so I picked up Let It Snow - three short, intertwined stories by Lauren Myracle, John Green and Maureen Johnson.  This was a fun read, I enjoyed all the stories and gave this 4/5 stars too.

The world of angels was then calling to me again, so I picked up World After by Susan Ee, the second in the series.  It picked up right where Angelfall finished, and I enjoyed this just as much as the first book.  4/5!

Another Christmassy read came next - Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.  I really enjoyed this one and it succeeded in making me feel a little bit festive :)  4/5 stars.

After all that reading, and after Christmas, I was after something familiar that wouldn't require too much concentration and brain power, so I picked up Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling.  I haven't re-read this series for a while, and I really enjoyed this one again.  The whole series is just the best thing ever and gets a 5/5 from me!

So that was December!

What did you read in December?

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At January 02, 2014 12:45 pm , Blogger As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looks like you got a LOT accomplished in December. I am also a huge fan of HP. And I've been told by more people than I remember that I really *must* read The 5th Wave. My first read for January is going to be an indulgence for me: Silver by Andrew Motion, which is a sequel to Treasure Island.


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