HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Wow. 2017 is over. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. It doesn’t seem real to me. Anyone else feel the same way?
I had a GREAT reading year!! My Goodreads goal was 100 books, and I read 108!! That’s probably the most I’ve ever read in a year since I was really young and used to read short chapter books all the time! I hope y’all had great reading years as well!! Let me know how many books you read this year, because I’d love to know!!
Anyways, here is my December wrap-up! I had a pretty ambitious December TBR and I did not get to all the books I wanted to read (a big surprise, I know 😂).
The Crucible by Arthur Miller: 4.5/5 ⭐️
This is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1953. It was inspired by Miller’s own experiences with the Red Scare in America during his time. It follows lots of different characters during the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.
I had to read this book for school, and I loved it!! Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres because of the information that can be gleaned from books like The Crucible. It taught me so much about the witch trials and really showed how vengeance over small things can lead to the death of so many innocent Christians who would not confess to what they were wrongly accused of doing, even if confessing would save their lives. I’d really like to do a review on this book, because it is such an important read!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: 5/5 ⭐️ (I couldn’t rate this book anything less)
This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I reread it over November and the beginning of December for a book club that I am in with a few friends from bookstagram!
This is a historical fiction novel about a girl in Nazi Germany, and it is narrated by Death. Yes, you read that right! The narration of this touching story is one of the things that makes it unique. And the writing is absolutely gorgeous!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater: 5/5 ⭐️
My friend, Angel, and I finished up our buddy-read of The Raven Cycle series this past month! I wrote a spoiler-free review on the entire series not too long ago, so you should definitely check it out!
This last book in the series was amazing!! It was intense at some parts and slow at others – the perfect blend of the two, in my opinion. All the characters’ arcs came to a close so very well. The ending was one of the most satisfyingly perfect endings I’ve ever read!!! And it made me cry like a baby.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: 3/5 ⭐️
This book has been on my radar for a while. It’s one of the most popular YA contemporary books out there. I finally read it this month, and sadly, I was disappointed!
Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely a cute story of love between two characters who start off as friends. I enjoyed the setting of Paris and I loved that the main character was a theater critic (a job that I would honestly love to have). But, I was really bothered by the emotional cheating and how that was presented as an okay thing. And it was FILLED with tropes. The book wasn’t terrible, and the writing was pretty good! But other than that… well it wasn’t my favorite.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: 5/5 ⭐️
Your girl FINALLY read Lady Midnight!!! I’m so proud of myself, considering how long I’ve been putting off reading this book. But I don’t know why, because everything Cassie writes is PERFECTION. I loved everything about this book, obviously, and I can’t wait to write a review of it! It’s definitely one of my favorite novels by her, and I’m so freaking excited to read Lord of Shadows, which I just ordered from Amazon!!
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: 4/5 ⭐️
I started the Grisha trilogy!! This is a very hyped high fantasy trilogy written by a very popular author! It wasn’t a 5/5 read for me, because I just wasn’t completely in love with it. But I still REALLY enjoyed this story!! Leigh Bardugo’s writing is beautiful, and I love the mystery and darkness to both her writing and the plot. And the world she’s developed is so dark and intriguing!! I’m currently reading the 2nd book, and I’m going to write a review when I finish the series, so stay tuned for that!
And those are the very last books I read in 2017!!
I set my Goodreads goal for 80 books this year, which isn’t as much as last year. That’s because I would like to dedicate more time to writing this year!! I’m definitely going to read as much as I can, but I’m working on a novel right now, and I haven’t been writing as much as I would like to.
My January TBR:
- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (book #2 in the Grisha trilogy)
- Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (book #3 in the Grisha trilogy)
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (a reread for that online book club)
- Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
- I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott
- Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings (released Jan 16th)
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- a play or two by William Shakespeare
Obviously, I’m not going to get to all of these books, but it would be great if I did!
I have a feeling that 2018 is going to be a great year, both for reading and other things!! What books do you plan to read this month??
I hope you enjoyed my bookish babblings and happy reading!!