I totally disappeared again this holiday break, and I think I’ll have to accept the fact that my winters will be mostly Internet-less – but not book-less! I reviewed lots of wonderful books in December, and I’m so excited to list them all here. 😊
- Mile Markers & Faster, Higher, Stronger (two good fitness/running reads)
- Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce (73% really good, 23% meh, 100% TP LOVE)
- The Books of Bayern Series by Shannon Hale (classic fairy tale with a twist)
- Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder (love triangle that worked! Plus MAGIC)
- Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (killing me softly)
- The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (quiet, beautiful memoir)
- The Circle of Magic Quartet by Tamora Pierce (friendship + magic + adventure)
- The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery (my favorite love story)
- Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher (like TP books but on steroids SO GOOD GO READ!!!)
DID NOT FINISH
Jessica Lemmon’s A Bad Boy for Christmas started off wonderfully (“Glitter. Glitter everywhere.”) but the pacing was too slow for me. I dropped David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day and came to the conclusion that I’m so much more engaged and interested when I listen to humor audiobooks compared to when I read the physical books… I couldn’t get into Claudia Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You – I quit a few pages in, and now I’m doubting my interest in parallel universe stuff as a whole. The final book is one that I really, really wanted to continue but didn’t was Tanya Huff’s Sing the Four Quarters. I remember being obsessed with the second and third books of the Quarters series years ago, but never read the first book. This first book felt a bit convoluted, and I had a hard time immersing myself in the book-world. I guess I’ll try the second book, Fifth Quarter, and hope that I like it as much as I did before!
BOOKS TO READ IN 2016
Moving forward into the new year, I already know that I’ll be reading a lot less than previous years because of school, so I’m setting a very conservative goal of 52 books (compared to 94 books in 2014 and 89 books in 2015).
How did your holidays go?
What books did you enjoy reading this month?
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?