December Wrap Up and Mini Reviews

Posted January 20, 2016 by MC / 5 Comments

Categories: Wrap Ups

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[Disclaimer: Yup, this post is super late. I know. It’s almost February. But I’ve had a lot of trouble with the blog lately, so I got really behind on my posts. Now that it’s fixed I’m trying to catch up!]

 

Boy, oh boy, did I have a crazy reading month in December. I decided that I wanted to read 17 books in order to accomplish my Goodreads challenge of finishing 100 books in 2015. And I was successful!!! (Of course, I was not very successful in other aspects of my life because I was literally reading ALL THE TIME.) I will probably never read 100 books in a year again, but I’m glad I can say I did it at least once. Now I am seriously dreading writing up the wrap up for this month. So….many….books….

Oh well, let’s just dive right in….

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (Goodreads)
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (Goodreads)
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (Goodreads)
My Rating: 2/5 stars for all books
Guys, I’m so sorry if you are a big fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, but I am SO GLAD I finally finished this series. It was something that I wanted to complete in 2015 and it literally took me an entire year to read these 7 little children’s stories. I really, really didn’t like them. Maybe if I had read them as a kid I would have appreciated them more. But for now I am just so happy that I am finally finished and I don’t have any more of this adventure hanging over my head.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins (Goodreads)
My Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
This book was so cute! There were really only two stories in it that I didn’t really care for. And I discovered some authors that I really want to read now! This was my first time reading anything by Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, and Gayle Forman – and I loved their stories! Here are my ratings for each of the short stories:

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell 5/5 stars
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link 2/5 stars
Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena 3.5/5 stars
Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han 3/5 stars
It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 5/5 stars
Your Temporary Santa by David Leviathan 4/5 stars
Krampuslauf by Holly Black 4/5 stars
What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman 5/5 stars
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire 4.5/5 stars
Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White 4/5 stars
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter 4/5 stars
The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 3/5 stars

The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh M. O’Brien [ARC] (Goodreads)
My Rating: 5/5 stars
I was SO HONORED when I received an ARC of The Rule of Mirrors. I read book one in this series, The Vault of Dreamers, back in October, and it gave me the biggest book hangover of my life. I was dying to read this one, and I literally freaked out when the ARC showed up at my house. Believe me, it did not disappoint. The Rule of Mirrors will be released in February, and I highly, highly encourage you to check out this series if you are a YA sci-fi fan.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Goodreads)
My Rating: 3.75/5 stars
I have a very complicated relationship with this series. In the end, I mostly enjoyed this book, but there were some things that bugged me about it. I really can’t decide how I feel about this series. I think I’m going to give it a chance and see how things progress in the next book, but I’m not sure what will happen after that.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini [audiobook] (Goodreads)
My Rating: 3/5 stars
This was a reread for me because I want to finally finish the Inheritance Cycle and I couldn’t remember what happened in Eragon at all. I listened to the audiobook, and I didn’t much care for the narrator, but the book was still just as enjoyable as I remembered it being when I read it for the first time (ten years ago….I’m old).

And now, I am going to do some rapid-fire ratings of the really short books / graphic novels that I read this month….

Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling (Goodreads) 3/5 stars
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (Goodreads) 3/5 stars
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (Goodreads) 4/5 stars

Spice & Wolf, Volume One by Isuna Hasekura, Keito Koume, and Paul Starr (Goodreads) 3/5 stars

The Wicked + the Divine, Volume One: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles (Goodreads) 4/5 stars

Chew, Volume One: Taster’s Choice by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Goodreads) 4/5 stars

Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For A Better Future by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma (Goodreads) 5/5 stars [This graphic novel was AWESOME!]

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Goodreads) 5/5 stars

Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (Goodreads) 5/5 stars
Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi (Goodreads) 5/5 stars

What have you been reading lately? Did you accomplish your reading goal for 2015? What do you want to read in 2016?

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When you read so much that you fall behind on all your posts…..

…..blame it on the books.

5 responses to “December Wrap Up and Mini Reviews

  1. YAY for reading a lot in December! I managed to successfully meet my goal of 100 books last year too and it was a great feeling. Also, you read Crown of Midnight! I LOVE that book and that series. I hope you give Heir of Fire a chance!

    • MC

      Congrats on 100 books! I’m not sure if I will ever be able to do it again, but I’m proud of that accomplishment. 🙂 I’m going to give Heir of Fire a chance, but I still haven’t made up my mind about that series.

  2. I read Morning Glories in December too. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down.

    As an adult the overt religion in C.S. Lewis’ books really put me off. I didn’t mind at all as a child. To be honest, I’ve always gotten stuck on The Horse and his Boy and never finished.

  3. I totally relate with the Narnia thing. Well, mostly. I liked the first two books alright (like, 3.5 stars?) but then the rest were just like, “ugh why?” They were so boring. I’m pretty sure I skimmed the last two, especially since the I found that everything after the first one were super preachy.

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