Hi everyone! Wow, I can’t believe this is it, my last #RockMyTBR update of 2016. Heck, I can’t believe that tomorrow is the last day of 2016. I know it hasn’t been a great year for some people, and has been a terrible year for the world in general, but personally (and for reading) 2016 has been pretty great for me. I completed my Goodreads challenge for the first time, I completed my #RockMyTBR challenge, I actually made friends at Uni, I got to meet some of my favourite authors, I read some amazing books, not too shabby for the year that the world went to hell! I’ve had a lovely Christmas holiday so far and am looking forward to a hopefully fun New Year’s Eve tomorrow. This month was pretty good in terms of reading, I read 2 books and finished one that I had started in November, so that’s three books overall for the last month of the year to bring me up to my Goodreads goal of 33 books for the year, which I’m pretty happy with (after all it’s 13 more than I had anticipated at the start of the year!). Anyway, this post is going to be rather longer than usual, as I’ll be recapping what I read this December and doing a general wrap up for the challenge as a whole, so hopefully you’ll stay with me for all of it!:
This was my #RockMyTBR read for the month and my last one for the year. Techincally I read most of it in November (as it was meant to be my #RockMyTBR read for that month, I just didn’t finish it on time), but I finished it this month so I’m counting it in this update. I read this one from 12th November to 6th December (yup took a while). It was a bit of a slog at the start, but the end made up for it, and I’m interested to see where the sequel to this book goes. Here is my review of it:
This was my Netgalley read for the month. I read it from 5th November-25th December (I wasn’t reading it consistently over that time, I dipped in and out especially towards the end of November when I had a lot of work, which is why it took so long). I really enjoyed this one, it was wonderful and weird, just like the original Alice In Wonderland story.
I got this in my first ever #otspsecretsister box back in August, it’s just taken me this long to read it! I read it from 7th-27th December and it was my last read of the year. I did enjoy it, but not as much as I was hoping I would. It was a lot of pretty writing and very little plot! I just did my review of this today, so hopefully some of you have had a chance to check it out:
So that’s it my final update of 2016! I have already compiled my list of titles for the 2017 challenge, which will be the second post you come to if you scroll down the posts under the #RockMyTBR Challenge, so for the rest of this post, I’m going to recap all the books I’ve read for this year’s challenge and look forward to what I’ll be reading for the first month of next year’s challenge:
What I Read This Year (Ranked In Star Order):
- Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer-Rick Riordan-5 stars
This was definitely my favourite book that I read for the challenge, I flew through it when I read it over the summer, it was uproarious fun, with a great new cast of characters getting into all sorts of misadventures and a new favourite hero for me in Magnus Chase. It turns out I love Norse mythology almost as much as I love Greek/Roman mythology, or else I will read and love anything that Rick Riordan gives me because it always makes me laugh so damn much (I think both of these are true!).
2. Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein-4 stars
I gave several books 4 stars in this challenge, but I think out of the 4 stars, this one was my favourite. It had WWII, and awesome female friendship, badass ladies, an unreliable narrator and just all the heartbreaking feels. I’m so glad that I read this for this challenge, otherwise it might have been even longer before I read this amazing book!
3. Ink and Bone-Rachel Caine-4 stars
This book had diversity and books and cool steampunk vibes, not to mention the awesome Library of Alexandria setting. It had great world building, fun characters, even a little gay romance in there and a terrifying villain in the people who control the Library. I cannot wait to read the sequel to this!
4. Demon Road-Derek Landy-4 stars
I may not love Derek Landy’s new series quite as much as I loved Skulduggery Pleasant, but I still had enormous fun travelling along the Demon Road with Amber and Milo in this first and in the subsequent instalments of the series, even if certain moments did make my stomach turn!
5. Challenger Deep-Neal Shusterman-4 stars
This was a difficult book to read, but an important insight into schizophrenia, and a realistic tale of mental illness that I’m very glad that I read.
6. Unbound-Neal Shusterman-3.5 stars
This wasn’t my favourite book in the Unwind universe but I did enjoy the short stories in this book and felt that they did serve to expand the universe rather than just being an unnecessary extra addition. There were of course some that I enjoyed more than others, but the stories as a whole were rather good and if Neal Shusterman wanted to add more like them to the Unwind world, then I would have no complaints!
7. Red Queen-Victoria Aveyard-3.5 stars
This was a slow starter, but the author did have me hooked by the end. It wasn’t the strongest start to a series, filled with tropes and with an incredibly cliché romance, but there were glimmers of goodness in that, with a solid premise and solid writing and some engaging characters, so I’m hoping that the sequel will build on the potential of the first.
8. Snow Like Ashes-Sara Raasch-3 stars
This was an incredibly slow starter, I was on the verge of DNFing it, but the world intrigued me and the pace did eventually pick up. I’m hoping that the second book will be better than this first one, because it had potential, it just didn’t quite live up to it.
9. The Accident Season-Moira Fowley-Doyle-3 stars
This had potential and I liked the premise, but unfortunately, it was just a tad too weird for my taste. The plot basically didn’t pick up until the end, and the writing was a little too flowery and it was altogether a little confusing, with rather bland characters.
10. Look Who’s Back-Timur Vermes-3 stars
I was hoping this Hitler satire would be outrageously funny but it wasn’t. It made me laugh but only occasionally. There was too much infodumping and repeated gags and monologues and by the end of the book it had just grown tiresome. It was an interesting concept, but just didn’t quite work in practice.
11. Allegiant-Veronica Roth-3 stars
I read the infamous final book in the Divergent trilogy way back at the beginning of the year, and it was as underwhelming as expected although not for the reasons expected. I actually liked the end, it was one of the better parts of the book, it was the rest of the plot which let it down. It was tediously slow and confusing and just felt unlinked from the rest of the trilogy. I think Veronica Roth left herself too much to do in the last book and it led to a lot of infodumping and random bits put into to explain things she hadn’t explained that didn’t really make sense. Definitely a trilogy that went out with a fizzle not a bang.
12. Graceling-Kristin Cashore-2.5 stars
I wanted to like this one, I did, but I couldn’t. The concept was poorly executed, the language was funny, a severely problematic version of feminism was perpetuated (the extreme, radical kind that gives us feminists a bad name), the names were strange, Katsa was a terrible heroine and the story was incredibly paced. Safe to say I won’t be reading anymore from this author.
So that’s a recap of everything I read this year, here’s what I have coming up in the first month of 2017:
A Study In Charlotte-Brittany Cavallaro-My #RockMyTBR book for January. I wanted to do a Sherlock month given the return of Sherlock is tomorrow (AHHHH!), so I thought what better way to start 2017 than with this book? Let’s hope I enjoy it and start 2017 with a bang!
Every Breath-Ellie Marney-I was sent this back in September by my #otspsecretsister, and I’ve heard really good things about it, so I can’t wait to read it.
Caraval-Stephanie Garber-I didn’t get to this one this month like I wanted to, but this will be my Netgalley read for January, hopefully I will be able to finish it before the release date at the end of the month!
I finished my Goodreads challenge and #RockMyTBR challenge for 2016 this month, and although I did have to put my Goodreads Challenge down one, I’m still really happy with 33 books and I’ve managed the entire year reading two or more books a month! I’m really excited for all the books on my 2017 #RockMyTBR list and I’m hoping that 2017 will be just as good a year for me, reading-wise as 2016 has been!
How did everyone else’s December reading go? Let me know in the comments!