December 2016 Wrap Up
Okay, it’s officially the end of 2016. Wow, this month was pretty intense, I really enjoyed my reading this month, I was constantly reading and it felt weird when I wasn’t reading. While I enjoyed my reading, I did not enjoy the books I read, if that makes sense. I read 12 books and 2 comics but if I’m honest the only books I really enjoyed and remember were books 5,6 and 7 in the Harry Potter series. They were rereads! Don’t get me wrong I love rereads but the fact that I read so many books and the fact that I didn’t enjoy all of the new ones I read has really opened my eyes to my reading life. Don’t get me wrong some of the books I read I was really anticipating but some of the others I new I wouldn’t like, but I read anyway. I’ll talk more about this in my 2017 reading goals but next year I think I would like to prioritise my reading more… no more reading books I don’t want to read.
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham Finished December 01, 2016 | Pages: 224 | Rating: 3/5
I really loved this book, Lauren Graham just gives me good vibes. After finishing the revival episodes last week, hearing Lauren Graham talk about her experiences as Lorelai on the Gilmore Girls set. At some points throughout the novel, Graham talks about Edward Herrmann, the man who played her onscreen father. I won’t lie, when she started talking about him I did cry a little bit.
Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #6) - Louise Rennison Finished December 01, 2016 | Pages: 336 | Rating: 2/5
Meh. I am tired and crabby, Georgia Nicolson has made me go from a happy person to a mentally exhausted person in roughly 4 hours. Quite the accomplishment. This is meant to be a comedic novel, no? I laughed once.
Georgia is a horrible little snob and I am at a loss as to how she actually has any friends.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) - J.K. Rowling Finished December 07, 2016 | Pages: 800 | Rating: 5/5
I had forgotten how much I loved this book. Harry is soo angry and Umbridge is soo horrible. The characters all grow up so much and their development honestly moves me more the it should. Luna finally gets friends, Neville stands up for himself and Ginny totally steps up and kicks everyone’s asses.
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher Finished December 07, 2016 | Pages: 240 | Rating: 3/5
I don’t really know how I feel book this book. I listened to this as an audiobook, which I think is definitely the way to go with any memoir.
I think, maybe I had hyped this novel up too much between the short 1-2 weeks of hearing about it and then picking it up. This novel is basically Fisher talking about the fist Star Wars movie (the prequels are not real, fight me) and Carrison.
You’ve got to give it to Fisher, she’s already written 2 other memoirs and somehow she still managed to write another 240 pages. For me, the main thing that saved this novel is Fisher’s wit and her diary entries. Her writing was amazing, and if acting had not worked out so well for her she definitely could have looked into songwriting.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) - J.K. Rowling Finished December 10, 2016 | Pages: 560 | Rating: 5/5
This is only the third time I’ve read this novel. The first time I read it, years ago when I was first reading the series I hated this novel and then avoided it every time I re-read the series afterwards. Finally, I read the novel again last year and found that I absolutely loved it!
Harry’s not as agro as he was in the previous novel and he’s really grown up over the holidays. This novel really stand out against the other as we learn more about our enemies and we are introduced to the horcruxes. This instalment is packed with romance drama, teenage angst and some pretty intense action scenes. Also, Ginny Weasley is an actual character, with feelings and spunk.
Startled by His Furry Shorts! (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #7) - Louise Rennison Finished December 10, 2016 | Pages: 271 | Rating: 1/5
Ugh. 7 down, 3 to go.
Luuurve Is a Many Trousered Thing (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #8) - Louise Rennison Finished December 11, 2016 | Pages: 252 | Rating: 1/5
I will finish this series out of pure spite.
Stop in the Name of Pants (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #9) - Louise Rennison Finished December 15, 2016 | Pages: 285 | Rating: 1/5
One more book to go… thank God.
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #9) - Louise Rennison Finished December 16, 2016 | Pages: 314 | Rating: 1/5
Given my ratings for the rest of the books I should probably give the series an overall rating of 2 or even 3, at a push. However over the last month I have read the last few books in the overly long series, and have come to realise that this is not at all a good or decent book series. There are so many other things that younger readers could be reading, Georgia Nicholson is a horrible, rude, selfish, body shaming, cheating, homophobic and disgusting little girl.
The Deep: Here Be Dragons (The Deep Volume 1) - Tom Taylor Finished December 19, 2016 | Pages: 88 | Rating: 4/5
I really enjoyed this comic, it’s about a family of aquanauts who explore the Ocean and are looking for Atlantis. I found this to be really fun and lighthearted so naturally I also had to pick up volume 2 immediately.
The Deep: The Vanishing Island (The Deep Volume 2) - Tom Taylor Finished December 19, 2016 | Pages: 80 | Rating: 4/5
I read the first volume of the series and then immediately picked up this volume. The series is really enjoyable and I only wish there was another volume for me to read. I guess, I’ll just have to watch the shows now!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) - J.K. Rowling Finished December 11, 2016 | Pages: 453 | Rating: 5/5
I love this book, I really do. For as long as I can remember I have been reading this series and I have loved it every step of the way. This year, reading the series was like coming home, a breath of fresh air. Even through the pain and the heartache in this book I was smiling (on the inside though, because obviously I still cried a lot – SO MUCH PAIN) because I love these books, and honestly, I always will.
Heartless - Marissa Meyer Finished December 24, 2016 | Pages: 453 | Rating: 2.5/5
And, it’s over.
I have been anicipating this novel ever since I found out about it but unfortunately it was not everything the hype made it out to be.
My review for this book will be up soon
The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant #9) - Derek Landy Finished December 27, 2016 | Pages: 605 | Rating: 3.5/5
Derek Landy is a very clever man. This was a very smart finale, but it wasn’t really a true finale for me because I just found out recently that there’s going to be another book!
A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3) - Claudia Gray Finished December 28, 2016 | Pages: 432 | Rating: 1/5
1 star for the plot. I hate Marguerite and the romance is too much, the plot is the only decent thing about this trilogy.
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