December Wrap-up/January TBR:

Hello,

Happy New Years! I hope you guys are having a good start to the new year. I spent most of the morning working so I’m pretty worn out but it was good. Yesterday I made some changes to my blog as I have a couple of ideas that I haven’t completely formed yet, but I’ll be working on those sometime this week hopefully. I’ll be working every day this week until Sunday so I’m not sure how much I will be able to do but I’m going to try to do as much as I can before I have to go back to school.

December was a busy month for me as I finished up the fall semester and then starting working again as well. I’m a cashier at my local grocery store so I work in the summer and during Christmas break. I started just last May and worked during the first of each month during the fall semester when I went home. This is my last full week that I have though. I did manage to get some great reads in even though I was not able to finish my reading goal of 130 this year. I think my reading slump in September slowed me down a little bit. I did end up reading some really good ones though and am currently reading one of my favorites right now.

I’m posting this a lot later than I thought I would but I think I finished it. I’m woefully behind on posting but I’m hoping to catch up soon. I’ve also got some updating that I need to do as well so hopefully, I’ll have everything up soon. School has started back up again and I already have a ton of reading to do for my classes. I’m also recovering from a cold that I got last week but I”m feeling a lot better than I was.

Books read in December: 

I ended up reading 11 books last month, which is less than what I normally read this time of the year.

December wrap-up

  1. Geekerella (#1) by Ashley Poston – I’ve heard a lot about this book and thought I would try it. I loved the retelling part of the story, but it was pretty slow. I thought it was fast-paced at the beginnng, then it kind of slowed down a lot toward the middle and then picked up again. I would still recommend it for those who love the Cinderella story though (3.5/5 stars).
  2. The final empire (#1) by Brandon Sanderson – I really wanted to enjoy this one and while i did enjoy it there were some things that I was a little disappointed by.  While i absolutely loved the characters and the word-building, I thought there were times where the story dragged a little. Overall, I can’t believe that I haven’t read this one sooner and would definitely recommend it as well (4 stars).
  3. Above the waterfall by Ron Rash – I was totally surprised by this one. This was my first Ron rash book and I honestly wasn’t expecting much but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This was set in North Carolina I think so I had heard os some of the places that were talked about in the book. This is one I would recommend as well and I will most likely pick up another book by this author at some point (4 stars).
  4. Dreamfall (#1) by Amy Plum – This one was interesting. It was a little confusing at first because of all of the character POV’s but it helped that each chapter also had the character’s names so it was really easy to keep track up once I got into the first few chapters. I’m definitely looking forward to picking up the second book (4 stars).
  5. Wings of the wicked (#2) by Courtney Allison Moulton – This one took me a while to get to but I finally finished it. There were times where I really enjoyed the story but then there were other times where I didn’t like the main character. I’m excited to see how the trilogy ends tho (3.5/5 stars).
  6. Now I rise (#2) by Kiersten White – This one was definitely one of my favorites. I loved the characters and Lada is definitely my favorite. I loved it so much i did end up finishing the trilogy later in January (5 stars).
  7. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin – I don’t really know what to think of this one. I think its an interesting concept but I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had read it when I was younger. It was still interesting though (3 stars).
  8. Until the beginning (#2) by Amy Plum – This was another fast read and I thought it was alright. I have to admit that I liked this duology more than I liked Amy plums other books though (4 stars).
  9. Traitor to the throne (#2) by Alwyn Hamilton – This was definitely my second favorite book. This one was definitely fast-paced and I loved all of the characters. We also got to see some characters really grow throughout the book and I can’t wait to see how the story ends in Hero at the fall. (5 stars).
  10. You can trust me by Sophie McKenzie – This was another one that was alright. It was a little predictable. I had a guess to four people by around halfway though I wasn’t reallly sure until the end of the novel. This was my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more (4 stars).
  11. The murder complex (#1) by Lindsay Cummings –This was another one that was kind of disappointing. I loved the story but there some insta-love. Overall the concept was interesting and I look forward to seeing what happens in the second book (4 stars).

 

Currently reading: 

December wrap-up - ebooks currently reading

  1. Right where I belong by Krista McGee – I actuallly finished this one in the first week of January and reallly enjoyed it. This was one that I definitely needed at the time. (5 stars).
  2. Reap the shadows (#4) by Annette Marie – This was another one that I had finised and it was alirght. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the previous ones but I am excited to start Unleash the storm (4 stars).
  3. Seven ways we lie by Riley Redgate – I’m not quite sure what to thinkk about this one yet. I’ve only read a few chapters so Farsi maybe it will get better but I don’t really know about this one yet,.
  4. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt – I haven’t really started this one yet even though I’ve been trying to but I think it will be alright.
  5. After you (#2) by Jojo Moyes – This is another one that I’m just not sure about. I’m hoping that it will get better as I read through it though.
  6. A Christmas Bride (#1) by Hope Ramsay – This is another one that I haven’ really gotten to yet. I needed a book that had a wedding in it and this was one of the few that I could find. I may end up changing it though.

 

December wrap-up ebooks par 2 currently reading

7. City of Bones (#1) by Cassandra Clare (reread) – I thought I would fly thru this one as it is a reread but I’m just kind of slowly reading along. I’ve read a good bit though so I hoping to finish it soon in between the plays, short stories and novels that I have to read for class this semester.

8. Smoke and iron (#4) by Rachel Caine – this is another that I thought I would fly through since I read the second and third book quickly but I’m having a hard time getting through it for some reason. I’ll get there eventuallly though.

9. Dumplin’ (#1) by Julie Murphy – I’m not entirely sure about this one yet but I’m hoping that once I get through it ill enjoy it.

 

January TBR: 

I really don’t have a TBR for this month other than I have to read Frankenstein for class. I got quite a few stories that I have to read for my classes so I’ll mostly be reading those. I am hoping to catch up on the books that I’m currently reading though. I’ll mostly be catching up on some blog posts that I have scheduled for the next couple of weeks and will try to get in as many as I can before I get piled with homework.

I hope you guys are heaving a good start to the week!

Marybeth