December 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hello! I can’t believe 2017 is over! It’s so scary how fast time flies! This month I read 8 books and beat my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge by exactly 1 book! That’s right, this year I read a grand total of 113 books! Wooh!


So first up this month I read a book for school, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys as well as Earth Hates Me by Ruby Karp.

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I thought Wide Sargasso Sea was okay for a school mandated book. If I read it for fun I probably would not have liked it as much. I did find it cool to read about such a well known English classic character, the mad woman in Rochester’s attic from Jane Eyre. I gave this book 3 stars and out of the 2 books I’ve read for English so far, this one was my favorite.

Earth Hates Me was so on point and relateable at some points and totally off kilter and strange with other parts. I totally agreed with the FOMO thing however! I ended up giving this one 4 stars.


I also read some contemporaries, If There’s no Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout and A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck.

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I thought that both of these books were very typical YA contemporaries with nothing too special. I was rather bored by both of them in fact, so I gave If There’s no Tomorrow 3 stars and A Short History 4 stars because I related hardcore to the whole teen angst and hating everyone and being the protagonist to your own story kind of thing.


I finally read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie! It’s about time! And then I read Because You Love to Hate Me finally as well.

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Funny enough, A Short History has references to The Absolutely True Diary and I was reading both at the same time and I really loved knowing exactly what the references were talking about. I would give The Absolutely True Diary 4.5 stars because it was so heartwarming, but I felt a tad disconnected from the narrator.

I liked Because You Loved to Hate Me! I gave it 4 stars and though I extremely disliked the booktuber input, I loved all of the other stories so I’ve chosen to pretend that the booktuber input does not exist.


And lastly I read That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston as well as Warcross by Marie Lu.

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The first half of That Inevitable was very slow and boring and I almost DNF’d, but I pushed through and I’m glad I did because the second half was a lot better! I did end up giving the book 3 stars because of how complicated and unnecessary most of the first half was.

I also really liked Warcross! It did remind me of other books I’ve read like Ready Player One, however I really did like it though some elements of the game were confusing. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but it’s probably more of a 4.5 star book for me!


How was your year in reading?! Link me up with your December and yearly wrap ups!

-Calliope

December 2015- Wrap Up

December Wrap Up!

Happy New Year everyone! I know my wrap up is a day late, but better late than never i guess.

I read 12 books in December, making my grand total for 2015 131 books! Because of this, i made my goodreads goal 135 books. I know that i could have gone for higher, but next year is going to be junior year in high school, one of the busiest years I’ve heard, so i may not have enough time to read as much i want to.

Anyway, on with it!

I read November 9 by Colleen Hoover

To see my review of 5 stars, you can click here


I also read My Life With the Walter Boys, Nuts and Deal Breakers

  

I’d give Deal Breakers a 3 out of 5, Nuts a 4 out of 5 and My Life with the Walter Boys a 3.5 out of 5.


For school I Read:

  


I finally read Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber!

 

I’ll be doing a double book review on those in a few days. I think that I’m going to give Outlander 5 out of 5 stars and Dragonfly in Amber a 4.5

Edit: You can read my review on books 1 and 2 here


I also finally read:

  

Reviews will be posted soon for all of these, but I’m going to give Simon a 5 out of 5 stars, Daughter of Deep Silence a 3, and Between Shades of Gray a 4.5.

Funny story actually, I read all of the Daughter of Deep Silence while i was on line in Universal, and 3/4 of Between Shades of Gray on line as well. (There were a lot of long lines!)

Edit:

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda review

Daughter of Deep Silence review

Between Shades of Gray review


Aaaaand that is it! Did we read any of the same books!? Want to discuss one of them in more detail!? Leave a comment below!

Stockholm

 

The Bookish Christmas Tag

Guess who hasn’t been around in ages!? That’s right! Me!

I’m so sorry for my absence for two whole weeks. It sucked. I really missed blogging, but December is called the cram before winter break month and then January is going to be called let’s cram for midterms month.

Anyway, since I’ve been gone I’ve read my Life With the Walter Boys, Deal Breakers, Nuts, and Outlander. You’ll see my thoughts on those in my December Wrap Up as I will not be reviewing those.


Bookish Christmas Tag!

Anyhoo, December is the holiday season which means lots of holiday tags! Despite my mother’s adamant ‘we don’t celebrate Christmas’ I’m going to have a lot of fun this month doing Christmas tags!

So Lauren @ Drifting Lexi tagged me to do the Bookish Christmas Tag so thanks girl and check her blog of makeup and books, two of my favorite things!

Father Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day.

I have this gigantic book of Russian fairy tales and it’s all beat up and I think my grandmother gave it to me when i was born and it’s just really special as my grandmother is no longer alive. That’s why i treasure it so much.

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The ghost of Christmas past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmas time?

One upon a time, I didn’t realize that other books existed in the world so i would literally re read every book a owned a million times, and so i used to revisit a lot of books, though not just specifically during Christmas time. I suppose Harry Potter, or Twilight

Friends and family: Name a book with fantastic characters.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Just stands out, don’t ya think? (Oh my god, one of my friends got this book for Christmas and i cannot wait to discuss with her when she’s done!)

Decorations: Name a book with a gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves.

Well, i would say the Winner’s Trilogy, but nope, not anymore. Thanks cover changing people. Ugh, i can’t choose between Shatter Me, The Selection, or Throne of Glass.

Christmas cards: Name a book that carries a great message.

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Ooh, definitely Unbroken. I though about that books for days after.

Ice and snow: Name a book that you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold.

The Sword of Summer and Confessions of a Shopaholic, mainly because i loved other books by those authors. (Rick Riodran and Sophie Kinsella)

Christmas lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end.

Outlander!!! I just finished it and it was a monster but i read it in two days because i just would not stop reading and blew off all of my homework because of it. Now my mom won’t let me watch the tv show 😦

Mince pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying.

I would say November 9…but it did have some deep stuff. Oh wait, My Life With the Walter Boys, there we go, just finished that a few days ago too.

Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read?

Throne of Glass! Six of Crows! November 9! A Winner’s Curse! Read them! (Those are the books I’m currently obsessed with at the moment) (Though I’m always obsessed with Throne of Glass, doesn’t matter the day or season ;))

Spreading the festive cheer: Tag some friends to help spread the festive bookish love.

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks

Charley @ Books and Bakes

Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Emily @ The Little Book Affair


Ya, that is all. I’m going to try and a post a discussion kind of post tomorrow though so…

Thanks for being such cool cats everyone!

Stockholm