I had a very intense month of reading in December because I was determined to finish my reading challenge. If you want to see how successful I was and other bookish shenanigans, keep on reading! (Let’s just pretend it’s still January).
I COMPLETED MY 2017 READING CHALLENGE!!! I didn’t lower my reading challenge goal even though I thought it was highly unlikely that I was going to finish it. BUT I did it! I finished 80 of my goal of 80 books (100%) and I’m not going to deny that I’m impressed with my reading in December. I will go more into it in my 2017 end of year post.
So… I managed to read 15 books in December. I think that definitely a new record. (That’s what happens when you leave all your reading until the end of the year). It was stressful.
- The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1): I finally read Percy Jackson and it was so much fun. Percy is such a witty and entertaining narrator so I had to continue.
- Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #3): I finished a series which made me feel so accomplished but… I didn’t have the most enjoyable time because I was kind of bored.
- The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2): I kind of binged this series in December because it was so addicting. I kind of wish I read this series when I was younger because I know I would have enjoyed it so much more. Why wasn’t this on my radar?!?
- The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3): … so I kept reading the series.
- Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3): the books in this series just keep getting longer. I have found myself enjoying this series more with each novel as the epicness intensifies.
- Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1): I was super hesitant picking up this series because I haven’t been the biggest fan of mixed media formatting in books. But asdkfl it was so good! I flew through it, despite its size.
- The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4): and I continued to continue with the series.
- Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4): the conclusion of this series was super satisfying but SOOO long. I got through this novel at a pretty steady pace, but it was a lengthy trip. I think this might be my favourite retelling in the series.
- The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5): … and I finished this series. It was so much fun, it was funny and there was suspense. I have definitely enjoyed my time reading this series.
- P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2): it was cute but there was so. much. drama. The protagonist also tends to be a tad melodramatic in a fine range of situations which was somewhat irritating.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7): [REREAD] I was glad I was able to reread the Harry Potter series in its entirety. It was so much better than I remembered with the complexity of the world, the detail. It was slower paced than I remembered, but the second half of the novel makes up for EVERYTHING.
- Gone Girl: the hype for this novel is unbelievable, so I had some pretty high expectations. It was darker than I expected but unfortunately, I was disappointed.
- Pride and Prejudice: another disappointment… I really tried to enjoy it but I found the plot seemed to drag.
- The Book Thief: guess what? I was a little disappointed by this novel as well. I was just not emotionally invested in the characters which is kind of important in this character-focused novel.
- Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2): a great sequel which was action-packed and fast paced. Like the first novel of the series, I enjoyed its unique formatting and was able to follow the story pretty well.
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(for next month)
I’m actually not too sure about my reading schedule so far, so I’m not going to set a TBR for January 2018.
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I did not get up to much in December since it was the holidays. I promised myself that I was really going to make an effort catch up on my book reviews… which didn’t really happen. However personally, I thought I read a lot (so that kind of makes me feel better). I’ve been in a blogging slump lately and I know I need to dig myself out of it. I’m just lacking inspiration for posts…
I really need to work on that productivity thing in 2018. (I’m being completely crushed underneath the amount of reviews I want to write).
I’ve been writing my end-of-year posts so I’m getting there. I don’t know why I’ve been super unmotivated to get them up, but I promise they will appear (eventually). I’ve kept this wrap-up pretty short (compared to what I usually do) so I can talk more about the books I’ve read and my bookish stats in my yearly wrap up posts.
I participated in the #ReadersCrossing reading challenge in December and I thought I did pretty well. Since I read a good handful of books in that month, I managed to fit 8 books into the different categories and it was good fun. I’ll do a quick wrapup here:
1. Main adventure plot – SPORTY
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
2. Yellow cover – NATURAL
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak
3. Middle grade or children – CUTE
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
4. Set in the wilderness – SPORTY
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
5. Main romantic plot – CUTE
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
6. Book award winner – COOL
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
7. A classic – NATURAL
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
8. Written by a team (2+) of authors – SPORTY
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
So, as you can probably tell from that uneventful life update, I’ve been up to nothing, and I’ve accomplished nothing/I haven’t even been watching much TV shows/movies (which is my usual source of procrastination). Although, I DID end up watching both the Percy Jackson movie adaptations and I understand why the majority of PJ book fans are disappointed/horrified by them. I will say that they weren’t as bad as what I was expecting… but I have mixed thoughts. Maybe I can do adaptation reviews for them???
As I have mentioned several times, I read a lot of books in December (compared to what I normally read). And amongst them, I read book 7 of the Harry Potter series: So, of course my favourite quote of the month comes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Super well-known and not really a surprise…
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling (Albus Dumbledore)
How were your holidays? Did anything exciting happen in December? Favourite books you read? Comment below!