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December Wrap-Up

December Wrap-Up

Hey all! I’m back from my mini-break, and it was quite refreshing! The holidays came and went, and I spent some serious quality time with family and friends. But I will admit that it was hard to stay away. I wanted to just keep posting, but found it difficult to make the time. I hope everyone missed me as much as I missed you!

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December Wrap-Up

I started this month off super strong. But once the holidays hit, I spent almost two weeks reading one book. I just couldn’t find the time to devote to reading or blogging! Which was fine for me, as it was nice to have a break. I did manage to knock off a lot of books from my TBR this month, and I plan to start fresh in January. Here we go!

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Bonfire

This book, at least for me, was amazing! I literally read it in a single day! I can’t remember the last book that I read in a day and couldn’t put down like that. Which surprised me, since the author is an actress. I wasn’t expecting this book to be as good as it was, but I was glad to have taken the chance on it!

The Dry by Jane Harper

This one started out slow, but picked up pace as I reached the middle of the book. I won Force of Nature, the next in this series, in a Goodreads Giveaway, so I had no choice but to read the first in the Aaron Falk series! I really enjoyed the small-town vibe of the setting, as it really exacerbates the plot.

Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis

I was never good at science in school, so it’s no surprise that the science behind Artemis didn’t strike a chord with me. The plot, however, was very good and sucked me in. Also, the main character, Jazz, was a sarcastic, humorous woman. I loved reading as she interacted with both me and the characters around her.

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

I was approved on Netgalley for this title, and it was also offered as a Book of the Month selection. I could tell that this was a book that I would want a physical copy of, and I was right. It was amazing! I loved every minute of this creepy read and I’m so glad I got the chance to read it! Definitely a top read for 2018 since it’s released in January!

Demon, Interrupted by Elliot Parker

Demon Interrupted Monday Reading Update

The author offered me this title in exchange for an honest review, and my honest review will be posted in the next few days. I really enjoyed this read, as it has connections to the Roman Catholic faith I grew up with. Be warned: it ends in a cliffhanger with more books coming soon!

A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

A Map of the Dark Monday Reading Update

I requested this book on Netgalley because the cover looked super creepy, but it didn’t have the same vibe in the story! I won’t even be writing up a review for my blog since I really didn’t like it. There was so much character development that took focus away from the main plot of the story, and I thought it would have a more thriller-vibe to it. Oh well!

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

Oh, mylanta!! (Fuller House reference, ya’ll!) This book went beyond any of my expectations. Nonfiction isn’t something I normally read, but this stunner makes me want to read more! It was devastatingly sad, and I found myself in tears through most of the book, but I couldn’t put it down. I had to find out what happened to those poor women and what they did to fight back! Review will be posted soon, but PICK THIS ONE UP!!!

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart

Little Broken Things Monday Reading Update

This was the book chosen for Salt Water Reads on Instagram, and I really enjoyed it! I guessed at the ending quite early on in the story, but knowing the ending was only part of this novel. There was so much more to learn and experience with these characters that I didn’t even care that I knew the ending! Review will be posted soon!

Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney

Watching Glass Shatter

I managed to fit in one more book during the holidays, which were insane for me this year. This book took me almost two weeks to finish, and not because I didn’t like it. It was so hard to find the time to read! That being said, I did enjoy this book quite a bit, and found the story to be really intricate and detailed. Review will be coming soon!

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This wasn’t a bad month for reading, considering all of the adulting I had to accomplish as well. I managed to get through 5 of the 6 top books I wanted to read in my December TBR, leaving only Orphan Monster Spy unread. BUT, I did start it, which is a plus, right?? I also finally posted my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge List in the menu above, and i managed to squeeze in a lot of books on my TBR that I missed out on this year. Hopefully I can follow that list pretty closely! Anyone else doing the POPSUGAR Challenge? How was your reading month? I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and Happy New Year to you all!!

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