Sunday, 3 January 2016

December Reading Wrap Up

Hello everyone! Time for my December Reading Wrap Up! This means that I've been doing my wrap ups for a solid two years now. I really enjoy writing them and they always get a good response so would just like to say a little thank you to you all for reading them! This month I read four books and started some others. I have officially read 56 books this year. My goal was to read 52 books ie one book a week. So I'm really chuffed at meeting that goal! For 2016 I have set my goal to be the same but it might be a busier year, I won't be disappointed if I don't make it. I've read some amazing books this year and really feel like I took my time whilst reading and savoured the books as I was reading them. So I'll stop rambling now and get onto my reviews of the four books I read this month:



We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler - This was a very interesting read. There's a massive plot twist that I didn't see coming and after it my perspective on the book completely changed. The whole thing is a bit of a 'mind fuck' for lack of a better  phrase. I borrowed this off of my friend and we both agreed that we thought it was a really good book but that we didn't necessarily enjoy reading it. It's very cryptic and I found that I couldn't put it down but didn't really like the narrating character! I gave this 3/5 stars. I've thought about it a lot but to be honest I'm still not sure if I liked this book or not. 

Yes Please by Amy Poehler - I was really excited to read this book as I find Amy Poehler absolutely hilarious. This was a really fun and honest autobiography. Amy just writes exactly how she speaks and it gives a really chatty and informal vibe which I really enjoyed. Like most autpbiographies there were some parts I really enjoyed and some that I found a little bit boring but overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I gave it 4/5 stars, definitely one of my favourites that I've read.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan - This was my reread of the month and to be honest I was a little disappointed. I'm normally a big John Green fan but to be honest I found this book to be a little dull. I didn't get too attached to either of the main characters and I didn't feel like a lot happened over the course of the book. Which is a real shame. Maybe when I read it for the first time(three years ago) I was a lot less mature so didn't pick up on a lot of things. The first time I read this I gave it 5/5 stars but this time I gave 3/5 and I think that was me being generous. 

Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht - This is a sort of 'career and social media self help book'. I first heard of it when Charlotte suggested it for our #sassybooks book club. We decided against it as the Kindle version is quite expensive and we like to use the cheapest books possible so as many people can join in! I really did enjoy this. Even though I've not reached the career stage of my life there were a lot of points here that I can apply to university and my part time job. I felt a little bit that the conversations between people felt a little bit fabricated. I don't want to write too much about this as I'm planning on posting a full review but overall I enjoyed this book and rated it 4/5 stars. 

Also a little book related announcement. Charlotte and I are trying to reboot Sassy Books. We haven't been as on top of it as we would have liked to have been but between Charlotte's surgery and my exams we both haven't been blogging very much. We didn't have a book for December and to be honest I haven't even finished November's. I'm going to draw a line under this. We are starting back on it with our book for January - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. This can be bought on Amazon here. This looks super interesting and people responded well to the last non fiction novel. If you'd like to join in read the book and write a review/tweet your opinion before or on the last Tuesday of the month(January 26th) using #sassybooks. Would be great to involve as many of you as possible!

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