Wednesday, 10 January 2018

December Reading Wrap Up

This reading wrap up marks not only the end of my 2017 reading but also the end of 4 years of reading wrap ups which is pretty crazy. It doesn't feel like I've blogged for as long as I have so it's always strange to realise that I've been doing something this long. I didn't read a huge amount in December as I had a pretty big uni deadline but when I did, I was trying to read what's left on my Kindle because to be honest, it's been really cold and I don't want to walk to the library in that. I managed 4 Kindle books and should finish another in January so that was about half of the books I had on there. Pretty good going! 

No Filter by Orlagh Collins
This YA fiction is told from the perspective of two teenagers. Emerald is spending the summer living with her estranged grandmother in Dublin after her mother attempts suicide and is in rehab for alcohol addiction. Liam is celebrating his last summer of freedom before he has to start a college course on a subject that he doesn't want to do, but his father does. I only gave this book 2/5 stars because, to be honest, I found it to be pretty immature and found the characters kind of annoying. The blurb made it out that this book was more about Emerald's perception and struggle with social media which actually was a very small part of the book. 

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
I absolutely loved E. Lockhart's last book, We Were Liars, so I have to admit this one felt a little disappointing. We are introduced to Jule, a character who tells us about her friends and family whilst living an extravagant lifestyle. The story is told in reverse chronological order and it becomes apparent that Jule is not to be trusted. What I feel that this book really missed was a lack of suspense, all of the plot twists were easily guessed. I enjoyed reading it but I don't think it lived up to that standard that I hold for her books and so I gave it 3/5 stars. 

Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
This is a YA novel about a girl who is caught in an electrical fire which really badly burns a lot of her body and totally destroys a good portion of her face. She then undergoes a partial facial transplant. This book made for a really interesting read as we are introduced to Maisie before her accident, and then go through the recovery process with her. It was an enjoyable book to read but I'm not too sure how realistic it is or if people who have had the same surgery would say that they reacted in a similar way to Maisie. I gave it 3/5 stars. 

No Shame by Anne Cassidy*
I read this book and thought that it was excellent. Then I went to read other reviews on GoodReads and discovered that it's actually the second in a series and I had no idea. Oops! This book is told by a teenage girl who is going through the court case of a rape. So because of that, it's a pretty hard-hitting book. But I also think it's important that stories like this are told in popular media too. I gave this book 4/5 stars. I thought it was very well written but it was also really short so felt a little rushed. 

The Cows by Dawn O'Porter*
Do you ever read the first bit of a book and not really feel it and consider giving it up? Then you push through and realise that you love the book and thank god you didn't give it up? That's what happened to me and this book. The book follows 3 female characters who at first seem unrelated but find their stories intertwining. Whilst being a slow starter, I got totally hooked on the book and I think it was my favourite of the month. The characters include a famous feminism blogger, a single mum who gets filmed masturbating on the tube and a woman who has the BRCA gene and is trying to get pregnant before having her ovaries removed. When I got into this book, I couldn't put it down. 5/5 stars. 

If you're looking for other recommendations check out my top 10 books of 2017.

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