Read in | December 2019

Posted januari 1, 2020 by Laurie in Boekenpraat, Booktalk, English / 2 Comments

Happy new year! I can’t believe it’s 2020 already and that I’m publishing my first blogpost of the year right now. I have to look back on 2019 for a bit, because what did I read in December? December was like the worst reading month for me this year, it’s ridiculous.

  • At first, I finished The shape of night by Tess Gerritsen. This book wasn’t the high standard I am used from Gerritsen, so it was quite disappointing. It was easy to read, but as easy to put aside. 3 stars.
  • It took me over a week to finish another book, The night circus by Erin Morgenstern. It was a big nope, although I really hoped to like it. I zoned out a lot and the book just didn’t make sense to me at all. 2 stars.
  • I finished The eighth life (for Brilka) by Nino Haratischwili after nearly 2 weeks of reading. Okay okay, the Dutch version of this book is 1.275 pages long. I really enjoyed it, 4 stars.
  • The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli is exactly what I needed at that moment and I really really enjoyed this book. 5 stars.
  • Viper by Bex Hogan made me quite curious, but I didn’t enjoy it that much that I want to continue the series. 3 stars.
  • I’m not one for Christmas stories, but I wanted to read Christmas at the comfort food cafe by Debbie Johnson just for the sake of continuing the series. It was okay, but not as enjoyable as Summer at the comfort food cafe. 3 stars.
  • I finished my reread of Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas, 5 stars all over again.
  • The binding by Bridget Collins was an interesting concept, but the excecution was mediocre. 2.5 stars.
  • All American boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely is a book I was hesitant to read at first. I was afraid that it was written in free verse, just like Reynolds’ book Long way down. That’s absolutely not for me, but I’m glad it was written in proze. I finished this book in one day, 4 stars.
  • The next book I read was I’m still alive by Kate Alice Marshall. Another book I was hesitant about, I wondered whether it was something for me. Well, it was okay, but I didn’t find it as nerve-wrecking as others did. 3 stars.
  • My final book of 2019 was Children of virtue and vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. This was my most anticipated read for December and boy oh boy, second book syndrome really is a thing. More to come in my review, but it didn’t blow me away like Children of blood and bone did. 3 stars.

What were your final books of the year?


2 responses to “Read in | December 2019

  1. Brooke Carrington

    Wow! You read a lot of books, great list! I am still trying to finish up The Girl Who Lived Twice. None of the books in the series are as good as the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But I love the characters so I will keep reading.

  2. I think a lot of people that I have spoken to enjoyed the concept of The Binding more than the execution too, which is a shame. I need to catch up on The Last Namsara series. I loved the first book! I also really need to do a reread of the Throne of Glass series as I haven’t read Kingdom of Ash yet. I started it but couldn’t remember all of the characters well enough.

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