December Wrap Up

Posted 31st December 2016 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in 2016, wrap up / 0 Comments

December was an awesome month of reading for me. I managed to read a huge amount of books, my December wrap up is a big one and I’m so proud! I didn’t think I would get an awful lot of reading done because of all the festivities but boy was I wrong.

I read some really awful books and some really great ones. Mostly really great ones though, which was a lovely surprise. I was on an adult streak, I wasn’t feeling Young Adult this month AT ALL. All I wanted was adult and more adult. It was weird. I’m still on it as well, so it will be interesting to see how long it lasts.

On with my December Wrap Up.

Revenant series

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

I read the entire series for my December Wrap Up, and I thought that it was going to be a guilty pleasure read. Something I would break out when I was in the mood for something light and fluffy with some of that wonderful teenager angst and drama. It went downhill after the first book, the characters began to meld together as one and the story was utterly predictable.

A Dance with Dragons: After the Feast

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must …and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne

This was a proud addition to my December Wrap Up. I have managed to read the entire published series of A Song of Ice and Fire in 2016. This is one of my all time favourite series, it’s long and daunting and can be a little bit slow in parts but the characters and the plot. I don’t even have words to describe how wonderful they are. I’m kind of sad I don’t have another one on my shelf to read.

The Girl on the Train

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I had heard such amazing things about this book, but I was completely disappointed. I worked out who was the bad guy before I was supposed to. The characters were all really awful people, like I couldn’t believe how awful they were bad. I just thought this book had potential but it was unexplored, underutilised, and too simplistic. This could have been a happy addition to my December Wrap Up but it wasn’t.

The Cuckoo’s Calling

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

One of my favourite reads of this month. After reading The Girl on the Train all I wanted to read was adult fiction. Well what a wonderful time to reread this wonderful crime book. I forgot how great the story was and how endearing the characters were. What made it even better was the fact that I couldn’t remember who did it so it was all a surprise and I really enjoyed reading it.

The Silkworm

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

I thought I should just jump straight into the sequel and although I enjoyed the story, it wasn’t as good as the first one. I didn’t find the characters as interesting as the first, the mystery itself wasn’t as well rounded. I just found it hard to get attached and invested this time around. It was still a hundred times better than The Girl on the Train.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.

I finally finished this audiobook, it was a surprise addition to my December Wrap Up but my adult crime fix seems to be lasting a long time. These books really interest me, the characters and the plots are always well rounded and completely unique. My only complaint about this book was the time it took to get going, there was like 10 hours of story that I could have done without.

On my blog

I did blogmas this year and I did a huge wrap up in this blog post here.

Best books of 2016

Worst books of 2016

What I did in IRL

With Christmas we decided this year we were going to go to Ireland and spend time with Declan’s mum. It was a quiet affair, but we got quite a lot of shopping done. I enjoyed the Lush sale most of all, I only wish we had more time to spend in Chapters Bookstore.

Other than it’s been a quiet month, I did a lot of reading and a lot of blogging. It was nice. It was like an entire month of reading and writing and it felt wonderful.

What did you read this month? Anything brilliantly written? Or anything I should totally pick up in the new year? Happy new year guys!!

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