2018 is here! But before we get into the usual start of the year posts like 2017 favourites, goals and reflections. I have to let you know what books I read during the last month of 2017.
I was able to read 9 books during the month of December.
Middlemarch by George Eliot – 49/100 ***
So, my problem with this was that I just found it very boring. It depicts small town life very accurately, and, as it turns out, nothing happens in small towns. I do think I could enjoy this more on a reread where I take my time with it and read other books inbetween. But I don’t know when I’ll get around to doing that.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith 57/100 ***
This is a coming of age story that is well loved by so many people. But I just didn’t get on with it. I didn’t think it was bad and I can see why it’s so loved, but I never felt invested in the story. I’ve also read so many books this year that have very similar plots that I felt I’d already read it before.
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah – 75/100 ****
I’ve done a full review of this here: Winter Garden Review.
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – 42/100 ***
This is a book I DNFed maybe 2 years ago now. I thought I would never bother picking it up again but for some reason I hung onto it. I got the sudden urge to read it this month and the exact same thing happened. It started off so strong. I couldn’t stop turning the pages. But then the plot just seems to hult and it quickly loses my interest. I did however finish it this time around.
Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig – 59/100 ***
This is the third in his Christmas series and I do really love them. They have that classic childrens book feel to them and it really puts you in the festive spirit. I just wish I’d had these when I was a kid.
Mr Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silvia – 85/100 ****
This was so much more than what I expected. I think this may be the best Christmas book I’ve ever read. This is a fictional story following Charles Dickens and how he came to write A Christmas Carol.
I also reread some of my old favourites this month:
The Princess Bride by William Goldman – 90/100 *****: This was actually my first read of 2017 but I had the urge to read it again.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – 73/100 ****: I wanted to reread this before the new BBC adaptation aired on Boxing Day. I think I liked it less this time round
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 86/100 ****: I can’t let a Christmas go by without read this classic.
So, those are all of the books I read in December. I hope you’re all having a wonderful New Year!
Thanks for reading,