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Well, well, this month was crazy! I’ve never had so many books to talk about. With my Christmas readathon starting tomorrow I had to order a few books from Book Depository. As if this wasn’t enough, I also have more second-hand books to haul – at least these ones were free. The cherry on top of the cake is the overly large amount of books I add to my TBR pile on Goodreads. For my sake – and yours – let’s cut to the chase and talk about the ones that really matter.
On last month’s post, I was sad for not being able to buy books online. Thankfully, that changed and I’ve received all of them. As I said I’m doing a readathon of my own, until the 24th of December. Therefore, I bought this books for that purpose, so many will relate to this time of the year. Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan, The List by Joanna Boloury and Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan are the only ones that sheer away from the rest, but they are supposed to be all romantic and sweet. Although Keeper of Lost Things it’s the only one from this list that won’t be part of my readathon. This book is from this year and I casually found it on Goodreads and since it was at a great price on Book Depository I decided to take a chance. I’ve heard amazing reviews and how surprisingly good it was. I didn’t even think twice.
The real Christmassy books are Before Midnight by Rainbow Rowell, Dash & Lily Book of Dares by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (perfect for Christmas Eve), Winter Town by Stephen Edmond, and Winter Wonderland by Belinda Jones. Winter Town is full of drawings that from the first moment made me fall in love. Randomly, I ended up picking the last book on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs and I wish to read it in the last week of the year. This way, I started January with the first book and end December with the last.
Up next, are the books I got in second hand. I was pleasantly surprised to find two Miss Marple stories, They Do It With Mirrors and The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side. Well, Agatha Christie likes to keep the titles short… Then I spotted three pocket editions that are always great to carry around in your bag. One from Jeffery Deaver (The Blue Nowhere), another one by John le Carré (Absolute Friends) – I never read any of his books but I’ve heard amazing things about the author – and Wilt in Nowhere by Tom Sharpe that I just grab since it promises to be funny. And lastly but no means least, was Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. I usually wouldn’t pick up a book like this, but since is short and about vampires, winter is the best season to read it.
While I’ve been doing my DIY posts for blogmas I’ve also been watching a lot of booktube videos and trying to find new booktubers. Meaning I’ve added a total of 51 books to my TBR pile on Goodreads over the month. Some of them aren’t new and I’ve come across thousands of times but only now I’m interested in them. I’m only going to mention a few that I’m most excited for or I have something I want to talk about. For starters, I’ve been carving some dystopian series. It’s been a while since I finished the Divergent series and since the second novel on the Carve The Mark duology only comes out in April, I’m left without any series to read. The first that came up was Delirium by Lauren Oliver and Legend by Marie Lu, this one is 60% my love for the cover and 40% my interest in the story. Since I’ve read Patrick Ness I’m interested in seeing more of his work and once I saw he also wrote a trilogy I was interested. The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first in the Chaos Walking series and follows a boy in a world where everyone can listen to everyone else’s thoughts. I don’t care how strange a world can be if you give me a new world with different and unrealistic laws I’m up for it.
I feel like I can’t avoid talking about the latest book by Andy Weir, Artemis. I’ve never read The Martian – although is on the top of my list – and I maybe delay it for a bit more. I love the movie and I’m curious to know my opinion on the book. Although I don’t need to read The Martian to read the Artemis, so I may jump into that one. It’s recent and later I can buy the other. Keeping up on the sci-fi, Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel sounds promising and it belongs to The Themis Files series. I haven’t read the first book, Sleeping Giants, although I’ve heard of it. Another one that I have to check out.
After watching Booksandlala video about the unpopular books that she likes, I’ve added a few. I don’t know if I’m going to like them but I still want to get out of my comfort zone. Each of this books was chosen because their premise was appealing to me. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, sounds a not so happy ending but a realistic reflexion on a past relationship and all the troubles it faced that lead to a bad end. The Haters by Jesse Andrews caught my attention for the humorous part. I love laughing and I enjoy most types of comedy so what are the odds of me not liking whatever type of humour this book has. Next is The Dinner by Herman Koch. I’ve been upset in the past by books that take place in a small time period but I can’t help to be curious about a book that takes place over a meal.
The following books I don’t have any idea how I found them, maybe on booktube or just searching for recommendations on Goodreads. Whatever the reason it interested me in some way or else it wasn’t here. The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison sounds so to fit the present perfectly. The protagonist moves to a new town and enters a secret erotic book club, I’m expecting some good giggles and embarrassing moments. The Affair by Amanda Broke sounds wrong, really really wrong. The synopsis promises a story full of mystery and wrong decisions. A 15 years old girl gets pregnant and her mother suspects from her daughter’s teacher to her husband. Can you see why I think the story is so wrong?? Although I need to know how it ends. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica is a thriller of what it seems to me the perfect good girl tries to be bad and ends up is huge – probably even deathly – trouble.
Starlite by Mae East is a book I’m not entirely sure how I find it, but the synopsis points to an insta-love story. Some people find awful and unrealistic but when you go to the book knowing it, it can be pleasant. The protagonist comes from a bad past and is trying to run away from it although it starts to get her back until she meets someone. What I think is strange is how the book was released in 2014 and only has 4 ratings. Or no one is reading it or no one on Goodreads is reading it. The Girl Who Just Appeared by Jonathan Harvey has a lovely cover and a great premise. Since The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore, I’m obsessed with stories that take place in the present and the past. Trapped by Michael Northrop is set on a school during a snowstorm. What appeared to be something simple ends up to trapping a group of teenagers for days inside the school. Sounds like a good story to read next to the fire.
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet, I Never by Laura Hopper, and Chasing Charlie by Linda McLaughlan are other recent releases that sound perfect for a cute and fluffy romance. Those type of books to unwind from this world. The first is a collection of short stories wrote by various authors about people that were meant to meet. The second is about a girl and her first relationship in high school. I’m really in the mood for romance if you haven’t noticed. While the third, the main character is obsessed with his ex and tries everything to win him back.
To wrap things up, I’m not going to talk about what I’m going to read next in December since I have a blog post about it, but I’m currently reading 1984 by George Orwell. It still too soon to have an opinion on it and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to read during the readathon. Probably will save it for after the holidays. Although I can talk quickly about what I finished this month. I only read two books, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, so I could be able to watch the movie (review here) and Origin by Dan Brown that I actually just posted a review of.