December Wrap Up!

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What, ho! December is finished already?

Yikes. Christmas sure does whiz by you! December was a happy and good reading month for me. I read a couple of my Christmas presents (you can see my Christmas book haul HERE) and a bunch of other exciting books. So who’s excited to do a little recap and see how the month went? Yipee!

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 A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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This book was absolutely marvelous – I love it 100%. This was the longest book I read this year and now one of my favourite EVER books. I just can’t get over the world building. I highly, highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers.

See my review HERE


 The Elite by Kiera Cass

4stars

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This is the second book in The Selection series and it didn’t let me down! It was as equally cringe-hilarious as the first installment and I am positively dying to continue the series. I love, love, love the covers and thoroughly enjoy staring at them on my shelf. I definitely recommend continuing the series.

See my review HERE


 The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis

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This is the last book in the Chronicles of Narnia and yeah, I cried a little. I absolutely loved my experience of reading the series in it’s entirety and everything about it is just magical. This book also completely blew my mind. The Last Battle made my list of favourite books of all time. I cannot recommend reading this series enough.

Full review to come. Click HERE for my quick thoughts on Goodreads.


 Untamed by A. G. Howard

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This was book #3.5 in the Splintered series which I absolutely ADORE. It was a really fun bind up of two novellas and a bonus story – sort of a happily ever after. Howard has hinted that this won’t be the last time we explore this world so I’m hanging tight for more adventures. She also writing a new series that is a spin off The Phantom of the Opera – eeeep!

Full review to come. Click HERE to see my quick thoughts on Goodreads.


 Stardust by Neil Gaiman

4-5stars

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Stardust was HILARIOUS. This has to be one of the most fun books I read this year. It’s so much better than the movie as the book-humour is almost impossible to perfectly translate into movie-humour. I enjoyed this cover to cover and it’s inspired me to read all his others books, too. I definitely recommend this book to fantasy lovers.

See my review HERE


Trick by Natalie Jaster

4stars

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This book was brilliant. It set in a sort of fairy-tale setting and revolves around Princess Briar and the court jester, Poet. Both are highly entertaining characters and I enjoyed this book immensely. There were some pretty steamy scenes in there, too (just so you know). Trick was part of the December box for the YA Chronicles, which is an Australian subscription box. They do awesome boxes and I recommend checking them out as much as I recommend this book!

Full review to come. Click HERE to see my quick thoughts on Goodreads.


 The Martian by Andy Weir

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GUYS. This book was amazing. Everything about the story is so cleverly written and it blows my mind to think how much effort Weir put in to writing this. This was one of my Christmas presents and I gobbled it up.  I’m super excited to watch the film now (I refused to watch it until I read the book). I IMPLORE you to read this.

Full review to come. Click HERE to see my quick thoughts on Goodreads.


 The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

4stars

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Finally, the last book I read in December was this beauty! You may or may not be aware of my Alice in Wonderland Retelling addiction, but it’s real. This book was so much fun and so easy to read. I can’t get enough of Wonderland. This was another of my Christmas presents and I highly recommend it!

Full review to come. Click HERE to see my quick thoughts on Goodreads.


So that’s it for everything that I read in December – 8 books in total! Go me! I got up to some other fun things this month as well so be sure to check those out:

  • I have been participating in Waiting on Wednesday which is a weekly feature where you highlight one book whose up and coming release you’re anticipating. THIS is my latest WoW.
  • I have been participating in Top Ten Tuesday which is a weekly feature where you pick ten books according to the theme. It’s a lot of fun! THIS is my latest TTT.
  • I did a huuuge Christmas haul which you can check out HERE.
  • I participated in Guest of the Month where I featured the ever so lovely Jocelyn. Check it out HERE and be sure to drop by Jocelyn’s page, too!
  • I signed up and discussed the Fairy Tale Retelling Challenge for 2016 – see what that’s about HERE.
  • I signed up and discussed the Rock my TBR Challenge for 2016 – see what that’s about HERE.
  • And finally, I discussed the dramas of tackling big books HERE.

 What’s up next?

I don’t really like doing TBRs for up and coming months because I just about never stick to them. HOWEVER. The plan is to get through all my Christmas books before I go on to anything else. See my Christmas book haul if you want to know what books I’ll be (probably) reading.

I have some bookish presents arriving in the post (because shipping to Australia gets here on time 10% of the time) and another book haul that I purchased also on its way. So keep an eye out for those.

I’ll also be constructing a yearly wrap up and I’m sure that’ll take yonks to write, knowing me.

I’m currently reading:

Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey

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So far so good.

And of course, it’s New Year’s Eve today! Huzzah! How am I celebrating? I’m staying at home this year with family (and quite a lot of it) and having an epic gameboard tournament/swimming in the pool – sounds pretty awesome right?

I’m not planning on taking a break from blogging so fear not! I’ll be back within the next few days with more reviews and bookish talk.

 I hope you’re all having a fabulous festive season and don’t party too hard tonight!

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Happy New Year!!

Arrivederci tutti and happy reading!

~~ Kirstie ~~

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