My blog is pulling double duty today as I link up with Steph and Jana for their monthly Show Us Your Books link up and with The Broke and the Bookish for their last Top Ten Tuesday feature post (before transferring the duty to The Artsy Reader Girl).
I've learned that my reading as of late is very my ebb and flow. December was like the chugging of roller coaster car, slowing inching it's way to the top of the hill. The month before, my reading was like the car roaring down the slope. I have no idea as to what January will be like, but anyhoo... I digress. Here are the books I read in December.
This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
Read December 4-15
My Rating: 3.5/5
Think - Remember the old TV show, This is Your Life? Okay, okay... I admit - I don't even remember that show because I wasn't even born yet, but I know the pop culture significance. It was show that surprised guests and took them on a retrospective of their lives. Well, this was sort of like that but in book form.
This is the life story of Harriet and it bounces around between the present and the past, and the past is not always revealed in chronological order. It takes a look at relationships, mistakes, and how we are the sum of our experiences, good and bad, choices, and our decisions along the way.
Was this book earth shattering? No. Was it life changing for me? No. Did it challenge me and make me think beyond the time I listened to it? Not really. But, did I enjoy it? Absolutely. I thought the ending was rather weak and I wish some things had been resolved, but, as Steph often says, the book passed the time just fine.
FINAL VERDICT - I wouldn't say, "No, don't bother," but I wouldn't go out of my way and say, "You must read this!" either. It's really the flip of a coin.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Read December 15-20
My rating: 5/5
Think: A story of boy who is different and his impact on those around him.
Oh, my heavens! All hoopla surrounding this book was authentic and well deserved! I had read other bloggers accolades about his book and often thought, "Could it really be that good?" Well, here's my assessment - Yes, it is!
Wonder is a very easy read with realistic characters and situations. It's one of those books that lightened my spirit and renewed my faith in humanity.
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson
Read December 21
My rating: 2.5/5
Think: A strange tale of two friends, one who goes astray and one who tries to rescue him. It's a story of remaining true to oneself.
I've come to learn this about myself, that classics just aren't my thing. I've tried several over the course of my lifetime, but rarely do I like them. I received this audiobook free from Audible several years and thought that I'd finally give it a go.
FINAL VERDICT: If fantasy and/or classics are your thing, then go for it. Otherwise, I would not recommend it.
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Read December 24
My Rating: 4/5
Think: Story of two empty-nesters who decide to skip Christmas and all the shenanigans that ensue.
If you've seen the move Christmas with the Kranks, then you know the premise of Skipping Christmas because the movie was based on this book. The book is a quick read and it's funny and lighthearted. This was my third or fourth time reading/listening to this book.
FINAL VERDICT: I'd recommend.
This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme is:
Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017...
- Finding Fraser by K. C. Dyer
- Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (I'm not sure if I will ever tackle this behemoth...)
- The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
- Captured by a Laird by Margaret Mallory
- Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
- Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
- The Year We Turned Forty by Lisa Steinke and Liz Fenton
What are some books you meant to read last year but never got around to? As always, thanks for stopping by.