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That’s a wrap! My December reads for the final post of 2020.

My December Reads!

15 books! I can’t believe it!

Hi everyone!

Here we are at the end of 2020 and I was starting to think I wouldn’t get this post written in time for the new year but I made it with an hour to spare!

I think we are all going to be super happy to wave goodbye to this year and I hope that 2021 is a year we can all make the best of even if it is not going to be off to the best start.

I’ve wrapped up every book I’ve read this month along with a little mini summary and links to my full reviews if I have written one. I am lazy and sometimes it takes me a while to write a proper, in depth review for a book so if there isn’t one yet it doesn’t mean there won’t be eventually!

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? What can you suggest to me based on the ones that I’ve read and loved?

Thanks for checking in and I hope you enjoy the post!

 

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Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Set in a gritty underworld, Kaz Brekker, leader of The Dregs is given an impossible heist. Can his team pull it off or will they kill each other first?

I was disappointed by this book. It gets such rave reviews and I can’t help but wonder whether I actually read the same book as everyone else. The character and world building were incredible but it just didn’t have that spark for me.

View my full review here!

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A Whole New World – Liz Braswell

A dark and twisted version of the story we all know and love. What if Jafar got the lamp instead of Aladdin?

I saw mixed reviews on this book but I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame from the moment I knew it existed. I loved every single second of it. It destroyed the Disney version that we all loved and turned it into something else entirely but I thought it was fabulous.

I have not yet written a full review for this book but look out for it in the future.

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Rage – Richard Bachman (Pseudonym, Stephen King)

A disturbed high school student raging against authority. One of the first novels written to completion by Stephen King under the pseudo Richard Bachman

Curiosity made me read this book. I was given a copy to read and told that it is hard to come by these days due to being deliberately taken out of print by the author. It was interesting, disturbing in a way and also a bit confusing. I didn’t really like it, it’s not my kind of story but whenever a book is banned I seem to want to read it to see what all the fuss is about.

A full review has not been written or posted for this book and in this instance I probably won’t write one.

 

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J.K. Rowling

Rereading for the 10,000th time…

There are not enough good things to say about this wonderful, magical series of books. As one of the first series I ever read as a child and one that I grew up with I don’t think I could ever read it enough. This time I am listening to the full collection on Audio, narrated by Stephen Fry for the first time and if possible it feels even more magical!

I feel like an entire blog post should be dedicated to reviewing the entire Harry Potter series and I just don’t know if there will ever be enough time or words to express my love for these amazing books.

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Flowers in the Attic – Virginia Andrews

Horrifying, that’s all there is to it.

Most of the women I know read this book as teenagers. I read many of my mums Virginia Andrews stories at the age of 12. This one I never picked up though. I am not sure if I had whether I would have been less understanding of the true extent of the horror of this book. I know this is one that will stay with me for a long time.

You can read my full book review here.

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Faye and the Ether – Nicole Bailey

Magic and myth with a modern twist.

The first in a new YA fantasy. Fast paced, unique and exciting to read and full of interesting characters and races not usually seen in this type of book.

See my full book review here.

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Faye and the City in the Sea – Nicole Bailey

Faye’s adventures in the Ether continue as she faces war, battle and the mental impact of PTSD.

In book two of the Faye series you are pulled back into the magical world of the Ether to meet the merfolk and explore their underwater city. Faye struggles with the mental impact of the battle in the previous book and works through it all to take control of her magic.

Read my full book review here.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest – Ken Kesey

A classic, “must-read” book set in a mental institution. 

I say “must-read” lightly. I didn’t like this book. It’s very rare that I like any of the books that are considered classics and yet I read them anyway because I don’t like to think that I am missing anything. Set in a mental institution and told from the perspective of an inmate this book explores the way of the human mind in a way no other book I’ve read ever has. Although I can appreciate it for what it is and what it is trying to do. I just didn’t find it enjoyable to read.

I have not written a full, in depth review for this book yet.

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Of Neptune – Anna Banks

Anna Banks, why did you write this when the first two books were so wonderful and wrapped things up so nicely?

Of Poseidon and Of Triton were two books that I read in November and enjoyed quite a lot. The characters were funny and quirky and the story was unlike any I’ve read before. There are not many mermaid books out there and so I was pleased to find a mermaid book that I could enjoy. This was my first read of December and it was just such a let down. It didn’t need to be written and added nothing to the story.

My full review on this book has been drafted but not yet posted so if you are interested in my full review then please watch out for the upload soon!

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Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin – Catherine Ferguson

A lovely, heart-warming Christmas read.

Visit the Log Fire Cabin in this lovely, romantic story of a timid girl named Poppy, finally following her dreams to become a caterer. Set in the wonderful, snowy Log Fire Cabin, Poppy learns more about her past and herself in a story that leaves you smiling!

I have not yet written a full review for this book.

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Christmas at Frozen Falls – Kiley Dunbar

Another lovely, cosy Christmas book set in Lapland!

Reading this book made me want so much to visit Lapland and spend Christmas under the Northern Lights. This book is a wonderful story about friendship and finding love.

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Cilka’s Journey – Heather Morris

The heart-breaking follow-on to the Tattooist of Auschwitz

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Tattooist of Auschwitz. Although the story was good I found it lacking in the sort of emotion you expect from a book about the holocaust. Cilka’s Journey is much better and follows her life after leaving Birkenau only to become imprisoned once again only this time by the Russians.

I have not yet written a full review for this book.

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The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco

A deep, rich, magical fantasy world with witches and necromancy!

My thoughts on this book are pretty hard to pin down. I do like the concept quite a lot and I have high hopes for the following books in the series.

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After the Lie – Kerry Fisher

The story of a woman who made a mistake and what became of her life after living a lie.

Not my usual type of book but I did actually enjoy it. In short it is a book about a woman who made a mistake in her teenage years and the impact it has had on her life to keep it a secret and what happens when the truth all comes tumbling out.

I have not yet written a full review for this book.

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Petals on the Wind – Virginia Andrews

Petals on the Wind continues to shock and break your heart with every page turned.

My final read of 2020 and I am so happy to have finished up with this one. I am still absorbing what I have read and will shortly be writing my full review.

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