You guys!!! Have you seen my top ten books for 2016 post? I completed my Goodreads Challenge! I am unbelievably happy about achieving this goal that I’ve set for myself, even though it wasn’t the total I initially put up at the start of the year. I’m still beyond happy that I managed to complete a total of
70 71 (!!) books and it was such fun to share my favourites with you!
December has been an eventful month as can be expected, so it’s not all that surprising that I didn’t get around to finishing more than five books. Nevertheless, I am still happy with the ones I got to read.
HEARTLESS BY MARISSA MEYER
I was very fortunate to receive this book from Pan Macmillan, South Africa in exchange for an honest review, and I’m so happy that I got around to reading it this December. I teamed up with Moonlight Books at the start of the month and together we got to share a bit more regarding this book over here. I thoroughly enjoyed this latest story by Marissa Meyer; she truly outdid herself with her writing. I have to admit that I’ve never read the Alice in Wonderland books, but I know enough about the Queen of Hearts to appreciate the story. Even though I knew what to expect going in, it was still a fresh new story about an old character that I enjoyed right up until the last page. To read my interview with Moonlight Books, follow this link.
I gave this book 4.8/5 stars on Goodreads.
OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS BY KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND
I wrote my full review of this book over here, and then spoke a little bit more about it over here; and I’m sure you’re tired of me saying this but I LOVED Our Chemical Hearts. This book was such a wonderful spin on a story line that isn’t exactly new. I loved the characters, I adored the narrator and the writing was beautiful too. Our Chemical Hearts is the perfect book to get lost in this summer if you’re looking for a short and sweet (yet not too sweet) story.
I gave this book 4.8/5 stars on Goodreads.
THE APPLE TART OF HOPE BY SARAH MOORE FITZGERALD
I’ve spoken about this book quite a few times on this space – I direct you to this post and this post – and I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions that I became intrigued by it after watching Maalie’s Booktube video. I’m so happy I gave this highly underrated book a chance because in it I found a beautiful story about friendship, love and overcoming some serious challenges. It was a glorious story, unlike anything I’ve read before and I think it is something that every teenager and young adult should pick up at some point in their young lives. This is definitely not the last book I’ll be reading by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald.
I gave this book 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads.
THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER BY RENEE AHDIEH
Although it breaks my heart into a thousand tiny little pieces by saying this; TRATD was probably the most disappointing book I read this year. I wrote a post recently about why I didn’t like this book as much as the first one and I will continue to say that it didn’t do this story any justice. BUT I still love this world that Renee Ahdieh created in this duology; and I will defend Khalid and Shazi until my last breath. I’m quite the protective mamma bear when it comes to these books. I think if it was any other author that wrote this book I would have no problem cutting my losses and just moving on without giving it a second thought. But because Renee Ahdieh wrote it, and because of the rich cultural setting and the bold, strong characters; it will always hold a special place my heart and I am not even going to begin explaining this very weird and confusing feelings towards this duo. I wrote my full review over here if you’d like to read more about it.
I gave The Rose and The Dagger 3.9/5 stars on Goodreads.
ASA BY JAY CROWNOVER
Asa is the sixth book in the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover – a contemporary romance series that I’ve been following for a few years now. I love the whole gang in these books so it was lovely to catch up with them after such a long break. Asa’s story was surprisingly one of the better ones in the series. I quite enjoyed Jay Crownover’s writing in here and it was lovely getting to know both Royal and Asa better, since I could not for the life of me get through Jet’s story where these two characters played bigger roles. I also enjoyed getting to read more about Rule and Shaw as well as Rome and Corra; along with all the other mad hatters that make up the circle. Although this book was meant to be a light read, it did touch on some heavy issues too. It was by no means book of the year, but it lived up to what I was expecting and it was quite entertaining too.
I gave it 3/5 stars on Goodreads
What books did you manage to read this December? And have you read any of these? Also, from my family to yours – have a splendid New Years!