Happy New Year everyone!! I am really looking forward to 2016 and all that will come with it. After all, a new year equals a new leaf; or add a cringe worthy philosophical cliché here. I have a couple of resolutions that I intend to (try) and keep, but I will not be too hard on myself if I end up ditching most of them in order to make way for new and better things.
My 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge has been set a couple of hours ago, where I aim to read a total of 150 books this year – fingers crossed – but I would like to share the last batch of books I completed over the couple of weeks since my December Reads Part 1.
FAHRENHEIT 451 BY RAY BRADBURY: I started out enjoying this book as it had a really unique concept, especially considering that it was first published in 1953. Fahrenheit 451 is a classic dystopian novel set in a future American society where books are banned and burned; since it is believed to be the root of all unhappiness. I was genuinely intrigued by the underlying issues that were faced head on in this once banned book because I have been brought up to always dig for answers and to never stop asking questions. However, it was sometimes difficult for me to follow what was happening in the story which became incredibly confusing; and I eventually loss interest in the plot. I will attempt to re-read it so that I can understand it better as I am still fascinated by the history behind it.
THE ROSE SOCIETY BY MARIE LU: After that insane cliff hanger at the end of The Young Elites I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. Eventually, after what felt like forever, I finally bought a copy online and read it immediately. I was left rather disappointed… I feel like the last few second books that I have read, were all written to build up for the next book and it doesn’t have anything extraordinary to stand on its own. I am excited to read the next book though.
NOVEMBER 9 BY COLLEEN HOOVER: You have to admire Colleen Hoover for always writing unique stories that touch the heart. November 9 was a beautiful read filled with emotion and excitement that one can always expect from CoHo.
THE LAW OF MOSES BY AMY HARMON: This was such a beautiful story! I am a little bummed that I only found it at the end of the year because I’ve been looking so long for a good romance novel. The Law of Moses is a must read for anyone looking for a heartfelt love story.
THE CONSOLATION DUET: CONSOLATION BY CORINNE MICHAELS: I loved Liam and Natalie’s story!! It had angst and heaps of super cute moments too. I have to warn anyone who reads this book to have book 2 on stand by because that cliff hanger will make you want to read it as soon as possible!
THE CONSOLATION DUET: CONVICTION BY CORINNE MICHAELS: After reading book one there was no way I could wait to read this one. But after that cliff hanger I felt like Conviction fell flat and there was nothing to keep me guessing because how else would the story end? I was really disappointed because Liam was so great to read about!
FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL: This has got to be the biggest disappointment for me in 2015! I was so keen to read Fangirl because every single Bookworm on Instagram raved about this book! I on the other hand could not connect with the characters and I found myself skipping through most of the story just to reach the end.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM BY A.C. CRISPIN: The husband and I were having a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon last week and I felt like there were a few missing pieces that I couldn’t let go. After checking on different fansites I discovered this book and had to read it. It managed to answer a lot of questions for me and gave some background to one of my favourite fictional characters – Captain Jack Sparrow. The story however was unnecessary long and the writing wasn’t the best for me, so by the end of the book I was over it.
THE IVY CHRONICLES: WILD BY SOPHIE JORDAN: I really wanted to like this story sinceI enjoyed reading about Logan in the two previous books of the series. Unfortunately it was really boring and nothing amazing happened to make me enjoy it.
HOLLYWOOD DIRT BY ALESSANDRA TORRE: This book started out so beautifully! It had characters that were funny and strong, and the whole set up was perfect for ending the year. But then the author just messed it all up with a ridiculously petty “secret” that made the whole story fall apart for me.