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Book Wrap Up For December

December I focused on finishing my reading challenge for 2015. Even though I did read “regular” books, I did read a bunch of short ones. I know, I know. It really should be quality of quantity. But I couldnt bare to fail after coming so close to the finish line!

The first book I finally finished in December was: Ferne Ufer, by Diana Gabaldon, Halleluja! The 1075 page book that took me forever to read. Soooo many words, so many descriptions of happenings and that oh so detailed. Some scenes were nice to read, others were …… ewwww. I could have done without. And they survive it all, no matter what. Unbelievable. The main character awfully reminds me of Doctor Quinn, towards the end I even had the mental picture of her in my mind whenever *SHE* was talking. This does not make the book any better though. 😉 I am sure I will read the other books in the series as well. But not all too soon. The book got 2 stars out of 5.

After not liking Gone Girl alltoomuch, I had much higher hopes for The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. And I loved it! She starts the book absolutely intriguing with something I used to do as well. She has her main character drive to work every day on a train. Same route, same time. And each time she drives by the same houses, she has her fantasies of the perfect people living their perfect lives. Loved this! This of course, until she finds out the real stories behind the -what seem to be – perfect lives. I loved it. I didnt like the ending, but I never do! I gave it 4 stars out of 5.

Then I finally got down to read Das Rosie Projekt by Graeme Simsion. It was so much fun and I absolutely loved it! Who would have thought! Don is absolutely brilliant and I cant believe it took him this long to finally xxxxxx (you will have to read the book to get this, I dont want to spoil it for anyone). Hard to summarize the book without giving anything away. I would have started on book 2 right after this one, but its still a bit too expensive. I will wait until the prize goes down. 😀 I gave the book 5 stars out of 5. Plus I highly recommend you read it, if you havent already.

Next, I wanted a book that was no more than 350 pages and something to get me in Christmas mood, so I picked this book: Let It Snow, three holiday stories, by three popular YA authors. And oh how bad it was! I liked the first story, it was mediocre, but still way better than the pther two stories. A train getting stuck on Christmas day and so on. I could follow it, it was almost romantic and the plot was OK. However, the other two stories were beyond bad. It was a real pain to get through it. Thank God for reading sprints happening on Twitter, I somehow got through it, but ewwwwww. So not good! 1 star out of 5, less is not possible on Goodreads. 😉

I ended the year with starting the Grisha Trilogy. Its first book being Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo. The first two books I read in German, the third one in English. English is often way cheaper then German books, which makes sense, since you dont have to pay for the translation itself. Good thing I can read books in both languages. It is another Young Adult Fantasy Series and I can say I loved book one, oh so good! It kept me totally glued and I had to read it as fast as possible to know what happens next. It takes place in Russia in its own madeup world. A winner when a book can glue me. Book 1 got 4 out of 5 stars.

After finishing book one, I immediatly had to start with book 2: Siege And Storm, again by Leigh Bardugo. So good again! A little bit of darkness, a little bit of romance, fighting against the Dark, finding your inner strength…. and even though Young Adult books are pretty much always written in the same way: young heroine, story told from her point of view, love story and blablablubb… I still highly enjoyed it. It did feel a bit exaggerated at times, but I still loved it anough to give it 4 out of 5 stars.

These were the regular books that I read in December. Apart from those I read 6 super short books, which I wont go into individually. Here are the covers of them:

I am so happy to have finished my 40 books in 2015 challenge! Juhuuuuuuuu! More to which books I read, my favourites and my goal for 2016 in another post. Until then: KEEP READING! It might be the only save heaven there is.

3 Responses to “Book Wrap Up For December”

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    7:10 am on January 3rd, 2016

    Happy New Year Connie! Congrats on reaching your reading goal! (thanks for the mini-reviews too) Emma has the life…!!!!

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    Connie AUSTRIA
    3:16 pm on January 5th, 2016

    @Lucy: Thank you for all the good wishes Lucy! I do get them emailed, but I hardly nver manage to reply ( in time). I am sorry. http://turtelina.net/dailylife/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/turtlelove.gif I hope you had a brilliant holiday season! And only the bestest for the year ahaed. Always think positive. http://turtelina.net/dailylife/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/hug1.gif And as someone said to me yesterday: if you have any wishes, may they all come true! http://turtelina.net/dailylife/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/aicon331.gif Thank you so much for always commenting. 😀 😀 😀

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