I didn’t read a lot of books this month, but I’m pretty okay with it. October and November were filled with some really great and heavy reads, and December was kind of like coming up for air. I spent a lot of time with friends and family for the holidays, engaged more in my own writing, and just rested a bit as the year winded down.
2016 was a really great year for me. Not only did I resurrect this blog from the dead and have met a lot of very cool people through it, but I achieved my resolution of quitting my restaurant job and getting a professional writing position. However, that position was a temporary one, and now that it’s ended, my NEW 2107 resolution is to get an even better job, one that will enable me to move somewhere new. I also want to write more – personal stuff, creative stuff, blog stuff – and make better use of my free time. Maybe travel somewhere? Get back into my love of photography and the outdoors. Spend time with people! And, as always, read more great books.
As I said, I didn’t read many books this month, and what I did read were fun, romantic, and light.
Know Not Why by Hannah Johnson • 3/5 stars
This book was cute and sweet, if a bit rambling and skim-worthy at times. It was simple, I enjoyed most of the characters, and it was fun and easy. I liked this book. Full review
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • 5/5 stars
I feel as if I’ve gushed the heck out of this book in recent posts. It was adorable. ADORABLE AND I LOVED IT. That’s all I have left to say. Full review
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell • 3.5/5 stars
I loved the main characters and the romance, but the plot felt a bit wishy washy to me. It was a fun read, and an interesting take on the ‘chosen one’ narrative. I didn’t love it, but I very much liked it, and if you like cute romance and whimsical fantasy I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Full review
Plans for January
I received a lot of new books for Christmas, and I’m VERY excited to get started on my new pile. A lot of them are fun YA novels I’ve been meaning to get to, but of course the book I’ve been working on since Christmas Day is The Secret History by Donna Tartt, about a group of wealthy, ostentatious college kids who murder their friend. I guess all the cutesy romance I read in December finally caught up with me. But it’s very good! There’s something I love about books involving academic murder and pretentious, rich school kids with dubious morals (cough Raven Cycle cough).
After The Secret History, I think I’ll want something lighter, but I’m not quite sure yet. We’ll see where my mood takes me!
Hope you all had a lovely New Years, and cheers to a great 2017!