Is 2018 really just a few days away? 2017 has been a pretty good year. I was able to do some pretty cool and fun things this year that I am forever grateful for. I married my best friend this year and we celebrated ten years of being together this year too. I got to travel to some places that I’ve really wanted to go (Washington DC, Virginia, NYC, South of the Border in South Carolina). I still need to do my honeymoon post ASAP. I got to go to BookCon and meet some blogger friends in NYC! I got to hangout with old friends in Lakeland and we discovered our love for that city and possibly a new future for us. I got a new kitten (Leaf) and she’s perfect even when she’s crazy.
I’m actually really looking forward to 2018, because this year the hubby and I have been trying to work toward a better future for us and in 2018 we can hopefully start the process of putting some kind of long term plans into play. Kind of weird thinking about long term though, because I’m a go with the flow kind of person. Day to day. Whatever happens, happens It is what it is. I’m that kind of person and I’ve no doubt been a lot happier living that way. I think this will be good though. I can still live that way and also have a backup plan. I guess this is adulting? 😛
2018 is going to be a pretty busy year for us, but more on that another time. You’re here for my December recap post of the books I read this month, so let’s get into that! You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.
These are the books that I read throughout the month of December, but did not finish them because I just couldn’t get into them.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I checked the audiobook from my library and I got over halfway through it, but I just could not get into it. It was way too boring for me and most of the time I was just confused or really didn’t care what was happening. I wanted so badly to love this book, because I’ve heard so many great things about it. I’m sad that it wasn’t for me.
Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of December.
TMI by Patty Blount – 3 out of 5 stars.
TMI was pretty good and I read through it pretty quickly. It got a little weird toward the end, but it was enjoyable. I guessed who Ryder West was early on. It wasn’t too memorable for me, but still a decent read.
Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman – 4 out of 5 stars.
Want to Go Private? is a really important book. It deals with social media and meeting people in person that you’ve talked to online. A lot of kids have social media today, instant messages, texts, etc. and it’s easy to fall prey to these online predators and fall into these dangerous situations. It was a really good book and worth the read, especially for younger kids first getting into the online world.
Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer – 5 out of 5 stars – review.
Being Fishkill was one of my favorite books that I read this year. I seen Jeff Zentner talking about how amazing it was, so I had to check it out. He was 100% on point with this opinions. This book was so emotional! I cried quite a few times. I still think about this story and the characters a lot. I highly recommend reading it.
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover- 4 out of 5 stars.
Colleen Hoover has quickly became one of my favorite authors. I always fly through her books and always enjoy them. Same with Without Merit. I will say though that it wasn’t my favorite CoHo book. It was a lot different than the books that she usually writes. I found myself a little bored at times and sometimes it didn’t really feel like a whole lot was going on. I still really liked it and I’m glad I read it.
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of December.
Vanguard by Ann Aguirre – 5 out of 5 stars.
I’ve said this many times, but the Razorland series is one of my favorites. The third book came out in 2013 and I honestly thought that was it. Then I heard about Vanguard and I pretty much freaked out! I was so stoked and I couldn’t wait to read it. I did an audiobook reread of the entire series last month, so I decided to check out Vanguard in audiobook as well. I loved everything about Vanguard. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I’m still fangirling inside about how amazing this book was and series.
Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of December, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.
Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
Finally reading Long Way Home. I’ve been trying to read this for months, to be honest. I kept putting it off month after month. I am finally reading it and of course really enjoying it. I love the Thunder Road series so much.
I think for January I’m going to try to read a bunch of the ARCs I have and need to catch up on. I also want to try to read more books that are on my list of unfinished series (book series that I started but never finished/caught up on – there’s 20+ series). I’ll have a blog post coming soon of some reading/book goals for 2018 and it mentions more on this. After work today I am off to Lakeland for New Year’s weekend. It really sucks the hubby can’t come along since he has to work 😦 but hopefully it’ll still be fun.
I hope you have a great day, weekend, and New Year’s!