Saturday, January 2, 2016

December Wrap-Up

Welcome to the wrap-up for the month of December!
I am linking up to both the Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and the Sunday Post @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

December was such a great month. I spent two and a half weeks back in the States with my family. It was awesome and chaotic and just what I needed. Living in Italy is great, but I get homesick. My husband's family lives in Alabama and my family lives in Georgia, so we split our time between the two.
I had a few scheduled posts go up this month, but I did very little blogging. The few times I would pick up my phone or my computer, my nine year old niece would say, "Put that down and play with me!" How could I resist that? I was very happy to watch Christmas movies with my niece and nephew, make Christmas cookies and play lots of board games, like Operation and Trouble (their Christmas gifts). I also did a lot of reading. So if it took me two weeks to respond to a blog comment you made or comment on your blog, that's why.

Here are my adorable niece and nephew:
Can you stand the cuteness??

This was an okay reading month for me. I read several amazing books and I had a few bad apples, but a lot of the books I read were just okay. I spent most of the month trying to clear my TBR and I read quite a few books that have been on my Kindle for a year or more. I ended up reading a wide assortment of books this month.

I read a total of 24 books this month. These are the books that I read:


Favorite book read:

Is it really a surprise that I couldn't just pick one??
One of these was suspenseful as hell and I couldn't stop smiling at the adorableness of the other one. I am sure you can guess which was which.

Most disappointing read:
This one was so very bad. There are no words. It's about a girl who falls in love with a man who kidnaps her, rapes her, and controls her. It was awful. Thank God I had bought this one when it was free on Amazon because I would hate to have lost any money on this one.

Reviews posted:

The Young Elites and The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Worlds of Ink And Shadow by Lena Coakley
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Hear by Robin Epstein
Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Top Ten Tuesday Posts:

Top Anticipated Debuts for 2016
Top Authors I Discovered in 2015
Top Books of 2015
Top Books On My Christmas Wishlist
Top Anticipated Releases of 2016

Other posts:

I shared some pictures from my Thanksgiving trip to Prague.
I survived my first NaNoWriMo!
I wrote a post on best bookish gifts that aren't actually books.
I did the Lunar Chronicles Book Tag.
I showed off some Christmas items I received with a special Christmas edition of Stacking the Shelves.
I signed up for Bout of Books 15.
And I did my end of the year survey!


How was your month? Did you have a good holiday? What was your favorite book read during the month of December?

28 comments :

  1. Glad you had a nice time with your family. Wow lots of books read this month!! Yay for Simon!! I loved that one so much. I can't wait to get to Hidden Bodies. Hope you have an excellent January!

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    1. Thanks Grace! Hidden Bodies was really, really good. I didn't like it as much as You, but I still found Joe super creepy and I still loved him anyway. Some things never change!

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  2. I've been thinking about reading Bird Box but wasn't sure if I would like it. Now I'm hyped about it again and I'm thinking I might pick it up later during the year.

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    1. YES!! You really should! You could check out my review for it to get even more fangirl action from me. :)

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    2. OMG, I just read your review and now I can't wait to buy the book. It sounds so cool!

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    3. YAY!! I am so excited that I could push it on you! I know that you will love it. :)

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  3. I'm glad you enjoyed Simon! I LOVED that book so much! I spent most December slowly rereading Harry Potter so I have to say my favorite read was Goblet of Fire.

    I'm glad you had a lovely holiday, mine was pretty great too. Happy New Year!

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    1. Shay, can you believe I have never read Harry Potter? Nope, not at all. I am glad you are enjoying the reread. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  4. Oh wow. 24 books in December sounds like a great month! I don't even think I read 10! Sheesh.

    I wish you the best of 2016, Cynthia! Happy reading. :D

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    1. Thanks so much Joy! I guess I just had a lot of time with the holidays. :) Happy New Year!

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  5. Aw, your niece definitely knows where priorities should be. Sounds like a really nice time. Oh yeah, Bird Box was great.

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    1. She really does, Christy. And Bird Box was so incredibly good!

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  6. Happy New Year. It looks like you read a lot of fun books. There are so many!! :D
    'Consequences' sounds really bad. I don't get why people write books about that.

    Have a great week ;)

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well Maureen! What's even worse about the book Consequences is that it gets REALLY good reviews on Amazon. There were so many people who loved it. Ugh. Annoying!

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  7. Ohmygod, Blogger keeps on eating up my comment, I've been trying to post this for so long. Anywho, sorryy :c Your tree is SO GORGEOUS. Just...woah. Look at it! And those tiny prett lights. And your niece and nephew are the cutest, omg. I wanna hug them. 24 books in December? That is some busy month, and it's fantastic. I'm in awe of you right now.

    Nirvana @ Quenching the Quill

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    1. Nirvana, I'm so sorry Blogger kept eating your comments! Dammit, I hate when that happens. And yes, I know I am biased but my niece and nephew really ARE the cutest. Haha. Don't be in too much awe of my number. I am just a really fast reader. Also, I had two ten hour plane rides. That allowed for a lot of reading. :)

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  8. It sounds like you had a fabulous holiday with your family! Isn't it wonderful this time of year!

    And so many new pretty reads. Enjoy!

    My Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2016/01/03/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-141-and-the-sunday-post/

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  9. Christmas movies, family time... that's the best. Glad you had a great visit! I love Trouble by the way- had it growing up and still have a soft spot for it. The pop o matic LOL.

    24 books- wow! I didn't read much in Dec, but it was still a good month. I think the cover of Conversion is cool, every time I see it I want to read it. And Bird Box I heard was good.

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    1. Greg, I swear it has been SO LONG since I have played Trouble. I don't want to say just how long because that would give away my age. Ha. But that's why I love kids, they allow your inner child to come out. :) Bird Box was AMAZING!! It was so chilling and I just heard there will be a sequel. Yay! Conversion was a pretty good book. There were a few parts that dragged, but I would recommend it.

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  10. Happy New Year! It's nice you were able to spend the holidays with your family. I just finished This is Where it Ends a few days ago, and it was so good. You did a lot of reading last month, and it looks like you got more good books to read. Enjoy!

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well Tiffany! This is where it ends was so incredibly emotional and powerful. I loved it.

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  11. You're a reading machine! :p Glad you had a good time with the family, Cynthia. May the good times continue on throughout 2016!

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  12. Wow! sounds like you had a great month of reading. I am looking forward to reading Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. I love her books!

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    1. Thanks Priscilla! Winter Garden was a really good book, just not as good as some of her other stuff. I do love Kristin Hannah.

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  13. What a beautiful Christmas tree!!
    I want to read every single book that you shown. :-)
    Happy 2016!

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