Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2016

Hey everyone! Happy 2017!  Can I just say that this has been such a great year for books! Speaking of which, I was able to finish seven books this December, so let’s get started!

7741325I always try to read a few holiday themed books in December, so the first book I finished was something I’ve been meaning to read for years: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Coln and David Levithan. This book follows two teenagers who communicate through a notebook hidden in various places in New York City, and I found it to be really cute! Both of the main characters were really well developed (as well as a lot of the side characters), the story was really fun, and I loved the Christmas setting! Overall, I’m really glad I finally picked it up!

26258306Naturally, the next book I picked up was the sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Coln David Levithan. My thoughts on this one are pretty much the same as for the first book in the series: it was really cute, had fun, well written characters, and was overall a great book for the holiday season!

let-it-snowThirdly we have Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. This book was actually my first reread of 2016, largely because it’s my favorite holiday book, and I figured it was a good for balancing out finals time with something Christmasy! The book actually follows three intertwining stories set on Christmas Eve, and it’s definitely something I’d recommend if you want a cute holiday themed read!

a-boy-called-christmasNext up is one last holiday themed read: A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. My mom actually ordered subscription boxes containing this book as Christmas gifts for my younger cousins, so out of curiosity I decided to pick it up and ended up really liking it! The plot acts as sort of an origin story of Santa Claus, and the writing (honestly the best part) gave me this great Christmas special by way of A Series of Unfortunate Events feel. It’s been a while since I read a middle grade novel, so this book was definitely a great break from YA novels!

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The next book I read in December was the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling with illustrations by Jim Kay. I have loved Harry Potter as long as I can remember, and I’ve had this edition since last year, so I have no idea what took me so long to finally pick it up. Because the illustrations are beautiful! And rereading the story was a major nostalgia trip! Whether you’re new to Harry Potter or are a long time fan of the series, this is definitely an edition I’d recommend!

 

18584855Next up is Heartless by Marissa Meyer. This book serves as a backstory for The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and I found myself really liking the story! The way Marissa Meyer mixed Wonderland and Victorian England for the setting was really cool, and the way the story played out was really interesting. Plus the print edition is absolutely beautiful!

30008713Finally, the last book I read in December (and in 2016) was the novelization of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed. I don’t usually read adaptations of movies, but after I saw Rogue One in theaters I fell completely in love with the characters, and I kept hearing online that you got a lot more information and characterization from the book so I figured I’d check it out. And oh my god, if you enjoyed the movie at all, you should definitely read the novel. It’s actually really well written, you get so much more info on each character, and it will completely rip out your heart but it is entirely worth it.

Well that’s about it for the books I read in December! I think my favorite this month was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,

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