Book reviews, Books, Reviews

What I Read In December

Helloooo everyone! I hope you’ve had a great day so far, or at least a good one. I mean, nobody can be GREAT all the time. Right? Or is it just me? Hmm…

In December I read 4 books, bringing my total for 2017 to 46/30! I feel like it was such a great year. I discovered so many amazing books, went through so many emotions (I can’t stop reading but I don’t want this book to end!), sacrificed so many hours of sleep, had my universe expanded to let in new type of magic (Mistborn anyone?) – it was an amazing year.

Back to December books though!

  • Christmas at the Candied Apple Café (Candied Apple #3) by Katherine Garbera. I didn’t know it was the third book in this series, but not having read the previous ones didn’t really matter, I think. It was an overall pleasant read. The atmosphere in the book was amazingly festive and cosy, I loved the characters and the plot was good. There were a few things I wasn’t too keen on – I felt that even though the plot itself was good, the story telling was very rushed at times with characters’ views changing from page to page. I mean, I guess in some cases it would be justified but it felt a bit too much. However, I really enjoyed it and it did bring me a bit closer to feeling all Christmassy! Also, I didn’t realise it was THAT kind of a book, so if you do read it, be prepared for some steaming hot pages!
  • The Office Christmas Party by Aimee Duffy. Continuing with the festive themes – this book was the perfect feel-good book for that time of year. It was warm, romantic and essentially wrapped up everything with what Christmas is all about – spending time with your loved ones and opening your heart to new experiences and people, to let any old hurt go. I’d recommend it for light festive reading.
  • Liar Liar (DC Charlotte Stafford #3) by Sarah Flint. In the third book of the series that features DC Charlie Stafford, she has to find the killer behind a series of gruesome murders – the victims of which are all police officers. Whilst trying to do her best to catch the killer, she’s also battling to figure out what’s bothering her boss Hunter who seems to sink deeper into depression every day; and how to work things out with her friend Ben who is struggling with his PTSD more than ever. It’s a chilling book and kept me guessing until near the very end.
  • White Bodies by Jane Robins. I think this book wasn’t for me. I found it awkward, disturbing and creepy – and not in a good way. The only thing that kept me reading was the fact that the story flowed quite well so it wasn’t tedious going. I just kept wondering what on earth am I reading? Again, not in a good way. I think it was too much flat out creepy/disturbing for me whilst lacking depth to make it work. I’m glad to see that so many people did like it as I feel like this story has real potential. It just wasn’t right for me at the moment.

That’s it! As you can see it wasn’t ALL murder and mayhem in December for me – I managed to squeeze in some seasonal books too ;).

I’ve also already started my 2018 Goodreads reading challenge with my goal set to 40 books. Let me know if you’re taking part in it this year and what you’re most excited to read!

I want to thank Netgalley and the publishers HarperImpulse, Aria and Touchstone for giving me books to read and review.

G.

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