Thursday, January 7, 2016

December Reads

December was a full month, but I had lots of time to read! I read 7 books and 5 of them filled requirements for the Fall/Winter Book Challenge. I started January with only 4 left!

In the Woods by Tana French {Read a debut book by any author - 10 points} - An Irish homicide detective is assigned a case back in his hometown. The hometown where at 12 years old, he and 2 friends went missing in the woods, and he was the only one to come out...covered in blood with no memory of what happened. Whoa - really neat premise, right? Well, I disliked it immensely. First, the main character is a prick. Second, you never even come close to solving the childhood crime. Third, it was too long. I could keep going. This was the start of a series about this Detective squad, and I couldn't care less.

Grey by E.L. James {Read a book with a one-word title - 15 points} - After reading all the 50 Shades of Grey books, I wasn't really super interested in this {the first book in the trilogy from the guy's POV}. But then I saw it was available, and it fit a criteria for the book challenge, and I was mildly curious. WASTE OF TIME. I would say I enjoyed 50 Shades. They weren't great, but they kept my interest. This was so bad. SO bad. So, so, so bad.

Prince William The Man Who Will be King by Penny Junor {Read a non-fiction and fiction book about the same topic - 30 points} - I've aways been moderately fascinated by Prince William {and really the whole British monarchy}. So I decided this would be a good non-fiction choice, and I would say I enjoyed it. It was a little dull in parts, but it was a great look into Prince William's life so far. I wish there would have been more about his meeting Kate Middleton, but I guess there just isn't really much out there about their story overall. Privacy and all that.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan {see above category} - An American girl, Bex, does a study abroad where a young price, Prince Nick, is studying. They end up in the same dorm, become friends, fall in love, drama ensues. It was so fun picturing that this was maybe similar to Kate and Prince William. I really liked this but thought it could have been 20 pages shorter with a better ending.

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith - The 3rd book in the Cormoran Strike series. Body parts are being delivered to Cormoran's P.I. office addressed to his assistant, Robin.

Life Below Stairs by Alison Maloney - Downton Abbey season 6 started Sunday, and over the break I was watching some old episodes to get ready. I read this book about life as a Edwardian servant. If you like DA or that time period, it'll be an interesting {and quick} read. 

Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper by Hilary Liftin {Read a book with a person's first and last name in the title - 20 points} - A fictionalized version of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's romance? Sign me up! This was a super sudsy, light, fun read. I loved it!

Can't wait to finish the challenge and continue to enjoy some new books!


Kathryn Bagley said...

The royal we and life below stairs I might have to check out!

Karen Peterson said...

I'm really bummed about that first book because when I read your description I was thinking "Ooooh! That sounds good!" So it's really sad that it isn't.