I know, I know, I've never done a wrap up post before. But I've decided that I want to start doing them because I have joined a massive amount of reading challenges for 2016 so that I will be reading more, and I like the idea of having more frequent life updates instead of scattering them randomly throughout the year. So here is my first every monthly wrap up!
Let's do it!
This month I managed to read seven books which makes me very happy. I read Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut for school, and didn't really like it. The movie was better. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt was just amazing and one of the best character driven books of all time. I can see why it won the award. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater was probably my biggest disappointment of the year because there is such a huge hype about it and I couldn't like it at all. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafiz was very inspiring and although I did know her story, I truly didn't know how much there was to it. Open and Read by James P. Burns simply made me so happy as I read it, and I definitely want to read more books of poetry now.
As for ebooks, I read the graphic novel Frakenstein Underground by Mike Mignola which was okay, but didn't really capture me at all, despite loving the Frakenstein story. Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is a murder mystery I have wanted to read for the longest time, and I loved it. Even if I did have massive spoilers for the whole thing. (More about that in the review.)
I'm being a bit ambitious with my TBR in order to get a head start on my 2016 challenges. I have been meaning to read Wonder forever, so I am doing so this month. And I've already read the first chapter of Emma by Jane Austen. It was time for a classic and I have always wanted to read this one as well! The rest are review books! A mythology, a romance, a mystery... I'm trying to spread over the genres.
I did take a week off in the middle of the month somewhere, so there aren't as many as usual...
December has been a very good month to me. It was quite busy with exams in the beginning, but I have a few results and am happy to say they went fine :) I even got full marks on my economics exam! Then I went to England to spend Christmas with my nan (because it would be her first Christmas alone), and my two oldest sisters met us there as well. I really enjoyed the time to relax. We finally saw the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, which I loved to bits. And because my dad is a massive star wars fan, we also saw The Force Awakens. It was very good, but I do have a few qualms with it (all coming in a later review!)
As for Christmas presents, I got 0 books! But that is perfectly okay because I did get a lot more books this month... again >.> So my haul will still be pretty big. I did get my camera which I can't wait to use for my booktube to improve my videos, and for bookstagram as well. I now also have Supernatural season three, and Sherlock season three in my possession, so I shall be wasting my evenings watching those.
I'm feeling very optimistic about the new year and am looking forward to all I can do then! Hopefully I can achieve some of my long waited for goals :3
(Pictures: Me and one of my cousins, a picture to remember my grandfather on Christmas day, and me helping to decorate the tree!)
I namely wanted to make wrap up posts to keep up with all the challenges I have joined! I have my usual goal which I achieved of reading 100+ books! Oh, and this year I also did the 2015 Popsugar reading challenge!
I will be doing the 2016 Popsugar challenge and also all of these (we'll see what I get done, no pressure to finish them all)
The 2016 Alphabet Soup challenge where you read a book for every letter of the alphabet (you can remove the word "the")
The Backlist Books challenge where you read books that were published a year or more before you read them (to read books which aren't new releases!) Aiming for 50 of these.
The Colour Coded challenge to read a book which a certain colour on the cover every month.
The 2016 Ebook Reading Challenge where you read as many ebooks as possible. Aiming for 50.
The 2016 TBR Pile challenge is where you read as many books in your TBR as possible that aren't review books. I'm aiming for 100!
The 12 Month Classics challenge is where you read a classic every month that fits a certain category!
The Monthly Motif challenge is where you read book a month which needs to fit a certain category.
And lastly, to keep up with my review copies, the Netgalley and Edelweiss reading challenge where you read as many books from those places as possible to keep the percentage high! I am aiming for 50 of these, hopefully.
Apologies for the long post! It's all those pesky challenges. :3 See you in 2016!
Olivia's Question: Have you made any new year resolutions?