November/December 2018 Wrap-up

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Before we can go on with 2019, we need to completely close 2018. Only one thing I need to do for that, is to talk about what I read in the last two months of 2018.

This post covers the last two months of the year. Reason for that is that November was a terrible reading month, so it looks better to put that month together with December. December was a great reading month, so November and December balance each other out nicely.

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1. Winter – Ali Smith (3 stars)

This is the only book I managed to read in November. November was a month which I can only desribe as: reading slump. The book didn’t get me as much as Autumn by Ali Smith. The story sounded quite vague to me, and I had trouble distinguishing the characters. Honestly I just had to look up the book to see what it was about. Forgot most of it already.

2. The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore (4 stars)

Every December I try to read a bunch of Christmas books. I believe I got to most of the Children’s books this year, so next year is going to be a little different. This December I managed to still read a bunch of Children’s Christmas read. Love looking at all the beautiful Christmas illustrations, including the ones in The Night Before Christmas.

3. The Snowman and The Snowdog – Raymond Briggs(4 stars)

If I would have read these books in the right order, The Snowman by Raymond Briggs should have been first. Didn’t manage to get that book before this one at the library, so I went with it. Have seen the first book in movie form, so knew the idea of the story. Also love the illustrations in this book, as well as the first one.

4. We Have Always Lived in The Castle – Shirley Jackson (4 stars)

Actually I wanted to read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It wasn’t available at the library, so I tried We Have Always Lived in The Castle. It is a thrilling, creepy story about a family and their dark secrets.

5. The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Andersen (4 stars)

This short story for children is heartbreaking. It’s such a well-known story, though I never read it.

6. Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix – J.K. Rowling (5 stars)

This fifth book of the series might be my favorite one. I find it hard to say, because everytime I finish a book, I love that one the most. Also to say that Umbridge is making my blood boil and probably my most hated character so far.

7. The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell (4 stars)

I hoped to read more non-fiction in 2018, which didn’t happen enough. This book was a nice book to fit in that category. I had a great time reading it, and it was genuinely interesting to read about the life of a bookseller.

8. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross – James Patterson (3 stars)

Instead of the classic Christmas stories, I decided to pick up a thriller. Not the biggest fan of this book. There was an abrupt switch in the story and the plot felt predictable.

9. The Snowman – Raymond Briggs (4 stars)

Last year I watched the movie, which was beautiful. The book is beautiful as well. A simple story that creates that magical Christmas feeling.

10. I am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas – Adam Roberts (3 stars)

A Zombie Christmas Carol. What more could ruin Christmas? The book had great parts, though there were also some long-winded parts that made me uninterested to read further. There were also illustrations of the zombies in the book that made me chuckle. I could completely imagine the situation.

11. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (4 stars)

The Little Prince is a children’s book, thought I think it has rather heavy thoughts that we come across. Now I understand why it is such a well-known and highly praised book.

12. The House at Pooh Corner – A.A. Milne (4 stars)

Some time ago I bought this book at a thrift shop, and I’m happy  I took it with me. Reading about Pooh and his friends makes me feel incredibly joyful inside.

13. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (5 stars)

What a gem to come across just before the new year. I should have read this a lot earlier. These are the sort of books that I don’t read too often, though it’s actually what I love to read most. This book can make you feel every emotion and has such a heart-wrenching ending.

14. The Witches – Roald Dahl (4 stars)

2018 has been the year of discovering the beauty of Roald Dahl. It’s such a joy to read everything he wrote. The Witches is a story I never heard of before, so it was completely new to me. That made me have less the joy of recognition, though it’s still a great story.

15. Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange – Stanley Kubrick (4 stars)

This book is not the original story by Anthony Burgess. Included in this book are still frames from the movie with dialogue included. It’s like reading the movie. Every one of the 800 film stills was picked out by the director Stanley Kubrick. A nice and different addition to my bookshelves.

16. The Ocean at The End of The Lane – Neil Gaiman (5 stars)

Magical with a dark twist. That’s what this book was. One of those books that takes you to a different world, completely forgetting where you are. It’s a world you rather don’t want to be stuck in, such a terrible world you will experience when reading this book.

Although I managed to read a large amount of books in the last two months, I didn’t achieve my Goodreads goal of seventy-five books. I managed to read seventy-two books in total, which I’m also pleased with. With this I want to close 2018, and focus on the coming year and all the reading that will happen.

 

 

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