SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER READS.

January 4, 2017

I went through a reading drought from September-November. I only finished one book during those months. I hate when that happens. However, I finished the year strong and read 11 books in December thanks to a week’s vacation and my own little read-a-thon on the last day of the year! I didn’t quite make it to my reading goal this year, but I came so close. I ended the year with 48 books read, which was just 4 books short of my goal of 52. So, I basically just really don’t need to have any more reading droughts so I can make it to 52 books in 2017.


The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Rating: 3/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the last book of The 5th Wave Trilogy. The first book of this trilogy was SO good. This one was just okay. I still enjoyed it, but it took me a little longer to get into this one. I am glad I read it to find out what happens to all the characters that I grew to love in the first two books though.


Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Rating: 3/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one came out last summer and got a lot of hype, so I decided to try it. I did like it, but it just wasn’t my favorite. The beginning was great, the middle was slow, and the ending grabbed my attention, but then left me wanting more. There was also some content that I wasn’t a fan of.


Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like many other people, I binge watched all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls over the past few months in anticipation of Netflix’s release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Black Friday. Once I finished that, I was dying to read Lauren Graham’s book and it did not disappoint. Since I loved both of her successful shows, Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, I enjoyed the behind the scenes info and insights that she gave in the book. The way she writes is much like Lorelei Gilmore talks, so I found this one super easy and enjoyable to read.


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My reading choices on my vacation were interesting considering I read some of Before the Fall (which is about a plane crash) while on a plane and then I read The Woman in cabin 10 (which is a mystery/thriller that mostly takes place on a cruise ship) while I was on a cruise ship. This one was great and made it into my top ten books I read in 2016. It keeps you guessing and I don’t want to give anything away, but the ending was SO good.


Books 4-6 of the Sierra Jenses series by Robin Jones Gunn

Close Your Eyes
Rating: 5/5 stars

Without a Doubt
Rating: 4/5 stars

With This Ring
Rating: 4/5stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been re-reading anything related to the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. This is the second series that connects together. They are definitely meant for young teenagers, but I’m enjoying reliving some of my favorite stories from my younger years. Even though they are definitely super corny.


All 4 books of the Winnie-the-Pooh series by A.A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh
Rating: 4/5 stars

The House at Pooh Corner
Rating: 4/5 stars

When We Were Very Young
Rating: 3/5 stars

Now We Are Six
Rating: 3/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided on the last day of the year to read as many books as I could to get closer to my reading goal, so of course I picked up these classic children’s books to help me out. The first two books have ten stories each and  are about 160-180 pages long. I actually really, really enjoyed them and many of the stories I could remember from the TV show. The last story in The House at Pooh Corner was bittersweet and probably my favorite. The last two books were actually books of poetry that didn’t have much of a connection to Winnie-the-Pooh. There were a few stories in each book that included either Pooh or Christopher Robin. Poetry isn’t my favorite so I didn’t like the last two as much, but there were a few poems in each book that I really enjoyed so I gave them 3 stars instead of 2.


Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the first graphic novel I’ve ever read, although it’s not technically a novel since it’s a true story about the author’s life through middle school and part of high school. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and read it in a couple of hours.


Later this week, I’m going to share my ten favorite books I read in 2016!

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