Friday, 22 December 2017

What I Read This Quarter [October - December]


We have finally come to the very last post of 'What I Read' for this year and just like every other month I am so chuffed and in a way proud of myself for the total number that just keeps climbing. Although I've said it in all of these quarterly catch ups (probably), in 2016 I only read the grand total of four books. Yes, 4. At the end of last quarter I was at 31 which is insane for me and now, well take a look below...


October

The Wouldbegoods by Edith Nesbit
 
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Back in July I read the first book in the Bastable Children series,  The Story of the Treasure Seekers, and I couldn't wait to carry on with the stories once I got my reading mojo back. I have no idea how I managed to bypass E Nesbit when I was younger but I am loving her books now at 27 years old.
As I mention in July, they were published in the late 1800s, early 1900s so there are a few jaw dropping moments where terribly unsuitable, problematic language is used which would make me say to stay clear of reading this to kiddos!

Dragon Ore (The Dawning of Power, #3) by Brian Rathbone
 
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I read #1 & #2 of The Dawning of Power last quarter aswell and enjoyed this, the last of the trilogy just as much as the others. Young adult, fantasy, adventure, strong female lead, war. It was good, I enjoyed, despite all the terrible reviews on Goodreads...



November

Dracula by Bram Stoker
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A classic. I started this in October as a Halloweeny read but as it was such a busy month I didn't complete it until the 6th of November haha! In a way I was a little disappointed in this as it has such a reputation and to me it wasn't as amazing as expected.

Once Upon A Dream
(Twisted Tales #2) by Liz Braswell 
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Actually this is another book with terrible reviews! A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) was one of 2016's four books and I reaaallly enjoyed it, seriously, it was so good, so I was excited for this until I saw the reviews. It did take me a while to get through, October 5th - November 29th to do 452 pages...eek. I did tell you October was a busy though.
Anyways, at parts it did get a tiny bit slow but overall it was a cool plot.



 December

Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
 
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 I sound like a broken record, but yet again this was another October start as I wanted something spooky. This was a difficult read and I ended up having to force myself into reading it to get it done because I was so bored by it. Not what I expected at all. Okay at parts hence the 2 instead of 1 star.
 
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
 
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December meant it was time for some Christmassy reads and what springs to mind more when thinking of Christmas than A Christmas Carol?! I'm sure we studied it in Literature in school and of course I've seen many movie interpretations, but I really enjoyed reading the original again.
 
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (& A Kidnapped Santa Claus) by L. Frank Baum
 
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After finishing the above book, I looked into other classic Christmas classics and found that L. Frank Baum, the author of the Oz series that I adore had a couple of stories about Santa! These are technically two separate 'books' however the 2nd was very short so I've classed it as one. I adored them both! These should be much more well known about and should be read to kids in December - beautiful. Love, love, loved.


 The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens  
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Never was there a bigger comparison in thoughts on books. After A Christmas Carol I had big hopes for another Charles Dickens but it just wasn't for me. Didn't 'get' it and will not read again. Not exactly sure how it's meant to be a Christmas novella either :/

Wayward Spirits: A Prelude to the Dawning of Power by
Brian Rathbone
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 I didn't realize this exisited until doing this post so downloaded the ebook and gave it a quick read, It was a quick read too as this 'prequel' is only like 10 pages long or something. I enjoyed it for what it was but really would have liked it to be more substancial.


 The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens
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Well, I gave one more Dickens Christmas story a go and it was okay. I enjoyed it more than The Cricket in the Hearth but no where near as much as A Christmas Carol.


New Treasure Seekers
 by Edith Nesbit 
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So technically I haven't finsihed this one yet, however it will be finished by the end of the month so I'm including it and will update with my rating once I do complete it. So far I'm liking it!



There we have it! With a goal of 10 books to read this year I have ended it totaling 4 times that and actually 10 times last years total. (Technically it's 42, not 40, but as two this month were very short I'm not counting them).
I know many people have read double that but having just gotten my reading mojo back, I am completely over the moon and actually rather proud of myself reaching such a number.  I'll wait until January to set next years goal though...haha
What did you read this year?? Comment links to any related blog posts if you fancy :)



Check out my revious posts in this series -
What I Read This Quarter [July - September]
What I Read This Quarter [April - June]
What I Read This Quarter [January - March] 
What I Read in 2016 

6 comments:

  1. Wow, you've done so well with reading this year! I'm so glad you've found your reading mojo again <3 x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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  2. Well done! I know how it is. Last year I've read 13 books, this year I'm up to 58 and I think I'll get to 60 by the end of the month. It's about time and also about the books, for me at least. :)

    Merry Christmas! xx

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    1. Thank you! Oh wow, that's brilliant. Agree with both! It was one certain book that kicked it off for me last year and I haven't stopped since. Been slowed down but a couple of not so great ones like...haha

      xo

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  3. Oh man, I need to read A Christmas Carol! I swear I keep hearing so many people talk about it now because it's Christmas and I keep hearing it mentioned in films, I have to read it!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. Oh you totally do!! Try squeeze it in before the end of the year haha. It's not a long one.

      xo

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