In December I managed to read a lot more books than I thought I would. By the time I broke up for Christmas, I’d only read two books and I didn’t really expect to finish anything else. But then I ended up reading a total of seven books.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien
In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young Hobbit is entrusted with an immense task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle Earth to the Crack of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power – the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord’s evil dominion.
It feels like it’s been a million years since I’ve followed Frodo, Sam and the rest of the Fellowship across Middle Earth and this time was like no other, I loved it. Definitely worth five stars.
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Ebenezer Scrooge, a most disagreeable curmudgeon, is visited by the ghost of his partner Jacob Marley. Marley informs him that he is to receive three visitors this Christmas Eve. They are the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Only they can help him change for the better.
I used to read this book every Christmas. But for some reason I haven’t pick it up for a long time. It was so nice to get back into the Christmas spirit with this five star book.
The Ladybird Book of the Zombie Apocalypse, by Jason Hazeley
This book is the latest in the series of Ladybird Books which have been specially planned to help grown ups with the world about them.
A short read but delightful none the less. It really did make me laugh. Five stars.
Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
On board the Jump Station Heimdall, at the edge of the galaxy, Hanna Donnelly – the captain’s daughter – and Nik Malikov – a reluctant member of a notorious crime family – are about to be thrown in the on going struggle that all but destroyed Kerenza. They don’t know what happened on board the Hypita until an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station and then Nik and Hanna, and Kady and Ezra are going to find that they’ll need each other – and the insane AI – if either ship wants to survive.
Since this was my favourite read of the year, you can bet that I loved this book completely. Yes, it wasn’t as good Illuminae but it was still brilliant. Another five star book.
The World of the Viking Gods, by Njordur P. Njardvik
The World of the Vikings Gods contains an informative introduction outlining the world-view, ideas and beliefs of the pagan Icelanders, followed by an account of the creation and individual gods. In the second half, the stories of the gods are retold, from the humorous adventures of the thunder god Thor to the darker events surrounding the death of Baldr, culminating in the apocalyptic vision of ragnarok: the end of the world and its rebirth.
Since I went to Iceland last year, I’ve wanted to know more about their culture and this book has been a real insight into Norse mythology. There were moments that were slightly … hard to read, probably because it’s a translation.
Gambit, by C.L. Denault
In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.
Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.
Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?
I was sent this book to review by Netgalley months ago and I only just got around reading. Although it wasn’t perfect, the writing was slow and somethings just didn’t click with me. It was an interesting plot. With a bit of work, it could have been amazing but at the minute it’s only a three star book.
Paper Butterflies, by Lisa Heathfield
June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net.
But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom . . . But at what price?
This book had so much promise but it just didn’t play out well. It was sent to me by Netgalley to review and I thought that it sounded amazing. But the events were unrealistic and yes, it did hint at life for someone who’s living in an abusive home, but it just didn’t feel right. It was like it was written by a child who didn’t really know what abuse is. It did make me weepy however. At the end, even if that felt really far fetched. Some of the language worked but as a whole it’s just wasn’t well executed; two stars.
Did you read anything good in December? Or have you read any of these, what did you think of them?
Book Total of 2017 – 0