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text 2018-01-01 06:00
December Books

 I read 34 books for December. 11 were audiobooks and 12 were graphic novels. I had a few not-so-great reads, but the majority were 4 stars or above. Not a bad way to end the year.

 

 

5 Stars

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Trilogy) - Kiersten White Moxie: A Novel - Jennifer Mathieu  

 

4.5 Stars

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns - Julie C. Dao  Girls Made of Snow and Glass - Melissa Bashardoust  DC Comics: Bombshells (2015-2017) Vol. 5: The Death of Illusion - Marguerite Bennett,Elsa Charretier,Laura Braga,Mirka Andolfo  

 

4 Stars

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss  The Gatekeepers - Jen Lancaster  Renegades - Marissa Meyer  Goldie Vance Vol. 3 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Brittney Williams,Noah Hayes,Sarah Stern  SLAM! Vol. 1 - Pamela Ribon,Veronica Fish  Scythe - Neal Shusterman  The Empress - S.J. Kincaid  This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada  Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch (Rebirth) - Greg Rucka,Liam Sharp  The Black Witch - Laurie Forest  The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact - Chip Heath,Dan Heath  Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 1 - Sui Ishida  It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree - A. J. Jacobs  Giant Days Vol. 1 - Whitney Cogar,Lissa Treiman,John Allison  Giant Days Vol. 2 - Max Sarin,Lissa Treiman,John Allison  Giant Days Vol. 3 - John Allison,Max Sarin  Giant Days Vol. 4 - John Allison,Max Sarin,Liz Fleming,Whitney Cogar,Jim Campbell  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Erika L. Sánchez  Animosity Volume 1 - Marguerite Bennett,Mike Marts  

 

3.5 Stars

Textrovert - Lindsey Summers  Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird) - Claudia Gray  That Inevitable Victorian Thing - E. Russell Johnston Jr.  First We Were IV - Alexandra Sirowy  Learning to Swear in America - Katie Kennedy  

 

3 Stars

Dream On (The Silver Trilogy) - Kerstin Gier,Anthea Bell Release - Patrick Ness  

 

2.5 Stars

27 Hours - Tristina Wright  America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez - Gabby Rivera,Joe Quinones  Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 1: Going Underground (Young Animal) - Gerard Way,Jon Rivera,Michael Avon Oeming  

 

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review 2017-12-31 16:50
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 3 - Armistice Day / Veterans' Day: Murder at Castle Cloon
Death in December - Gordon Griffin,Victor Gunn

This novella by Victor Gunn (one of several pseudonyms of Edwy Searles Brooks) also forms the centerpiece of the second British Library Christmas mystery short fiction anthologies edited by Martin Edwards that I read this month (Crimson Snow), but I listened to it in the audio version narrated by Gordon Griffin, who is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators of classic / Golden Age British mysteries.

 

The story concerns a Christmas visit to Cloon Castle in Derbyshire, the home of Johnny Lister, sergeant to Chief Inspector Bill "Ironsides" Cromwell, Gunn's gruffly iconic series detective.  And the two policemen haven't even arrived ante portas yet when they're running into their first mysterious appearance: a figure that seems to be walking in the snow at some distance; without, however, leaving so much as a single footprint.  When they are assembled around the fireplace after dinner with the other guests, the afternoon's strange encounter is duly followed by the legend of the castle ghost and by a visit to the "ghost chamber", but things take a serious turn when one of the guests engages to spend the night in the "ghost chamber" to disprove the legend once and for all, only to be found injured and of obviously disturbed mind hours later -- and when not long thereafter, a stranger's corpse is found in one of the graves in the family crypt abutting the "ghost chamber."  The solution, when ultimately revealed by "Ironsides", is very much down to earth and rather ugly, but there's plenty of derring-do to be had along the way, including a rather fiendish attempt on the Chief Inspector's life and much fine detection work (and enjoyable writing).

 

Since Johnny Lister's father, the host of this story's countryside Christmas gathering, is a retired general who has duly earned himself a DSO (I'm assuming in WWI -- the story was first published in the early 1940s, but it sounds like the general's retirement isn't a recent one, and retiring in the midst of WWII doesn't sound likely to begin with), I'm using this as my Veterans' Day / Armistice Day read in the context of the 16 Festive Tasks.

 

 

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text 2017-12-31 15:39
December Re-Cap
The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka
Marrow - Tarryn Fisher
Undone (Unknown Trilogy Book 3) - Wendy Higgins
Dear Daughter: A Novel - Elizabeth Little
The Butterfly Project - Emma Scott
Down to the Liar - Mary Elizabeth Summer
Certain Dark Things: A Novel - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
RoomHate - Penelope Ward
Undertow - Michael Buckley
Pretty Dead Girls - Monica Murphy

Ohhhh...December!  I had very good Christmas, and I hope you all did too.  I even managed to read a few books. I'm having a difficult time reconciling the end of 2017.  Not sure why that is???  I just can't believe the new year is here, already.  On to my re-cap...

 

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

Finish Date: 12/01

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  12/08

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Undone by Wendy Higgins

Finish Date:  12/13

4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Finish Date:  12/14

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Kindle eBook) The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Finish Date:  12/19

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(eBook Novella) Down to the Liar by Mary Elizabeth

Finish Date:  12/20

2.5/5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Finish Date:  12/20

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Finish Date:  12/23

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Undertow by Michael Buckley

Finish Date:  12/29

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Netgalley eArc) Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Finish Date:  12/30

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

Plus 1 DNF...I just couldn't get into this.

 

11 BOOKS TOTAL

3,316 Pages 

6 Audiobooks, 1 Novella, 2 eBooks, 1 DNF eBook and 1 Negalley eArc.

 

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text 2017-12-31 12:49
December 2017 Wrap Up
Bad Feminist: Essays - Roxane Gay
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer

Last monthly wrap up of 2017. So many DNFs.....

 

Challenges

BL/GR: 166/150 Complete!

Pop Sugar: 52/52 Complete!

Library Love: 2; 54/36 Complete!

16 Tasks: 32 points total

 

Books Read:

1. Saga Volumes 2-4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples - 4 stars to each volume

 

2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley - 5 stars (Recommend especially to the Flat Earth Society reading group, but I am going to be recommending this book to EVERY DAMN BODY in 2018)

 

3. Let Us Dream (from the anthology Daughters of a Nation) by Alyssa Cole - 2.5 stars

 

4. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton - 0 stars

 

5. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes - 2 stars

 

6. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - 3.5 stars

 

7. I Know What I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee - 3 stars

 

8. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxanne Gay - 4 stars

 

Books Re-Read:

9. Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

 

Currently Reading: Beyond Belief: My Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill (50% completed)

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-12-30 20:14
December 2017 — A Wrap-Up!

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on December 30, 2017.

 

 

 

A fun book and a tribute to These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. It was a fun read.

 

 

You can find my review here but here are some fun quotes from the books that I didn’t mention in it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roman blinked again and smacked Aspid’s nose with his hand. “What did I say about kisses? No kisses unless invited.”
Aspid’s tongue contracted. He pulled Roman into his mouth.
I sprinted.
“Yes, I love you, too,” Roman said from inside the forest of teeth. “I need to go now. Come on.”
The dragon opened his mouth and put Roman back into the mud.

 

 

Review and the status of Project Frankenstein over here!

 

 

Review to come soon!

 

 

 

Review to come soon!

 

 

Much too short, even for a short. I can’t wait to get started on the next instalment from this series!

 

 

Okay, so I liked this book but that might have just been because I was imagining Emma Watson in place of the main character. I say this because the story introduced no novel concept. Whatever there was, it already had been done many times.

 

 

Much better than the previous book from this series!

 

 

This next part contains pictures from our visit to Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai. Go ahead, if you’d like to see what a mall based on the different ancient civilizations of the world would look like!

 

Mughals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Persian

 

 

 

Us

 

 

 

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