Monthly Recap: December 2014

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I feel like the term “monthly recap” is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case here’s my spiel! I’ll be recapping what I’ve read for the month and what reviews I’ve written, along with what I’m planning to read for next month. What’s been happening in my personal life may also be making an appearance from time to time (this of course depends on whether anything interesting happens!).

What I Read in December:

  1. Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
  2. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  3. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  4. The Good, The Bad, and The Undead by Kim Harrison
  5. Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier
  6. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  7. Gifted by Kelley Armstrong
  8. Hexed by Kevin Hearne

Wow, I didn’t realize how slow of a reading month December was until I made this list. Probably because I spent the first two weeks of December in a mad craze of paper writing and stressing about finals. Would not recommend.

What I Reviewed in December:

  1. Grave Witch by Kalayna Price
  2. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  3. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  4. Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier
  5. Gifted by Kelley Armstrong

I’ve been doing pretty well with my reviews lately because I’ve taken to writing them up almost immediately after finishing the book. My old process (taking notes, then using those notes to write reviews later on) was working out alright but I felt like I was gradually falling behind on my review pile.

Reading & Blogging Updates:

So last month I pledged to participate in the #ProjectFiveBooks challenge, a reading goal that encourages you to read five books you own before buying another – or borrowing one from the library. And guess what? I’ve stuck with it! I know, I was pretty shocked too. I just satisfied my book buying urges by getting everyone on my holiday list a book (not exactly unusual). I’m planning to keep it up, so fingers crossed that I can make it work in 2015 with all the exciting new releases coming out. Since I’ve been doing so well with the challenge I decided to reward myself with a lil’ something something from the library:

Because y’all wouldn’t shut up about how good Generation V is…. 😉 #book #books #bookstagram #read #reading #GenerationV

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Yay! I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series and everyone knows how I feel about UF, so it was only a matter of time before I got on board. Something really needs to be done about the number of UF series I’m reading right now…I’m thinking about trying to marathon a few series in 2015 to finish ’em up and at least one of my on-going series is getting abandoned because I’m not feeling it anymore (*cough Iron Druid Chronicles cough*).

I had a lovely two weeks off in December to spend with friends, family, and my guy. Reading kind of fell by the wayside for a bit there, but I’m gonna get back in the swing of things now that January is upon us! Two authors on my must-read list in 2015: Robin Hobb and Joe Abercrombie. Are there any books I should add to the docket?

9 thoughts on “Monthly Recap: December 2014

  1. If you’re starting Abercrombie, I’d go for Half a King first and The Second Law trilogy only later, if you like his style. I really liked HaK but was kind of disappointed by SL. My husband’s a huge fan and he buys everything the man writes, but I still have to read the 3 books following SL. I hope you like him!

    1. Thanks for the tips, Kaja! I think you’re right – I’ve heard that HaK has *slightly* more female characters than Second Law so that has more appeal for me. Plus it’s a hell of a lot shorter, so if I don’t like it I’m not forced to read 500 pages. I’ll let you know what I think!

    1. The Young Elites review should be up soon (I was meh about it) but I’ve not yet started Generation V. I’m hoping to get to it soon! Let’s just say that I’m happy I only own the first two Iron Druid Chronicles books, because that means I’m not obligated to continue.

  2. I had two weeks off as well – it was amazing – today is the last day and I’m sad because I go back to work Monday and the same day I go back to work my husband leaves for out of town for pretty much two weeks – and this next friday I start a week of ON CALL 24/7 for work for a whole week and I’ll be alone with my toddler so now he’s likely going to have to stay at grandma’s all week because I can’t work and watch him at the same time – I’m in misery it’ll be so loney.

    Anyways – I’m not surprised DEc was a slow reading month heck Maggie didn’t read anything all MONTH! Can you believe it! lol and she usually devours books like mad. She says next year we just have to plan ahead for her to be off all Nov/Dec lol.

    1. Yay vacation! Boo work! NOOOO Tabitha that is the actual worst!!! Hopefully the week doesn’t drag too much and you’ll get some done time & some play time with your little one.

      Wow this is nuts! Maggie’s usually one of the top readers at Not Yet Read, too. I can believe it, December is rough for everyone. Here’s hoping it will be slightly more relaxing next year!

  3. I’m thinking of abandoning Iron Druid Chronicles too, glad I’m not crazy or something ;-). I love that five books challenge! I think I might need to start with two or something and work my way up, but that’s going to be a general goal for me this year as well 😀

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