Sorry for the delay in posts! I really hoped to post every day I was in Edinburgh and even took my laptop with me to do it, but I was so tired after I got back from a full day of sightseeing each day that I just didn’t have the energy to do it. But! Silver lining because you will now be seeing a couple of posts a day from me for the next few days. I’m off work now until the new year so now I can focus on blogging, reading and, most importantly, relaxing!
So with this post I wanted to do some mini reviews for the books that I’ve already read this month. As December is usually quite a large reading month for me (and I still have a bunch more books to get through on my TBR), I thought future me would thank me in not having to do a gigantic wrap-up post at the end of the month for what could be 25 or so books!
So, in total so far, as we’re now more than halfway through December (I know, where has the time gone already!?), I have read 8 books so far, so have 16 more to go. Most of these have been on audio books as I’ve been really busy with work and trying to get everything finished before the holidays and haven’t been able to keep my eyes open for very long after blogging, too.
So, apologies for the unnecessarily long intro, but here are all the books I’ve read so far in the month of December, in order. Starting with:
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was a really interesting read and the way it was written made the science feel so accessible and straight-forward to understand. There was tons of background information and it was laid out so clearly. If you’re going to read this, I would recommend the audio – it definitely made it easier to understand.
Winnie-the-Pooh (Vol. 1) by A.A. Milne 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was such a sweet collection of stories from the Hundred Acre Wood. I loved Winnie-the-Pooh growing up. I watched all the cartoons and it was cool to hear them on audio in their original story format. The narrator did an amazing job at bringing these characters, who have such a special place in my childhood, to life. There’s three more main volumes of the Winnie-the-Pooh story collection, so I’ll be getting to those quite soon.
Deathnote: Black Edition, Vol. 4 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I’m unsure how I feel about what happened at the end of the first half of this. I won’t go into it because spoilers, but I think I’m mad at it? I would have needed the next half of the volume to set up something just as exciting and I’m not sure if that’s what we got yet. I’ll have to wait and see in the next volume, I guess!
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell 🌟🌟🌟
I picked this one up on audio purely for the fact that David Tennant narrates it. It was an okay story – one I’ve read many times before. But the thing that stood out was definitely the narration, as I thought it would. Tennant was superb at bringing all the characters and the world to life. It was a two star story with five star narration, so overall a three star rating.
Giant Days, Vol. 7 by John Allison & Liz Fleming 🌟🌟🌟.5
This was a fun addition to the series. I don’t have too much to say about it – each issue is episodic and mostly self-contained and I liked each one. I love these characters and their shenanigans.
Little Dreamers by Vashti Harrison 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I adored this picture book and am so glad it exists for children to read and learn more about important women in history that are often ignored or otherwise under-represented. Harrison’s art style is absolutely beautiful – she has such a special and unique way of expressing people. I’m looking forward to reading everything she puts out.
Matilda by Roald Dahl 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I wasn’t overly familiar with the story before I read this so found this really exciting to listen to. It was actually so funny – I found myself laughing out loud at various points. Also, the audio was narrated by Kate Winslet, who was amazing at bringing the characters to life. I’ve had a lot of luck with audio book narrators so far this month!
The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone & Fiona Woodcock 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I’ll talk more about it in my WWW Wednesday post later on, but I fell in love with this picture book. It’s so sweet and just as imaginative as Elphinstone’s Rumblestar that I read last month. She’s quickly becoming one of my favourite children’s authors and I can’t wait to make my way through the rest of her back catalogue.
So that’s all the books I’ve read so far this month. I still have a fair few to go before I reach my Goodreads goal, so you might need to expect more audio books in my end-of-month wrap-up!