December 2018 Wrap-Up

This was an okay reading month for me, definitely not one of my best months. In the month of December I only ended up reading five books and I think this is due to me starting three big books, finishing one, DNFing another, and then I’m still reading the third. Anyways, enough babbling about my failed reading month, onto the books I did end up reading this month.

So the first book I completed this month was The Crimes of Gindelwald screenplay by J.K. Rowling. I was not a fan of this book. It felt to me that every guideline for magic and rules she set up when writing Harry Potter went out the window. I also felt that the plot line for this was very messy and almost felt that there really wasn’t any plot line. Some characters I felt were placed in this screenplay for the purpose of fans and they had nothing to do with the actual storyline, which might I add was also messy. Everything felt woven together really sloppily that they seemed like they weren’t woven together. Also, what the heck was J.K. Rowling thinking with the ending of the book. I ended up giving this 3/5 stars.

Finally, my copy of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han came in from the library. This book was an enjoyable quick read. I really liked the plot for this book and thought it was well executed. The characters were enjoyable to read about. So one of the things I wasn’t a fan about with this book is a spoiler so I can’t really go into it but I just thought this character put Lara Jean in not the best situations and as a character i did not like him and some of the things he did. I gave this book a 4/5 stars.

After this I picked up The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. What really drew me in to pick up this book was the plot. Though the pacing was slow for about half, maybe more, in the book, I thought the plot was pretty well executed. The character growth for the characters was really enjoyable to read about. If you want to know more on my thoughts you can check out my book review here.

Then my copy of Queen and Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare came!! I am so sad that this trilogy is over, I loved reading about the Blackthorn family. I have to say though, out of the three books of this trilogy, this was not my favorite book. I wasn’t the biggest fan is some ways the book went and at different times I was confused. I feel as though at points throughout the book there was a lot happening and I couldn’t quite understand what was happening. Besides this, I really enjoyed the book and I am sad to see this series come to a close. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

To finish out the month, and the year, I read The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray. This was an alright book. I didn’t completely love this book but I also didn’t hate it. What I liked about this book was how the author set up 1800s England. Gray did a good job making it seem believable. Not only did I feel that she got the setting right, but I felt she got the actions of character right. On the downside, the background characters felt flat and not well developed and the mystery wasn’t the best. I gave this 3/5 stars.

So those where all the books I read this month, and I’m glad to end the year with mainly good reads. Wishing everyone a happy new year and may the new year bring lots of good reads!

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