Can you believe the end of 2017 is in sight!?! I hope you’ve all had a good year, there’ll no doubt have been ups and downs, highs and lows, but I hope overall you’d consider it a good year. If not, forget 2017, we never liked it anyway, and get ready to embrace 2018!
Before we get to my December bookish activity, let’s address the elephant in the room…. Remember that 2017 Beat the Backlist challenge I committed to a year ago – the one where I planned to read 12 books from my TBR published in, or prior to, the 90’s, yeah that one. Well, I failed, epically! Only reading 2 of 12 (Perfume by Patrick Suskind & The Collector by John Fowles), I’m as devastated as you are about this, just where did the year go – but whatever, forget 2017, remember! The year may be ending, but this challenge is still on – to the 10 remaining books (picture below) – I’ll see you in 2018!
While I might have failed at beating said backlist in 2017, so I can feel good about myself again, let’s remember that time I successfully completed the 24 in 48 readathon – reading for 24 of 48 hours!
Now we’ve got that out of the way, onto my December wrap up – I read 19 books this month. In my December TBR post, I planned to read 17 books this month (2 of which were non-starters so I DNFed them – White Bodies by Jane Robins and The Good Samaritan by John Marrs), so of the 15 books left, I read 8 of them – that’s not bad for someone who struggles to stick to a set monthly TBR – I’m much more of a mood reader and will abandon any TBR immediately if I see enough good reviews for a book or for an impromptu buddy read – which is evident from me reading 11 books which weren’t planned for this month. I’m also getting much better at balancing my review copies with my own books and library books – reading a good mix without feeling pressured to read review copies only.
The standout five star books of the month were:
NOS – 4R2 by Joe Hill
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Hydra by Matt Wesolowski (review coming next month)
Also read this month:
The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante
Close to Home by Cara Hunter
The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen
Dark Pines by Will Dean
The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
A Monster by Violet by Laura Wake (incl. Author Q&A)
Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
Read this month, reviews to follow next month:
Other bookish posts this month:
Criminally Good Book Club:
Looking for an online book club? Come and read some criminally good books with us over on Instagram – @criminallygoodbookclub – we’re kickstarting the new year with the sequel to Stillhouse Lake.
January’s book is Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
And that’s a wrap, folks! Join me in the new year as I kick off with a look back at my year in Goodreads. All that’s left for me to say is, however you’re celebrating, if at all, I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!