December 2016 Reads

December is always the last push to finish the Goodreads goal and for some reason, I usually get lazy.  I started off well but I only read one book during the last week-SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.

I actually read 11 books in December but because I’m on the Best Fiction For Young Adults Committee for ALA/YALSA and I can’t comment on nominated books so I can only discuss 7 books.

Click the book covers for full reviews.

HARRY POTTER REREAD-Four friends and I are doing a reread of Harry Potter so I reread Sorcerer’s Stone; Chamber of Secrets; and Prisoner of Azkaban. 

I was late to the HP party and I read them for the first time three years ago and this is only the second time I’ve read the series.  

On the reread I’m noticing that the movies dropped important story lines and I think it’s because JK was writing the books during the films and she didn’t even know what was going to be important-Neville; Fudge; Voldemort and Dumbledore’s backstories.

alchemists-of-loomTHE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM by Elise Kova-I picked this up because of the high Goodreads rating and not because of that cover-yikes!  It dumps you right in and you’re slowly able to figure your way out but it’s an incredible fantasy with well rounded characters.   I’m not a big steampunk fan and this was my first novel by Kova but I HIGHLY recommend this book. bombbombbombbomb 1/2

crystal-stormCRYSTAL STORM by Morgan Rhodes-This is book 5 in the Falling Kingdoms Series and it almost felt like Rhodes had to add new characters and storylines and the book became a bit outlandish.  I almost decided to give up on the series but it ended quite well and I’m still invested.  I’ve come this far; might as well finish. bombbombbombbomb

 

history-is-all-you-left-meHISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera-I received this book at BEA in May and it sat on by shelf.  I LOVED More Happy Than Not-it was my 3rd fave of 2015 but I don’t like sad stories and I knew History was going to be sad.  So it sat and I decided to make it my final read of 2016 and because I was reluctant to read it, I didn’t read anything else the final week of December because I was dreading this read.  

I’ve met Adam a couple of times and I really like him and his incredible energy.  I’ve heard him speak about his OCD and I know there are some similarities to Griffin-the MC in History.  I know this sounds insensitive but I’d rather know the energetic Adam because this other Adam seems too personal. I feel like I’ve read his personal journal and I feel sorry for him which I’m sure he doesn’t want pity.  I know he’s sharing this story to help teens cope with loss and mental illness but I’m that person who doesn’t know how to handle someone who’s crying so this just feels too personal.

As I said before, I don’t like sad stories and this begins with a death and it’s got double the grief and sadness and loss and it was just too much.  I also don’t like romance and this was dripping with the I Love You’s.   Basically, this book is not for me and I skipped through most of it and therefore I can’t rate it. And I think Theo was semi based on John Corey Whaley and I just kept picturing Adam and John as Griffin and Theo and that was weird because this is about teens and I’m picturing adult men. 

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