December was a much slower reading month for me, with all the business of the festive season and the fact that I was working right up to Christmas Day. But that’s ok because reading is not a competition 🙂 Plus it gives me more room in this post to talk about my stats for the year!
Review Books/Books I was sent
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
This feminist reimagining of The Iliad was a powerful and visceral read. The narrative voice was compelling and painted a harrowing picture of the reality of the Trojan war for women.
The Dark Vault by V. E. Schwab
This bind-up of two of Schwab’s earliest novels, The Archived and The Unbound, was darker than I was expecting and a little confusing at first. However, once I got into the flow, I found the story very enjoyable. Book two might just have the edge over book one for me, thanks to it’s exploration of PTSD (I love it when a fantasy novel incorporates mental health topics!)
Perfect Silence by Helen Fields
The fourth and most recent book in the Perfect series, this one was definitely the most gruesome! The character development was superb and I was 100% invested. Bring on book five!
Books from my TBR
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
My last read of 2018, I deliberately saved this one for months and months because I thought it would be perfect to read over Christmas. While it was indeed full of festive magic, it was very slow in pace and not quite what I expected. It was still an enjoyable read! Just not the 5 star book I had hoped for.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
My first reread of Harry Potter in ten years was nothing short of magical 😉 I loved being back at Hogwarts and remembering all the little details that were left out of the film.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
The second book in the Harry Potter series is my least favourite but it is still full of great stuff! Plus Rowling’s foreshadowing is first class.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The quintessential Christmas story that really does stand the test of time. You can’t beat this one during the festive season.
Total pages: 2551
Average pages per day: 82
Longest book: The Dark Vault (697 pages), though technically it’s a bind-up of two books so longest standalone was The Toymakers (468 pages)
Shortest book: A Christmas Carol (144 pages)
Favourite read of the month: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Biggest disappointment of the month: I didn’t really have any major disappointments this month! If I had to pick, I’d say The Toymakers just because it wasn’t what I expected.
Male authors: 2
Female authors: 5 (though technically two Schwab so you could say 6)
Books read towards Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: 0. I decided not to push to finish the challenge because I’m fed up reading books just to hit challenge prompts.
Total books read: 146
Total page count: 51,023
Average page count per day: 139.8
Shortest book: The Castle of Otranto (125 pages)
Longest book: Middlemarch (912 pages)
Average Goodreads rating: 4.1 (wow, I thought I was harsher than that!)
Female authors: 94
Male authors: 52
Books from my backlist: 44
And that all but concludes 2018! All that’s left is to say a big thank you to everyone who has joined me on my blogging journey this year; your support means more to me than you can ever know! I have big plans for this blog in 2019 and I really hope you’ll all stick around to see it. Have a wonderful evening if you’re doing anything and all the best for the new year! x