Thursday, December 29, 2016

December Reads

Oh my goodness! It's the end of December. This year has been something else. Ups, downs, and super big changes that I just managed to get through (at times). I'm so glad I had the distraction of reading in 2016.

Despite December being a slow reading month, 2016 was a big reading year! I will end this year having read over 57 books. This is a record for me and one I will not likely repeat. I had lots of extra time this year with the move, transitions, unemployment, and deployment. I suspect 2017 will be busier for me.

So, to end this year, here are my 2016 December Reads...

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was a total out of the norm for me. I have never read a science fiction book before but this book was getting all kinds of hype I couldn't ignore. This novel is about physics and multiverses and lots of other things I don't really understand. But despite those "small details", I really liked this book. It was a quick moving, suspenseful story. The writing pulls you in from the get-go and moves very quickly. I recommend this to all readers. Dark Matter is getting a lot of popular reviews and I'm confident most people will enjoy it. It's not life changing or a must read.  It's just an entertaining book. I do think if you are looking to switch things up and fly through a good book, then Dark Matter is perfect. My husband and I buddy read this one for December. He flew through it without being courteous enough to slow down for me. I think having a non-reader do that is a good indication.

Right Under Your Nose by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Short Christmas novellas are sort of my favorite during December. There are a lot of great lesser known authors writing e-books and doing a great job. Right Under Your Nose is a short fiction chick lit story about two best friends who come to the realization they both want a romantic relationship... during Christmas. It was sweet and simple.

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber was a typical choice for me. Debbie Macomber is a popular Christmas story author. While her stories aren't my favorite, I couldn't pass up this book for $1. Starry Night took me much longer than necessary to read. And that's ok, right? I'm not big on cliche love stories and this is a typical boy-meets-girl, they can't stand each other, then they decide they are madly in love, and live happily ever after. I made it through and this is the last book I will read in 2016.

There you have it for December reading 😊

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  1. I feel like I need to read Dark Matter just to see what all the hype is about! Was the science that bad in the book? I felt like that's the reason why I didn't care for The Martian as much as everybody else.

  2. I really need to step up my reading game, once school is over I am going to start my list.

  3. Maybe I'll buy Dark Matter for my husband. He usually reads those types and then I do. I have a hard time getting into science-y books.

  4. A lot of people do seem to really love Dark Matter. I'm not a big sci-fi person, but I DO like some of it so I'm curious!


  5. I loved Dark Matter. I've enjoyed all of Blake Crouch's books and hope he writes more, soon.

  6. I host a book challenge and have chosen Dark Matter for "genre that I rarely read". I'm glad to hear your comments on it since you rarely read this kind of book too.