December was a much better reading month than November. Granted, I only read two novels and the rest were easy to browse books that really don’t take too long to read cover to cover, but still. It was great and I especially tore through some more pages during my Christmas break. As a Christmas gift to myself, I ordered some illustrated Harry Potter books that were all available at half price from a Dutch online retailer, so I have completed that collection for the time being. Here’s what I read in the final month of 2017.
Maggie Stiefvater – Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Jennifer Donnelly – These Shallow Graves
J.K. Rowling – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J. K. Rowling – A History of Magic
Brian Sibley – Harry Potter: Film Wizardry
Bob McCabe – Harry Potter: From Page to Screen
2017 wasn’t my year for book buying. I read 40 by now, and in preparation of my move, I also decluttered over 100 books from my bookshelves. So that is 140 fewer books to worry about. But I hardly replenished my shelves with some new books. So while I kept track throughout the years of all books I bought and got, I never really was inspired to share which books I bought. However, now that we’re nearing the end of the year and I know exactly how many books I bought in 2017, I thought it would be fun to do a roundup.
2017 Book Haul
November was another month in which reading was scarce. I felt tired, a little sick at times and the reality of moving finally kicked in. I had little time to kick back and relax though because there was work and plenty of social engagements. So I had little time to read. The fact that I started a book that I just don’t feel very into, also didn’t help. But I did read one book that I did like and finish.
Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone
YA as a genre is not necessarily my favorite all the time, but a good chunk of my reads would fall into this category. Why? Because I want to read things that I enjoy. While that maybe tough literary classics at times, most of the time, I prefer easy, breezy reads that are action packed and include a great deal of fantasy and magic. YA offers me just that, but that doesn’t mean that reading YA books as an adult doesn’t come with its challenges.
Reading YA as an adult
October wasn’t much of a reading month for me. October was all about the move and DIYing. So I saw more paint brushes, hammers and nails than I did books. But near the end of the month, after the move had been completed, I was able to squeeze in a little bit of reading. So I don’t have much for you this time, but there is something there.
Angela Carter – The Magic Toyshop
September wasn’t a great reading month for me. I only read 3 books. I had a lot of teaching to do and I felt knackered after those days. The fact that the books I read were so-so and not the more engaging stories ever, also make it harder to read more. So this was a mediocre reading month with mediocre books, but I’m going to share them with you nonetheless.
Natasha Pulley – The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Boys
Maggie Stiefvater – The Dream Thieves
August has flown by and that means it’s time to show you the books I read. I only read two books. However if I add up the amount of pages that I read between those two books, it is close to 1200 pages. So even though the amount of titles I read is not too impressive, it is still pretty close to what I usually read. I just felt like investing some time in reading something more hefty with it being summer break and all that. Here’s the two books I read last month.
Jay Kristoff – Nevernight
Steven Price – By Gaslight