What I Read Last Month: December 2019

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To be honest, I spent so much time talking/thinking/writing about the new year that typing 2019 feels quite odd. Nonetheless, I cannot completely close the door behind last year without sharing what I read in December. Because my semester ended in the first week of the month, I head more time to read for pleasure (because that is actually the only thing that matters, correct?).

Cordially Invited
Zoe Sugg

I have followed this British YouTuber for a couple of years now, and I really enjoyed looking through this book. No, she didn’t come up with a ground-breaking seasonal to-do list or never-heard-of recipe. Even so, it’s still fun to be able to search for the season you’re in and glean some fun ideas for your own home.

Divergent
Veronica Roth

I don’t think there is much that needs to be said about this bestseller. Though I had seen the movie long before I decided to read the book, I enjoyed it so much that it took me only a day to finish it. The characters are relatable, the world a picture of the political struggle we are in right now, and the evolving relationship between Four and Tris is dreamy. I might have been picturing Theo James every time Four was present in the story.

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” 

Insurgent
Veronica Roth

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy. I was excited to continue where Divergent left off, but Insurgent failed my expectations. Tris became a bit too whiney and Tobias (formerly Four) also seemed to have changed a lot more than his name. If I remember correctly, I gave Insurgent only 3 stars on Goodreads — somewhat of a great fall from the 5+ star I gave Divergent.

“The truth has a way of changing people’s plans.” 

Allegiant
Veronica Roth

As you might have guessed already, despite my disappointment with the previous book, I made myself read the third Divergent book. I wish I could tell you that Allegiant fixed everything that was wrong Insurgent, however, it got even worse. The truth is, I skimmed through the last 200 pages. 

As I’ve already mentioned, Tris and Four’s relationship was what I loved about Divergent. Sadly, this book ruined literally everything. Between the lies, the arguments, and the anger…. their relationship just stopped holding the same appeal. Because I saw a spoiler and knew what was coming, I didn’t even really bother to pay much attention to the ending. I got through the book, but I didn’t really care about any of the characters anymore.

Confessions of a High School Disaster
Emma Chastain

This is basically a YA version of the Bridget Jones Diary. Yes, it’s very simple. but it’s also unbelievably relatable, funny, and captivating. Some of Chloe’s choices were somewhat annoying; however, isn’t that in the job description of all teenagers? Long story short … I really enjoyed reading this book. If you’re looking for something light, give this one a try.

“I’m Chloe Snow, and my life is kiiiiind of a disaster.”

I read couple more books in December, but none of them are really worth writing about. If you’re interested in my reviews of Five Feet Apart (Rachael Lippincott), Hold Me Close (Megan Hart), and the Four short stories (Veronica Roth), you can indulge yourself on my Goodreads profile.

And that’s a wrap for the last What I Read edition of 2019. If you’ve read my #20for2020 list, you know that my goal for this year is to read at least 75 books. I can’t wait to share my reading journey with you all!

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