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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!

2 Comments

  • Jorie

    Hallo, Hallo, Marie,

    I’m following through the #ReviewOTM linky – I haven’t heard of the #20For2020 yet – will be reading through your post shortly. I, admit, getting new content up on my book blog is taking a bit extra time this January; mostly between current events & the bushfires of Australia, my focus was elsewhere. I did kick-off with a TopTenTues featuring 10x Non-Fic Reads I want to consume within the first quarter/half of 2020; anchoured to the previous week’s Top Favourite #NewToMeAuthors for 2019.

    I’m still working through my thoughts for *2019!* I must admit, as I need to finish compiling my *End of the Year Survey* where I take a hard look back at all the stories I’ve read and do a retrospective on what I felt about them. Its a prompted survey and I enjoy the process as it is a way of closing the door on the past year’s readings.

    Pleasure reads, eh? lol I used to know exactly what that was… (being ironic here) As a book blogger it took me several years to realise that there is better balance between reviewing + blogging and taking moments offline to do whichever renews our blogger’s spirits. I used to be more frequently taking on reviews, etc for the blog but I started backing off on those in 2016. This year I feel I’ve come full circle and will be doing more pleasure reads and more non-booked readings seeing where my own wanderings take me – either through my libraries, my own purchases (print/audio) or what is on my shelf (yet to be read).

    I didn’t get into the Roth series – book / or / films – however, I know many appreciated them equally or preferred one over the other. The other selections I haven’t heard of previously… I agree about seeking ‘lighter reads’ as I had noted in my own reading queues I was constantly seeking out heavier dramas (esp Historical ones) or ones with intensive subjects to explore. I also try to remember to go from print to audio, Fiction to Non-Fic and mainstream to INSPY as I have a lot of facets of interest to explore yearly.

    I also agreed with you on getting inspired with new ideas – seasonally or otherwise… sometimes it is hard to predict who will have the idea that sparks inspiration in our IRLs.

    Lovely wrap-up post!

    • Catherine Marie

      Jorie,

      Thank you for your lovely comments! As you might have already figured out, #20for2020 is a concept made popular by Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before and Happiness Project. The list is for many people a little different than a “New Year’s Resolutions” list would be — I’ve seen people wanting to “buy a perfect winter coat” or “visit a museum.”

      Gretchen’s Better Than Before is a great book on the topic of habits. If that interests you, I highly recommend it.

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