The final wrap up of the final books I read in 2019! December brought my total up to 108, which smashed my goodreads goal of 100! I didn’t read a huge amount in December, because I was so busy being festive, but here are the 6 books I did finish!
1. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – 3.5 Stars
This was on my most anticipated list, so I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t a 4 or 5 star read. It was good, I just expected more from the potential that Arthurian legends gives. I’m looking forwards to reading the sequel and hoping the relationships and character arcs develop more, but I’d probably say that unless you’ve got a really particular interest in Arthurian legend, then this one probably isn’t worth it. Also, it’s a travesty that there wasn’t more f/f romance in this.
2. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman – 3.5 Stars
This was the first time I’ve ever read this book – I’ve been meaning to read it for YEARS. I did enjoy it, it was definitely an adventure unlike anything else I’ve ever read. However, I really felt like Pullman’s intentions in this book are very conflicting. The plot reads like a strong 9-12 adventure, however there is so much complex subtext and social commentary revolving around the Church and its politics that I feel would be totally confusing for a child. It felt a bit divided and conflicted, hence the lower star rating for how much I enjoyed the plot.
3. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle – 3 Stars
I have a proper review on this here (if you can’t find it, I haven’t posted it yet – keep your eyes peeled), but basically it was dated, a bit boring and a lot sexist at times. One of the stories was cute and fun, but the others weren’t really worth reading IMO.
4. The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee – 5 Stars
This was everything I wanted it to be. It was a really sweet, touching and sometimes cringey story about Monty and Percy who we know and love from the previous book, and what happens once the adventure has died down. It’s about expectations and vulnerability and love. It was really cute and touching. Cannot wait for more from this series!
5. Sword of Destiny by Andrej Sapkowski – 4 Stars
This is the second book in the Witcher series, which was released as a Netflix show in December, hence trying to wrap this one up before it. I enjoyed the introductory first book, but this second one is where the story really starts moving. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in more depth and seeing their vulnerable side – we see a lot of Geralt’s humanity in his relationships with others and I thought that was so fascinating. Plus, everything started to add up and it’s all very clever. I’m so ready to plow on through the rest of the series now!
6. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell – 4 Stars
This was just a hell of a lot of fun, but also really interesting. This story follows Simon and Baz from Carry On after the Chosen One’s journey is over and I think that’s such an interesting dynamic to look at – what happens to those heroes who have been raised their entire lives for one purpose, when that purpose is complete? We find Simon in a state of depression at the start of this book, with no clue what to do with his life. Cue big American road trip! But obviously, nothing goes according to plan and we encounter many monsters and enemies along the way.
What did you read in December? What was your favourite?