Monday, 1 January 2018

December 2017 Recap


First let me wish you all a very happy new year! I can't believe it's already 2018, as always the years seem to be flying by faster than ever, it's scary really. I hope this year brings you health, happiness and a whole mountain of fantastic books to read (along with some extra time to read them all LOL).

Today is also my 8th blogoversary and I honestly can't believe I've stuck with it for eight whole years! I've met so many wonderful people through my blog and goodreads though, discovered fantastic books and authors, made great friends with other readers across the world and had some brilliant experiences. I also hit the milestone of 2 million page views last year which was something I never could have expected. I'm so glad I started blogging all those years ago and I hope to have many more years of blogging still to come :o) Thank you to everyone who reads and comments on my reviews, I appreciate every single one of you.

Books read in previous months but reviewed in December:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Wonder Woman: War Bringer - Leigh Bardugo (Read in August, reviewed in December)
  2. Tangleweed and Brine - Deirdre Sullivan (Read in September, review coming soon)
  3. Deadlines and Dryads - Rebecca Chastain (Novella) (Read in September, reviewed in December)
  4. Vanguard - Ann Aguirre (Read in October, review coming soon)
  5. Ice Planet Holiday - Ruby Dixon (Novella) (Read in October, reviewed in December)
  6. Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson (Read in October, review coming soon)
  7. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon (Originally published in the UK as Cross Stitch) (Read in October, review coming soon)
  8. The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman (Read in October, reviewed in December)
  9. Even the Darkest Stars - Heather Fawcett (Read in October, review coming soon)
  10. Once Broken Faith - Seanan McGuire (Read in October, reviewed in December)
  11. Dreams and Slumbers - Seanan McGuire (Short Story) (Read in October, reviewed in December)
  12. The Last Namsara - Kristen Ciccarelli (Read in October, review coming soon)
  13. Artemis - Andy Weir (Read in October, review coming soon)
  14. Ride Wild - Laura Kaye (Read in October, reviewed in December)
  15. Lonely Planet Nepal (Travel Guide) (Read in October, review coming soon)
  16. Innkeeper Chronicles Volume 1 - Ilona Andrews (Read in November, review coming soon)
  17. Cherish Hard - Nalini Singh (Read in November, review coming soon)
  18. Otherworld - Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller (Read in November, review coming soon)
  19. Total Surrender - Rebecca Zanetti (Read in November, review coming soon)
  20. Trump's Christmas Carol - Lucien Young writing as Watt T. Dickens (Read in November, reviewed in December)
  21. Iron Gold - Pierce Brown (Read in November, review coming soon)
  22. Eternal - Cecy Robson (Read in November, reviewed in December)
  23. To The Nines - Janet Evanovich (Read in November, review coming soon)
  24. Beyond Forever - Kit Rocha (Novella) (Read in November, reviewed in December)
  25. Witchborn - Nicholas Bowling (Read in November, reviewed in December)
Books read in December:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. A Fistful of Frost - Rebecca Chastain (This was a beta read so I won't be reviewing it properly until I've read the finished version but this link takes you to my mini review on Goodreads)
  2. Chaos Falls - Pippa DaCosta
  3. Villain - Samantha Young (Novella)
  4. Vampire Fight Club - Larissa Ione (Novella) (review coming soon)
  5. Bad Moon Rising - Sherrilyn Kenyon (review coming soon)
  6. Last Call at the Last Chance - Seanan McGuire (Short Story)
  7. Magic Strikes - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  8. Little Miss Busy Surviving Motherhood - Roger Hargreaves
  9. Little Miss Shy Goes Online Dating - Roger Hargreaves
  10. Ceremony in Death - J.D. Robb (review coming soon)
  11. Danger's Race - Amanda Carlson
  12. Hunt - Rachel Vincent (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  13. Lion's Share - Rachel Vincent (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  14. Blind Tiger - Rachel Vincent
  15. Make Me Believe - Shiloh Walker (Novella)
  16. Spiroglyphics: Rock Heroes - Thomas Pavitte (Colouring Book)
  17. Beast in Shining Armor - Cassandra Gannon (review coming soon)
  18. Night of Cake and Puppets - Laini Taylor (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  19. Star Wars: Where's the Wookie? 2 (Activity Book)
  20. Mr Happy and the Office Party - Roger Hargreaves
  21. Mr Greedy Eats Clean to get Lean - Roger Hargreaves
  22. Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  23. Not Safe for Work - Charlotte Stein (Novella)
  24. Magic Mourns - Ilona Andrews (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  25. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (HP book 3) - J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay (Illustrated Edition) (review coming soon)
  26. Blood Bound - Rachel Vincent (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  27. Shadow Bound - Rachel Vincent (review coming soon)
  28. In Deepest Consequence - Seanan McGuire (Short Story)
  29. The Night Before Christmas - Clement C Moore
  30. The Brightest Fell - Seanan McGuire (review coming soon)
  31. Of Things Unknown - Seanan McGuire (Short Story) (review coming soon)
  32. IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler Deluxe Book and Model Set - Ramin Zahed (review coming soon)
  33. Wild Card - Rachel Vincent
  34. The Christmas Truce - Tiffany Reisz (Short Story)
  35. A Promise of Fire - Amanda Bouchet (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  36. A Valiant Light - Jana Oliver (review coming soon)
  37. Breath of Fire - Amanda Bouchet (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  38. Heart on Fire - Amanda Bouchet (review coming soon)
  39. The Golden Umbrella: Nepalese Folktales - Eva Kipp, Hem Rai, Dilip Sapkota, Rajendra Bajracharya & Parmeswari Shrestha (review coming soon)
  40. Terry Pratchett's Discworld Imaginarium - Paul Kidby (review coming soon)
Other December Posts
December Books of the Month:
(Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

My top YA read in December:


Deadlines and Dryads by Rebecca Chastain (read my review here)
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (read my review here)
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore (read my review here) - Always my favourite Christmas read!

My top NA read in December:


Eternal by Cecy Robson (read my review here)

My top adult read in December:


Chaos Falls by Pippa DaCosta (read my review here)
Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire (read my review here)

My Challenge Updates:

Here are the 2017 challenges I've signed up for:
2017 Read 100 Books in a Year Challenge - Read 255/200 - DONE
2017 British Books Challenge - Read 45/20 - DONE
2017 New Author Challenge - Read 46/50 - Close but didn't quite make it, I'm actually going to reduce my goal for this challenge next year because I really want to focus on finishing the many, many series that I'm currently in the middle of!
2017 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge - Read 114/100 - DONE
2017 Contemporary Romance Challenge - Read 29/20 - DONE
2017 Retellings Reading Challenge - Read 11/12 - I'm disappointed I didn't achieve this one, I have so many fairytale retellings on my to read pile that I should have been able to read 12 easily.

Here are the 2018 challenges I've signed up for:
2018 Read 100 Books in a Year Challenge - Read 0/200
2018 British Books Challenge - Read 0/20
2018 New Author Challenge - Read 0/20
2018 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge - Read 0/100
2018 Contemporary Romance Challenge - Read 0/20

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