Books, General

December: It’s a Wrap

It’s the last wrap post for all of the books I read in 2017. Can you believe this is It? I didn’t read that much in December overall really, due to family news, a holiday to London, and then the festive period, my concentration has been poor and my free time has been focused on other things. But that’s no excuse, my book of the year was finished this month!

Let’s get on with the show:

An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth: Life Lessons From Space Col. Chris Hadfield | 13 Nov 17 – 08 Dec 17 | Paperback/Audiobook | 5 Stars

D’you know what? I don’t think there are words that express the abundance of knowledge and emotion that I feel like I am now in touch with that I have gained solely from reading this book. The Colonel has a wealth of life lessons and information that he passes along in such a way that every single word, phrase, page is a piece of teaching that is worth utilising over a lifetime.

I love space. I love science. I love planes; so the mix of these was always going to make this a great read, but hearing just how much he loves these, and how hard he fought to pursue his goals (however impossible at the time) is simply, and incredibly, inspiring.

The magic and magnificence of this book lay outside the parameters of space, and was in the small things. ‘Sweat the small stuff’ and ‘Aim to be a zero’ are word’s I will now live by. I can count on a fingerless hand how many books have changed my way of thinking, and this book shifted it quite significantly.

And then there is the narration itself. Listening to the passion and the knowledge oozing from Chris Hadfield’s voice as he tells his life story is like listening to wisdom itself, and throughout, his calm demeanour and his constant optimism (no matter if the tone of the story being told shifted in the direction of something else) makes him the quintessential teacher, and one of the world’s greatest +1’s.

This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor Adam Kay | 08 Dec 17 – 19 Dec 17 | Audiobook | 5 Stars

I read this really for two reasons: 1) my housemate had just finished it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The bits she read out were hilarious so I thought, why not. 2) It was my selection for a work based book club that was selected.

I thought I would quite like it, but I didn’t expect to love it like I did. Kay has a very black and dry sense of humour, that when describing some horrific situations adds an unusual element. It also adds a hilarious twist to the mundane acts and the ridiculous stories.

I think the story really gives a great understanding of what a junior doctor is (pretty much and doctor not a consultant according to him) and is give you a really good sense of what they do and go through, but also just what they do to save lives and help every person that walks through their door, no matter their personal situation.

Thoroughly surprising in the best kind of way.

Darker E L James | 16 Dec 17 – 21 Dec 17 | Paperback | 3 Stars

I feel like now I am just reading these so that a) I can say I have as a discussion piece with certain friends etc b) because I’ve started and therefore want to finish, and c) because I actually enjoy moaning and complaining about how bad they are.

That said, I actually didn’t think that this was that bad, and flew through it pretty quickly. It’s much less irritating to read the story from the point of view of Christian rather than Ana, and because the story is easily to follow and recall so I can easily skim the bits that I don’t want to read in too much detail.

Fact is, I don’t love it, but I know I’ll buy the next one and read it pretty quickly as well.

Make My Wish Come True; A Christmas Romance Jade Cooper | 24 Dec 17 – 25 Dec 17 | E-book | 1 Star

There is just no way to sugarcoat how awful I found this. It was just poor quality, in every way. I really don’t want to slam an author who has had their work published, but it was really bad. The story was weak (even for a new-adult novella that was based in ‘fantasy/monster’ adult fiction) and I finished it just because I didn’t want to admit that I didn’t think I could finish a book that was only 23 pages. It’s a part of my life I won’t get back, but I’m out the other side guys.

The Christmasaurus Tom Fletcher | 25 Dec 17 – 31 Dec 17 | Paperback/Audiobook | 5 Stars

I know, this is genuinely is a children’s book, but genuinely, it’s a really really good book. I went into this thinking that I’d quite like it as I love Christmas, dinosaurs, and the author, and was pleasantly surprised that it exceeded all my expectations.

The plot is thought through, and well narrated, with moments that would be very funny for children but were layered with more adult based humour. I loved the little details of this book, the half crumpets, the amusing names, and the absolutely incredible way of portraying belief. I think the simplicity of this is so well done that it was actually mindblowing.

The added bonus of this book is that there was a twist towards the end that I really didn’t see coming. I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers, so I often accidentally second guess the plot, but I genuinely didn’t see it coming. Well done Tom!

Books Read: 5 | Ave. Rating: 3.8 Stars

Not too bad a way to finish December and 2017. I saved the best book of the year to near the end, and I really embraced the audiobook to it’s full capacity.

What have you read and loved during 2017? What are you looking forward to reading in 2018?

Happy New Year!

4 thoughts on “December: It’s a Wrap”

  1. I’m sure you’re right that Christian’s POV would be less irritating, Anna tended to drive me bonkers!

    I don’t read as much in December either. I noticed there are months of the year that my reading slows down, and this is one of them.

    Looks like a fun month for you reading and non-reading wise


    1. I think December is always jam-packed with so much stuff that reading takes a back seat for a lot of us!

      Christian is less irritating, and doesn’t have an inner goddess which is an instant swing in his favour haha!


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