Hellooooo! I know this is a little late, I kind of got so stuck in to the books I want to read this month that I forgot to do the post for it… my bad! I cannot believe it is December and I’m writing this, but I have set myself quite a high bar this month.
I honestly don’t know how much of this I’ll get through, I have a lot to do with work, blogging and some DIY Christmas gifts that I want to make, but I’m going to give it a really good shot! So here we go, my December TBR list. Honestly, this is in no particular order, I’ll probably just pick out of this list according to how I feel at the time.
I am on Goodreads, if you want to connect with me, I’m updating my current reading and reviewing on there. My username is ObliviousApple (or Cheryl Gemma should find me as well). I have only just gone back to Goodreads, so it’s a little bare at the moment!
1. The Call – Paedar O’Guilin
“Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.
Could you survive the Call?”
Published: 30th August 2016
Goodreads rating: 3.92/5
Why? What first drew me to this book was the cover. It is really simple, but at the same time it drew me in. The first thing I saw was the ‘scribbled circle’ kind of front, then I saw the line ‘You have three minutes to save your life’. After this, I went straight to reading about the book and as soon as I read it, it was one of the first things on my TBR list for December.
2. Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
““Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.”
Published: 26th July 2016
Goodreads rating: 4.13/5
Why? This one actually showed up for me after watching a Youtube video from LifeWithEmilyFox – it’s the first book she shows in the video. The way she described it made it sound fantastic, and she gave it 5 stars which I know is not something she gives out easily! After that, I went straight ahead and purchased it in e-book form as I couldn’t wait to read it right away.
3. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”
Published: 13th May 2014
Goodreads rating: 3.85/5
Why? I’m pretty sure I saw this one on Zoella’s book club. After looking in to this, the whole ‘secretive’ vibe around it, explaining barely anything about the book got me interested. I want to know what happens, why and what this big secret is!
4. The Movie Version – Emma Wunsch
“In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons.
But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.”
Published: 11th October 2016
Goodreads rating: 3.37/5
Why? This one actually came to me free. However, there were no strings attached and I’m not obliged to post a review or anything. Honestly, this probably would not have been a book I would have chosen for myself, but I like that it’s opening my options a bit more and we’ll see how it goes!
5. When We Collided – Emery Lord
“We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…
Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.”
Published: 5th April 2016
Goodreads rating: 3.85/5
Why? This is another one that I was sent, no strings attached. Honestly, I usually do put a review out for these because I really appreciate when authors and companies send me books for free. Regardless of what I think, I will always read them and give an honest review. Again, this one sounds like it may be a bit young for me, but I’m still open to giving it an honest review based on the story and book and not based on my specific interests.
6. Haunt Me – Liz Kessler
“Joe wakes up from a deep sleep to see his family leave in a removals van. Where they’ve gone, he has no idea. Erin moves house and instantly feels at home in her new room. Even if it appears she isn’t the only one living in it. Bit by bit, Erin and Joe discover that they have somehow found a way across the ultimate divide – life and death. Bound by their backgrounds, a love of poetry and their growing feelings for each other, they are determined to find a way to be together.
Joe’s brother, Olly, never cared much for poetry. He was always too busy being king of the school – but that all changed when Joe died. And when an encounter in the school corridor brings him face to face with Erin, he realises how different things really are – including the kind of girl he falls for.
Two brothers. Two choices. Will Erin’s decision destroy her completely, or can she save herself before she is lost forever?”
Published: 6th October 2016
Goodreads Rating: 3.75/5
Why? This actually came up as a recommendation to me on Goodreads. It was the cover that actually grabbed my attention more than the description originally. I love all things creepy and haunted, though I’m not 100% that’s where this book is going. I guess we’ll find out!
7. What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick
“Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she’ll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen’s dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.
A magnetic, push-you-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti. “
Published: 15th April 2014
Goodreads Rating: 3.71/5
Why? I honestly can’t remember how I came to get this book, it was either recommended to me or sent to me. I was a couple of months ago, and unfortuantely I’m only just getting around to it now. I’m interested to see where this one goes, definitely another one for opening up the variation of books I read.
8. Relativity – Antonia Hayes
Published: 3rd May 2016, cover shown 17th Jan 2017
Goodreads Rating: 3.65/5
Why? This was actually sent to me as a Press Release and part of a book blog tour. I was under the impression that it was a new book, but research has told me it’s not. My assumption is that the release date I’ve been given is for a new cover. My review on this however, as usual, will be 100% honest.
9. A Boy Made Of Blocks – Keith Stuart
“Alex loves his family, and yet he struggles to connect with his eight-year-old autistic son, Sam. The strain has pushed his marriage to the breaking point. So Alex moves in with his merrily irresponsible best friend on the world’s most uncomfortable blow-up bed.
As Alex navigates single life, long-buried family secrets, and part-time fatherhood, his son begins playing Minecraft. Sam’s imagination blossoms and the game opens up a whole new world for father and son to share. Together, they discover that sometimes life must fall apart before you can build a better one.
Inspired by the author’s own relationship with his autistic son, A Boy Made of Blocks is a tear-jerking, funny, and, most, of all true-to-life novel about the power of difference and one very special little boy. “
Published: 6th September 2016, current cover Jan 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.42/5
Why? Honestly this is another book for my book blog tour, which you’ll be seeing a few books feature in throughout the year. This is another one for my January set, and again my review will be 100% honest. I’m quite looking forward to this one, the description pulled me in straight away.
10. Burned and Broken – Mark Hardie
“An enigmatic policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.
A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.
As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague’s death, they’re under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force’s reputation.
When a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?”
Published: 23rd June 2016
Goodreads Rating: 3.48/5
Why? This is the final installment (currently) in my January book blog tour. I absolutely love these kinds of books, so I’m really interested to give this one a go too. I haven’t get received this book, but my current assumption is that it’s going to be a new cover release as well.
And that’s us for now! I did previously have more books in my TBR list for December, but I decided to cut it short a few unfortunately. If I manage to read more, you’ll hear all about it in my December wrap up, but for now, I’ll reach for these 10!
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