December Round Up

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Years. I’m excited to be back after having a few weeks off! Today we are looking at the books I read in December.

I read a total of six books in December. My December TBR had nine books on it, I think I got a little ambitious! I thought I would have more time coming up to Christmas but it was completely manic and I ended up doing most of the reading in the first 2 weeks.

So without further ado, let’s get in to what I read in December. I’ll give a brief mini review here, but each book has it’s own review blog post, so I’ll link to that as well.

1. Dark Matter – Blake Crouch 


Goodreads Rating: 4.12/5

My rating: 5/5

Blog link here

In short, I really enjoyed this book. I read this in one sitting in about 3 hours, I was absolutely glued. It features science, but not so much science that you can’t follow and not too much that you would lose interest. I had a general idea where I thought this was going but it honestly didn’t spoil the plot and there were plenty of twists I didn’t expect! One of the best reads of the year. 

2. The Call – Peadar O Guilin


Goodreads rating: 3.92/5

My rating: 3.5/5

Blog link here. 

This was a good book, I quite enjoyed it. This is a world I haven’t experienced before, it was definitely original. At times it got a bit too weird for me, I had no idea what was happening or why, but it added to the quirkiness of the story. It took me longer than usual to read this book, I found myself re-reading a few parts because they were so ‘out there’ I just had no idea what was going on. The ending I wouldn’t have picked myself, but it wasn’t completely predictable. 

3. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher


Goodreads rating: 4.05/5

My rating: 5/5

Blog link here.

This was absolutely fantastic. I honestly think this should be a book commonly read/studied in schools. It really opens your eyes to mental health and the effects that small words and phrases can have on people. You may think it was a small joke, but it might be the one nail in the coffin that makes it too much for them. I put off reading this for too long and I have no idea why, it was a fantastic, eye opening read. 

4. The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson


Goodreads rating: 4.02/5

My rating: 5/5

Blog link here. 

This was a fantastic month for books. Again, this was another brilliant book. I actually listened to this one via Audible as I was DIYing some Christmas presents. It was the perfect way to keep myself reading whilst i was incredibly busy. 

5. A Boy Made of Blocks – Keith Stuart


Goodreads rating: 4.40/5

My rating: 4/5

Blog link here. (This will be added on Monday 16th January)

This book was sent to me in exchange for my honest review. However, the review is completely mine and honest. The review will be up on Monday 16th January as part of a book blog tour that I’m featuring in. I really enjoyed this book, it was different to anything I have read before. It really highlighted the highs and lows of living with a child with autism. I really like the way the characters developed and stayed true, it wasn’t a stereotypical book that didn’t have much research in to the history of autism. 

6. Haunt Me – Liz Kessler


Goodreads rating: 3.71/5

My rating: 2.5/5

Blog link here. 

This one I enjoyed but it also took me a bit to read. It ended up being quite a stereotypical boy meets girl story but with the addition of the supernatural. I really enjoy supernatural and creepy stories, but I wasn’t 100% with this one. It was still a good read, I completed it and I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t reread it any time soon. 

So that was my books for the month of December! Out of my TBR, I read 4 books and then an additional 2 books that weren’t on it for a total of six.


Books read: 6 (5 books, 1 audiobook)

Pages read: 1,774

Hours listened: 10 hours, 17 minutes

Authors: 5 male, 1 female

Categories: Science Fiction (1), Fantasy/Horror (1), Young Adult Fiction (3), Thriller (1)

I’ll be back pretty soon with my January TBR!

Love & Laughter

Cheryl xx

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