As my last wrap-up was an overview of what I read in 2013, I didn’t get the chance to say a few words about what I read in the last week of December.
Now we’re firmly in January, I have another couple of books to share with you – SO – welcome to this bumper edition wrap-up post! Featuring all these lovely books:
Tinder, Sally Gardener
Breathe, Sarah Crossan
Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
Spoiler-free reviews below!
Books read in 2013: 45
Another year over, another Goodreads Reading Challenge completed!
In fact, in 2013 I exceeded my reading goal of 40 books, which I’m rather proud of, as I also managed to graduate university and start a full-time job this year too! I don’t set aside a strict time everyday to read, but I do try to switch off all distractions (the internet…) and retreat somewhere quiet for a couple of hours a day to get some quality reading time. Of course, more often than not I can only snag 20 minutes reading in my lunch-break, 10 minutes in the bath and a few pages before bed, but it all adds up in the end. Having started work this year, I’ve learnt that nothing is more luxurious than a whole day spent engrossed in a book (how I took for granted my Uni years!) – and I’ve been doing a lot of that in the lull between Christmas and New Year.
For my reading challenge, I only count fiction and non-fiction books I’ve read recreationally and completed. I don’t include graphic novels, comics or collected trade editions in the final tot-up, though I did read some absolutley fantastic comics this year (The Gigantic Beard The Was Evil, Rachel Rising and Wandering Son, among many others).
I’ve noticed a fair few book bloggers sharing their favourite wintery and festive reads this week as we draw closer and closer to Christmas, however I seem to have unintentionally had a zombie themed week of reading instead. Oops!?
This is rather odd for me personally because I do often struggle to care about zombie fiction in general as I find the whole ‘last one on earth, running from cannibalistic zombies’ narrative more stressful than enjoyable. Happily, this week I read two books which have each taken a different perspective on human reanimation, click below for my reviews of both, and to find out about my new book acquisitions from this week – which were all FREE!
Enclave, Ann Aguirre (Square Fish)
Revival,Vol. 1: You’re Among Friends, Tim Seely and Mike Norton (Image Comics)
Time for a weekly wrap-up post! Here’s what I read this week, and what I bought despite being on a book buying ban. Oops!
Wandering Son: Volume One, Shimura Takako. (Fantagraphics Books)
MARA, Brian Wood and Ming Doyle. (Image Comics)
Delirium, Lauren Oliver (Hodder)
One manga, one graphic novel, and one fiction book; not bad going!
Adoring Christmas as I do, December is always my favourite month of the year. However, December 2013 might just be my favourite December thus far, as this month I got my first pay-packet from my first proper job in publishing!
So naturally, to celebrate, I spent those hard-earned wages of mine on… books!
And so without further ado, here’s my mammoth December payday book haul.