#30b00oksin31days: update 3

I’ve slacked keeping up with my reviews over the Christmas holidays and I can’t even blame being busy. I failed to read 30 books for this but managed 23 including a 500 page classic, this is a lot more than I normally read in a month and while I have had 2 weeks off of work during the day time I haven’t read much. It does make me wonder why I’m not reading around 15 books a month.

The end of the month and the year actually gave me a great selection of books after a fairly mediocre reading year.

#13 The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne – this was loaned to me by Mum, I’m not a huge fan of thrillers but enjoy one every now and then. This one featured a spooky child and a very sppoky bedroom. Fun, if a little too long.
#14 Printer’s Devil Court by Susan Hill – I was obviously in the mood for some darker reads! This was a audiobook listened to whilst pottering around the house. A man is dragged into a scientific investigation to see if you can use the dying embers of one person’s soul to save another. Good if you want a short audiobook or a novella.
#15 Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett – fun picture book about digging for treasure – and managing to miss all of it. Great illustrations.
#16 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – I’d been looking forward to this since I’d heard of its release and was lucky to be one of the first in the queue in the library. This was an excellent novel about a seemingly perfect family, in a seemingly perfect town and how the arrival of a mother and daughter bring things out of the neat little box. A great read.
#17 The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse by Mac Barnett – another picture book by this author, his books are always fun and make me laugh and this was no exception.
#18 My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – I bought this for my Mum’s birthday so I got to read it after her. I have to say I’m still not sure what to think of it, I couldn’t say I enjoyed reading it but was compelled to continue reading it, luckily it’s a very quick read.
#19 The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer – another dark audiobook this one I listened to whilst wrapping presents and driving home for Christmas. This links to one of the Twilight books but can be read without having read any of the others as a stand-alone.
#20 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I bought this for my fiancee a year ago and since he finished he’s been recommending it to me, I really wasn’t sure that a book about a computer game would be my thing but I really enjoyed it. It was much more about the world building than anything else and now I’m looking forward to the film, although already predicting the things they’ll change/miss out.
#21 My Golden Ticket – this was a Christmas present, a personalised book in which I am the lead character being taken on the tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Great for any Roald Dahl fans or anyone who loves a beautiful book.
#22 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – When this first came out I wasn’t really taken by the premise but it had a lot of hype so I put it on hold at the library and waited in the queue with 77 other people! Even when this arrived I wasn’t sure, especially as I really disliked A Man Called Ove which seemed to have similar fans. I ended up loving this, I read it in one night and was giggling the hole way through.
#23 The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall – this was my #classicsclubspin selection (you picked a set amount of books you have left to read from your list and they picked a number). I’ve had this book on my TBR shelf for a good 5 years so it was nice to read it and nice to read a classic as I’ve read so many new releases this year.

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