December was a great month for me, mainly because I was on winter break for a large portion of it! I got to sleep in, spend time with my family, and dedicate all of my free-time to reading… What could be better than that?
Christmas brought some much needed cheer into my life, and I’m so thankful that everyone in my family was healthy enough to celebrate! We had a lot of fun baking holiday desserts, listening to Christmas music, and opening presents from each other! We ALSO spent an unhealthy amount of time watching cheesey, predictable Hallmark holiday movies… SHHHHHH!
Now that Christmas is over, I’ve been working on all of my upcoming 2021 blog posts (2021 TBR, Favorite Reads of 2020, Bookish New Year’s Resolutions, Most Anticipated Releases of 2021, etc.)! As a book blogger, I’m always excited when a new year begins, because with the new year come many opportunities to create fun posts!
I’m glad that I’m ending my year on a happy note, because it makes me hopeful for what 2021 will bring. I mean, it’s quite possible that we’re in for yet another dumpster fire of a year, but who knows? Maybe humanity will finally pull it together in 2021. 😂
Total Number of Books Read: 11
Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi: I really enjoyed this novella! Reading the events from Shatter Me and Unravel Me through Warner and Adam’s perspectives was very eye-opening. I had previously made a lot of judgements about them, but Unite Me really helped me empathize with both of them. The first time I read the Shatter Me series, I decided not to read this novella in between the main books, but I’m SO glad I did this time around, as it really added to my reading experience. Rating: ★★★★☆
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (Reread): Ignite Me is my favorite book in the Shatter Me series (tied with Defy Me), so of course I had a blast rereading it! Seeing the romance between Juliette and Warner develop was incredible, and their beautiful relationship is the reason why they’re my favorite fictional ship out there! I also really liked getting to see more of Kenji, who is literally the best character ever. Overall, Ignite Me was an easy 5-star read! I love the Shatter Me series so much. Rating: ★★★★★
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: Restore Me is probably my least favorite book in the Shatter Me series, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it! I enjoyed meeting all of the new characters while still continuing to get to know the ones from the previous three books. Restore Me isn’t a very action heavy book, since it mainly focuses on political intrigue and character development, but I was surprisingly okay with that! I still enjoyed it, despite the lack of action. Rating: ★★★★☆
Find Me by Tahereh Mafi: Another Shatter Me novella that I really liked! Since Kenji is one of my all time favorite characters, I loved getting to read these short stories from his POV. His friendship with Juliette is so wholesome, and I love how they always have each other’s backs! We don’t see enough female-male friendships in the Young Adult genre, so Juliette and Kenji’s relationship is very refreshing! Rating: ★★★★☆
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi: I LOVED THIS BOOK SO FREAKIN’ MUCH. I know I said it was tied with Ignite Me, but it might just be a little better. I’ve heard that a lot of readers felt disapointed by this book, but I thought it was a masterpiece! I flew through it in one day, and when I finished it, I literally threw it across my bed in SHOCK, because I couldn’t remember the last time I had enjoyed a book THAT much! It was definitely a lot more emotional than the previous books in the series, and I think that’s why I really connected with it. The characters in this series have my whole heart, and thinking about how much they’ve grown since book one makes me so happy. I love this series so much that it hurts! Rating: ★★★★★
Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi: I really liked this final installment in the Shatter Me series, but there are several things about it I would’ve changed. First of all, the ending. It felt terribly incomplete! There are still so many problems in the novel that haven’t been solved, and the world the characters are living in is still a complete mess. How do they plan on fixing things? I guess we readers will never know, considering this is the last book in the series. I also wasn’t a big fan of the lack of Warner POV in Imagine Me. I understand that the author wanted to show us how emotionally closed off he had become, but without Warner’s POV, the book wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. But all the same, I still enjoyed it! It was a heartbreaking finale to a series that I absolutely love, and I can’t tell you how many times I broke down into sobs while reading it (that Warnette reunion scene broke me… BROKE ME). I cried myself to sleep after finishing this book, THAT is how much I didn’t want it to end. I love Juliette, Warner, and Kenji endlessly, and I can’t express just how grateful I am to Tahereh Mafi for creating them. This series is so incredible, and I already know that I’ll be reading it again in 2021. It’s given me the worst book hangover EVER! Rating: ★★★★☆
Lord of the Flies by William Golding: I liked this book a lot more than I thought it would! All of the symbolism in it fascinated me, and I feel as though I could discuss it for hours and hours! I haven’t read tons of classics yet, but Lord of the Flies is probably my favorite. William Golding is an incredibly talented author, and I have so much appreciation for all of the critical themes that can be found in his writing! Rating: ★★★★☆
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren: I had so much fun buddy reading this wonderful book with Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight! With lovable characters, loads of Christmas cheer, and heartwarming themes, In a Holidaze was a delight to read! The book is full of so much wit and hilarity, it’s impossible not to become invested in it! If you have yet to read it, I highly encourage doing so. Reading this lovely little book would be the perfect way to wrap up the holiday season! Rating: ★★★★☆
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I just KNEW I was going to love this book before I even picked it up! I’m a huge sci-fi nerd, and Aurora Rising has quickly become one of my favorite novels within the genre. I loved everything about it, from the diverse cast of characters to the nail-biting, intergalactic action scenes! I desperately want to get my greedy hands on the sequel, Aurora Burning, but since book 3 doesn’t come out until mid-2021, I’ll have to wait awhile… *sobs* Rating: ★★★★★
Crave by Tracy Wolff: Yikes. This book was bad. Not the bad-but-good type of bad… Just BAD. The protagonist? Whiny and annoying. Her love interest? Obnoxious and rude. All of the other characters? Extremely uninteresting. I guess I’ll just be completely blunt and tell you what you might have already guessed based off of this book’s not-so-subtle cover: It’s a blatant Twilight rip-off… But worse. There were so many moments in the book where I could barely keep myself from throwing it across the room. It was THAT cringey and horrible. I wish I could erase it from my mind! My suggestion to those who haven’t read it yet? Don’t! Rating: ★★☆☆☆
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab: How funny is it that my last read of 2020 might just be my FAVORITE read of 2020? 😂 I’ll just put it simply: Everything you’ve heard about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is true. It’s such a lyrical, heartbreaking novel that is full of complicated characters that you won’t ever forget. As I read it, it felt like I was drifting off into a dream! I’m truly envious of those who have yet to read this book, because reading it for the first time was such a beautiful experience for me. This is a story I would advise you to go into knowing practically nothing about it. Don’t read any reviews or spoilers, just go into the book with an open heart and an open mind. That’s what I did, and I absolutely loved it. Rating: ★★★★★
I really want to spend more time blogging, because I hardly ever post anymore, and that makes me sad! But I go back to school tomorrow *shudders*, so I don’t know how I’ll manage to type up blog posts with all of the schoolwork I’ll have. But the past year has taught me that if you want to do something you love, you have to MAKE the time for it… So that’s what I plan to do!
Beyond that, I want to work on tackling my 2021 Goodreads Challenge Goal of 125 books! I find goals to be super motivating, so that’s why I’m being a little ambitious this year!
Well, friends, it seems that 2020 has finally come to an end. What a wild year it’s been! Can’t say I’m too disappointed that it’s over… Let’s all hope for a better and brighter 2021! Happy New Year, everyone! Cheers to another fantastic year of blogging!
Bye for now,