December Wrap-Up || January TBR (2016)

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I hope it’s not too late to say HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2015 was actually one of the hardest years of my life to date, so I’m really glad to conclude it, for once and for all. To bigger and better things! 🙂

The older I get, the less I excited I am about the years changing. Is it because now I have to think about things I didn’t need to before? Unfortunately, unlike back when I was still studying, life doesn’t magically reset when the year changes. But eh well, powering through! 😛

According to Goodreads, I read 63 books in 2015! The number is actually higher than that since some of the latest books I haven’t added yet, I think, but I’m pretty happy with that. What’s your final number?

Lastly, I created a Facebook Page for She Latitude! This started as an experiment because we’re doing the same thing at work, but I think I’m going to continue using it. Do feel free to Like it if you want to; I also post book-related news and updates I don’t usually do here or on Twitter, and you might find those interesting. ❤

Favourite Book Reviews

Favourite Book Looks

Miscellaneous Posts

Most Anticipated Reads

Soundless by Richelle Mead

Soundless Richelle Mead

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation. Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

I got a copy of Soundless from my Aus YA Secret Santa and I’m so excited to finally read it! Admittedly, reviews I read haven’t been sterling, but I’d still like to form my opinion on the book—and the cover is just so pretty.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silRed Queen Victoria Aveyardver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace.

Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

I’ve started this book and I’m reading this with a couple of people over on Twitter! Lots of people say it’s really good, but so far I found it quite generic as far as YA literature goes.

This is Where It Ends - Marieke NijkampThis is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m.
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m.
Someone starts shooting.

I haven’t gotten a copy of this book yet, but This is Where It Ends looks at school shootings—a very terrifying issue especially in the US—and I just can’t wait for my emotions to be wrecked.

How was December for you? Better yet, how was 2015 for you? Any resolutions for 2016? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap-up post! 🙂

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14 thoughts on “December Wrap-Up || January TBR (2016)

  1. This is Where it Ends is one of my favorite reads of 2016 so far–it’s so haunting and heart-breaking! There are a lot of people who didn’t like it, though, which surprises me–I don’t agree with some of the critiques floating around, and feel a bit as if I might have read a completely different book than they did because of this. But in my opinion, it’s good! I hope when you get to it, it lives up to your expectations! Happy reading!

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  2. I don’t like the new years’ either, makes me think that times passes by so fastly…
    Wow, congratulations on reading 63 books, that’s awesome!! 😀 I really need to check out those reviews you featured here, I didn’t read any of those books, and I’m SO curious about those now 🙂
    I’ve heard a little bit about Soundless, and I will look forward to your review, to see if I could like it, or not 🙂

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  3. Happy New Year!! I’m with you, the changing new year always throw me through a loop. It was more fun when I was in school! Now I have to file taxes for the first time and I’m just like “wait what I’m not a real adult!”

    Let me know what you think of The Red Queen! I’m kind of on the fence about it, so I want to hear your thoughts when you finish!

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    • Happy new year to you too! I filed my taxes for the first time last year and also had the whole “oh no I’m an adult” epiphany. 😛

      I’ve finished Red Queen! I didn’t find it all that amazing, to be honest. I found it quite… cliched? Like it didn’t really offer anything new. What did you think of it?

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  4. I’ve read and reviewed Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (it’s already up on my blog) and I FREAKING LOVED IT!!! I really hope you like it too–but I have to warn you, the book has its flaws. I guess that’s why a lot of people didn’t like it? Anyways, I tagged you for this https://bookishfreaks.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/secret-life-of-a-book-blogger-tag/ but you don’t have to do a post if you don’t want to 😀

    Also, belated Happy New Year!

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  5. December was okay for me! I ended up with almost forty blog posts because I did mini reviews for all the stories in My True Love Gave to Me.

    I really want to read This is Where it Ends, but I don’t think I’ll actually be getting to it this month. I might read it in February or March when I don’t have as many review books on queue.

    Happy New Year!

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    • Oh whoa, 40 blog posts! Even with the mini reviews, that’s still a lot, and you should be proud of yourself!

      Yeah, I totally get that. I just realised it’s actually the middle of the month already and I’m nowhere near to getting This is Where It Ends. Hopefully I’ll get to it… eventually. 😛

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