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
- The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, which super easily became one of my favourite books of the year.
- This Raging Light by Estelle Laure, which I found to have really irritating, frustrating characters and suffered from too much telling, not enough showing.
- If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, in which I highlighted why diverse books are so important to all of us.
- Nuts by Alice Clayton, which I read along with some buddies on Twitter, and whose review discussed some personal matters of mine.
Favourite Book Looks
- Seasons of Book Blogging Tag, in which I went through the twelve months of the year and assigned a book to each of them!
- The Fall Time Cozy Book Tag, in which I matched some books with certain elements of autumn.
- Top Ten Books I Want Santa to Leave Under My Tree, in which I tried to give more limelight to books outside my usual genre(s). Do you think I succeeded? 🙂
Most Anticipated Reads
Soundless by 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 silver. 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 by Marieke Nijkamp
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.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won’t open.
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! 🙂