HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! I hope you’ve all had a great holiday (or at least a great end of the year) and managed to spend some quality time with your loved ones, read some great books, treat yourself to a lot of nice things… 💖
December was pretty busy for me in real life. I was in Indonesia for the first week, and then coming back work took over my life, and after that it was immediately Christmas and New Year’s! I can’t believe how quickly the month has gone by, and I kind of wish it went a bit slower just because I really did enjoy these past few weeks. 😊
Anyway, here are all the things I’ve been up to on She Latitude last month:
As usual, my reviews are about a few weeks to a few months late, but:
- Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz | ★★★☆☆ | Good diverse book focusing on illegal immigrants.
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | ★★★★☆ | Beautiful writing, unique characters, and atmospheric world-building. 💞
- Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy | ★★★★☆ | Cute, fun and adorable. Definitely an underrated release.
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng | ★★★★★ | One of my faves because of how relatable and authentic and honest it is. 🙏
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | ★★★★☆ | Has insta-love, but is also beautifully written and right on the mark with its belonging, family and cultural themes.
- The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid | ★★★☆☆ | Fast-paced, action-packed, but ultimately not unforgettable.
- Twisted Palace by Erin Watt | ★★★☆☆ | Sadly the worst book in the series, but overall still worth reading if you’re into mindless entertainment.
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman | ★★★★☆ | Solid dystopian fiction. Tongue-in-cheek humour. Dark and grim and violent in a happy kind of way.
- Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2017 | Aka what will hopefully be on my shelves sometime this year.
- Let’s Talk: Finding New Blogs to Follow | How do you find your next favourite blog?
- Celebrating the Little Things Tag | A very special tag to celebrate Christmas. 🎉
- Top Ten Young Adult Books of 2016 | What were the best books published last year?
Around the Blogosphere
Since I was pretty much away for the second half of the month last December, I really slacked off on blog-hopping and didn’t read as many non-review posts as I wanted to! But here are some highlights:
- Puput @ Sparkling Letters shares some tips on writing a negative and unpopular review.
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders shares some tools to help jump-start your blog.
- Jen @ Reader in a Reverie discusses the damage of gendering books.
- Nereyda @ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist shows us the basics of starting a bullet journal. I am OBSESSED with the pretty, you guys! 😍
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books tells us how blogging has changed her relationship with books.
- Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek asks: e-readers or physical books?
- Jordon @ Simply Adrift tells us why she doesn’t actively pursue ARCs.
Most Anticipated Reads
Lost Stars – Lisa Selin Davis
Before her older sister, Ginny, died, Carrie was a science nerd, obsessively tracking her beloved Vira comet. But now that Ginny is gone, sixteen-year-old Carrie finds herself within the orbit of Ginny’s friends, a close-knit group of seniors who skip school, obsess over bands (not science), and party hard.
Fed up with Carrie’s behavior, her father enrolls her in a summer work camp at a local state park. Carrie actually likes the days spent in nature. And when she meets Dean, a guy who likes the real Carrie—astrophysics obsessions and all—she starts to get to the heart of who she is and who she wants to be.
This book sounds like a sweet, sad contemporary YA story, and I received a review copy from Allen & Unwin.
The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks.
Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too.
With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
This was my #AusYASecretSanta gift! Thank you to whoever you are, mysterious Santa, because I’m super excited to read it. ❤
The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
I got a beautiful hardback copy of this one for cheap and I really, really love how it looks. Can’t wait to see if the content lives up to the packaging. 😉
How did December go for you guys? What were some of your favourite posts that you wrote last month? Leave me a link to your wrap-up or let me know in the comments! 💖