#ReadersCrossing Wrap Up

December ended up being much busier than I initially expected, causing my reading time to suffer a bit. You know it’s been a busy month when you miss the easy “Graphic Novel or Manga” space on the Bingo card! But it was still a great month outside of reading as well! I ended up finishing a total of four books in December and, let me tell you, they vary quite a bit.

On top of the four books I read, I also gained 5 EXP from using social media.

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In order of the books I finished from first to last:

1. Phaedrus by Plato

# of pages: 94

Format: online text

Rating: N/A

Card Category: A Classic

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This is one of Plato’s famous dialogues between Socrates and Phaedrus. I’ve decided not to give this a rating simply because this was required reading for university and philosophy isn’t quite my forte and so I don’t want to do the dialogue any injustices! As well when I read this I really wasn’t in the mood for it and it just didn’t interest me.

2. Quests for Glory (The School for Good and Evil #4; The Camelot Years #1) by Soman Chainani

# of pages: 568

Format: hardcover

Rating: 4/5 stars

Card Category: Animal on the Cover

Quests for Glory
Instagram Photo Credit: @booksandravens

You can find a full synopsis and my full review of it HERE.

This was exactly the book I’ve been in the mood to read this winter – super easy to follow along, fairy tale-esque, whimsical, and magical. It was such a great surprise to find that I loved this book so much after I ended up rating the previous book in the series only 2.5 stars. It’s totally worth pushing through the third book to get to this one and I can’t wait for the release of the next on this year!

3. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

# of pages: 435

Format: hardcover

Rating: 3.5 stars

Card Category: Book Award Winner

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Instagram Photo Credit: @marleyreads

My sister had been begging me to read a Neal Shusterman book for at least the past five years. She’s specifically been trying to get me to read her fav series by him, the Unwind series – but close enough! I ended up really enjoying this story. The premise of a post-mortality world was really cool and since I’ve never read any book with that premise before, I really couldn’t anticipate where this book was headed and so I know it’ll always stand out as a unique read in my mind. The plot was executed well, the characters were okay, and the ending was phenominal. The biggest problem is that I’m not too interested in sci-fi (is that what this is?) books…but if you’re a sci-fi or near-future fan, definitely give this one a go!!

I should a a review up a bit later this week.

4. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library) by J.K. Rowling

# of pages: 128

Format: hardcover

Rating: N/A

Card Category: Middle Grade or Children

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This was a pretty cute little book. Again, I’ve chosen not to give this book a rating, this time because I feel very awkward about rating fairy tales. They have such a unique style that differs dramatically from a novel, and so I’m just unsure of how to rate them. I can say, however, that I enjoyed the tales well enough. I feel like the notes by Albus Dumbledore can easily work to introduce young people to the process of textual analysis (on a very basic and fictional level). It’s really quite fun to see more Wizarding World history being explained through fairy tales. Anything Harry Potter just makes me pretty happy!

 

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Results

Experience: 13

# of Books Read: 4

# of Pages Read: 1225

Bingo(s): None

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