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.
In order of the books I finished from first to last:
1. Phaedrus by Plato
# of pages: 94
Format: online text
Card Category: A Classic
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
Rating: 4/5 stars
Card Category: Animal on the Cover
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
Rating: 3.5 stars
Card Category: Book Award Winner
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
Card Category: Middle Grade or Children
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!
# of Books Read: 4
# of Pages Read: 1225