December Round-Up – The Books I Read In December 2019

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In December I managed to read seven books, including fiction old and new along with a non-fiction book and a graphic novel…

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu – I first heard about Check, Please on Instagram and as a hockey fan who has started to read more graphic novels I thought it would be worth picking up a copy! A story comprising of numerous episodes from the popular web comic series, this was a sweet story about a young hockey player and the way his life changes when he joins the University hockey team. Although at time the episodic nature felt a little disjointed, I enjoyed the story and loved the style of the illustrations.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du MaurierRebecca is one of my all time favourite books and so I treated myself to a copy of another of Du Maurier’s novels and I loved it! This was a gripping and intriguing story that had me hooked with some interesting characters that left me wondering who to trust.

A Natural History Of Dragons by Marie Brennan – The first book in a series featuring the character of Lady Tent, this was a fascinating story about a young dragon naturalist in the Victorian era. I liked the premise of this series, with it providing an interesting glimpse at a fantasy world and it has left me interested in picking up the next books in the series.

Educated by Tara Westover – My non-fiction read for this month was Educated, a memoir from Tara Westover which explores her extraordinary life growing up in unconventional circumstances – with a father determined for his family to stay off grid, with his children staying off record, never setting foot in hospitals or schools and ‘not existing’ in the eyes of the government. This was a harrowing and gripping read which follows Tara’s troubled life and how she finds the courage to reinvent herself and pursue further knowledge in the face of adversity.

Disbanded Kingdom by Polis Loizou – I really enjoyed this coming of age novel which follows the journey of a twenty something man living in London and trying to find his place in a world that doesn’t always feel like home. It’s a story that perfectly captures the characters struggles as he navigates the hustle and bustle of London life.

The Hunting Party by Lucy FoleyThe Hunting Party is an entertaining murder mystery in which we are introduced to a fascinating cast of characters who are brought together at New Years only for their trip to result in a mysterious death. There are twists and turns along the way which made for a gripping read as we delve deeper into the lives of each of the guests and the web of secrets and lies in which they have become entangled.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – My final read of the month, following on nicely from The Hunting Party, was my second Agatha Christie book. A classic murder mystery, And Then There Were None kept me guessing until the end and was expertly written to keep the intrigue surrounding the ten key characters and how they each meet their demise.

This completes my reads for 2019 in which I managed to read 81 books!

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