MONTHLY READS: DECEMBER 2016

Like a lot of people I know, I keep track of the books I read each month. Mostly, I just update Goodreads (you can follow me on there). But I thought it’d be a fun feature to add to the blog.

Unlike the newsletter, where I recommend a killer series of books, this “Monthly Reads” series is going to focus on what I’ve actually read during the course of a month. You can check out last month’s list right here.

At the end, I’ll also include some great articles I’ve read this month about books.

Alright, so away we go.

MONTHLY READS: BOOKS

This month I kept my streak up and read another 5 books. I was happy to see that I hit my Goodreads target of 45 books early in the month.

Next year, I plan on reducing this number since I feel like I skip out on longer books. I’ll probably do a post on this at some point.

I ‘read’ two books via audiobooks this month, so I’m still giving this method a shot. I think (duh) a lot of it depends on the reader. Unsurprisingly, I seem to gravitate towards the British.

Anyway, to the books!

FAVORITE BOOK OF THE MONTH

VIEW FROM THE CHEAP SEATS BY NEIL GAIMAN

This was one of my audiobook choices and I was really happy it was. It’s a long listen, about 15 or so hours, at times I felt like it was taking me forever to get through.

But that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book. First, the reader was the author himself Neil Gaiman which was a treat. He was an incredible reader and I’d happy listen to him reading pretty much anything at this point!

The book itself was really a love letter to reading. So for a book nerd like me, I was in heaven. It was a bit of biography of Gaiman which was sprinkled through a number of speeches and book introductions he’s given over the years. I particularly liked the start of the book where he talked about his love of books and his schoolboy days.

I’ve only read one other book by Gaiman at this point, Neverwhere, but after he went through an interesting description on how he wrote American Gods I’m adding that to my list.

LIZ RATING: 4 STARS | BOOK SITE

More Reads: 12 Incredible Neil Gaiman Quotes from The View from The Cheap Seats

THE FATE OF THE TEARLING BY ERIKA JOHANSEN

I’ve enjoyed this series by Erika Johansen from the jump and blew through the first two books. So I grabbed the third one which came out at the very end of November to finish up the series.

While I liked parts of it especially the dynamic between the two queens, I was sort of overall not in love with this final book like I was with the first two. It might have been the ending which I found to be a really cool idea but just not fully rounded out. Overall, I’d recommend the series to anyone who is into fantasy.

LIZ RATING: 3 STARS | BOOK SITE

IN COLD BLOOD BY TRUMAN CAPOTE

It’s sort of amazing that I’ve never read this book considering I have a serious love of anything murder related. Oh come on, don’t judge me you loved the first season of Serial too.

Considered by many to be the first true crime non-fiction book I thought it lived up to its billing. The entire story reads like what would be called a longreads today. I was gripped from the beginning even though it was relatively clear that Capote did take some liberties with the story, as proved later.

LIZ RATING: 4 STARS

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

For a long time, I’ve been wanting to read more classics, or I guess depending on your definition, books that have been around a long time. I know that Christie is considered to be the Grand Dame of the murder mystery genre so I figured I’d start with one of the most popular.

This was another audio book choice and a good one. It’s read by Dan Stevens aka Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey. I thought he did a great read changing his voice for a number of characters. It was a compelling story and though I had my suspicions I was surprised by the end. I will certainly see myself reading more in the future.

LIZ RATING: 4 STARS | BOOK SITE

THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY: MURDER, MAGIC, AND MADNESS AT THE FAIR THAT CHANGED AMERICA BY ERIK LARSON

I told you last month you’d see more Erik Larson in the future, didn’t I? Clearly, I was on some sort of murder binge this month judging from my book choices, by I won’t apologize for that! This book was two stories interwoven around one event, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

I’ve never been to Chicago and didn’t know much of anything about the World’s Fair, but just like with Dead Wake, Larson was able to pull me into the story. I love how he manages to drop in little tidbits about people that line up with history today, in this case covering everything from the Ferris wheel to architecture and of course, a serial killer.

LIZ RATING: 4 STARS | BOOK SITE

MONTHLY WEB READS

I figured I’d add in this little section about some of my favorite reads specifically about books.

That’s all for this month. Feel free to share this post. And don’t forget to follow me all the places I talk about books: Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads. If you want more book stuff from me, be sure to sign up for the newsletter.