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December 2012 Reading Round-Up

Hello again, everyone. It’s still Christmas but we’re getting to the end of it now and I’ve really missed blogging. I did wonder whether posting a December round-up and then a year round-up would be too much, but if I don’t post about December you’d have to look through the year post to find them.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Cheryl Rainfield: Parallel Visions – Kate sees the future when she suffers from asthma attacks, and whilst it is dangerous, the visions she sees are scary and she feels compelled to help those in trouble. A good message, the right length of book.

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Gayle Forman: Where She Went – Mia split up with Adam after she woke from her coma; it’s three years later and Adam isn’t over it, but meeting Mia might give him the chance to find out why she dumped him. If If I Stay was good, this one is brilliant.

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Jesse Blackadder: The Raven’s Heart – Alison has always dressed as a boy in order that the rival family will not know her; when it comes to joining the court of Mary Queen of Scots to gain back the castle, the same persona proves useful to both Alison and the queen. Very good, the pace keeps going almost throughout the entirety.

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Mira Lyn Kelly: Waking Up Married – Connor’s idea of himself and a new acquaintance, who seemed a perfect match, marrying for convenience, was a great one until Megan woke up the next morning wanting a divorce. Rather funny and sweet though it does have issues.

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Zadie Smith: NW – Leah’s been cheated, her partner wants a baby; Felix wants to get married; Natalie’s not sure who she is. Experimental and interesting.

This month was brilliant for ratings, I enjoyed all the books I read a great deal and it would be hard to pick my favourite. I’m sort-of taking part in Jenn’s readathon tonight, but am far from finishing the book in question. Indeed this is the first year since I started logging the books I read that I won’t be finishing on a clean slate. But with over 500 pages left of Vanity Fair to go, rushing would just have meant missing Christmas.

Quotation Report

None this time.

And 2012 is done.


Laurie C

December 31, 2012, 3:31 pm

I bought my very own copy of NW and still haven’t read it. I think my husband would be very annoyed if I said I was doing a readathon on New Year’s Eve, but I really would like to start reading NW soon! ;)


December 31, 2012, 4:38 pm

Ahh, don’t you love a good month like that? Yay! I’m very interested in The Raven’s Heart. I’m going to have to find a copy :) Happy new year!


January 1, 2013, 1:48 pm

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and Happy New Year to you and your family. Looks like even with the madness of the holidays you had a great reading month.


January 2, 2013, 5:05 pm

Laurie: For December it was a toss-up between NW and The Casual Vacancy, so there was always a 50% chance I would still not have read it too. It’s a very different book and employs many different writing styles but definitely worth the read. It’s so experimental I’m having a lot of trouble writing the review! For similar reasons I decided not to take part officially in the readathon in the end. I did read, but not as much as I “should” have. Happy new year!

Jennifer: To end December realising you’ve had a very positive reading experience is brilliant. I can’t do anything other than recommend that book :) Happy new year!

Jessica: I had quite a different Christmas than usual, but it was nice, and lots of time spent with my boyfriend than previous years. Yes, I was rather surprised. I think I would have liked to have read more, but quality over quantity definitely wins here. Happy new year!



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