December Reading List

How is it already nearing the end of December??!! I don’t know why, but it feels like this month has just flown by. Considering how fast this month went by, I was still able to get some books read (considering reading is my escape source, this says a lot about my procrastination level this past month… oops). Lately, I’ve been really into mystery novels with lots of plot twists. If anyone has any good recommendations, please help a girl out. These are the books I read this month, I hope you give some of them a try!

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I am not exaggerating when I say I have an obsession with Jennifer Lynn Barnes. She is the queen of drama packed mystery novels. I originally came to know about her through reading her book Little White Lies. It was filled with tension, plot twists, and romance– the perfect combination in my world. Anywho, The Inheritance Games was equally as good, if not better. I felt like I was playing brain games while reading it. The intricately complex plot will have you going on a rollercoaster ride trying to guess what’s going to happen next. It was the perfect escape from reality and helped me forget about life for a while. 

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Okay, okay, so this one was actually for my English class. However, I actually genuinely enjoyed it. My teacher gave my class a choice between this novel, The Great Gatsby, and A Brave New World. Coming of age novels have a special place in my heart, which is why I decided to choose Catcher in the Rye to read. I’m really glad I did because this novel was very well written. It’s told from the protagonist, Holden Caulfield,’s point of view, and allows the reader to get really deep inside his mind. Right away, I developed a liking for Holden. Sure, he was judgemental and immature, but he has this certain youthfulness that makes you empathize with him. Reading this book also made me realize how thankful I am for my wonderful friends and family. I strongly encourage you to try this book– although school novel studies can sometimes be boring, this book is definitely worth giving a shot at. 

You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

If I’m being completely honest, this book was such a disappointment. I know, I’m sure you expected me to start gushing about how good it was. I wish I could, but this book just did not meet my standards. I grew up reading Karen M. McManus’s books and loved every one of them. She wrote the best mystery novels. However, this newest book of hers was very mediocre. The characters were mundane, the setting was unmemorable, and the plot fell flat. I didn’t want to knock it from the beginning, so I read it out to the end in hopes that the plot would pick up. Spoiler warning, it did not. I’m not sure if I’ve just outgrown Karen M. McManus’s books, but I sure hope that her next book will be better. 

Well, that is it for my December reading list. I hope you try some of them out and let me know how you like them! If anyone has any good recommendations, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

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