December Favourites! Bookish Bingo!

december favourites

Yup, it’s that time again! This month I’ve got a bumper crop. My cat pillow somehow snuck in the picture there too.

1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown Post-book high? Nah, I don’t think so. Okay, maybe. But I bought this from Waterstones a few days ago (hence the half price sticker) and OH MY GOSH IT WAS AWESOME.

Drooling gif

It fixed almost everything wrong with The Maze Runner: bad writing style, bad romance (*cue music*), bad world-building. Darrow was kind of a Gary Stu, but I’m a sucker for the underdogs who have to keep their secret. (Think Throne of Glass, Curse Workers, Merlin.) (Gosh, I’ve used so many brackets already and we’ve only got to one out of nine.)

2. After Eights I love these things. You know, the mint thins? Yeah, those. I don’t understand people who don’t like mint chocolate.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Am I ever going to get over this book? Probably not. At least, not in the near future. But it’s CARRY ON SIMON GUYS IT’S COMING! (I discovered this in the dressing room at the Royal Albert Hall. Torture ensued.) I’m re-reading it in celebration of the news and to fuel my secret Simon Snow fanfiction

4. Totoro plushie As given to me be a friend, because they sold these at our school fair. (!!) I love my little Totoro so much ❤

5. Belphegor’s Prime If you missed my flailing over this beautiful number then I’ll tell you again: THAT IS ONE AWESOME BIT OF MATHS.

6. Whisper of the Heart I have a long-standing love affair with Studio Ghibli movies, and this one is no exception. It’s basically the story of my life – introverted reader with no fashion sense secretly writes a book – except that I’m not in love, obviously. But I like the romance, all the same. It’s not because Shizuku is pretty; she has the same conventional hairstyle and clothes as half the other girls in her class. It’s because of who she is. And it includes the Baron, inspiration for the later film The Cat Returns and all-round badass statue.

7. Winter Town by Stephen Emond This is one cute ball of fluff, I’m telling you, though it has some serious elements too. Again, I could really relate to the main character – STORY OF MY LIFE – and the comics were an awesome touch.

8. The Spirited Away soundtrack I don’t know how I managed to fall in love with a soundtrack, but I did. This is the time when I wish I’d kept at the piano, because I’m finding Chihiro’s Waltz atrociously hard to play. My favourite track of all is probably The Dragon Boy, because Haku. And brass. I just really like brass in music, okay? Says she who plays a wind instrument

9. Solitaire by Alice Oseman I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this, but I did. For some reason, I thought Michael Holden was going to be the pretentious idiot who introduced Tori to Solitaire, but he wasn’t. He was awesome. My main qualm was that it was over too quick. 😦 I think need to read more slowly. (Plus, go teen writers!)

Bookish Bingo December

I’ve also got Holiday Bookish Bingo to round up, it seems! It’s hosted by Great Imaginations, and the next round is available for sign-ups if you’re interested. (I already have.) You may notice that my green ticks are rather few and far-between this time compared to the other months, and that#’s because…well…I kind of forgot about it. Oops.

awkward laugh

But the books I read that managed to fit the terms this month were:

Creature on cover: Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce. The cover was beautiful, but the book was a bit eh.
Set on Halloween: Unrest by Michelle Harrison
Mystery: Cuckoo Song by Francis Hardinge. Is this mystery? I don’t know. A lot of books have mystery in them. Maybe Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant would have been a better choice, but it was a worse book so #WHATEVER I’M A REBEL

And that, my friends, concludes my little December round-up. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have The Bane Chronicles to begin reading…

29 thoughts on “December Favourites! Bookish Bingo!

    1. 🙂 Thank you! It’s actually my third copy, hehehe. (I already have it in paperback and eBook.) It’s kind of become a bit of an in-joke now, so if they deliver to the UK I’ll be looking out for the Special Editons too. (I mean, my copies don’t have fanart, do they? Or a new excerpt from Carry On?)

      *hugs back* SQUEE YAY TOTORO BUDDIES! I have a phone case with him on it! 😊

  1. Ooh, Red Rising sounds really good. I wanted to like The Maze Runner, it was a good story, but… I just couldn’t, y’know? Like you said, the writing wasn’t great, and the romance felt forced. I really don’t get all the hype about it. Maybe I’ll try Red Rising sometime.

    1. Yeah, I think I understand you. The Scorch Trials was really the turning point for me, though. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next one. (But it made an alright movie, because in my opinion it read a bit like a blockbuster action one anyway.)

      If you do happen to try Red Rising, then I hope you enjoy it a bit more! 😄

      1. Aww, I’m sure he’s still cute though! ❤
        I have three: Mia, Milo and Clemmy. 😊 I'm definitely a cat person – I'm pretty sure that I'm going to end up as That Crazy Cat Lady sometime.

      2. He is adorable and that’s why he gets away with EVERYTHING! I have had a cat before as well, and she was a black and white one called Zebedee, but never more than one at a time! What do yours look like? You are very lucky to have three! 😀

      3. 🙂 I am SO susceptible to cuteness! It’s just…the meow…those eyes… xD

        My cats are white/grey striped, tortoiseshell and black and white! (Clemmy is actually Mia’s kitten.) Mia has a bit of a thing for sitting on people’s shoulders, which was very amusing on Halloween! 🙂

  2. Good job with the Bookish Bingo challenge! You nearly had it! The cat pillow and the totoro plushie are beyond adorable by the way. 😀

  3. Everything in that picture is pure awesome 🙂 I love Totoro and Spirited Away. I want to read all the books there except Fangirl coz I’ve read it already.

    1. 😄 Thank you! I do love Studio Ghibli films, hehehe. All the books were fabulous – I hope you enjoy them as much as I did if you ever get the chance to read them!

  4. afjdakflsdf YOU LIKE RED RISING TOO?!!! So happy!! I mostly see people DNF’ing it and that is the saddest news of my LIFE because Red Rising is epic and amazing. I totally devoured as fast as possible. *hugs book* And I’m ridiculously excited for Fangirl too! I lOVE FANGIRL. I will read anything Rainbow Rowell writes, to be honest. XD She has won my utter respect.

    1. PEOPLE DNF RED RISING? Wha- ? How is this possible? *shakes head* I’m so glad that someone else liked it!
      Rainbow Rowell is one of the few authors who I’d buy in sight! I’ve built up a bit of a collection of different editions of Fangirls by now. I just need all the pretty books… 😄

  5. Oh, I love this post, but, REALLY?? I loved ”The Maze Runner” and very much disliked ”Red Rising” XD I watched ”The Spirited Away” movie (well, half of it – because it was SLOOOOW) and the soundtrack was indeed beautiful!

    1. Wow, such differing opinions! 😛 Was there anything you disliked about Red Rising in particular? I’m still a bit in my post-fangirling THIS-BOOK-IS-PERFECTION mode, haha.

      I watched Spirited Away some time ago and disliked it, but I watched it again recently and loved it, so I guess it’s not to everyone’s tastes! (I certainly have some friends who can’t understand my love of it at all.) 😄

      1. Well, I really liked how the book started out. It was very interesting and I loved the romance but then, you know-who died and I was like NOOOOOO. And then the MC changed – with reasons – but it began to feel so slow and I didn’t like the ”school” AT ALL. Or the characters in it. I know it was supposed to be serious and all, because people were died, but I felt like the ”game” was childish lol.

        What did you like so much about it? 😀

      2. Like I said, I have a bit of a penchant for underdog-with-secret plot lines. It carries the story along because I’m just waiting for the big reveal. I also felt like the character cast was more diverse and developed compared to TMR, and the writing style was much more enjoyable. I don’t quite know…I guess it just clicked for me? I did devour it, after all xD

        It’s always interesting to hear other people’s opinions, especially when they’re so different to my own!

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