December was kind of a shabby month for reading, but it always seems to be, with Christmas and everything. I did finish two books and managed to only acquire the books my Secret Santa sent me. So here we go.
- Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood and it Atwood perfection. It was nine short stories, the first couple connected the next couple not. She has this way of writing that makes you feel for the characters. You understand their motives, even if their motives are wrong or crazy or horrible. I feel like she understands human emotion better than any writer, or maybe she's just not afraid to kick up the rocks and reveal the dark reasoning underneath. She's just always great.
- The Trespasser by Tana French was not my favorite Tana French but not my least favorite neither (for one does not dislike Tana French 😉). It left me with a pretty substantial book hang over while I tried to process what it was about the story that kept it from blowing my socks off. In the end, I think I thought Antoinette was too distracted with her own problems to see what was right in front of her nose. She just was all wrapped up in thinking everyone was against her and Stephen was all wrapped up in far flung theories... Maybe it was their sleep deprivation, but I felt like they had a better rapport when they first met in The Secret Place. The mystery was good, the solve was there, I just feel like they deserve another book. Although, when you think about it, French frequently shows their detectives at lows instead of highs, so maybe this fits. I just didn't enjoy it as much as some of her other books.
All these came from my Broke and Bookish swap partner, so you can read more about the books here.
- A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
- The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
- Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson
So, I got more books than I read. But, the good news is my bookshelf is well stocked for 2017 and I hope to finally meet my book reading goal and cut back and how much I add to my collection.