How are we at my first December Reading Roundup ever?? I don’t know about you guys, but this year is crashing to a chaotic finale and time for reading (or blogging) has been slim on the ground. I can’t wait for a few balmy Summer days over Christmas to delve into books. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been reading this month!
As I mentioned in my last roundup, I’ve been dipping my toe into the self-help pool recently to try and straighten out some kinks in my life. I had no idea where to start – how do you separate hoojoo from helpful?- so I picked the longest book that Audible could recommend and went from there. Despite being slightly outdated, The Success Principles has a lot to offer when it comes to persistence and dedication. While there’s some stuff that had me raising a very dubious eyebrow, there’s also some completely relevant and valuable advice. I found myself applying a few of the principles when a big opportunity came up in my own life, and did end up getting a lot further towards it than I otherwise could have. The format of the book does mean that it made occasionally frustrating listening, so I’ve ordered a physical copy to skim back and forth between the chapters- like any self-help book, I think that’s probably the best way to handle it.
I came across The Outsiders late in high school, and it made a huge impact at the time. Reading it again at an older age was an interesting experience- I think the age of the author shows through a lot more in the language she uses. Still, it’s an amazing read and I hold these characters so close to my heart. I’m going to watch the movie one of these days, I swear!
I’m not going to lie, Artmis broke my heart. Andy Weir’s debut novel The Martian was probably my favourite book of 2016. Like most people, I picked it up on a whim in an airport bookstore- by the time the plane landed three hours later, I was flying through the last few pages almost faster than I could read. It was witty, gripping, and full of almost more techno-babble l than I could wrap my head around. When I saw that Weir’s next novel was finally out, I’m pretty sure I let out an audible squeak in the bookshop.
Why would you hurt me like this Andy, why? Where The Martian was groundbreaking at every turn, Artemis is formulaic, predictable, and basically just pretty boring. I found Jazz, the protagonist, a carbon copy of any number of Mary Sues scattered through teenage fanfiction (‘I don’t think I’m that smart, but everyone else says I’m a genius’), and the humour sat less easily with me than Weir’s previous work. Have you read Artemis yet? I would love to know what you think- am I alone in this?
Yes, this was my WIP last month. No, I haven’t read any further (cone of shame). It’s been a distracting month! I can say that while the first few chapters aren’t really my normal style, I am looking forward to finishing this one off. I have promised myself that I’m not allowed to dive into any Christmas reading until Shylock is My Name is off the WIP list, so keep an eye out next month for this one finally moving into the Roundup list!
What have you been reading this month? Comment below to share your favourite, I’m always looking for recommendations!
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