During December I enjoyed spending a lot of time with my boyfriend and with family. I also was in a bit of a reading slump. That’s why I wasn’t very motivated to write a blog post. Because I did other fun things, I don’t feel too bad about it. I already have some posts planned for the new year. So in January you can expect me to be more active on the blog again!
I started reading two books this month. I finished only one of them. Read my spoiler-free thoughts here:
The Book of Dreams by Nina George – DNF
I had high expectations for this book, because The Little Paris Bookshop from the same writer is one of my all-time-favourites. Just like that one, The Book of Dreams is beautifully written. The story is very slow-paced. This doesn’t have to be a problem. Yet the pacing made it hard for me to keep my attention on the book. At least for this moment, the book didn’t work for me.
Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3) by Jay Kristoff – 4 stars
In four words: grim, exciting, action-packed ending
What I liked: I read the second part two years ago. So I was glad there was a recap at the beginning. After that, Darkdawn continues where Godsgrave ended. The book is exciting from the start. Since this is a story about assassins, it isn’t a spoiler when I tell that people die. And that Mia is responsible for a part of those deaths. Despite all the terrible things she did, I still think she is an amazing character. Mia is fearless, incredibly loyal and gets what she wants. I love the setting and the footnotes, but Mia really made The Nevernight Chronicles something special. Darkdawn is an epic and fitting ending to the trilogy.
What I disliked: This book has a lot of violence. It seems strange to dislike this, since it’s an essential part of the story. But for me this is the reason I didn’t give the book more stars.
Trigger warnings for murder, graphic violence, gore and swearing
Good Stuff in December
- I am engaged! 💍
- My Christmas was cosy with family and good food. I didn’t expect any presents, but I got Black Water Sister by Zen Cho. I’m looking forward to reading it in January.
- Sometimes having a book blog feels a bit old-fashioned. So it was nice to read this post about why having a book blog still matters @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books.
- At the end of the year I always love reading all the favourites of the year-posts. Sia @ Every Book a Doorway already posted her favourite fantasy & sci-fi books of 2021. Imyril @ One More is also early with her best books of 2021-list. CW @ The Quiet Pond coudn’t choose, so she wrote a love letter to all 53 books she loved this year.
Watch out for my 2021 in books-post in which I will reveal my favourites of the year and share all the stats no one asked for!