Monthly reading review December 2014

 

An Abby Wright illustration of a women reading a book outside in the snow

In December I managed to catch some reading time and squeeze it in. Here is a list of the books I’ve read in December:

1984 by George Orwell ★★

House of Glass Witcher Vol 1. by Paul Tobin ★★★

Mirror Dance (Miles Vorkosigan saga book 12) by Lois MacMaster Bujold ★★★★

Jason (Anita Blake vampire hunter book 23) by Laurel K. Hamilton ★★

Pretty Guardian Sailormoon Vol 10 by Naoko Takeuchi ★★★

Pretty Guardian Sailormoon Vol 11 by Naoko Takeuchi ★★★

Pretty Guardian Sailormoon Vol 12 by Naoko Takeuchi ★★★★

The Game Catwoman New 52 Vol 1 by Judd Winick, Guillem March ★★★★★

Her Mad Hatter Kingdom Series (Hall): Book 1 by Marie Hall ★★★

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Books I read: 9

This is a nice rise from few months ago, but the busy schedule is still keeping me from reading as much as I would like to. I would like to up my reading to be around 10-12 a month. This will require some more serious reading planing for 2015.

5 stars: The Game Catwoman New 52 Vol 1 by Judd Winick, Guillem March

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I was delighted by this graphic novel. I love DC antiheroes and heroes. This take on Catwoman made an impression on me for more than one reason. I loved the artwork and character concept. This Catwoman is a complex character and her dynamic with other characters was done perfectly. The Batman drama was a plus.

Did not finish?

I am transfering four books to be finished in January 2015

In Desert and Wilderness by Henryk Sienkeiwicz
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Delayed Penalty (The Dartmouth Cobras: Book 5) by Bianca Sommerland
Kingdom Collection: Books 1-3 by Marie Hall – 1 out of 3 done!

Genres I read in December: Manga. Graphic novel, dystopian, modern classic, space opera, urban fantasy, fairytale retelling

Biggest let down of December was Jason (Anita Blake vampire hunter book 23) by Laurel K. Hamilton.

jason book

 

I was super excited to find this book coming out in papaerback as a new arrival. I pre-ordered it online and jumped for joy when it arrived. I hoped to learn more about Jason and his background and I was kinda disappointed. We find out about Jason’s girlfriend JJ. She is a human, a professional dancer and prefers girls to boys. Sadly it seemed that her only reason to be in this book was to offer Anita an opportunity to deal with some girl on girl issues. JJ seems like a female version of Jason – all friendly and easygoing. It never bothered me so much before to read a book where supporting characters get so used for the sake of one main character. I love strong supporting characters and this book was like a bad revelation for me. The whole plot was summed up in three sex scenes.

The best part of the book was the intro chapter for the next book Dead Ice coming out June 4th 2015.

 

New book boyfriends?

I got reminded on how much I like the character of Witcher and I’m adding the books to my TBR pile.

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Also Miles Vorkosigan has his perks.

“Miles is… Miles; close to a force of nature, climbing up out of his own pages and escaping subordination to any opinion of mine.”
— Lois McMaster Bujold

Any new jerks?

Surprisingly none this time!

Did you start any new series?

Yes 3 and I plan to continue them all when I get the chance to.

The Game Catwoman New 52 Vol 1 by Judd Winick, Guillem March

Her Mad Hatter Kingdom Series (Hall): Book 1 by Marie Hall

House of Glass Witcher Vol 1. by Paul Tobin

 

Did you find any new authors that you loved?

I might look out for more work from Paul Tobin and Judd Winick

Any book you would recommend?

Yes I have two recommendations from December:

The Game Catwoman New 52 Vol 1 by Judd Winick, Guillem March – for urban antiheroo DC lovers

Miles Vorkosigan saga by Lois MacMaster Bujold – space opera extraordinare

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Final thoughts on December 2014

I’m glad for finishing Sailor Moon manga series in December. I’ve read a modern dystopian classic and didn’t like it, but that is ok. I was reminded on some characters I love and why I love them. The result was adding more to y reading list but that is hardly surprising. It as a good reading month!

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