Tuesday, January 03, 2017

What I Read | December

A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread - What I Read | December - A Simpler Grace

It's that time of the month again when I share the run-down of all the books I read last month. December was great for reading and it was the highest rated month of my year, with a grand total of seven books that received five stars from me - unheard of! Let's jump right in with my list!

Must Read

The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer | ★★★★★
The first installment of The Culper Ring series from Meltzer, this book is about Beecher White, an archivist working for the National Archives, who is visited by an old friend from his past. Clementine shows up at the Archives one day asking Beecher to help her track down her long lost father. While he is giving her a tour of the federal building, they stumble on something that will change their lives - a 200-year-old dictionary belonging to George Washington - and it has a secret message written in it. While the pair try to decode the message, they find themselves in a much bigger, and more dangerous situation than they originally thought, involving a murder, a secret society and the President of the United States.

This fast-paced read is one I could not put down from start to finish. I tore through all six hundred and forty pages in one day. It's definitely a great read if you enjoy legal or political thrillers and Meltzer reaffirmed why he is my favorite author of all time. If you decide to give this one a go, make sure you pick up the other two books in the series as well!


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury | ★★★★★
This classic dystopian novel from Bradbury is about fireman, Guy Montag, who is charged with starting fires rather than putting them out. In this futuristic era, all books are banned and anyone caught owning one is at risk of having their home and all possessions burned as punishment. Montag carries out his job until one day, he learns about a time when books were widely available and cherished and makes him question his job and the world around him.

This was a first time read for me and I'm so glad I finally picked the book up. It was haunting to me to think of a world where books are illegal and it made me hug mine a little while reading this.

Other mentions for the month of December:

The More of Less by Joshua Becker  | ★★★★★
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum  | ★★★★★
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll  | ★★★★★
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer  | ★★★★★
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch  | ★★★★★ (reread for #Collaboreads)
The Poetry of Emily Dickinson  | ★★★★
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai  | ★★★★
The Good Body by Eve Ensler  | ★★★★
Wicked by Gregory Maguire  | ★★★★
The Fifth Assasin by Brad Meltzer  | ★★★
Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara  | ★★★
When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette by Max Davis  | ★★★
1964 by James Farner  | ★★★
Body Surfing by Anita Shreve  | ★★★☆☆
Gunner Skale by James Dashner  | ★★★
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan  | ★★★
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne  | ★★★
Killing Reagan by Bill O'Reilly  | ★★★
White Teeth by Zadie Smith  | ★★★
The Middle East by Wendy McElroy  | ★★☆☆

What did you enjoy reading last month?

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