December is for cozy reads

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***SPOILERS POSSIBLE

December was kinda slow for me. In fact, I finished four books during the last two days of the year. I love Christmas though, so prepping for that and enjoying the holiday season took on priority this month.

 

Casino Royale (Ian Fleming) ♠♠♠

100My first Ian Fleming novel! I love, love, love the James Bond movies. I grew up watching the oldies over and over again, and I truly enjoy the newer ones as well. I always thought of 007 as a womanizer but one that truly respects what women bring to the table – including their intellect. Well color me surprised when I read this novel, which is written from Bond’s viewpoint, and I learned how truly sexist my favorite agent is. I know it reflects the time in which it was written but I am nonetheless disappointed. I also found Fleming’s writing sensational rather than literary, but that could be because of the genre – I am not too familiar with espionage lit. I think I am going to read another Bond novel in the future just to see, but thus far, the movies are much better and a lot more suspenseful to boost than this book.

 

The Girl in the Tower (Katherine Arden) ♠♠♠♠♠

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What a surprise this book was! I felt so-so about the first book as it was long-winded and had too many side stories. But this one was captivating, heroic, feminist, and magical. I am so thankful the publisher send me an advanced copy to review. I cannot wait for the third book in the series!!!!

 

 

 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ♠♠♠♠ and The Body Snatcher ♠♠♠ (Robert Louis Stevenson)

 

 

 

 

I quickly read these two short stories and they were very entertaining. Both creepy and mysterious, I preferred Jekyll and Hyde because 1) it just plainly was a better story and 2) it was enriched by a series of letters which allowed the reader to discover the truth along with the characters.

 

Lab Girl (Hope Jahren) ♠♠♠♠♠

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This book was amazing! I first tried it as an audiobook but kept missing plot points. I am so glad I started over in print. I devoured her story. I saw myself in her. As a female scientist, I think I often face similar hurdles. As a fellow perfectionist, I definitely have to censor myself frequently and force myself to let it go. And as a paleobiology enthusiast, I gobbled down all the extra facts she alluded to in between her life story. All in all, this was a fascinating read.

 

 

Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) ♠♠♠♠♠♠

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Gah, how I love this book. This re-read started off a little slow and low-and-behold I was already thinking I had to remove it from my all-time favorite list. And then I cried when Beth almost died, I cried again when she actually died, and I cried some more when Teddy told Joe he loved her so. Of course, I see myself in Joe. But I also admire Meg’s kindness, Beth’s wisdom, and Amy’s zest for life. The March family is dear to my heart and I am so glad this re-read manifested that again.

3 thoughts on “December is for cozy reads”

  1. Even though you didn’t read that many books the previous month you are still at least one more page ahead of someone who can’t read a book. Also you rated all of your books with good reviews which means that you read good or even great books. I hope you have a great day and I can’t wait to see what else you are going to post.

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