Another year of reading has come to an end. I managed to scrape my goal of 52 books and finished the year on 53. December was, as always, a good reading month for me. I always try to finish as many books as possible before Christmas as I know I'll get a few new ones and want to read them straight away. After I finished my exams I spent a good few evenings cosied up with a book which was just what I needed!
My Blogging Secrets by Amber McNaught - Forever Amber is an amazing blog that I've been a fan of for a long time now. So when I saw that Amber has released a book I knew I wanted to read it a) just to support Amber and b) because I love reading books about blogging. I love Amber's writing style already and her book follows a similar chatty flow whilst not being afraid to discuss some harsh realities. I'd recommend it if you're a fan of Amber's blog but like most blogging books I don't think there's anything wildly new in here.
Asking For It by Louise O'Neill - Only Ever Yours is one of my favourite books of all time so I couldn't wait to read Louise O'Neill's second novel. Asking For It is a novel about a woman who is raped and the consequences of that in terms of her friendships, family, mental health etc. I found this hard to get into because frankly, the main character is not likable, but in the end, I was hooked. Louise O'Neill isn't known for sugar coating things or making happy endings just for the sake of it. I enjoyed this a lot but I didn't like it as much as I enjoyed Only Ever Yours so I rated it 4/5 stars.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon - This book has already been featured in my top 5 books of 2016 blog post so if you haven't already guessed - I totally loved it. This is a YA fiction novel about a girl who has a severe autoimmune disease meaning she can't go outside, ever. This novel is about her struggling to come of age with her restrictions etc. And a cheeky bit of romance because what's a YA novel without some romance. 5/5 stars.
The Halloweeds by Veronica Cossanteli* - I was sent this book to include in my Halloween reads post. It's a children's book but I really found myself enjoying it anyway! It's about some children who are orphaned and sent to live with a weird aunt. Think a Series of Unfortunate Events but a bit more gruesome. I thought it was funny and I love the illustrations. I gave this one 4/5 stars.
The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange* - This is again another children's novel that I was sent for my Halloween post. This one is set in the Victorian times and is about a little girl whose mother is seriously suffering from a mental illness. I've never really seen something like that discussed in that way in a children's book. It was good but I think I might have found it a bit dull as a child? 3/5 stars.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven - Two suicidal people meet on the top of a bell tower. They talk each other down and an unlikely relationship sparks. But will it be enough? This YA fiction novel discusses a lot of mental health issues very openly which I think is important. I enjoyed this book but there's just something I also didn't like about it that I can't quite put my finger on. That being said, I still think it's a solid 3/5 stars!
As always, leave any recommendations in the comments!