And here we are, at the end of 2015. It’s still pretty surreal to know that tomorrow is 2016, haha (how long do you think it will take you to get used to writing that down?). I hope everyone had a wonderful 2015 and a wonderful holiday season thus far. December was fairly busy, especially with the initial stress earlier this month (thank God that’s over with!), but the blog was pretty busy too!
Books reviewed this month include: Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair (review), Susanna Kearsley’s The Firebird (review), and Nuala O’Connor’s Miss Emily (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
One ARC was reviewed this month, Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno (review) which OMG, I cannot recommend enough. You can check out all the ARCs I’ve reviewed in this tag.
For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I decided to feature Russian Authors. A bit of a cheat as it’s not just one author but a whole category of classic literature, but hey, winter is the perfect time to read classic Russian literature 😛 You can check out my recommendations of Russian classics to check out over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
No movie reviews but I did post up my remaining mini-reviews of series 9 of Doctor Who as well as the 2015 Christmas special that aired recently. You can check out those posts and other Doctor Who-related posts I’ve made in this tag 🙂
I contributed to the November/December issue of Femnista. The article I submitted is a little different than my usual submissions, talking a little bit about my experience reading William Shakespeare’s works. You can read more about it and here to check it out in this post.
Last but not least, I posted up my answers to the annual book wrap-up for this year. It was quite a year in reading! Check it out my answers in this post 🙂
And that’s about it from me for the month of December! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you had a lovely one/lovely holidays, and I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2016! See you on the flip side of the calendar 🙂
The Guilty Plea (Detective Greene #2) By: Robert Rotenberg Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
On the morning that his headline-grabbing divorce trial is set to begin, Terrance Wyler, youngest son of the Wyler Food dynasty, is found stabbed to death in the kitchen of his million-dollar home. Detective Ari Greene arrives minutes before the press and finds Wyler’s four-year-old son asleep upstairs. When Wyler’s ex-wife, a strange beauty named Samantha, shows up at her lawyer’s office with a bloody knife, it looks as if the case is over.
But Greene soon discovers the Wyler family has secrets they’d like to keep hidden, and they’re not the only ones. If there’s one thing Greene knows, it’s that the truth is never simple.
I read the first book to this series last year, Old City Hall (review), which was really cool and refreshing because it was a mystery thriller series set in Toronto. I had been meaning to read the other books in the series since and finally picked up this book earlier this year.
The View from Castle Rock By: Alice Munro Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
A powerful new collection from one of our most beloved, admired, and honoured writers.
In stories that are more personal than any that she’s written before, Alice Munro pieces her family’s history into gloriously imagined fiction. A young boy is taken to Edinburgh’s Castle Rock, where his father assures him that on a clear day he can see America, and he catches a glimpse of his father’s dream. In stories that follow, as the dream becomes a reality, two sisters-in-law experience very different kinds of passion on the long voyage to the New World; a baby is lost and magically reappears on a journey from an Illinois homestead to the Canadian border.
Other stories take place in more familiar Munro territory, the towns and countryside around Lake Huron, where the past shows through the present like the traces of a glacier on the landscape and strong emotions stir just beneath the surface of ordinary comings and goings. First love flowers under the apple tree, while a stronger emotion presents itself in the barn. A girl hired as summer help, and uneasy about her ‘place’ in the fancy resort world she’s come to, is transformed by her employer’s perceptive parting gift. A father whose early expectations of success at fox farming have been dashed finds strange comfort in a routine night job at an iron foundry. A clever girl escapes to college and marriage.
Evocative, gripping, sexy, unexpected these stories reflect a depth and richness of experience. The View from Castle Rock is a brilliant achievement from one of the finest writers of our time.
Another day, another Alice Munro book 🙂 This book sounds a bit different from her other titles as it weaves in some of her own family history as the foundation to which these stories stem from. So yeah, I picked it up on a whim earlier this year and decided to read it a few months ago 🙂
It is Christmas Day on a remote human colony, and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas carols and comedy antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax is furious, and his giant robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?
All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.
It’s Christmas time and you know what that means…Christmas specials! 😀 I honestly had a lot of reservations coming into this Doctor Who Christmas special, but watching the trailer, it looked promising…and a lot of fun 😛
Wishing all of my readers, friends, and fellow bloggers and your families and loved ones a very Merry Christmas! May you all have wonderful Christmases (or holiday season if you don’t celebrate the event) filled with laughter and joy–and plenty of books under the Christmas tree 😉
And for those curious: the image in the above graphic is indeed a snapshot of my Christmas tree here at home 😀