Books Of The Month | December 2016

November Herminia thought she would read a lot in December. And now December Herminia thinks she’ll read a lot in January. She doesn’t learn. She probably won’t in 2017 either, so don’t expect much from her.

As you can see, I still haven’t gotten over the talking in third person about myself phase.

What I Finished:

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

One phrase description:

Description without chapter division.


“It is never too late to be wise.”

My general thoughts:

The main issue I had was the non-existent chapters and chapter breaks. It was one long block of text after another. I’m not sure if that helped or hindered my ability to read RC quickly. I read a few pages, put it down, did something else, picked it up again, and repeated that process a billion times. I like books that let me know when I should probably return to the real world. It’s weird having more decision over when to take a break from reading.

Also, I was supposed to read this novel in September back when school started. But I didn’t get the book delivered to me on time, so I skipped RC and returned to it in December. I read more rushed than I would’ve liked because I wanted to finish the novel before my English exam. I managed to finish the book and maybe even fail the exam. I don’t know because I can’t bring myself to check what I think are horrible grades.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown


One phrase description:

Shatters your heart and returns it to you on a platter.


“Life’s not just a matter of breathing, it’s a matter of being.”

My general thoughts:

There was a lot more world-building than I expected in MS. I can see why that build-up might feel slow to some, but I found it worthwhile. The different twists and turns and deaths make for a fun read, even if I saw some of them coming. Like the ending.

I’m trying to get my friend to read the series. She hasn’t. I don’t know how we’re still friends. But I can’t wait for whatever else Pierce Brown is cooking up.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare


One phrase description:

Kissing and kissing and more kissing.


“In difficult times, in dark times, some people shine.”

My general thoughts:

Of all the books in the series so far, I think I enjoyed this one the least. It read more like a romantic novel than anything else to me. I didn’t like the kissing and more than kissing scenes. Especially since just about everyone loves someone else, when one romantic scene ended, another began with a different couple.

I’m not sure why I went out a long time ago and bought all the books in the series at once. So I have the last one sitting on the shelf, staring at me. I think I need a break from Clare’s writing. I need a break from the protagonist, Clary. I need a break from everything really.

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


First impressions:

It’s long. So very long. Nearly 800 pages long. Yes, I have to read TBK for school. No, I don’t hate it…yet. I hope I don’t by the end. Keeping track of all the Russian names hasn’t been that bad. Then again, I think I haven’t met half the characters.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas



I liked Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, the first two novels in the series. Hopefully I’m not disappointed. Though I tend to find a third book in any series is either hit or miss.

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New year, new books. Am I right or am I right?

9 thoughts on “Books Of The Month | December 2016

  1. The books you read in one month are amazing. I have a private horror story about being assigned The Bros Karamazov in college. It was the only time I ever made a B in a Lit course. And, as for Robinson Crusoe, I was never assigned that one in school, but I read it the year I was waiting for my Texas residency to be established to re-enter college after a first year in Virginia (The out of state tuition was and is outrageously high.). I read every book on a list my high school junior year English teacher gave me titled, “Outstanding Fiction for College Bound Students.” I think I got the best education that year, reading on my own, than I did the whole four years of undergraduate work!
    I have heard good things about the Red Rising series and my sweet husband has read a City Of ______ series, but judging from the cover of the book you read, I’m sure it’s not the same one! Ha Ha!
    Have a wonderful rest of your school break and a great start to 2017, may it bring you many blessings.


    1. Ahhh a B? How dare they give you a B. Oh interesting. I can only imagine how high tuition is for out of state or international students. Some things don’t change but need to. That’s amazing. I wish I got a list. Hah I bet you did. Funny how much we can learn on our own.
      I enjoyed the Red Rising series more than I thought I would. Ah, it might not be. The book I read was part of the Mortal Instrument series and all the novels are titled City of _____.
      Thanks. I wish the same for you. All the best in 2017!

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