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I admit it. I completely fell off the blogging bandwagon in November, causing me to miss my November reading recap post. December’s reading recap will be an accumulation of books I read in November and December. I did pretty well once classes ended. I even checked off some books that were on my reading list from 2016.
Some of the books I read were complete trash. It was very disappointing. I guess that’s the way it goes when you choose randomly on Goodreads.
A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together – Rachel Wilkerson Miller
I decided to start bullet journaling in late November, and I really enjoyed it. It slowed down once my classes ended because I didn’t feel like I had a lot to put in it, but this book is a great way to get started with the process. I highly recommend it if you’re considering starting a bullet journal.
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life – Jen Hatmaker
I listened to this on audiobook and it was really good! Jen Hatmaker is a Christian writer with some liberal views on faith. She narrated and added her own tidbits that aren’t in the written text, which was refreshing and insightful. If you are interested in hearing from a woman who loves God and isn’t a fire and brimstone type, put this book on your list!
This book was so underwhelming. It started slow and didn’t pick up or get interesting until the last 50 pages or so. I thought it would be a fun read, but it was doldrum. There is very little related to Bette Davis, and the analogy in which she is used is dumb. Don’t read.
Another disappointing read. I am so glad to finally have this off my list. It was on my 2016 reading list and I was able to read it using my free Kindle Unlimited Trial. I thought it sounded so interesting, but it was poorly written and felt like the author stole from a thousand other stories. Picture I Am Legend and World War Z in book form.
The best part about this apocalyptic novel was that it started in Kansas City. I don’t recommend it.
The Winged Histories – Sofia Samatar
This book has great reviews on Goodreads but it was so difficult to read and understand. The writing is unique and beautiful, but I found myself asking what the heck is going on right now? I skimmed the whole thing. I did not enjoy it and if someone asked me what it was about, I wouldn’t know what to say.
Friends Like Us – Lauren Fox
This was exactly what I thought it would be. I actually read it a few days ago (getting an early start on my 2018 list) because it was on Hoopla as audiobook. It definitely feels like the author stole everything from Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. It was written well, but so overdone. If you like these kinds of stories, go ahead and read it. Just don’t expect anything big.
Beneath the Surface – John Hargrove
I’m not quite finished with this, but I’m close enough to write a review. I have been torn apart in multiple ways reading this book. This man, a senior trainer who worked with orcas at SeaWorld – unveils the truth behind performing orcas and the work that went into making these carnivorous creatures seem like cuddly, understanding beings.
Many people don’t know that I have my scuba certification and went to college in Maine for a year to pursue this career. The summer before I left, one of their oldest and best trainers was killed by Tilikum. That was in 2010. After the trainer’s death, workers were no longer allowed to get into the water with the whales. That piece, among so many other things, killed my dream and I decided to pursue something else.
Hargrove details his rise in the SeaWorld training ranks and how he eventually left the company because his beliefs changed. While I love seeing the orcas perform, Beneath the Surface opens your eyes to how animals in captivity react and endure life in captivity. There is no “thriving” in that kind of environment.
I could write an entire post on that book, but I recommend reading it for yourself. (And definitely read before you watch Blackfish.)
That wraps up my December reads. I am excited to get started on the rest of my 2018 reading list! What have you been reading lately?