Ok, so, it’s the end of December so it’s time to write down all the books I’ve read this month. Unfortunately, I got really, really ill this month and had to work a TON (because retail) so I couldn’t read as much as I wanted. I did read quite a bit, however, so here are all the books I read in December!
Books read: 10 (picture books: 2, detectives: 2, DNF: 1, non-fiction: 2, poetry: 1, children’s books: 2)
Stars: 1 (0), 2 (1), 3 (5), 4 (4), 5 (0)
Debutantes and the London Season by Lucinda Gosling
Did a month go by without me reading anything by Shire Library? This was a very interesting subject but the execution wasn’t the best. I loved it, don’t get me wrong it was really interesting to read about debutantes, but the book stayed too long in the same era, and kind off completely forgot the 40s and 50s. I did enjoy it, and I’m glad to have added it to my collection, it could just have been better! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.
the Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene
I really enjoyed this one, as I love the Nancy Drew’s with family mysteries in them. It was a lot of fun, but wasn’t anything special, really. But then again, none of the Nancy Drew books are, they are just fun! Basically, Nancy Drew is a young detective that solves mysteries together with her best friends Bess and George. The books were orignally written in the ’30s, but slightly rewritten in the 1950s and it’s hilarious, some of the things added, such as what Nancy and her friends are wearing, are completely unnecessary, but the author needs to make sure we still know that Nancy and her friends are Girly and Women and it’s just hilarious to me. They are great cozy reads and honestly, they are fun no matter how old you are! I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.
the Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
First of all, I’m angry about this cover. I ordered the one that goes along with the rest of my collection, but I can’t get it ANYWHERE. At all! Neither for the Clocks! But ok, I finished this short story collection of Poirot and one story with miss Marple, and honestly, I felt this one was highly unnecessary. If they added these stories to a different short story collection it would’ve been better than giving this it’s own book. The stories were ok, but I prefer the full book. They aren’t anything special and honestly, I can’t really remember most of them, other than that I did enjoy it. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.
Lullabies and Poems for Children by D. Secker-Larson
I love children’s stories and lullabies, and this tiny book was right up my alley. It had a bit of an odd mixture, some stories were from different countries but about 90% were UK based, which made the ones that were from other cultures really odd and like they didn’t fit in with the rest, which was such a shame! I would’ve loved some more interesting ones. There were a few interesting authors in it, like Robert Louis Stevenson and William Makepeace Thackeray. I did enjoy this book and it was really fun to read all those stories and lullabies. If you love children’s books like me, this is a great addition to your collection! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your (beautiful!) edition here.
Curtain by Agatha Christie
Ok, this was the last Poirot. The very last one. The last case. And I’m still not over it. This was a really interesting one, and I actually think this might be my favourite Poirot! The story was a lot of fun and I kind of guessed the ending, but it still kept me on the edge of my seat. I literally screamed in the bath when certain things happened! I loved this one and it was a great ending to a great series. I gave it 4 stars and you can buy it here!
a Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare, Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross
I read a Midsummer Night’s Dream last year and I really enjoyed it, but it’s really difficult for me to read Shakespeare. I do enjoy these little explanations of Shakespeare plays but I didn’t like this one as much as I liked Macbeth. It explained the story a lot better to me than the actual play and it was fun to read! I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.
Fashion in the 1950s by Daniel Milford-Cottam
I really enjoyed this one! This little book explains 1950s fashion better than most bigger books. It showed beautiful pictures alongside some really in-depth information about designers and styles. If you want a REALLY in-depth book, I recommend Mike Brown’s the 1950s Look, but otherwise this is the perfect book to start out! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here!
the Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay
I really enjoyed Death on the Cherwell earlier this year, and I really wanted to read more books by Mavis Doriel Hay, but unfortunately, my last book of the year was a DNF. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate this book but I just didn’t care about it. At all. I didn’t care about the story, I didn’t care about the characters, I just didn’t care! And why would I force myself to read something I don’t care about? The story itself was interesting, but the style of the story (a bit similar in the Moonstone where it shows people’s different perspective) annoyed me and people just didn’t have a personality. I just didn’t like it but that doesn’t stop me from reading something else by Mavis Doriel Hay.
These were the books I read in December! I didn’t mention the picture books I read this month as they weren’t very interesting to mention.
What were some great books you read this month? 🙂