Saturday, December 31, 2016

Shon's December Reading Wrap Up & Book Haul

Hello Bookworms!  Another month has come to an end and that means it's time for my monthly wrap up!  I read one graphic novel and listen to two Audible this month.

December Wrap Up

Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls - the first and second times - and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.
"This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I'm talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called 'you're so much taller than the other kids.' But no! I'm talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn't sure I'd ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick." (Lauren Graham)

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Batman: The Killing Joke (Batman) by Alan Moore

Alan Moore cemented his reputation for unparalleled storytelling with wildly acclaimed books such as WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA. Here he takes on some of DC's most classic characters, offering his unforgettable version of the disturbing relationship between the Dark Knight and his greatest foe, the Joker.

In this groundbreaking work, Moore creates a twisted tale of insanity and human perseverance. Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point to madness, the Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane.

Refusing to give up, Gordon struggles to maintain his sanity with the help of Batman in a desperate effort to best the madman.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, Julia Whelan (narrator)

Audible's 2014 Narrator of the Year Julia Whelan performs one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved fairy tales, The Snow Queen. This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen. 

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

December Book Haul 

      L♥DK #2 by Ayu Watanabe                              L♥DK #3 by Ayu Watanabe

       L♥DK #4 by Ayu Watanabe                       Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

          Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 by Ichigo Takano

       Delirium by Lauren Oliver               Catalyst (Insignia #3) by S.J. Kincaid

         Fairest by Marissa Meyer                         Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends #3) by Kelley Armstrong
 Fierce Reads: Kisses and Curses by Lauren Burniac 



Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

American Girls by Alison Umminger


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