And it’s here! Truth be told, I was debating whether or not to divide this into 2 parts but I think it is better this way. I hope that if you would have liked for me to just sweep it all into one post, you’ll let me know in the comments so I can continue to improve my blogging each day.
Now, getting back to the task at hand, these are the rest of the books I acquired during the last month of this very complicated year.
- Books 4 & 5 of The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
I’ve had Books 1 and 2 for over three years now but I am very uncomfortable reading a book that belongs to a series I do not own entirely. So I let them rest in my shelves until I had all the books and now, finally, the series is complete.
Both Beyond the Kingdoms and An Author’s Odyssey follow Alex and Connor as they continue to explore, save, and get involved in adventures over at The Land of Stories. Book 5 marks the end of this fairytale-featuring series from former Glee actor Chris Colfer.
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.
Oh, I’ve longed to own Dickens’ novels for so long! And on this note, I got myself three novels this month so I’m on a roll!
- Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
I am so excited to have this book because all I ever hear are great reviews. Now I can’t wait to add myself to the list of people in love with it.
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.
As I said before, I have been meaning to buy more Dickens novels and, while this book had been in my TBR list for a while, I must admit the reason why I bought it now is because of all the references in The Infernal Devices. If Will Herondale loves a book, rest assured I will read it!
- The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis AND A History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld Told in The Language of Flowers by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean
Phew, long titles! These little books are amazing and a great addition for any Nephilim fan. The Codex helps with a lot of the information from the Shadowhunter’s world and has little notes from Clary, Simon and Jace.
A History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld is a beautifully made character book, featuring faces from The Infernal Devices, The Last Hours, The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices.
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Ebenezer Scrooge’s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors have him journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, as he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being.
I just finished reading this, marking the 25th of this year’s read books and the last to fulfill my reading challenge for 2016! So, be on the lookout for my review in the following days!
I hope you enjoyed this massive book haul. I am certainly excited to add all of these babies to my ever-growing collection. Have you read any of the books featured? What are your opinions on them? Let me know!