My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s December 2017 Wrap Up

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell (★★★★★)

The Disaster Artist is the unbelievably true story behind the making of The Room, the so-called worst movie ever made. Written by actor Greg Sestero — who plays The Room‘s Mark — the novel details his tumultuous friendship with the man, the myth, the enigma: Tommy Wiseau. With on-set tales that range from hilarious, to baffling, to downright awkward, this is a must-read for anyone who has ever seen the cult phenomenon that is The Room.

The Walking Dead Vol. 29: Lines We Cross by Robert Kirkman (★★★★)

An uneven and pretty slow arc, the 29th volume of The Walking Dead comic suffers slightly from a few snoretastic issues. Thankfully, a brand-new character named the Princess arrives to shake things up. To make matters better, the entire collection ends with a huge emotional bang 74 issues and five years in the making. Promise.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand (★★★)

Sometimes you just need a dumb, mindless read, and The Afterlife of Holly Chase is exactly that. This young adult tale inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol follows former socialite and failed Scrooge Holly Chase, a ghost who is now being punished for her sins in life by the workers at Project Scrooge, who force her to become the Ghost of Christmas Past. Nonsensical and predictable, I had so much fun reading this stupid book.

The Psychology of Animals Swallowed Alive by Kirsty Logan (★★★★)

Logan’s lyrical prose shines in this eBook anthology, which contains 20 flash fiction stories about the many forms that love takes. From romantic love to one night stands, the love between a human and their pet, and the love found on the other end of a Dream Phone, this collection of super short love stories has it all. Yes, even mermaids.

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (★★★★)

What Happened is my very first audiobook in decades, because come on, I had to hear HRC tell her story in her own voice. I laughed, I cried (okay, I mostly cried) as I re-lived election night and all the unimaginable months that followed alongside the winner of the 2017 popular vote. Full of hopeful messages for the resistance, and melancholy discussions of what might have been, Clinton’s book is an exploration of how she lost an election that was hers to win, its aftermath, and what happens next.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★)

I mostly enjoyed The Raven King, but it was definitely overshadowed by its phenomenal predecessor Blue Lily, Lily Blue. And while things started off incredibly strong, I ultimately had to remove an entire star due to the rushed, anticlimactic ending. Sadly, Blue and her Raven Boys deserved a much stronger conclusion.

Jean Grey Vol. 1: Nightmare Fuel by Dennis Hopeless (★★★★)

This brand-new Jean Grey-centric comic book series stars a teen Marvel Girl who travels through time to the present, completely avoiding the Dark Phoenix timeline. The only problem? The Phoenix still wants in. To prevent her fate, Jean teams up with Marvel favorites like Thor and Psylocke to try and prevent the inevitable in this fun, new series.

Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan (★★★★)

I had some problems with the first book in the Reign of Shadows series, which I found to be a dull novel with far too much walking. Thankfully, the less-loved second book in the series does away with almost all of that and instead becomes a book about courtly intrigue! While most readers hated this sudden and unexpected change in direction, I was pleasantly surprised. Let’s just not talk about that super convenient ending.

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (★★★★)

Despite being a super dense read, Wayfarer started off great, building off the amazing world and characters introduced in Passenger. Unfortunately, Bracken chose to keep her two main characters turned love interests separate for all but 100ish pages of her 500+ page novel, a disappointing detriment to the final book in her time travel duology. Authors, please stop splitting your couples up in book two! Cool, thanks.


Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 28/24 books

2017 New Release Challenge

Books Read This Month: 4
Totals: 44/14 books

2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 16
Totals: 94/78 points

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Series Enders Completed This Month: 3
Totals: 7/7 books

2017 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 33/25 books


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