December + 2016 Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! Today will be an only wrap-up session which I never do. But that is because I’m doing a full year wrap-up to look back on my 2016 with all the books I read and got. So without further hesitation, let’s get into this wrap up

December Reading Wrap-Up

This month I read… 3 books! And if you don’t know, that’s good for me. Especially with finals I’m proud of myself for reading that much especially with finals but it was really due to winter break haha. Those books are… To read synopsis’, click on the review link to find them.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
4.5/5 stars | Review | Amazon | Goodreads

Arise by Tara Hudson
3.5/5 stars | Review | Amazon | Goodreads

Winger by Andrew Smith
4/5 stars | Review | Amazon | Goodreads


December Book Haul

Thanks to giveaways and my great aunt I got… 20 books! Now let me explain, 4 are physical books. 16 are free ebooks that I downloaded onto my new Kindle Paperwhite. So really I should say, I got 4 books this month plus a Kindle Paperwhite! The books I got are…

The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt
Amazon | Goodreads

From the author of Remember Mia comes the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden…
What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?
Dahlia Waller s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.
In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she ll learn that in her mother s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…


A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Messiner
Amazon | Goodreads

Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women past and present in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life.

February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Resistancespy.
Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark…
Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.


Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen
Amazon | Goodreads

A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, “If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why? “

Hannah Monroe’s boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened.

As Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth…


Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Amazon | Goodreads

Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program—and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now.

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as “Human Computers,” calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these “colored computers,” as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America’s fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these “computers,” personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America’s greatest adventure and NASA’s groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine.

Moving from World War II through NASA’s golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women’s rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world—and whose lives show how out of one of America’s most painful histories came one of its proudest moments.


Yearly Reading Wrap-Up

Now, I read 34 books in 2016! That’s so good for me yay. I can’t remember how many books I read last year but I think it was around 26 so I’m up nearly 10 books. And here is a slideshow of all the books I’ve read this year.

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2016 Book Haul

I got the most books this year because I got more into the community and found out the buying books is a great thing, and its fun when you get given books to from authors, publishers, friends, and family. Building my bookshelf was a very fun thing to do this year with these books…

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Whew! That’s all for today. Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2017 treats you well with lots of new book and bookish things and you read lots of books and reach your reading goal. I’ll see ya later – Kambria

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