Books Wrap Ups

December Wrap Up

January 1, 2019

The astute among you will have noticed that a November Wrap Up was missing last month...that was because I read hardly anything to warrant a wrap up. Honestly, December wasn't much better! This years University reading has certainly been a slog...

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I can't believe how much I enjoyed this! I read it so quickly and was shocked. I missed the story when I had to put it down, I found and still find myself thinking about this book. It prompts a lot of questions about humanity and how easy it is to demonise something. In this case books, and replace it...but to the detriment of society. It's absolutely incredible.


I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Hiroshima by John Hersey

This book will stay with me for the rest of my life. I could never have anticipated how much this would effect me. The description, the construction and the individual experiences made for a harrowing but incredible read. It filled me with a whole new respect for the people of Hiroshima. Their strength and ability to carry on is indescribable. Utterly awe-inspiring.

Rating: 4.5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Getaway by Jim Thompson

I can't say I particularly enjoyed this book. It was a bit chaotic for my liking. I prefer my books to have a bit more cohesion, this felt like two different novels frankenstein-ed together. There were a few aspects I liked but not enough to make me want to pick up any more of Jim Thompson's novels.

Rating: 3/5

I have review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.


1. Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey

I really don't know what I read with this one..which I think is partially the idea. Thomas de Quincey for the vast majority of his life was an opium addict and decided to catalogue his thoughts and experiences whilst using the drug. How common the use was but the side affects rarely discussed. It was incoherent in many places and convoluted in the rest. I'm not sure what I expected but it certainly wasn't this!

Rating: 2/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Those are the books I read in December!

What have you been reading lately?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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