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Last month I read 5 books; 3 of them I read at the beginning of the month and then after all of the Christmas preparations were out of the way I finished up the rest.

It ought to be noted that I failed miserably at reading anything that I had picked out for my December TBR and to that end, I don’t think going into 2016, that I’m going to bother pre-selecting books to read each month.

So, without further ado, here are the books that I read in December.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

IMG_20151201_110450The first book that I read in the month of December was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman is my all time favourite author; I absolutely loved American Gods and Stardust, and The Graveyard Book is no different. It’s definitely aimed at a younger audience but at 28 years of age, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Gaiman has a beautiful narrative voice, he describes the bizarre and unusual in such a matter of fact way as to suggest that they’re not bizarre or unusual at all. Its the easy way with which he writes about the fantastical that draws me into his writing. I just love the idea that, when you read a book of his, you can become fully immersed in the world that he’s creating because  At 300 pages and a thoroughly engaging read, I devoured this book in just a couple of train commutes.

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Last month was quite the book buying month because, guys, I discovered books for a £1 at a garden centre in Wakefield. Yes! November was meant to be a quiet one for me because with Christmas around the corner it’s supposed to be the month for buying for others. But it wasn’t. I ended up buying 13+ books. 13 of which are going to feature in today’s post. I’d have them all except that I can’t remember/can’t locate all the books that I did buy last month.

Teaser Tuesday Stardust

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm

You can join in too! Just do the following.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Now that we’ve reached the very beginning of September, it’s about time to recap the books that I purchased last month, and I’ve had quite a successful month for books in August.

My purchases this month include (want to read about a particular book in the haul? Click the links below to take you to each section):

  1. Eva Dolan’s Long Way Home
  2. Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden
  3. Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea
  4. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
  5. Ilona Andrews’ Magic Breaks