December 2021 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I’m sharing my final wrap up of 2021. I didn’t read as many books compared to last year since I spent time doing other things, but I’m happy with the amount I’ve read.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: I did it! After DNFing this in 2018 I took it on holiday with me and finally finished it! I’m glad I kept it because I enjoyed it so much more this time. While I don’t love it as much as everyone else, I can see why is such a popular series.

Sleep by C.L. Taylor: I got this out of the library because I’ve heard lots of great things about it. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The plot was okay, but it dragged on a bit and I started to lose interest. I didn’t like any of the characters either. I think I’ll read her other books if I spot them in the library.

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman: Another disappointment, unfortunately. I loved her recent book, The Disappearing Act, but this one was a struggle to get through. Again, I just didn’t like the characters and the plot was so slow.

The Chain by Adrian McKinty: This was my last library read and it definitely was the best one. It has a really unique plot and something you can imagine happening in real life. I’d definitely recommend it to crime fans as it’s a shockingly dark read with some interesting twists.

The Key in the Lock by Beth Underdown: This is a historical thriller that I enjoyed for the most part, I just wish the pacing was a bit faster. It takes place over two different timelines: 1888 and 1918. I did prefer the 1888 timeline because the story seemed to be progressing a lot quicker in those chapters and it was more interesting as there was an inquest into a house fire where a little boy died. It caught me by surprise though at the end and I fell for the red herrings. I’d recommend it for those who like slower paced books.

The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett: This is the first book I’ve read by Janice Hallett. I couldn’t resist requesting a proof after the popularity of her first book. Unfortunately, this was a little too complicated for me. It’s a fantastic plot and really interesting reading transcripts of voice recordings. I had to really pay attention to what was happening and it was good, but I started to lose interest towards the end and then I found the ending hard to follow. I had to reread some paragraphs to make certain I’d understood what was happening. It was a clever ending and I can see why Hallett is so popular. It just wasn’t for me, unfortunately.

So that’s my final wrap up for this year! Thank you all for joining me for another year. I hope you all have a lovely New Year and I cannot wait to share more books with you in 2022!

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