Another month, another reading list! Recapping my December reads today!
Did December fly by for anyone else?! Between the holidays and spending time with our family and friends, the month totally got away from me! After the holidays I took a much needed few days away from work, so I’m back with a belated reading list for December! Truthfully, I wish I had gotten more reading done this month, but I’m happy that I got to spend so much time with the ones I love! I ended up reading 95 books this year, so I feel good about that! My favorite book that I read in December was Regretting You by Colleen Hoover. I absolutely adore Colleen Hoover and will read anything she writes! So let’s get started…
LET IT SNOW by Nancy Thayer | The holiday season is a busy one for the shops on the wharf in Nantucket. Christina, owner of Nantucket toy shop, is preparing for last minute shoppers when herScrooge of a landlord, Oscar Bittlesman, raises her rent. It seems nearly impossible for Christina to continue business on the wharf. Even so, Christina hopes there is a warm heart underneath Oscar’s steely exterior. When she bonds with Wink, his sweet, young granddaughter who frequents the shop, it becomes clear that perhaps he isn’t so cold after all. And with the help of Wink’s uncle, who happens to be a charming and very handsome bachelor, this may be the best Christmas any of them could have ever imagined. review: I read this book to get in the Christmas spirit and, let me tell you, it did the trick! Nancy Thayer does such a great job of creating an enchanting Nantucket at Christmas time. It’s a great meet-cute story that I could see becoming a Hallmark movie. While it was a bit cheesy and predictable at times, it was a great book to cuddle up with by the Christmas tree! Definitely add this to your list for next holiday season! rating: 4 out of 5 ⭐️
REPUTATION by Sara Shepard | Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people’s e-mails—the entire faculty, staff, students, alums—onto an easily searchable database. Rumors and affairs immediately leak, but things take a turn when Kit Manning’s handsome husband, Dr. Greg Strasser, is found murdered. Kit’s sister, Willa, returns for the funeral, and as an investigative reporter, Willa knows something isn’t right about the night Greg was killed. What she doesn’t expect is that everyone has something to hide. And with a killer on the loose, Willa and Kit must figure out who killed Greg before someone else is murdered. review: If you’re looking for a book that’s a page turner full of twists, secrets & drama, be sure to pick up this book! I loved that the book starts off with a bang and the twists don’t stop until the very last chapter. It’s told in alternating perspectives, which I always appreciate in a “whodunit” book. This book dives into society and how we tend to care too much about what others think about us and how it fuels our decisions. It also dives into the #metoo movement. Trigger warnings: death, sexual abuse, rape. rating: 4 out of 5 ⭐️CHRISTMAS SHOPAHOLIC by Sophie Kinsella | Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, and the neighbors coming for sherry. But this year looks to be different. Becky will be hostingChristmas this year. What could possibly go wrong? With family demands and Becky’s overzealous expectations, will chaos ensue or will the holiday go off without a hitch? review: I think I’ll always have a bit of a soft spot for Becky Brandon née Bloomwood, as I loved the Shopaholic series when I was a teen. I was excited to hear that there was another book in the series, but for me, it fell really flat. Becky’s character is still as quirky and over-the-top as ever, but I think I may have outgrown her antics since the last Shopaholic book! I no longer found Becky’s antics to be endearing and couldn’t relate to her at all! If you’re a fan of the series, definitely give it a read though. rating: 3 out of 5 ⭐️
REGRETTING YOU by Colleen Hoover | Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike. Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband & Clara’s father. But everything is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic & questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together. review: Colleen Hoover does it again with a book that gives you a little bit of everything – emotion, drama, and a few secrets along the way. The characters were so authentic and I found myself asking “How would I handle this?” quite a few times. The mother/daughter relationship in this book was done so well and as an adult, I found myself relating to Morgan, but also recalling a time when I was similar to Clara as a teenager. As always, Colleen Hoover covers quite a few topics so eloquently and with such emotion! rating: 4.5 out of 5 ⭐️