Wednesday, January 6, 2021

December Books

One of my New Year's Resolutions in 2020 was to read 40 books. When we all first went into quarantine I thought "oh, I'll have so much more time to read since I won't be going anywhere". It turns out I was WRONG! Very wrong. Wrangling two young kiddos all day while simultaneously trying to navigate at-home teaching AND keeping the kiddos busy while Devin was leading webinars/conference calls/etc turned out to be very much the opposite of "I'll have so much time to read". Yet somehow I was able to do it! I give all the credit to audiobooks because I think at least half of my books I "read" this year were audiobooks I listened to while doing laundry/dishes/driving/taking Liam for a walk. Also, it turns out I had read a book earlier this year and forgot to check it off my list! Let's have a look at what I read in December:

Her Last Flight-- This one was my favorite book of the year! I could not stop talking about this book to everyone I know. If you like historical fiction and haven't read this yet, add it to your list now!! You won't regret it. I wrote about it last week in my Favorite Books of 2020 if you want to read a little more. I give it an A+!

The Perfect Christmas-- If you're looking for a happy, cheesy Christmas read, look no further. This was the book equivalent of a Hallmark movie: sweet, predictable, happy ending. I wouldn't exactly call it "great literature", and it's not one of those books that you remember for life, but this is perfect when you're in the mood for something light. I give it a B+

Loving My Actual Christmas-- Cute! A great reminder to slow down and actually enjoy the many wonderful things about this season. It can be so easy to get caught up in being busy that you don't truly enjoy all the fun this season has to offer. One of my favorite takeaways from the book was that if you try to do every fun activity during the holidays, you'll be spread too thin and not actually enjoy any of them to their full capacity. I give it an A.

Can This Be Christmas?-- This one I did not really love. It had potential to be such a cute story, but then it never really took off. I think this is one of those books that has too many characters but never really takes the time to develop any of them, so you never feel a connection to any of the characters. You never really root for anyone because you have no attachment to them. I give it a D. 😬

My (Not So) Perfect Life-- I downloaded this one on my Kindle, started reading and immediately thought "hmm.. this is familiar", but kept reading. About halfway through the first chapter I realized I had already read this book, but had forgotten to check it off my book list. If you've been reading this blog for awhile you know how much I love Sophie Kinsella books. Her characters are always relatable, yet also kind of over-the-top. They are always lovable and make me laugh out loud. The main character of this book is envious of the people around her or who she sees on social media who have the "perfect" lives. She sees her crummy apartment, weird roommates, and not-so-glamorous job and decides to "fake it" to make her own life seem more perfect than it actually is on Instagram. If you're looking for a book to make you laugh, I recommend this one! Solid A. 

What about you?? Any good books you read in the month of December? Or anything you'd recommend for me to add to my list for 2021?? See you back here tomorrow!


  1. I just started Sophie Kinsella's newest - Love Your Life.

    1. I'm on the wait list at the library!! The library app says I have approximately 9 more weeks to wait-- it must be a big hit!

  2. Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah. A MUCH shorter read compared to her usual novels (Nightingale, Great Alone, Winter Garden, Firefly Lane, etc.) but a great holiday/cozy read. I thought it was going to be super predictable/Hallmark-eque, which I was totally ok with, BUT had a good twist I didn't see coming.

  3. Just added Her Last Flight to my reading list! I love a good historical fiction novel.