The Books I Read in December

Monday, January 6, 2020

Surprisingly, as busy as December was, it was also a productive month for reading. It helped that I had a Goodreads reading goal of 30 books to reach and the books that I chose were page turners, and I could hardly put them down. In the interest of full disclosure, one of the books I read was started in mid-November and finished on December 1st, so technically, it wasn't read in December. But I am including it here since it was the only book I read in November.

Here are the books I read in December:

1. One Day in December by Josie Silver        4.5/5 stars
After seeing this book on the Reese's Book Club table at my local book store, I knew I couldn't go wrong. I mean, come on, if Reese Witherspoon liked it, we'll all like it, right? I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was a light read that went quickly, and the characters are very likable. Plus, I don't typically read seasonal books, but since this one began in December (doesn't take place entirely in December though), it seemed appropriate. If you like love stories, you'll like this one with a happy ending.

2. Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand     4/5 stars
I don't normally read seasonal fiction, but I love Elin Hilderbrand, and I was in the mood to read something with a Christmas theme. This was a heartwarming story, and in true Hilderbrand fashion, you come to love the characters by the end of the book. However, there were lots of them to keep track of. I was completely confused for the first two chapters until it finally clicked who everyone was and what their relationships to each other were. Other than that, it's a good winter read. This book is part of a series. Although it's probably helpful to have read the first book in the series, Winter Street, it's not necessary.

3. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms     4/5 stars
I started reading this one in early fall. It was one of those books that is interesting enough, but the first half of the book just wasn't enough to keep me glued to the book. So, instead, I'd read a little at a time and then put it aside. Then pick it up again and read a bit more. Finally, two weeks ago as I was finishing my night time routine, I decided to pick it up again and read it until I finished. The second half was so good, and I am so glad I came back to it and committed myself to finishing the book. Not sure why it didn't click initially. It's about a woman in her midlife who has spent her years caring for her kids but not herself or her career. Until her husband walks out on her and she has no choice but to get back to her career, but still doesn't make time for herself until her husband reappears after 3 years away. Can she trust him enough to stick around and take of their two children long enough for her to head to NYC for a work event and to visit a best girlfriend? Well, you'll have to read it to find out!

4. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides       5/5 stars
After seeing this book everywhere as a recommended read for 2019, I finally downloaded it when Amazon offered it at $4.99 on Cyber Monday. Before I started it, I hopped on Goodreads to see which of my friends had read it and how they rated it. Everyone gave it either 4 or 5 stars. I was ready to delve in. It took me less than two days to read this one. It was really, really good, and so many people said that there was an utterly surprising and unexpected twist at the end. Discovering the twist was my incentive to read this one quickly. As it turned out, the twist will hit you like a ton of bricks. I had to go back a page and re-read to be sure I read it correctly. I love a book that's anything but predictable.

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