I didn’t get a chance to share a second mini book review post in November, so I’m coming at you today with lots of recommendations!! The library really came through for me on a few new releases from this year. As usual, since I rarely post full reviews, these are mini reviews of what I’m reading in December 2019.
I also slightly changed the format of this post. I still read books during lunch at work, at home and while out and about. However, I’ve started to mix and match them all. I’m breaking down the books by format instead to show how I read (or listened to) them. So let’s get to what to read and what to skip in December! I’m linking up with Jana Says and Modern Mrs Darcy as usual to share what we read this month!
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25 Days Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander – I feel like I’m talking about this book everywhere. It made my Best Fiction of 2019 list and an extra copy is currently being passed around at work. It’s a new favorite Christmas novel that I’d happily reread each year. Single mom, Kate, is trying to muster up some joy for Christmas this year to give her son the holiday he deserves. There’s a sweet slow building relationship and a realistic take on the stress the holidays can bring.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer– Another standout from 2019. This is a YA fantasy retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. It’s super fast paced and sets up perfectly for the sequel. I’m so excited to keep reading the series in 2020!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – When Alex is offered a lifeline in the form of a Yale scholarship, she can hardly refuse. In return for giving up drugs and her former lifestyle, she’s being trained to police the Yale secret societies. Each society deals in some form of dark magic and her ability to see ghosts helps keep the dead where they belong. It’s hard to articulate my thoughts on this one. I enjoyed the ride quite a lot, but it did get a bit too paranormal for my taste by the end. Skip if you have no interest in paranormal fantasy.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley – Lucy has a whole series of graphic novels that focus on different aspects of her life, marriage, first few months with kids, etc. So I wanted to start at the beginning with her childhood memories. She grew up surrounded by foodies and shows how that influenced her. I haven’t read many graphic novels and I’m just starting to delve into the non-superhero options. This one has me excited to read many more next year!
eBooks (reading on Netgalley / Kindle Unlimited):
I’d Rather be Reading – A Kindle Unlimited winner! I’m a longtime fan of the Modern Mrs Darcy book blog. Owner, Anne Bogel’s, second book is I’d Rather be Reading, a collection of bookish reflections. It’s a delight for any book lover, since they’ll find much of themselves written in these pages.
Bibliophile by Jane Mount – After the success of the previous book, I was eager to dive into another book for book lovers. Unfortunately, this was a DNF (Did Not Finish). It’s a rather haphazard collection of bookish facts and book lists, but there’s almost no depth to the writing. The showcase is clearly her beautiful book stack drawings. While these were fun to admire, it got a bit stale after the first few chapters.
Audio Books (listening on Kindle Unlimited / Audible):
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah – This book is essentially the reason I joined Audible. Well, this and the amazing holiday discount Amazon offered 🙂 He weaves incredible tales about growing up in South Africa during the late 80’s and 90’s. I had no idea how horrendous the situation truly was in the country. Admittedly, the reason this is a five star book is Trevor’s narration. He uses different voices and various languages to help bring the stories to life in your mind.
Around the Web:
The Booklist Queen’s 2020 Reading Challenge – Rachael of The Booklist Queen (formerly Pingel Sisters) always puts together amazing reading challenges.
For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in November 2019!
Books Available on Book Outlet
A Curse So Dark and Lonely – $6.49
I’d Rather Be Reading – $5.49