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December 2021 Book Recommendations

December 2021 Book Recommendations: What to Read & What to Skip

Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for my December 2021 book recommendations! I have to admit the only five star review this month was a re-read (re-listen?)! Read on to find out which one it was! 

In my list of December 2021 book recommendations, I include everything I’ve read recently that I finished.  I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip. This month there were more 3.5-4 star books than usual, so find a gem that might be perfect just for you!

As always, I love to hear if you agree or disagree with my ratings! Let me know in the comments what you thought of my December 2021 book recommendations.

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December 2021 Book Recommendations

 

 

Physical Books:

 

 

exile

Exile

by Shannon Messenger

Pardon the usual romance genre obsession for this series! This YA / middle grade fantasy book is the second in a series that is reminiscent of Harry Potter and I am continuing to adore them. 

A teenager who has been able to read minds since she was 5 has her world turned upside down when she discovers she’s actually an elf and there’s a whole world outside of the human one she knows. As the issues in her new world continue to spread, she’s forced to tune into her unimaginable powers.  

4.5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org

 

 

 

 

 

heard it in a love song

Heard It In A Love Song

by Tracey Garvis Graves

Tracey Garvis Graves writes such quietly compelling love stories. They aren’t action packed or intense, but build slowly and develop into real, beautiful relationships.

In Heard It In A Love Song, we follow two divorced adults who take us back through the highs and lows of their failed marriages, while discovering something unexpected and undeniable in each other.

I thought this captured the trials but also hope of finding new love so well!

4 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

christmas in silverwood

Christmas In Silverwood

by Dorothy Dreyer

One of the sweetest, heart warming Christmas books of the year! Christmas in Silverwood is the definition of a Hallmark movie wrapped up in book form. It’s a quick read, so you can enjoy the start to finish holiday happy ending in a day!

Holly St Ives returns to the small mountain town where her family used to spend the holidays to escape a dwindling art career and a toxic boyfriend. When she almost runs over a dog on the way, she ends up meeting the town’s do-it-all guy, who may be charming enough to convince her to stay for longer than she ever thought!

4 Stars | Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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eBooks (reading from Netgalley / Library):

 

 

 

made in manhattan

Made In Manhattan

by Lauren Layne

 An NYC socialite is tasked with grooming a country boy to take over a corporation. Violet flits from shops to parties to charity events, acting as her mentor’s personal assistant without any sort of real job. When she’s asked to turn a recently discovered relative into the type of man who will be accepted in board rooms, she’s shocked to discover a Southern, rural raised man is her charge.

While this was cute, the relationship between Violet and Cain was a little too rushed and unbelievable. There was a weird instant chemistry but it lacked the intimacy and time needed to form the deep feelings portrayed.

3 Stars | Amazon Bookshop.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AudioBooks:

 

well met

Well Met

by Jen DeLuca

A renaissance faire, a bookstore, a slow burn romance! What more could you want?? This book is easily one of my favorite contemporary romances of all time. I decided to listen to the audiobook as my “re-read” and it’s bringing the whole thing to life again and I love it just as much as the first time!

Emily reluctantly agrees to volunteer at a local renaissance faire and has no idea why one of the organizers, Simon, seems to hate her. The two constantly clash during prep for the event. However when the Faire starts, their new identities indulge in an unexpected flirtation. 

5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org

 

 

 

 

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For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in November 2021!

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Have you read the rest of the Well Met series? I just got the third (Well Matched) and can’t wait to read it. It’s one of my favorite contemporary romance series.

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