Mini Book Reviews – December 2022

Mini Book Reviews – December 2022: What To Read & What To Skip

Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for December 2022! This post is FULL of 5 star reads! I don’t know what happened but I loved everything that I came across this month. I can’t wait to share them with you! 

In my list of mini book reviews, 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. 

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 2022 mini book reviews.

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Mini Book Reviews – December 2022



Physical Books:


once upon a december

Once Upon A December

by Amy Reichert

Invest a little magic into the season with this novel! The owner of a bakery at the Milwaukee Christmas market catches the eye of recently single woman who’s ready to start truly enjoying her freedom. But Jack’s bakery magically jumps to a new December every four weeks, so his time here is short lived. These two must figure out whether their sparkling connection can survive outside of the magical holiday season.

This was the quintessential sugar-y sweet Christmas read! It’s full of all things Christmas-y and features an adorable romance that you can’t help but root for!

5 Stars | Amazon






before I do

Before I Do

by Sophie Cousens

Since this came out in the fall, I sort of assumed it’d be a holiday romance but for those of you looking for a break from all the sparkle, this will be the perfect fit. It examines the age old question of “What If” when it comes to lost loves.

Audrey is stunned when a familiar face shows up at her rehearsal dinner, the night before her wedding. Years ago, she spent a blissful day with Fred, sharing a connection that was unlike anything they’d experienced before. But he ghosted her and she’s spent years wondering what happened. 

The story is told in flashbacks between Audrey & Fred and how Audrey later meets & falls in love with Josh, her fiancé. I loved seeing the progression of Audrey & Josh’s relationship as a backdrop to her rethinking everything the day before/of her wedding.

 5 Stars | Amazon |







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love on the brain

Love On The Brain

by Ali Hazelwood

I think Ali Hazelwood is my new favorite author to listen to on audio! Every single one of her books and short stories has been a delight to listen to, possibly even more so than reading! This story is full on intrigue and action, along with the usual fiery banter we love from Ali!

A female scientist once again takes center stage, this time fighting against misogyny at NASA! Bee is thrilled to take on a new project that combines her neural expertise with engineering to create a life changing new piece of equipment for astronauts. Except…her co-lead is a nemesis from school.

She quickly discovers that Levi is throwing up roadblocks everywhere, just as she expected. With the project at risk, Bee forces Levi to hash out their differences and ends up things aren’t exactly as they seem.

5 Stars | Amazon |







key to my heart

The Key To My Heart

by Lia Louis

This book centers around a widow dealing with her grief, but it’s incredibly uplifting and heartfelt! Lia Louis does an incredible job taking a tough topic and guiding readers through her journey with care and hope. I adored this!

Two years ago, Natalie’s husband died tragically leaving her adrift and lost in a world she can’t imagine without him. Her only solace is playing a piano in a London train station, where she can be completely anonymous and get away from everything in her head. Until someone starts leaving sheet music that is directly tied to her former life.

As she attempts to uncover the mystery, she begins befriending new people and even attempting to date again, but still struggles to understand whether her late husband is somehow guiding her back to him.

5 Stars | Amazon |




Ruby Spencer’s Whisky Year

by Rochelle Bilow

Pack my bags, I’m heading to Scotland!! I dare you to read this book and not end up with an irresistible urge to move 🙂 I fell completely in love with this small town novel with a dash of romance and women’s fiction about an American who takes a chance on a fresh start.

Eager for a change, Ruby unexpectedly uproots her life for a year in a small Scottish town so she can finally accomplish her dream of writing a cookbook. Over the course of her time there, she comes to understand what it means to find a place (and people) that are truly home. 

5 Stars | Amazon


Do you have any five star reads that you finished lately?


For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in October 2022!





One Comment

  1. I love really any type of book but I recently finished an older one called The Future Homemakers of America. I can’t think of the author off of the top of my head, but it was really good and had a lot of twists and turns. At the end of each chapter, you didn’t quite know what to expect to happen next.

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