Mini Book Reviews – December 2023

Mini Book Reviews – December 2023: What To Read & What To Skip

Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for December 2023! I read a variety of genres this month, including a cozy fantasy, Christmas thriller, and a few contemporary romances I adored! 

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 2023 mini book reviews.

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Mini Book Reviews – December 2023

 

Physical Books:

 

bookshops

Bookshops & Bonedust

by Travis Baldree

I cannot recommend these cozy fantasy books by Travis Baldree enough!!! Bookshops & Bonedust is just as delightful as Legends & Lattes! I know this is a bit outside of most of your comfort zones but at its heart it’s a small town, cozy comfort read that will absolutely warm your heart! Although these characters aren’t exactly human, they have all the same feelings and emotions and humor!

They’re also quick reads so you can fly through them! | 5 Stars | Buy From Amazon | Buy From Target 

 

 

 

 

christmas presents 

Christmas Presents

by Lisa Unger

This was the year I discovered Christmas thrillers!! There are a few novellas / shorter novels I’ve found that are thrillers/mysteries set during the holiday seasons. Christmas Presents is my favorite so far – boiling down a string of murders into a novella length tale that has a satisfying reveal, just enough chills to keep you on your toes, and an excellent cast of characters. 

Madeline was the only survivor of a mass murder when she was younger and now tries to leave the past behind. When a podcaster comes to her town to investigate the unsolved murders, she’s made aware of more disappearances that continued after the murders. Revisiting the tragedy is the last thing she wants, but she may be able to stop the killer. | 5 Stars | Buy On Amazon

 

 

 

 

AudioBooks:

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A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

by Suzanne Collins

The recent movie release triggered my interest in finally reading this prequel to The Hunger Games. I was never terribly interested in President Snow’s origin story…and turns out I was right. 

When Coriolanus Snow is assigned to assist District 12’s female tribute, he never expects the free spirit that is Lucy Grey. The two develop a bond over the course of the games, even as Coriolanus struggles to merge his support for the Capitol’s rules with the brutality of the games. His decisions begin his journey down a path that will turn him into the villain we all know.

Unfortunately, I was hoping for a lot more enticing backstory. Coriolanus was never a likeable character, simply a typical entitled Capitol kid with no backbone who ended up falling for the government’s propaganda.  2.5 Stars | Buy On Amazon | Listen on Libro.fm

 

 

 

 

eBooks:

 

 

holiday romance

Holiday Romance / Snowed In

by Catherine Walsh

I read through both books in this duology in a week!! They are perfect for this time of year, full of Christmas traditions, family drama, and relationship perfection. I cannot recommend them highly enough (and they’re free with Kindle Unlimited!!)

Holiday Romance features a friends to lovers relationship that develops over a series of plane trips each Christmas, culminating in one year of an absolute travel nightmare that changes everything between Andrew and Molly. Snowed In stars Andrew’s brother, Christian and his fake date for the holidays – Megan! 5 Stars | Free With Kindle Unlimited 

 

 

 

 

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The Rom Con

by Devon Daniels

I can’t deny the cover of this one caught my eye! For some reason it reminded of I Dream of Jeannie??

It does have some similar vibes as far as timeline, since the main character decides to try out a collection of rules from her grandmother’s era to snag a man. Cassidy is hoping her experiment, conducted on the owner of a rival, usually sexist site, will turn into a breaking story.

What she doesn’t expect is kind, thoughtful Jack who isn’t falling into any of her traps… I adored the collection of outrageous rules mixed with some excellent advice from her grandmother. Devon did an excellent job finding the best parts of that era and applying them to modern love! 4.5 Stars | Buy From Amazon | Buy From Target 

 

 

For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in November 2023!

2 Comments

  1. I felt the same way about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I thought he was vile and narcissistic throughout, though apparently, the point was to make him a sympathetic character? The Hunger Games are compelling because we’re alongside the marginalized characters forced to fight; I thought she should have had dual perspectives with Lucy. She could have gotten Snow’s story in, but also given us a break from him (and less “not much happened today; they were all hiding while we sat in our suite and waited”–which, frankly, was just boring!).

  2. Good to know about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes because I was trying to decide if I wanted to read it. (I loved the Hunger Game series!) I’ve had my eye on Holiday Romance. I’ll have to check that one out.

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