It’s the last Thursday of the month which means it’s time to share what I’ve been reading this month. I read a total of six books this month and they were all over the map in genre. It was a good month of reading. I get a lot of questions about how I have time to read with a busy life, four kids, and a job. My answer is that I love books, so I find a few seconds here or there whenever I can. While most people scroll through social media while killing time waiting in line, I’m typically reading a paragraph from a book on my phone. You would be amazed how many books you can fit in during these little fringe moments over a month.
When I first heard there was a new book out in the Winter Street series I was a bit confused. I felt as if the third book had wrapped things up nicely. But I am unable to resist a Hilderbrand book so I had to check out this new installment. This fourth and final book continues to follow the Quinn family through another holiday season. If you haven’t read the first three novels, start with Winter Street and make your way through the series. They are the perfect winter reads.
I have heard about this book from a lot of different places and I was drawn in by the adorable cover. I typically do not read a lot of YA, but this one kept coming up. The story is about a fresh out of high school girl who is pleasantly surprised when her parents agree to let her go to a summer computer coding camp. She then realizes they only allowed her to go because the boy they wish for her to marry will also be attending. I listened to this on Audible and the story just flew by. It is light, the characters are charming, and the cover makes me want an iced latte 🙂 If you have a teen girl to buy for on your Christmas list, this would be a fun read.
This is the newest installment in the Robert Langdon series (the same main character as The Da Vinci Code). In this novel there has been a recent discovery regarding human existence which will answer the questions surrounding human origin and the future of the human race. If you are a fan of Brown’s other books, you will like this one. I found it to occasionally get bogged down a bit by too many details regarding art (we get it, the book is well researched), and much of the book calls religion into question which may be difficult for some to read, but overall I enjoyed the story, even if I did predict the ending early on.
Owen’s third grade class read this earlier this year and planned to go see the movie together. I made a point to read it before we went to see the movie. This is another book I have heard about for years, but it was a middle grade book. Why would I, as a 37 year old woman, read it? Well, I am sorry I waited this long. If you have a middle grade reader, immediately put this book on their Christmas list and read it together. It can foster great conversations about what it means to be different, how important it is to choose kindness, and how to appropriately and compassionately approach those that may be different than you. I also loved that this book digs into Auggie’s sister’s point of view. It opened a discussion between Owen and I about how he felt about his sisters being considered “different” than the rest of our family and what he thought about all of the attention that it brings. While there were some differences in the book and the movie (as there always are), the movie was extremely well done. I don’t think there was a dry in the house among the parents or the third graders when it was over.
It’s that time of year. Time for cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies. They are my favorite and this book was a Hallmark Christmas movie in novel form. Cheesy, predictable, and with a happy ending. What more can you want from a Christmas novel? Grab your hot chocolate and cozy up by the tree with this one.
Every time I’ve been to Target lately, this book has been calling to me, but every time I have resisted putting it into my cart. Then I read another blogger’s review that compared it to You’ve Got Mail and you know I was hooked. I immediately downloaded it onto my kindle app and I finished it within 24 hours. The comparison is spot on, a girl meets a guy online only to discover he is her curmudgeon of a boss. The story continues to unfold and is a dead ringer for my beloved favorite movie. I loved every predictable minute of it. And now I need to go watch You’ve Got Mail for the millionth time.
There you have it. Six books. One middle grade, one YA, one popular thriller, and three holiday novels. A little something for everyone. What book do you hope to find in your stocking this year?
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