December 2020 Reading Wrap Up

December 28, 2020

December 2020 Reading Wrap Up

December 2020 Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers)

How was your December reading?

December was a twelve book reading month, but it weighed in heavily on the “meh” side with only one five-star read, four four-star reads, six three-star reads, and one two-star read. Find all my December reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One-star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

My favorite read of the month is The Girl From the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat (histfic).

Did we read any of the same books?

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The Girl From the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat (cover) Image: a young woman stands next to a bicycle in a field overlooking a small village as airplanes fly overhead

The Girl From the Channel Islands (ARC) by Jenny Lecoat

5 Stars. (ARC). Compelling and memorable WW11 histfic.
Pub Date: 2/2/2021 Review coming soon.


The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (cover) Image: blue-toned picture of a woman and young girl holding hands and walking down railroad tracks with backs to camerai

The Nature of Fragile Things (ARC) by Susan Meissner

4.5 Stars. (ARC.)  Histfic (San Francisco Earthquake)/Suspense/Mystery/Family Drama mashup. Pub Date: 2/2/2021. Review coming soon.


The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (cover) Image: a woman sits on a wall with her back to the camera overlooking the Eiffel Tower in the distance

The Paris Library (ARC) by Janet Skeslien Charles

4 Stars (ARC). WW11 histfic featuring the American Library of Paris. A book about books. Pub Date: 2/9/2021. Review coming soon.


the Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little (cover) Image: a tight shot of a woman's downcast face wear red lipstick, a white beaded bracelet and white feather trimmed hat....the Eiffel Tower in the background

The Chanel Sisters (ARC) by Judithe Little

4 Stars (ARC). Interesting imagined story of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel from her sister’s perspective. Pub Date: 12/29/2020. Review coming soon.


Never Broken by Jewel (cover) Image: Jewel wears a orange dress and sits bareback and barefoot on the back of a black horse in the middle of a field

Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel

4 Stars. Poignant and interesting memoir. My review of Never Broken here.


The Leavers by Lisa Ko (cover) Image: white text over the unfocused image of a woman's face

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

3.5 Stars. Poignant and sad complicated family drama (National Book Award Finalist). Not reviewed.


The Color Purple by Alice Walker (cover) Image: two black women, one leaning over the shoulder of the other

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

3.5 Stars. Histfic, racial injustice, prejudice. Not yet reviewed.


Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg (cover) Image: aprons hang on a rack to the left of a kitchen table which hold a bowl or lemons, an arrangement of flowers, and a jar of spice

Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

3.5 Stars. Contemporary women’s fiction (Arthur Truluv #2). Not reviewed.


The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg (cover) Image: a blue toned scene of a small house in which a group of women are gathered and viewed through a large picture window

The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg

3 Stars. Contemporary women’s fiction (Arthur Truluv #3). Of the three, my favorite is The Story of Arthur Truluv! Confession Club is not reviewed.


You Have a Match by Emma Lord (cover) Image: a teenage boy and girl sit in sepate boats on a peaceful lake

You Have a Match (ARC) by Emma Lord

3 Stars. (ARC) YA contemporary drama with unnecessary profanity in my opinion (I enjoyed Tweet Cute more). Pub Date: 1/12/2021. Review coming soon.


Everything Beautiful in its Time by Jenna Bush Hager (cover) Image: Jenna Bush as a young girl with her grandfather in a boat

Everything Beautiful in Its Time by Jenna Bush Hagar

3 Stars. Memoir. Not reviewed.


Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by July Blume (cover) Image: a close up of a girls open palms holding a red heart

Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

2 Stars. (MG) For me, it doesn’t hold up to a reread. Not reviewed.



Let’s Discuss!

What was your favorite December read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?



ICYMI:

December Blog Posts:

TTT: Favorite Reads of 2020 (coming tomorrow)
December Blog Audit Challenge (coming Wednesday)
The Girl With the Louding Voice (#throwbackthursday)
Currently Reading Book Tag
Sunshine Blogger Award (take two)
Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
I Was Anastasia (#throwbackthursday)
Winter 2020 TBR
Tomorrow Will Be Better #classics
Tell Me More (#throwbackthursday)
Gift Ideas: Everyone Gets a Book
#6Degrees of Separation
New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow
The Boat People (#throwbackthursday)



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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19 thoughts on “December 2020 Reading Wrap Up

    • It’s a bit different than I expected for some reason. I had seen the movie a long time ago and maybe it was different? But I can’t even remember exactly. It is certainly a memorable read.

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  1. We didn’t read any of the same ones, but I have all my judy blume’s saved in case I ever have a kid! Let her explain periods LOL plus it’s rare now to find books where kids are chummy with God. Publishing is going the other direction now unless you go to a Christian press

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