December 31, 2021
December 2021 Reading Wrap Up
How was your December reading?
Welcome to the last monthly wrap up of the year!
My December reading consisted of mostly light, escapist reads.
Out of 8 books completed, I had one 5-star read, six 4-star reads, and one 3-star read.
I’ve now read 119 books towards my year end goal of 100. Do you set a year-end goal?
(see my reading stats and new goals post here)
My favorite fiction read of the month is Sisters of Night and Fog (for it gripping content).
Did we read any of the same books?
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ARC=Advanced Readers Copy (complimentary copy for review)
Sisters of Night and Fog by Erika Robuck
5 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction, WW11, France, Resistance Movement. (Pub Date: 3/1/2022)
The Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner
4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction, London. (Pub Date: 5/17/2022)
A Vicarage Wedding by Kate Hewitt
4 Stars. #3 in a Series, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Romance. My review of the “Vicarage” series here.
The Golden Girls’ Getaway by Judy Leigh
4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Fiction, Coastal England and Wales. My review of Golden Girls.
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams
4 Stars. Contemporary Fiction, Book About Books, Diverse Read. My review of The Reading List in this post.
A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland
4 Stars. (ARC) #4 in a Series. Contemporary Fiction, England. (Pub Date: 1/6/2022) My review of a Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow here.
A Vicarage Homecoming by Kate Hewitt
4 Stars Contemporary Fiction, England, Family Drama, Romance. My review of the “Vicarage” series here.
The Joy and Light Bus Company by Alexander McCall Smith
3 Stars. (#22 in a Series) Contemporary Fiction, Botswana, Diverse Read. Not reviewed.
What was your favorite December read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?
December Blog Posts:
2021 Reading and 2022 Goals
Top 5 Memorable Hisfic Reads 2021
Most Memorable Reads of 2021
Top 5 New-To-Me Authors 2021
“Uplit” Recommendations and A Vicarage Christmas Review
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Review
Winter 2021 TBR
Meet the Blogger, Christmas Version
The Golden Girls’ Getaway Review
The Girl With Seven Names Review
Christmas in Briarwood Review
Book Ideas For Gift Giving
#6 Degrees of Separation: Ethan Frome
The Stranger in the Lifeboat Review
The Beekeeper of Aleppo Review
Happy Reading Book Buddies!
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Congratulations on beating your Goodreads goal Carol, I did too!
Thanks Nicki! 😍🙌
Happily I got several of the Judy Leigh books for my birthday in November. I hope to read them in 2022!
Happy New Year!
What a shame that the latest installment of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency was a 3 star for you. I read the first dozen or so books in this series, and I thought it was unique. The series is a throwback to a gentler times. If you like historical cozy mysteries, I suggest the Crown Colony Mystery series by Ovidia Yu. I read the first one (The Frangipani Tree Mystery) this month and quite enjoyed it. It’s set in Singapore in the 1930s, and the cast of characters include both locals and expats. I think it accurately portrays life in Singapore during these times. I lived in Hong Kong for 13 years so can appreciate some of the behavior… except for the murder, of course!
December was a bumper reading month for me. I read 15 books, mainly romance. Eleven of the books were Christmas themed, and they were fairly short. Included in the numbers are four audiobooks. Go me! Let’s just say I’m ready to read some historical and literary fiction in January.
Happy New Year to you and your family. I live in South Florida where Covid is out of control so I’m having a very quiet holiday weekend. Plan to dig out the Thanksgiving leftovers from the freezer for a New Year’s dinner.
Well…the Ladies Detective series is losing some of its appeal for me I think. This one was actually better than the last two! It’s still a comfort read and a fall habit! They are the gentlest of stories!
Thanks for your recommendation! I’ll look into that series!
We’re staying home for New Years also. Covid seems to be surging here, too. Stay safe! Thankful for reading during these Covid years!
Happy New Year Adrienne! 🥳🎉🎈
I loved Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves!
That’s a fabulous title! 🙌
I read The Reading List earlier this year and enjoyed it. I need to get back to The No. 1 Ladies Detective series.
My favorite December read was A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle.
Happy New Year!
There’s lots to love about The Reading List…..but I couldn’t understand the purpose of the random characters chapters.
Loved Circle of Quiet! Happy New Year! 🥳🥳🥳
Usually we do not read the same books😂
😂😂😂true! I actually love how everyone’s wrap up lists and best of lists are so different!
I read Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson in December and that took most of the month. It’s almost 1300 pages so I’m proud of myself.
Wow! That’s worth at least 3 books! We need extra credit for tomes!