December Reading

Can you believe another month has come to a close? December was so full of life, but I also was able to read quite a bit!

Free of Me: Why Life is Better When It’s NOT ABOUT YOU by Sharon Hodde Miller

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

It is so easy for life to become all about us. To become self-focused in all aspects, instead of realizing that everything is not about you. It’s a phrase my husband tells me often.

This book by Sharon Hodde Miller takes that one step farther and shows how every area of life is better when it’s not about you, but about God and sharing His story. The book was convicting and encouraging, while really making me think. My copy is covered in underlined passages, circled phrases and marked paragraphs. 

I was a member of the launch team for this book, but took a little longer to read it. I look forward to sharing this book with friends and think it would be a great book for a small group to go through together.

Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle

⭐⭐⭐/5

This is the first book by Melanie Shankle I have read, but I have admired her sense of humor and interview style for years.

I enjoyed the variety of short stories throughout this book and laughed out loud a couple times. The style of this book felt like having coffee with a friend whose a couple years ahead of me in life and who acts as an older sister in my life. There are moments of tenderness amidst the humor that give the book some heart and weight. 

This book is perfect for a cold afternoon read!

I received a complimentary ARC of this book through Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my review.

The Jingle Bell Bride by Scarlet Wilson

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

This sweet little book felt like reading a Hallmark Christmas movie in the best way!

It was a sweet, easy romance between a man recovering from a broken heart and a woman who was too busy to even think about dating. The setting in a magical, small Alaska town in the weeks leading to a Christmas was perfect. Add in snowstorms, reindeer, snow angels, Christmas trees and traditions, and you have the setting for a cozy afternoon read beside your Christmas tree.

I would recommend reading this while snow swirls outside, lights twinkle and cocoa steams beside you – they’re the perfect compliment to this fun story!

I received a digital ARC of this book through the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Another perfect Hallmark Christmas movie in a book to accompany the snow-globe im currently living in!

This book was about two life long friends recognizing their love for each other and doing something about it. It was perfectly predictable, but in a cozy, comforting way.

I definitely recommend spending a cold wintery afternoon with this book!

I received a digital ARC of this book through the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin by Catherine Ferguson

⭐⭐⭐/5

What a perfect book to cuddle up with as the snow swirls outside and the twinkle lights decorating the house shine!

I really enjoyed this book about relationships, family, finding your passion and courage, and celebrating the holiday season. The family and friendship relationships all felt real, and though the ending is full of happiness, the book wasn’t overly sweet.

I received a digital ARC of this book through the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

The Christmas by Maxine Morrey

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

I dream of traveling the world and trying to capture it’s magic in the written word, and in this book Mia gets to do just that when her boss sends her to document his daughter’s two month adventure with her fiance leading up to their wedding. This book was captivating, the characters were all lovely, the adventures they had added to my wanderlust, and I was swept into their world!

As with my other reads this month, this would make a precious Hallmark Christmas movie, which is the style of book I’ve been loving lately!

I was given a digital ARC of this book through the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop by Kellie Hailes

⭐⭐⭐/5

Another Hallmark Christmas read, that delighted me and whisked me away to a community with characters who you want to befriend and cheer for.

While I am genuinely happy the ending turned about the way it did, this story felt cluttered and rushed in places, while also lacking something in others. I’m glad I read it, and enjoyed it, but of my Christmas reads, this was not my favorite.

I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for my review through the publisher and NetGalley.

We’ll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale

⭐⭐⭐/5

If you love cozy books about family’s reuniting and solving family secrets, dream of owning a coffee shop, and love stories of people coming together for their family and friends, then this book is for you. While some situations are highly stretched and you will see all the little twists coming from afar, this is a fun world to step into. This book was captivating, the characters were all lovely, and I was swept into their world!

As with my other reads this month, this would make a precious Hallmark Christmas movie, which is the style of book I’ve been loving lately!

I was given a digital ARC of this book through the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

A Very Vintage Christmas by Tilly Tennant

⭐/5

I did not finish this book. I got 30% read and quit. The writing was choppy, I did not feel attached to any of the characters, and the story did not move anywhere. I thought the mystery of the letter would be more appealing, but the interest just wasn’t there.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Searching for Billy Shakespeare by Crista McHugh 

⭐⭐⭐/5

This was a fun, light-hearted read about a student seeking her PhD, finding self-confidence and embracing new opportunities and experiences. It had fun allusions to Shakespeare and loveable characters who had you cheering for them.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Reach for the Stars by Colleen Coleman

⭐⭐⭐/5

I love books about second chances and finding your passion, and this book had both, along with a loveable cast of characters who felt flawed enough to feel real. I was invested in their story and hoping it all worked out for them, and the ending was exactly as I’d hoped it would be!

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

What did you read in December?

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