It's book club time! I'm going to tell you now that there are no murdery, mystery novels. I'm giving you all a break for December and these are strictly all my mushy, rom-com, family books. Enjoy!
#1: One Day in December by Josie Silver
I love this book!!! If memory serves me correctly, I included another book by this same author last month so if you were interested in that one, you're going to like this one. In short, it's about love at first sight and if that is even a real thing. At the beginning, two people see each other at a bus stop and they both have this moment of connection through a bus window. But then the bus leaves and they never meet again for another couple of months. The whole book traces the evolution of their relationship and what's cool is that the narrative switches between both the guy and girl. I think you'll be very happy when you get to the end.
#2: In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Another book that takes the cake! This book is like the movie, Groundhog's Day. The same stretch of December keeps repeating itself until the main character finally starts getting things she got wrong right. Whenever she starts over, it always happens very violently. The first time she's in a car accident. The next time she trips going down a set of stairs. The last time she gets hit by a falling branch. There was almost a fourth time where she was hit by a car and then a rock gets launched at her head. But she ended up missing both so it's fine.
#3: The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
This book was so sweet and comforting. It's set in South Carolina which I actually enjoyed. The main character is having a really difficult time so she decides to come home. Her mother loves turtles and helps them hatch and then get to the ocean. The two of them reconnect after almost twenty years of estrangement and disconnect. The book spans over a summer of many revelations, trials, hardships, love, family, and friends.
#4: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
I will be honest and say that I would've been perfectly fine if this book went on forever. It's a chill, feel-good story. The ending, even though I felt that it was predictable from the beginning, actually threw me for a loop. I didn't think it would be as intense as it was but I appreciated the intensity. Romance novels are a very open and shut story in general but this helped change the pace and pull the readers back in. Especially for people who lose interest or attention fast.
#5: A Little Hope by Ethan Joella
Finishing out December's book club is this very fast, refreshing novel. The characters have traits that we can all associate to ourselves. I love books that are actually meaningful to human behavior and like soul/spiritual stuff. It's not cheesy or overdramatized. There are a lot of characters but they all fit in really well. In the middle is a major twist that I was not expecting but then the plot is able to change and explore some other things with the characters and their motivations/feelings/thoughts!
The next time we'll be back for a book club is in 2021! How crazy is that? I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! See you all in January for another round of books!
Happy December everyone! I can't believe that we're already in the final month of 2021! I’m looking forward to all the fun things that are going on over the next few weeks. Now, I am a total nerd because my room has been decorated since Halloween. This is my favorite time of year so I went all out. I just love Christmas, alright!
This week has been another interesting one. On Sunday, I got a horrible migraine that lasted well into Tuesday. Then, I spent the last part of the week catching up on everything I missed which thankfully, wasn't a whole lot. Two days of school missed is much more manageable than three weeks. I've also been writing this blog all week. The first paragraph took me until today to finish. Six sentences took five days. I'm a horrible procrastinator. But that's not all! Yesterday, my entire bookshelf came tumbling down. It's no big deal, I just find the whole thing really funny because I can't tell you how many times I've had the thought that maybe I should move the shelf over. The way my room is now, it sits right next to the bathroom door against a wall. This means that you have to be very careful when coming out and not turning too sharp. There have been a few close calls in the past but yesterday was finally the day where close call would turn into actually happening. Now I'm really thinking about moving it and also maybe just getting a new bookshelf entirely. The one I have is from Walmart and I have put so many books on it that it actually like leans forward slightly. We'll just call this whole thing a sign from the universe!
In other news, I have finally finished every single book I own. There are no more. Never in a million years did I think this day would come. Why? Because buying books and reading books are two entirely different activities. However, I have found a sort-of solution for my dilemma. My mom bought us advent calendars this year and mine is from Barnes and Noble. It's disney princess short stories! I've been filming the opening of them every day so you'll be seeing them all soon! I'm also a member of a monthly book subscription box and I've already ordered my box for December but it's taking an epically long time to ship.
Speaking of subscription boxes, I got my winter FabFitFun box last week and have just remembered as I'm writing this that I still haven't blogged about it. Look forward to that at some point!
And yes, December's newsletter will be out by early next week. I'm giving myself a deadline. I know I've been really bad with consistent newsletters but with this one, it's seriously my favorite one to make and it's only me doing it. So give me a little more of your patience. I promise it will be coming soon and it will be magical.
I am still obsessed with Starbucks peppermint mocha. If you haven't tried it yet, you need to. It is delicious. The only way I can describe it is as caffeinated hot chocolate. I've tried some of their other ones but I just don't get the same taste of gloriousness. I will forever love the iced white mocha but Christmas puts me in a different mood. Also hoping to get one of the new Starbucks Christmas tumblrs but my fight is currently facing challenges as my mother thinks that because the actual holiday is close I can get it as a gift. But by then, what's the point of the Christmas tumblr if Christmas is literally passing as I receive it? I'll keep you all posted on this developing story.
I hope you all had a fabulous start to December and the holiday season if you're one of those people who doesn't start celebrating after Halloween. I don't know why you wouldn't, honestly but I digress. This is a space of inclusion....even if you do happen to unfortunately fall under the Grinch category.
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