Read Feed | December 2019

Halfway through January 2020, I’m finally getting around to sharing December reads! Better late than never, right? I was hoping the holidays would give me a chance to read a bit more, but it didn’t happen because I chose to focus on a few house projects instead. (Worth it!)

Here’s what I read in December:

7 Days of Christmas: The Season of Generosity by Jen Hatmaker — 4 out of 5
This book is based on Jen’s earlier book about the “mutiny of excess,” but this time she talks about the applications toward the holidays. I ended up reading it a little late in the season to apply what I learned to the season, but it will be a great refresher each year.

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self Love by Jonathan Van Ness — 3 out of 5
I love Queer Eye and JVN, so I was very excited for his memoir. I listened to this one on a road trip, and I’m so glad I opted for the audiobook. JVN wrote the book much like he talks, and I don’t think I would’ve been able to follow it as easily on the page. He goes into some really traumatic parts of his past, so it’s not all fun and games, but it’s valuable to know more of his story.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes — 5 out of 5
This is easily one of my favorite books from 2019. Anyone who loves a rom-com type story (but better) should check this one out. I hope that Reese Witherspoon or someone else picks this up for a movie ASAP — I’ll show up at the theater on opening night!

A Rule Against Murder (Inspector Gamache #4) by Louise Penny — 4 out of 5
I continue to enjoy this series! It gives me a nice taste of mystery, which isn’t usually my thing, but I love the characters in Three Pines. I can’t help but wonder how the series will continue to progress, so I keep reading!

American Royals by Katharine McGee — 5 out of 5
I was absolutely sucked into this story that tells of an alternate universe where America opted to make George Washington king and his family continues to rule in the 21st century. I’m excited that there is a sequel coming, but a bit impatient for it to arrive! This is another series I could see becoming a TV show or movie.

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity & Love by Dani Shapiro – 4 out of 5
This book has been on several lists of best memoirs from the year, so I was excited to squeeze it in before the end of the year. I had never read any of Dani’s work before, but I’m excited to dig into more of her life through other books in 2020!

What have you been reading lately?

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