Friday, February 1, 2019

December/January Confessions

December got to be really crazy due to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so I didn't share what books I read for the month.  There weren't many, but in January, I definitely caught up. I seem to always read more when the weather is cold and I am stuck indoors. I gravitate to more thrillers and mysteries than I normally read. What do you tend to read in the winter?

Here's what I read in December and January:
1.  When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen (YA Historical Fiction) - 3.5 out of 5 stars
2.  The Address by Fiona Davis (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
3.  Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
4.  One Day in December by Josie Silver (Adult Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
5.  Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen (Audio Book/Adult Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
6.  A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
7.  The Au Pair by Emma Rous - (Adult Fiction) - 3.5 out of 5 stars
8.  The Lights Over London by Julia Kelly - (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars - Review to come!
9.  An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (Adult Fiction) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - Review to come!
10.  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  (Audio Book/Adult Fiction) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - Review to come!
11.  Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry (YA Contemporary Fiction) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - Review to come!

All is Fair by Dee Garrettson - I liked the setting of WWI England, but it started off a bit too slow for my taste.  I may pick this one up on a later date as I heard it has a Downton Abbey vibe, which I love.

December and January Top Five:

1.  Favorite Book:  One Day in December by Josie Silver was such a great read, especially around the holidays.

2.  Biggest DisappointmentAn Anonymous Girl wasn't as good as The Wife Between Us. I enjoyed it overall, but was disappointed as it didn't suck me in like their previous novel.

3.  Biggest Surprise: Tony's Wife really kept me entertained as did Lights Over London, so I was especially surprised by both.

4.  Favorite Post: My Favorite Books of 2018

5.  Favorite Part of November:  Obviously it was the holidays and the extra time I was able to spend with my family. We hosted Christmas Eve and it was a great time.  I also really enjoyed taking my son to Longwood Gardens to see their amazing holiday display. 

Now that the holidays are over, I'm ready for spring. I already am planning those summertime reads! What was your favorite novel that you read this month? Let me know.


  1. I’ll have to look for your review of Eleanor Oliphant. I’m on a really long waitlist for that book.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. It was good, but I didn't connect with it as much as I was hoping. It didn't "wow" me like it did other people, but that may be because I listened to the audio book version. Thanks for visiting, AJ.

  2. I think my favorite book was A Room of One's Own, which I read in January for the first time.
    You can see my full wrap up in my blog.
    I meant to read One Day in December, but now that the holidays are over, I'm not sure if I will like it. Do you recommend reading it even when is not Christmas time?

    1. Wow. What a great book to read! I would love to revisit some of the classics this year. I think One Day in December could work as a winter read as well. You should check it out! Thanks for visiting, Cata.

  3. We loved seeing the lights at Longwood Gardens! I still need to read One Day in December.

    1. I love Longwood. I hope to go back this spring and enjoy all the flowers. I hope you get to read One Day soon - so good! Thanks for visiting, Angela.


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