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December 2020 Reads

I read SO MANY BOOKS this month! I was determined to reach my 75 book goal for 2021, and I exceeded it by 2 books! I had too many Christmas books I wanted to squeeze in! So here goes my December 2020 reads!

City of Glass

Rating: 4 out of 5.

City of Fallen Angels

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I Continued The Mortal Instruments series in December, but I’ll have to finish the last two books in January. I had too many festive reads on my list!

Chicken Sisters

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I’ve had so much fun keeping up with all of Reese’s Book Club picks in 2020! I wrote an entire blog post about my thoughts on The Chicken Sisters, so click here to check it out!

One Day in December

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

I loved this book so much! I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea…the characters frustrated me so much at times…but One Day in December is a fluffy, feel-good read that helped me get in the winter/Christmas mood!

In a Holidaze

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

This book is another really festive read that instantly gives you all of the cozy vibes! In a Holidaze was so cute and gave another twist to time loop situations!

Finding Love at the Christmas Market

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Residential-home caterer Connie has had one online-dating disaster too many. Hurt in the past and with her son to consider, now she’s feeling hesitant. Then one of Connie’s residents sets her up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market – with the promise she’ll take a mini-bus full of pensioners along with her…

Amongst the twinkling lights and smell of warm gingerbread in the old market square, Connie heads off on her date with a checklist of potential partner must-haves. Baker Henrich ticks all the boxes, but when Connie meets Henrich’s rival William, she starts to wonder if ticking boxes is the answer.

Will Connie’s wish for love this Christmas come true, and if so – with who?

Finding Love at the Christmas Market gets a 10/10 for the best wintery/festive cover! I picked this out on the Kindle app for $0.99 based purely on the title and cover. It was such a good cozy read!

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Own Your Everyday

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Do you ever feel the pressure to prove yourself? Or to “figure it all out” as you’re waiting in seasons that seem like the awkward in-between? Does it ever feel seem that you’re the only one with “unfigured-out dreams”?
Jordan equips you to confront the feeling of being stuck and instead live your purpose by owning (not ignoring) your story, your quirks, your struggles, and everything that makes you, you.

I received Own Your Everyday for Christmas, and I read it in one sitting! This book has been on my TBR for quite a while. Jordan has a great way of connecting with women through her podcast and social media, so I knew that I would love her book!

We Met in December

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jess is following her dream and moving to London. It’s December, and she’s taking a room in a crumbling, but grand, Notting Hill house-share with four virtual strangers. On her first night, Jess meets Alex, the guy sharing her floor, at a Christmas dinner hosted by her landlord. They don’t kiss, but as far as Jess is concerned the connection is clear. She starts planning how they will knock down the wall between them to spend more time together.

But when Jess returns from a two-week Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started dating someone else—beautiful Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into (hell, sharing a bathroom with) the man of her dreams…and the woman of his.

Obviously, I had to include We Met in December in my December 2020 reads! It’s another cute feel-good romantic read set in London! Why are all of the best cozy reads set in London? I’m definitely not complaining!

Christmas Shopaholic

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbors coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted! But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky’s parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she’ll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

I’ve only read the first Shopaholic book before I started this one, and to be completely honest, I don’t think I’ll be starting the rest of these shopaholic series. Becky got on my nerves less than half way through this book, and I definitely felt it dragging in some parts. Overall, I think Kinsella might have overdone it a bit with the Shopaholic series…maybe one was enough?


How many of my December 2020 reads have you read? Comment below with a book you think I should read in 2021! Happy holidays, y’all!

Bookish bingo December 2020

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