December TBR: Mistletoe Reads

I LOVE Christmas! Gives me all the feel goods!!

It’s a new month, so I’m hoping this reading month with be more successful than the last.

Genre of the month: Chick-Lit, YA & Romance


The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle


Consumed by J.R Ward


Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll


Dear Heartbreak edited by Heather Demetrios

Note: I know..this one is the opposite of a happy ending, but not every love story has a happy ending. 😜

What’s on your reading list this month??

First Line Fridays

This month has not been successful in the reading department! I seem to have entered into the dreaded slump for the past few weeks! 🤦‍♀️

Maybe it was my choice in genre for the month..I don’t know.

Anyway…tomorrow is new month, which means new start!

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books where we share the first line or lines of a book we are currently reading or going to start soon.

What are you reading right now??

“WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR AN HOUR.” That’s what Audrey says.

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Genre: Fiction, Chick Lit

Have you read it?

Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

I had been looking forward to this book for months! So no one is more disappointed than I am to be DNF-ing this one. Maybe I’ll come back to it at a later date.

The very first chapter was great and I thought it would be a hit, but I began to find parts that I thought were a bit confusing, if not contradicting:

– Vianne and her family were poor (or at least that was the impression), yet she lived what seemed to be a comfortable & lavish life. They lived in a home with acreage and drank fine wine. Doesn’t sound like they were struggling to me.

– When Vianne and Isabelle’s father abandoned them at a young age, based on how heart-broken Vianne was, it sounded like he left them for good and never returned. Yet, at the age of 18, Isabelle gets kicked out of school (again and from a refined school I might add) and ends up with her father? WTF??
Not to be insensitive, but if they had access to their father via their school this whole time, then why be so melodramatic??

And here’s where things started going downhill for me: unnecessary details!

She smoothed the silk stockings up her legs, fastened them to her garters, and then slipped into a belted cotton frock with squared yoke collar

-Um, is she getting ready for a date? to have sex? Cause in this scene she was going to see her husband off to the war. So why is this incredibly descriptive wardrobe important for what is supposed to be an emotional farewell?

-Sophie’s bear Bebe moving from the shelf back to her bed.

I pretty much lost focus where Isabelle learns to eat an orange with a fork & knife, but refuses and gets kicked out.

Sorry guys. I tried!! I really wanted to love this like everyone else!

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First Line Fridays

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November just seems to be moving at warp speed! Unfortunately, my reading is not. LOL.

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books where we share the first line or lines of a book we are currently reading or going to start soon.

Can you guess what I’m reading?

If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Author: Kristin Hannah

What’s everyone reading??

Book Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington BlackWashington Black by Esi Edugyan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an incredibly rare instance where I have DNF’D and it had nothing to do with writing or storytelling.
To be honest, I didn’t think this was a particularly easy read. In fact, I thought it was a rather heavy read. A little too heavy for my liking.

The story is beautifully written (or at least the parts I have read up to are), but it’s just not for me.

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Book Review: Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding @ScoutPressBooks

Genre: Mystery, General Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

My Thoughts..

She could never tell a therapist about these violent thoughts, at least not one who knew what she had done in the past.

Who is Amber Kunik?

I’m a huge fan of multiple POV’s, and this was done very well! The story is told through 3 different characters: Frances, Daisy & DJ and alternates between the present and past.

I have to say, I’m so glad this was described as a domestic drama. If I had walked into this one thinking it was a thriller, I would have been disappointed. Even though I had figured out the who part early on, I still second guessed myself at one point (which is rare). I really enjoyed the element of mystery and surprise.

The author does a great job at trying to keep you guessing and ends each voice at just the right moment.

Find it at Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36373379-her-pretty-face

November Reads

Genre of the month: Historical Fiction

Here in Canada, Nov 11 is Remembrance Day (US Veteran’s Day). So..to commemorate this day, here are my picks for November:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Have you read any of these?Which one should I read first??