December Reads

I read 13 books in December. I started out with Secret is in the Bones by Heather Sunseri. Definitely a five star book. It’s part of the Payne’s Creek Thriller series. Every time I read a book by her I lose sleep because I can’t put my Kindle down. Next I read Dr. Andrews by Andrea Kate Pearson. Another five star book. The author asked me to read it for a specific purpose. I knew the plot because I had dragon edited it. I very much enjoyed the final product. Then I finished The Pearl of Great Price. That completes my trip through the four standard works I started back in 2019.

My next book was Frederica by Georgette Heyer. That was a three star book. I wouldn’t have read it if it wasn’t our book club book in December. Then I read The Curse of the Holy Pail by Sue Ann Jaffarian. I gave it four stars. It was silly and fun and a great mind vacation. Next I read a way overdue ARC (the book came out in 2018), Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi. That was another four star book. I laughed a lot. It was a very interesting look into a young life with the added stress of always having the potential to be deported hanging over her. Then I finished reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth to the big boys for their bedtime story. I gave it two stars. I’ve read it before of course but I had forgotten just how utterly annoying Tris was in that book.

My next book was 100 Cupboards by ND Wilson. I rated it three stars. I was actually quite disappointed I didn’t love it since so many of my friends raved over it. Then I read The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat by Laura Lee Hope. I gave it four stars. It was my favorite Bobbsey Twins book when I was a kid. I swear even though I was reading on the Kindle I could smell that old book smell since the last time I read a Bobbsey Twins book it was one of my mom’s old ones. My next book was Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney. That was a two star book. I seriously do not understand the popularity of books about old people looking back on their depressing lives.

My next book made up for that one, though. The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie was a 5 star book. I love her writing and, bonus, she liked my tweet linking to my review so that was an extra geek thrill right there. Then I read The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson. I gave it five stars. The anecdotes about the Herdman kids were extra funny since I’ve got so many very active kids myself. I finished up my December reading with another five star book, Gossamer by Lois Lowry. That was such a sweet, gentle, fanciful story.

All together I read 93 books in 2021. That equaled a total of 29,716 pages. My favorite book of the entire year was A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson. I had to put my Kindle down a few times to settle my racing heart. When they say it’s a book of suspense they mean it. My least favorite book of the year was Foster and Adoptive Parenting by Kenneth A. Camp. It was just so bad and absolutely laughable that this guy was presenting himself as an expert after fostering just one child starting from infancy and adopting him a few months later. The child was only 5 when he wrote the book. Add to that the guy had quite a Savior complex and it was just a terrible book.

My reading goal for 2022 is 100 books. I’ve read one so far so just 99 to go!

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