Hey guys! I am back! I ended up taking a bit of a longer break than I thought I would. I had a lot of fun doing Blogmas for majority of December. I was hoping to come back sooner with a blog post but things got really busy. Then I ended up getting sick so that wasn’t fun. Thankfully things have slowed down and I’m feeling a lot better. I am excited to share with you what I read in December. It ended up not being a lot. I had high hopes but since things were so busy I didn’t pick up much. I did enjoy everything that I read so that was a plus. I was really happy about that. Anyway, let’s dive in!
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336 pages
Publication Date: October 1st 2019
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Plot: Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?
My Thoughts: So I ended up listening to this all in one day. It was such a cute holiday romance. I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought. I really enjoyed each of the dates the character went on. Some of them were really cute and others I felt bad for but were still so fun to read about. I did find it very predictable but I still enjoyed it. It really set the mood for getting me into the holiday spirit. I am so excited because they’re suppose to be making this into a movie and I really can’t wait! I did write a review on this so if you want more on my thoughts you can find them there. Overall highly recommend checking this out during the holidays this year if you missed it last year.
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult, Mystery
Pages: 426 pages
Publication Date: April 16th 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Plot: After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.
Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.
In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.
My Thoughts: So I’ve read Jenn Bennett in the past. I really enjoyed her one book and then the other I read I wasn’t s huge fan of. So I was a little skeptical going in but I ended up enjoying this one. It’s a contemporary with a bit of mystery in it. I wasn’t excepting the mystery element. I felt it really added to the story and made me enjoy it a lot more. Plus it deals with some hard hitting topics which made me more emotional and enjoy the story even more. It really made me think. Plus this book had some fun side characters which I really ended up liking. This book also ended up taking Seattle. I ended up going to Seattle for the second time in September. So I felt just recently being there and hearing it brought up so much added to my enjoyment. I ended up being really happy that I picked this book up.
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 353 pages
Publication Date: September 12th 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Plot: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life.
The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
My Thoughts: So I ended up picking up Warcross after reading the first chapter of it. I did this thing in December where I read a chapter of a book leading up to Christmas. I want to do a blog post about that once I actually end up reading 25 chapters. I ended up a little behind. Anyway I ended up really enjoying the first chapter that I wanted to continue on with it. I thought it was just fun and exciting and I needed to know what was going to happen next. It ended up reminding me a bit of Ready Player One which I really enjoyed. It was different but both having to do with like realistic VR gaming.
Have you guys read any of these books? If so what did you think? What books did you guys end up reading December? I would love to hear from you!
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