December Reads

In a mad dash to complete my 2021 reading goal, I read/listened to a whopping 13 books this month. And while I fell short of my 75-book finish line, I still did pretty good with a final count of 70. Here’s a brief recap. Enjoy! -Inilya, XOXO

  1. How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao: I do believe this is the first in a series. I’m looking forward to the next one. I usually don’t like for a book to leave me hanging, but this one did the right way.
  2. Survive the Night by Riley Sager: nothing is what it seems and every time I thought I had it all figured out, wham! Something unexpected. I loved it.
  3. Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson: this was a testament to the lengths mothers will go through for their children.
  4. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell: If anyone has read any of my book posts, you know how I feel about this author and this book does not disappoint.
  5. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry: hilarious, relatable, sweet… I laughed, I cried; was frustrated, hopeful. I just love when a book takes me through a range of emotions.
  6. A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins: once I was able to navigate the narration, this turned out to be very interesting.
  7. Fairy Tale Karma by D Thrush: a twist on Cinderella–there’s a little bit of intrigue, a dash of alcoholism, and a lot of fun. I’ll rank this as one of my favorite fairytale remakes.
  8. A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson: my favorite thing about this author is her range. This story follows three generations of Mississippi women.
  9. Butterfly Kills by Brenda Chapman: not my favorite…but mainly because the narrator used the same inflections and there were too many points of view. It took me a while to figure out who was who. If I decide to continue the series, I will not be doing so via audiobook.
  10. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V E Schwab: OMG, this book…THIS BOOK!! That’s it. That’s the review. Read it (or listen, great narration).
  11. No One Wants to Be Miss. Havisham by Brigid Coady: a play on A Christmas Carol, this was a delightful read. Edie–who was visited by the ghosts of weddings past, present, and future–made Scrooge look like a Boy Scout.
  12. Later by Stephen King: it’s been years since I’ve read a Stephen King book. I forgot how much I enjoy him. There was just enough paranormal goings-on to make you think “it could really happen.”
  13. Survive the Night by Riley Sager: easily one of my favorites of the month. Great characters and I loved the structure of the story.

Published by inilyaspencer

Hello! First, I have to tell you this: I LOVE the smell of books! New books, old books, glossy-paged, picture filled books. I will open a book, hold it to my nose, close my eyes and slowly inhale. Okay, I'm so glad that I've gotten that off my chest. If that doesn't make you uncomfortable, then this blog is just for you. I enjoy writing and I often have to keep my imagination at bay as I meander through my 9-5. Please follow and feel free to share with your friends.

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