Monday, December 11, 2017

show us your books: december

That month sure went by fast, it's already time again for the monthly book linkup again with Steph and Jana.  I read a bunch of books this month.  It's amazing how much time you have when deactivate your Facebook.  When I went into the library the other night to pick up my most recent request, the librarian pulled it right off of the shelf and said, "You're in here so often I don't even need to ask your name anymore!"

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.

Like Cheers.  Or the local library.

Anyway, this month confirmed that during the holiday season I am powerless to resist a Christmas book set on Nantucket. 

First up, Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber.  



Totally cheesy but perfect to read under a blanket by the Christmas tree.  Also, the main character's job is to write Christmas letters for people, so basically I've identified a new life goal.  If you're typically a fan of Debbie Macomber's books, you'll like this one.

Next, Winter Stroll and Winter Storms, by Elin Hilderbrand.  





There are two other books in this series but they were checked out of the library so I haven't gotten to them yet.  Despite not reading the books in order, I had no trouble catching on to the plot and characters.  Matt asked what my book was about and I said, "It's about a family who is dealing with some troubles, including jail time for insider trading, drug abuse, a prisoner of war, a woman with two boyfriends, ex-wives, new spouses, celebrities, and the father's ex-wife having an affair with the town Santa Claus."

I couldn't quite see but I think he might have rolled his eyes.

Despite the slightly ridiculous story line, I enjoyed both books.

I also read The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella.  


This was my favorite book this month.  The characters were so enjoyable. Much like her book My Not So Perfect Life that I read over the summer, I wished they were all real because I'd love to meet them in real life.  I truly didn't want it to end.

Finally, I finished up with Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly.



 And by micro, she means micro.  Some were as short as a sentence.  It was a small book so I read it in a night, but I had super high hopes for it and it kind of fell flat.  I think someone with a little more life experience might enjoy it, but after reading it, I don't agree with a lot of the reviews I read.

Right now I'm in the middle of Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery, and Last Christmas in Paris is in the lineup after that.  Did you read anything great this month?

26 comments:

Kristin @ Going Country said...

I just finished "Wishin' and Hopin'" by Wally Lamb. He's a fantastic writer, and I love his other books, but they're so heavy and frankly disturbing to me that I wasn't sure how he'd pull off a light-hearted and funny book about a ten-year-old-boy and his Catholic school Christmas pageant. But he did. It was great and a very quick read.

P.S. Our library is so small (as is our community) that the volunteer working at the desk last time my husband stopped by to pick up my held books asked how the baby was doing and told him I always check out the best books and she usually keeps them for herself after I return them. I have no idea who she is. And this is why you have to be careful what you check out from a small-town library.

Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real said...

I love Sophie Kinsella! I need to check out that book from her.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Ooh I want to write Christmas Letters for people! What a fun job. I hope you enjoy Last Christmas in Paris; I hear good things.

-Lauren
www.shootingstarsmag.net

P!nky said...

I need allllllllll the Christmas/Winter books now!

Laura said...

I love Hilderbrand's Winter series. I still have the final book to read.

Carly Blogs Here said...

Yay for being a regular at the library! I've only read one of the Winter books, but accidentally read it out of order, not realizing it wasn't the first book until I was about halfway through. I'm going to add Undomestic Goddess to my list, My Not So Perfect Life was one of my favorites this year- so good!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I lovvvee the cover of Winter Storms.

I also love being a library regular.

Nadine Lynn said...

I do love a good Debbie Macomber Christmas book! I didn't care too much for the Dash one...but I liked Merry and Bright that I read back in October. I will have to check that one out. The Elin ones are on my TBR already and I am going to go add Undomestic Goddess right now because My Not So Perfect Life was seriously one of my favorite books this year!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Love Sophie Kinsella, I need to add the Undomestic Goddess to my list. Glad you enjoyed it so much. And yes this past month flew by. Time needs to slooooow down :-P
Green Fashionista

Ashley said...

Second time I’m seeing Winter Storms!! I might have to just read it now :)

Visiting from the linkup! http://www.ashley-ziegler.com/show-us-books-dec-17/

Kelly said...

I loved Undomestic Goddess as well! All the Sophie Kinsella books other than the Shopaholic series are so good.

Ana L said...

Undomesticated Goddess was a funny book, it was a long time ago that I read it. Kinsella is a very funny author. I'm going to look into the Hilderbrand books, they look like they are very popular.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

I love being a library regular. It's so frequent that the librarians ask for my book recommendations.

I generally do not read Christmas themed books. They're not for me.

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

I just started reading the second Winter book in the series and I'm loving them!! They are perfect for this time of year!

Tanya said...

I'd been wanting to read a Christmas book to help put me in a holiday mood so I'll have to see if my library has any of these available now. Sometimes super cheesy is what you need! I'm adding the Sophia Kinsella book. She always makes me laugh.

Callie said...

Thank you for the Christmas book recommendations! I've been wanting something Christmasy this month.

Kristin said...

I re-read The Undomestic Goddess every summer haha. I love it.

I really want to read Heating and Cooling. I've been married almost 9 years..maybe I can appreciate it? I don't know.

NY Foodie Family said...

My librarians know me too! They even ask me when I drop the due books off, are you going to be looking or just picking up your holds?!! I read Christmas Letters and thought it was okay. I just read Winter Street, the first in the series this past week and will have the review in my December reads post.

The Siberian American said...

I need to read The Undomestic Goddess. I've been really in the mood for those kind of reads!

Heather @ Heathers Hurrah said...

Love the Winter series...it's so fun to read but also I really love the characters. I've read a few Debbie Macomber books and they are nice and easy to read - her Christmas ones are nice!

Michelle said...

I read Christmas Letters a few years ago, and ever since I want the same career she had! If I could figure out a way to make that a business, I would totally do it.

Audrey Louise said...

I like to try to fit one or two Christmas books in during Nov/Dec. I just finished one last night! I'm glad you mostly enjoyed these! I have a Sophie Kinsella on my list for Erin's Challenge next year. It's my first one! (Finding Audrey)

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

my library has the books that have been requested up on shelves so i don't have to talk to anyone when i go in. if i did, they'd know my name for sure since i never just request 1 book.. i request like 30 at a time (i never ever read them all but i can't stop requesting!).
i have never read a Debbie Macomber book but i do have one from the library i'm hoping to get to before i have to return it (probably not very likely). and now i want to write christmas letters please.
i also have never read an Elin Hilderbrand book but that series sounds fabulous after that description.
i love sophie kinsella but i haven't read that one yet :) i loved my not so perfect life so if you did too, i'll request the undomestic goddess from the library (and again, probably not get to it in time).

Christina said...

I just checked my library and it's too late for me now because there are holds, but I want to read the Elin Hilderbrand winter series next Christmas!

Bethany Carson said...

The story line for the series is hilarious. Ha!
And I totally agree on there being something special about somewhere where folks know your name.

Lizzie Simantz said...

I LOVE the Winter series by Elin Hilderbrand! Just ordered Winter Solstice!