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December TBR

First of all, I must apologise for the radio silence recently. I’ve recently returned to working full-time and found it difficult to find time to fit in everything I was doing during lockdown. However, I’ve decided to join in with Ronah @ Read With Ronah who is running a ‘blogmas’ challenge to blog every day in the lead up to Christmas! 

So here’s day number one…my December TBR!

Funnily enough, all the book clubs that I’m part of (except for my local book club) are reading books I’ve already read which already ticks off at least three books on my list for this month. That includes Educated by Tara Westover, This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens and In Five Years by Rebecca Serle!

So here are the ones I’m hoping to tick off this month too!

The Twelve Dates of Christmas – Jenny Bayliss

This is an ARC I received from NetGalley a few days ago when I requested a few Christmas novels. I’ve never actually read any Christmas books or rom-coms but you’ve got to love a bit of cheese around this time of year and what better way than to sink my teeth into a feel-good book! 

When it comes to relationships, thirty-four-year-old Kate Turner is ready to say “Bah, humbug.” The sleepy town of Blexford, England, isn’t exactly brimming with prospects, and anyway, Kate’s found fulfilment in her career as a designer, and in her delicious side job baking for her old friend Matt’s neighbourhood café. But then her best friend signs her up for a dating agency that promises to help singles find love before the holidays. Twenty-three days until Christmas. Twelve dates with twelve different men.

Yet with each new date more disastrous than the one before–and the whole town keeping tabs on her misadventures–Kate must remind herself that sometimes love, like mistletoe, shows up where it’s least expected. And maybe, just maybe, it’s been right under her nose all along…

Christmas Island – Natalie Normann

Another feel-good (I hope) ARC I was accepted for on NetGalley and this one looks super sweet and will hopefully allow me to have a little holiday when I can’t physically go on one myself!

After all the years of hard work it took Londoner Holly Greene to become a doctor, now it could all be taken away and she only has herself to blame. She’s retreating to her brother’s rustic home on an island off the coast of Norway to lick her wounds. Only, it’s the middle of winter and icy slush plus endless darkness isn’t exactly the cheery, festive getaway she had imagined.

Nearly stumbling off the edge of a cliff in the dark, Holly is saved by Frøy, a yellow-eyed cat of fearsome but fluffy proportions, and his owner – grouchy, bearded recluse, Tor. Tor has his own problems to face but the inexplicable desire to leave a bag of freshly baked gingerbread men on Holly’s doorstep is seriously getting in the way of his hermit routine.

The Christmas Killer – Alex Pine

This is the book club pick for my local book club this month and I have to say I’m excited about reading a Christmas thriller! 

DI James Walker is ready for a quiet family Christmas in the sleepy village of Kirkby Abbey.

But when he opens an early Christmas present left on his doorstep, he soon realises it is no gift. Inside is a gruesome surprise, and a promise – twelve days, twelve murders. Not long after, the first body is found, half-frozen in the snow.

As the blizzards descend, panic spreads through the remote Cumbrian village – there’s a killer amongst them, and with eleven more victims to go, anyone could be next…can James stop the killer before they strike again?

The Switch – Beth O’Leary

I started reading this one yesterday evening so it had to feature on my December TBR. I’m currently 8 chapters in and loving it and I’m quite shocked it’s taken me this long to get round to reading it if I’m honest!

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

 Couldn’t resist the opportunity to plug my classics book club, ‘Let’s Get Classical’, who’ve decided to read A Christmas Carol this December. It’s interesting to hear from members that even though many of them have seen some sort of movie adaptation of this one, they’ve never actually read the original story written by Charles Dickens, so we are excited for this one! 

And that’s my December TBR! Let me know what you think and if there are any on here that you’ve read or are thinking about reading. I hope you have a fabulous reading month and enjoy some of the posts I’ve got coming your way this month! 

Join me tomorrow when I review Breathless by Jennifer Niven


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