WHAT I READ: December 2019

December was just a tad chaotic but I managed to read seven books. Not my strongest reading month in terms of the number of books that I finished, but certainly a great reading month in terms of star-ratings.

FIVE STAR READS ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
I treated myself to an early Christmas present: re-reading Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. This is my favorite forbidden, age-gap romance and just a super swoon-worthy book overall. I can’t wait for Penelope’s new book, Credence, coming out later this month on Kindle Unlimited.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from a Goodreads giveaway and it definitely did not disappoint. This book is dark and hard to read, but extremely relevant and worth reading. Check out my full review here and make sure to grab a copy in March.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
It took me almost a month to get through this monstrosity, not because I wasn’t enjoying the story, but because of how dang long it was! I loved seeing Jamie and Claire’s reunion in this book and the start of their new adventure. I’ve already started Drums of Autumn and am super excited to carry on with the rest of the series.

FOUR STAR READS ★ ★ ★ ★

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
This was my Book of the Month pick and another one of my most-anticipated 2020 releases. It was definitely strange but super engaging and fast-paced. I’m excited to explore more of Tarryn Fisher’s work in the future.

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
This choice was definitely heavily influenced by romance booktube. I kept seeing everyone reading this book and wanted to see what all of the hype was about. This was my first historical romance and I really enjoyed it! Such a cute story.

The Making of Outlander: The Official Guide to Seasons 1 & 2 by Tara Bennett
I picked this book up in preparation for the TV show’s return in a few short months, which I can’t wait for. It was really neat learning more about the production and how much work goes into character development, costume and set design, and filming locations.

THREE STAR READS ★ ★ ★

The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart
This book was just okay for me. Again, another book that was heavily influenced by its popularity on romance booktube, but something that just didn’t resonate with me unfortunately. It was a middle-of-the-road romance, nothing special but definitely not terrible. I just couldn’t connect with the characters.

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