After my crazy November, it is time to settle back into normal book blogger duties. If that is even a thing. Last month I read a total of 3 books. Count it 3. But as many of you already know I wrote the first draft of my fifth book for NaNoWriMo. So it’s pretty understandable. Right? If you’d like to see my NaNo journey you can check it out here!
This month I want to pick back up where I left off in October. I’m hoping to get down on some of my rolling TBR list mentioned in my Wrap-Up post and get a few other requested reviews read before the end of this year. I also made a change to the name of this segment from Monday Mentions. I’ll still mention the inspiration behind my TBR list, however, these posts are all about keeping my TBR list under control.
Will I get it all done? Maybe! Will I try my best? Of course!
(All book titles link to Goodreads where I got the synopsis and book images from)
The list of books I want to read in December:
Synopsis: Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
Why I Want to Read: I started this one back in November, but with NaNo I didn’t have a chance to finish it. I like this one a lot and can’t wait to finish it!
Synopsis: In Amber Smoke and Scarlet Rain, acclaimed bestselling author, Kristin Cast, built a world in which the walls that separate Tartarus from the mortal realm have been breached, releasing every variety of evil into the world. In this novella, she sends her fans on a separate journey, one that will meet up with the rest of The Escaped series as it continues on its spellbinding journey.
The Sirens aren’t evil by nature. Their song lures men in, and only by trying to procreate and continue their species do they reveal their true, monstrous nature. When some Sirens escape to the mortal realm, they hide out in San Francisco, blending in as best as they can. They are on a mission: to find the ideal partner to mate with.
Melody is on the hunt, and when she meets Dean, she sees a target who will allow her to fulfill her purpose. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love — a love that could destroy them both.
Why I Want to Read: This book has been on my rolling TBR list since I didn’t read it in September. It is a short novella that takes place in the same world of the Amber Smoke series by Kristin Cast which I love.
Synopsis: Wave Rider is a poetic reflection of author Rebecca Fitton’s long journey to heal from sexual abuse, abandonment, and neglect, building a new world based on wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. Her journey has taken a lifetime. To use the metaphor of waves, sometimes the undertow nearly drowned her–but she survived. Now her beautiful and profound book offers inspiration to others who have also suffered greatly from abuse.
Why I Want to Read: I found this poetry collection on Twitter and thought it would be a really enjoyable collection. I recently did finish this one already being that we’re already on the 11th day of the month. I’ll be posting my review of this one tomorrow so stay tuned!
Synopsis: Drug overdoses don’t happen to girls with good grades and athletic prowess, with longtime friends and a devoted boyfriend. Or do they?
When high school seniors Cassidy and Sarah, along with Kayla’s boyfriend Paul, discover their best friend Kayla unconscious at a party, the idea that they have lost her to a heroin overdose is unbelievable. She didn’t use drugs, except the pain medicine prescribed for a soccer injury, and she had no reason to accept any from a stranger. The month that follows her death is filled with anxiety, sadness, frustration, and questions. Answers won’t bring Kayla back, however, so as Cass and Sarah struggle with the insensitive but predictable behavior of parents, classmates, and teachers, Paul falls into a depression that leads him down a dangerous path. With Kayla’s younger sister Mia in mind, the three of them work towards forging ahead without the girl who has held them together since elementary school.
Why I Want to Read: I was contacted by Cecily to read and review this one. With many people struggling and losing their lives to addiction, I thought it would be a good read to get to this month when people struggle to celebrate the holidays because of lost loved one. This book deals with how people cope with loss and how people can move on from it.
Synopsis: Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.
Why I Want to Read: Ever since I started blogging all I’ve ever heard about is how amazing this series is. And I’ve had the books for an embarrassingly long amount of time. So I can’t wait to really be apart of my fellow Ravenclaws! You can see all of my other Pottermore sorts and Harry Potter related questions in the Harry Potter tag I did last month.
Synopsis: Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.
Why I Want to Read: I’ve never read any of Asher’s work before, but my sister says this is a great holiday read. I’m going to take her word on it and borrow her copy of this book to read. Admittedly I know nothing about this book. I’m taking her opinion at face value and hoping for a good outcome. Although we do share similar tastes in reading so I think this will work out!
So that’s my December TBR list! I can’t wait to get back into reading this month and sharing my thoughts on the books I read. So keep a look out for my reviews. Book reviews post on Fridays and Novella/Poetry reviews post on the middle two Tuesdays!
What are you reading it December? Have any holiday related books? Let me know in the comments below!