Books I Read In December 2020

This year I am hoping to do a monthly recap of what I'm reading, to be posted before the 15th of each month (at least that's my goal).   I haven't been tracking my books in Goodreads for a while, instead I had been writing notes about my books in my bullet journal, with intentions of sharing on my blog each season.  However, last year at the beginning of each quarter I'd find myself a little overwhelmed at the thought of writing about that many books, and I'd procrastinate and never share.  I am trying to be more organized about my reading in 2021, and part of that will be recording and sharing my books each month with all of you!

So, the first installment of my little series will actually look back on what I read in December.  Last year was not a great reading year for me, since I was too distracted by the news to keep on track with my reading.  In December I course-corrected a bit and finished a few books!


Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock - I read this on audio, and I have to say the audio was great.  The story is about a grumpy taxi driver who is roped into driving around an older lady with dementia who is trying to set up her granddaughter.  There is obviously a light bit of romance.  It's also Christian fiction, so there was a message about the taxi driver coming back to his faith, but it was pretty subtle.  The driver was meant to remind you of a character like Luke in Gilmore Girls, and I have to say I enjoyed it!  I love me a good grumpy character.  Content Note: Clean.

A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry - This book is not my usual style, but I was in a Christmas-y mood and decided to give it a try.  A couple is on their way to get a divorce, but they get in a car accident and the wife finds herself at a mysterious cabin exploring Christmases past, present, and future.  I don't usually enjoy reading books about people having marriage problems (I just find it depressing), but this one was cute overall, with a sweet ending. Content Note: One reference to a honeymoon activity, ahem, but overall clean.

Last Christmas In Paris by Hazel Gaynor - Listened to this on audio as well, and it was so wonderful.  Probably my favorite book from December.  This is an epistolary novel, in which a British girl writes letters to her brother and childhood friend as they head to the front lines of World War One, and the childhood friend writes back...and love blossoms, though neither one knows because of lost letters and other drama.  I loved it so much, and it had the added bonus of being a World War 1 book, which fits with my personal study project!  Content Note: Mild cursing.

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien - This was a re-read for me, one that I've been working on for months but finally finished in December.  The last quarter of the book is always the best, and I flew through it once the storyline switched back to Frodo and Sam.  

Red Queen by Vivtoria Aveyard - Interesting fantasy/dystopian book, in which society is divided into those who have red blood, and those who have silver blood accompanied by super-powers...until a red girl mysteriously discovers powers of her own.  Of course there is the obligatory love triangle.  I really enjoyed this book, but weirdly I also disliked the main character.  I thought she was judgmental and a little whiny - she almost felt entitled, which was ironic since I think the silvers were supposed to be the entitled ones.  I'll probably try the next book because this one was quick-paced with an interesting plot, but I'm not sure if I'll like how it turns out.  Content Note: A lot of violence, some kissing.

Deceived No More by Doreen Virtue - A great testimony book written by a women who was previously a best-selling New Age author, before Jesus saved her out of the New Age.  I find New Age testimonies really fascinating, and I thought the author did a great job of rooting this entire book in Scripture and pointing the reader back to Christ and what He has done to save us.  I loved it!

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - I read this one aloud to the kids.  I had never read it before, and is so often the case, the book is much better than the movie!  A few rude names throughout, but since I was reading it to the kids I just committed those.  Good morals in this book about not cheating, not being rude and spoiled, etc.  My kids loved the book, and begged me to read another chapter every time I put it down.  That's how you know it's a winner!

Raising Men, Not Boys by Mike Fabarez - I am very picky about the parenting books I read and recommend.  I don't like many modern parenting books, because they seem to me to be an endless list of to-do's that leave me feeling like I'll never be an adequate parent.  This book offered practical parenting suggestions, but in a way that was based upon biblical parenting principles.  The book focused on the gospel and leading your kids to Christ, and then covered bigger concepts like a good work ethic, good money skills, discipline, etc.  It wasn't so much about a list of things to do as about refocusing as a parent, and I appreciate that.  I got a lot of good ideas from this book that don't feel burdensome, and I already have plans to implement some of it in the new year.

That's it for my December reads, and I'm already hard at work reading for January, so hopefully I'll have another good list to give you in a few weeks!  

Did you read anything good in December?

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