Thursday 5 January 2017

Clare's December Wrap Up and January TBR

December Wrap Up

In December I read a total of 18 books. I did miss out on reaching my Goodreads challenge goal by 4 books but I am really proud of how many books I read last year!

The Twelve Dates of Christmas - The Complete NovelTwelve Days of ChristmasFirelight (Darkest London, #1)Starry NightA Christmas Tail
18. Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson: This one came down to me just not clicking with the characters which made it a struggle to get through! There was a definite Christmassy feeling to it though so I am sure a lot of other people would enjoy this one.
17. Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley: Again, this was just characters. It was such a cosy, Christmas read and I read it super quickly. I just  got really annoyed with some of the characters actions.
16. Firelight by Kristen Callihan: This was a bit of a disappointment to me. It was an OK read and I didn't struggle with it but it was also very forgettable. I've heard some good things about this series but I am not sure I really want to continue with the series.
15. Starry Night by Debbie Macomber: This was a quick and easy read with some interesting characters but the romance developed way too fast (possibly because the book was so short) which left me feeling a little unconvinced about this great love.
14. A Christmas Tail by Cressida McLaughlin: This was a charming and lovely read. I loved the characters, especially the main character and I was invested in the outcome for them all. Friendships were really good in this one as well which I always appreciate.
The Parisian Christmas Bake OffThe Santa Klaus MurderGame of FearMince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas MarketChristmas Eve at Friday Harbour (Friday Harbor, #1)
13. The Parisian Christmas Bake Off by Jenny Oliver: I picked this up at least partly because I was missing Bake Off. I liked the characters and the Baking plot but didn't really care whether the romance went well or not. 
12. The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay: This was a good, old-fashione cosy mystery that kept me guessing. I did find it a little hard to keep track of the characters sometimes (all of which seemed to have at least two names) but I think this would make an amazing TV movie/series.
11. Game of Fear by Glede Browne Kabongo: I will have a full review up for this soon. Great characters and a compelling mystery. The writing style wasn't always for me but I did end up enjoying this one.
10. Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market by Heidi Swain: Super cosy, Christmas read. It was a very enjoyable read which is good as this was my last Christmas read of the year and it ended on a high!
9. Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas: This was another great, quick Christmas read. But again the length of the book meant the romance developed a little fast for my liking, although it was slightly more convincing here.
Christmas in Eternity Springs (Eternity Springs #12)Christmas at Lilac Cottage (White Cliff Bay #1)Christmas Ever AfterSomeone to Love (Westcott, #1)The Haunting of Maddy Clare
8. Christmas in Eternity Springs by Emily March: One of my favourite Christmas reads and really close to being a five star read! Eternity Springs seems like it's own character sometimes and I love how real the characters all seemed.
7. Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin: This book was as lovely as it's cover! I haven't read anything by Holly Martin before but I am definitely putting her on my Christmas TBR next year as well because I was very impressed with this one. 
6. Christmas Ever After by Sarah Morgan: Sarah Morgan is one of my new favourites. Alec and Skylar were such a great couple and I also really enjoyed seeing the couples from previous books in this as well! 
5. Someone to Love by Mary Balogh: This was a great start to a new series by Mary Balogh - I am excited to see where the story goes next. I loved the couple in this one and the development of their relationship. I think this will definitely be one I re-read.
4. The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James: This is a favourite book of mine - and Simone St. James is another favourite author. I ended the year re-reading this and it was just as enjoyable as the first time I read it.
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay, #2)Miracle On 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love #3)
3. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh: This was recommended to me and I am so glad I decided to read it. It's the first in a very long series that I am aiming to catch up on by the end of 2017 - this was a great start with well developed characters.
2. The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis: This is the second book in the Heartbreaker Bay series! The third book is being released this month and I am very excited for it! This wasn't as Christmassy as some of my other reads but the romance and the friendships were excellent.
1. Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan: Far and away my favourite this month! This left me with such a huge smile on my face and I already want to re-read it! I am so impressed with Sarah Morgan's writing and her character development!

Reviews Posted This Month:

For the first time in a while I don't think I'm going to make a TBR for this month. I kind of just want to read whatever I most feel like. I have a couple of pre-orders for this month that I may or may not want to read straight-away and a few review books I need to get to by the end of February! I haven't been TBR-less for a really long time but I think this will be good for me!

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading


  1. All of those wonderful Christmas books lol ! You had a great reading month ! And I'm definitely like you. I didn't make a concrete TBR list and I don't plan to.

    1. I usually love making TBR lists (even if I don't stick to them) but this month I just felt like a change!

  2. So many Christmasy novels. Aw, man, now I'm kind of sad the holidays are over. I stopped making monthly TBR's because I missed the freedom of reading whatever I wanted when I wanted to. Hope your January is fantastic!

    1. That's exactly it! I just wanted more freedom to choose this month! Hope you have a wonderful January too!

  3. What a lovely way to start 2017 and an excellent set of books to finish the last year. Happy New Year and I do hope you find lots of lovely books to read.

  4. 18 books - go you!! Your 2016 number of reads is impressive :)

    1. Thank you! I was a bit disappointed to not reach my goal but I think I did good anyway! :)