Hello Readers! I hope you are well and had a great last month of 2023. December was good for me. Now that it’s been more than a month I getting used to with job and the unpredictability of the workload. I’ve learned to adjust my day accordingly. I could manage to read more than I expected. Here is how my December 2023 in Life, Books and Blog was –
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December 2023 in Life
It has been an uneventful month and also well-balanced.
My kid has learned single number additions.
There was a Christmas celebration for kids in the community area of the flat and there was also a juicy drama between temporary committee members (bound to happen after organizing a few events and more new people are moving in). Thankfully I’m not in the committee but as my kid is playing with kids of members I have got to know them well. Hopefully, I can stay a neutral person as long as possible.
They have planned DJ party on the 31st night. Will see how that turns out.
I managed to have my regular walks this month.
If you haven’t noticed, I made new graphics for the blog header, separate, and post sign-off. I like how it looks now.
December 2023 in Books
Total Books Read – 13
Total Pages – 2653
Broken Vow follows the story of Riona and Raylan. It is fast-paced, action-packed, and thrilling Mafia romance with a grumpy heroine/sunshine hero trope. This was really good, only thing I didn’t like was Riona’s decision in the end. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Heavy Crown follows the story of Sebastian Gallo, the baby of the Gallo family and Yelena, the only daughter of the most vicious Bratva boss. Romance felt too fast and too unrealistic looking at the bloody history between Gallos and Bratva. I didn’t like Dante leaving his family behind and the lack of action from Griffins until the very end but otherwise this is enjoyable, action-packed, dark, and interesting conclusion of Brutal Birthright. ⭐⭐⭐.5
King of Wrath is a captivating, entertaining, relatable billionaire romance with hate to love and arranged marriage trope. Call me a fan of the author now. This was much better than the Twisted series. Spice level is toned down compared to twisted series but like Twisted series, I absolutely loved the characters and also plot. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
King of Pride is flawlessly gripping, entertaining, and steamy billionaire romance with the best forbidden romance tropes. I’m officially addicted to this series. Loved Kai and Isabella and sizzling chemistry between them. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The September House is an atmospheric, creepy, dark, and blood-chilling haunted house horror with family drama. This was really good horror I read after long time with creepy and tense plot, atmospheric writing, blood and gore, and also the horrible past of both the main character and of ghosts. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Season’s Schemings is entertaining, fun, cozy, delightful, Christmassy, no-conflict romcom. It has everything one loves in Hallmark movies – awkward first meet, hilarious drunken night in Vegas that ends up with both characters getting married to fulfill their purpose (revenge on ex for Maddie and permanent visa for Seb that will let him play hockey), family drama, one bed, lost in the stormy night, and many sweet and lovely moments. I highly recommend it to all holiday and sports romance readers. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Greek Gods, Monsters and Heroes is fun and informative mythology book that gives the most basic knowledge about Greek Mythology to young readers who love to read and color. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Chhau Champ is engaging and entertaining children’s fiction with a strong message about passion and determination and breaking the gender gap. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ellie, The Tiny Little Chick is a cute and lovely bedtime story. It’s a pretty easy book to read for my kid but she enjoyed illustrations of little chicks and the different jobs she wanted to do. She learned jobs and occupations last year in Nursery so that was also easy for her to follow but I can see how this will be an amazing book for toddlers of age 3 or more. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Come Again, Pelican is a lovely story of a boy and his friendship with a Pelican he meets every time his family visits the beautiful spot by the ocean in their trailer. Illustrations are really good and so is the unusual friendship between Ty and the Pelican. I might write a review next year with other children’s books. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Animals in the House is fun, lovely, and heartwarming tale of the author’s childhood and his love and connection to animals that will make not just children but also adults laugh. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
How the Bamboo Got Its Bounty is an engaging, beautifully illustrated, lovely, and humble story of the bamboo tree that all kids would love to read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Summer at The Little Duck Pond Cafe follows the story of Jaz whom we meet in the first book, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe. I loved the how moving to Sunnybrook boost her confidence and how she faced the past she was running from. It’s a heartwarming and feel-good short novella. Not exactly a winter read or maybe too early summer read but I totally enjoyed this. I can’t wait to read the next novella with Fen’s story which is a proper winter read. The review will be up next year.
Best Book Of The Month
December 2023 in Blog
Plans for January
I have spent this last week of the year making a list of posts I want to write like best books of 2023, year wrap-up, and such. I have written a couple of drafts but there are yet to write more that I’ll be posting throughout January.
Me and Toni haven’t finished The Day of Fallen Night yet. In fact, I could hardly read 50 pages. So hopefully we will finish reading this in Jan.
I plan to read 3 review copies I received from the publisher that I’ve been putting off this month mostly because 2 of them are nonfiction and I was more tempted by darker/dramatic fiction.
There are some social events we have to attend in the second half of Jan so I hope to read as much as I can in first half of the month.
How was your last month of 2023?
Have you read any of these or plan to read?
Let me know the best book you read in December in the comments.
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