All the books I read in December are from my holiday reading list. I was really in the mood for books that would get me into the holiday season and/or get me to feel that ‘Christmas magic’. So overall, the genres aren’t that different just the storylines. But it was nice for a change to have a month full of feel good books.
What I Read In December 2020
Leo is handling a lot. He is taking care of his younger sister, Gabby, ever since his parents passed, dropped out of college and works as a cab driver, and he is the super of his apartment building. Gabby spots a princess who badly needs a taxi and begs Leo to help her. Princess Marie of Eldovia should not be hailing a cab, but has no choice. Ever since her mom passed away, it brought her dad the King into a depression and she is doing what she believes is best for her kingdom. Princess Marie asks Leo to be her driver for the entire time she is in NYC. Which has led Leo and Gabby to visit Eldovia for Christmas. But their time in Eldovia has taken surprising turns and Leo starts to understand the Princess and there is more than meets the eye.
If you want Hallmark, this book is basically Hallmark. The scenery of Christmas time in Eldovia is actually what you’ll see in Hallmark Christmas movies. It also does a great job of depicting Christmas in New York City. I really thought this book was going to be a wholesome book, but there are definitely scenes where I’m like ‘wow, this is definitely rated R’ haha.
Maelyn Jones feels like her life is not going anywhere. Her job is unfulfilling, she moved back to live with her parents, and her love life is non-existent. To make it worse, her favorite place in the world, her Utah cabin that they go to every year, is being sold. So on their drive back home, she makes a wish to live a happier life and next thing she knows she was in a major car accident and is reliving Christmas over and over again. Mae is trying to figure out how to get out of this time travel warp she is stuck in.
What a fast and easy read! I finished this book so quickly. What I like about this holiday book is that it is slightly different from the other books in my holiday reading list. The entire time, I wanted to know how she will eventually get out of the time travel warp. Overall, I enjoyed it but was slightly disappointed in the end. Maybe it is the analytical side of me, but I want to know how the time warp thing even happened.
Kate Turner is ready to give up on relationships. Her small town in England doesn’t have much prospects. At least she is fulfilled in her career and has a side job as a baker for her friend Matt’s cafe. Kate’s best friend signs her up for a dating agency that sets her up with 12 different dates leading to Christmas. Each date gets more and more disastrous. Her entire town seems to be involved in her love life and dates. Kate is constantly reminding herself that love can show up where it is least expected.
This was a cute book, but I personally think it would have been better as a movie. I would love to see this on TV since I’m craving another good English Christmas movie (I need more Love Actually and The Holiday). The small town in England sounds very cute and the author does an incredible job visualizing that for you. But there are some parts where it felt like it dragged a bit especially when I have a strong idea where it might lead.
Ava decided to join her best friend Debs for a Christmas getaway in Paris. Everything in Paris just feels so perfect and it is exactly what Ava needed especially after finding out her boyfriend cheated on her and her mother is forcing a career on her that she has zero passion about. Julien is still grieving about his sister. She died a year ago from a tragic fire. He stopped being a photographer and is pretty much living like a hermit and his relationship with this father is getting worse. One day, Julien bumps into Ava. For some reason, they’re both magnetized towards each other. However, both of their pasts seem to prevent them from moving forward.
I really enjoyed this book! Some may say the pace of the book is slow. While I don’t disagree with that, I felt like the slower pace is exactly what this book needed to be. It kept me present in the book and enticed my wanderlust to visit Paris. There’s a lot of charm to this book. Honestly, if you want a book that will make you slow down and enjoy the moment with a delicious cup of coffee (or tea), I think you will enjoy this book too!
What about you? Did you read any holiday books / Christmas books during the month of December? Which books did you read?