Thursday, January 4, 2018

December Wrap Up

I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share what I read in December.

Here are the books I read in the month of December. I usually slow down during the holiday season, but I managed to get quite a few books the last few weeks of the year. There are some good ones here too.

Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River

This was the December pick for the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club. I originally read this in 2011, so I had forgotten pretty much everything about the plot. The writing is gorgeous, and there is so much imagery and symbolism that it gave the book club lots to talk about all month. I highly recommend it if you are looking for literary fiction that is still accessible and has an interesting plot. It's a great winter read too. Lots of snow.

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

I adore this series. I did a full review here.

The Snow Child
The Snow Child

Another winter read. This one is set in Alaska and it can be a little bleak at times, but I loved it. I was thoroughly enchanted by this grown up fairy tale. The end was sad, but not totally unexpected. The story and characters have really stuck with me. I have Eowyn Ivy's other book on my Kindle, and I'm looking forward to reading it soon.

Christmas at Carnton (Carnton #0.5)
Christmas at Carnton

This was a sweet novella set during the American Civil War. It's a longer than most novellas, so it had good character development and the plot had plenty of time to get fully fleshed out. 

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I
Last Christmas in Paris

I loved this book! It reminded me of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It's told in letters and it is set during WW1. It isn't specifically a Christmas book, so if you see it somewhere, snatch it up and read it right away.

You Are Highly Favored: Reflections from the Nativity to Encourage Your Faith
You are Highly Favored

This was my advent devotional this year. I really enjoyed it and plan to read it again next year.

A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #2)
A Fatal Grace

This was my most disappointing read of the month. I enjoy Still Life and plan to continue the series, but this installment was weird. So many of the details of the murder were really unlikely and weird. And I hated the ending. And there were a lot of F bombs. I felt like I had to wade through a lot of junk just to get to a very unsatisfying conclusion.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments.
And...check out more book reviews at Modern Mrs. Darcy.


  1. I read Last Christmas in Paris too, in mid-December and was hoping for more Christmas in it...there wasn't but it was still a pretty enjoyable read!

    1. It definitely wasn't as Christmasy as the cover looked, but it was a really nice story.

  2. I've been meaning to read The Snow Child for a while now. I read To the Bright Edge of the World last year and loved it. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. The Snow Child was really good. I have To the Bright Edge of the World on my Kindle. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  3. I LOVED The Snow Child!! Read it in December and bought it for myself soon after because I wanted to savor different excerpts of the beautiful writing. I read Peace Like A River in January, not knowing that it was the December pick for the book club. The writing was so captivating. I keep hearing about Last Christmas in Paris and I thought I missed the opportunity to read it until next winter but I am happy to hear it isn't a Christmasy book and can be read anytime of year. I LOVED Guernsey so I think I will like this too!

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