What I Read in… December

Instead of trying to recap all the umpteen months I read books and didn’t blog about them let’s just pretend like that didn’t happen and write about the books I read in December, shall we? 


In December I read:

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh – This was a Book of the Month selection for me and the premise was so interesting. I mean, who hasn’t been ghosted or know someone who has? A couple meets and has a magical week. The man promises he’ll be back in a week from vacation and POOF! He disappears without a trace. The main character Sarah knows in her heart that something isn’t right and that this isn’t just a case of him using her or not being interested. It took a while for me to really be vested in the story but then BOOM – the book took a turn and I was sucked in. I literally could not put it down and stayed up late to finish. In the end, it was a solid story so if you’re reading it and struggling, don’t give up! Rating 4/5.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins – Lily Collins to me is most well known for playing the daughter in The Blind Side and also for being Phil Collins daughter. Apparently, she’s been in other well-known stuff but anyway she also wrote a book of essays! I didn’t really have any expectations going into this but I love a good celebrity memoir so I had it on my Kindle. Lily Collins is raw – she tells stories that feel like they were written just for you. Her 2nd chapter was like a gut punch to me as it spoke about an emotionally abusive relationship she was in – and word for word it sounded like the one I had. However, it went downhill for me after that and became kind of preachy and self-helpish and was a little too touchy-feely for me. Rating 2/5.

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger – This is the 3rd book in the Devil Wears Prada series and I loved it. It wasn’t as good as The Devil Wears Prada, but it was much better than the sequel Revenge Wears Prada. This one focused on Emily Charlton, the bitchy senior assistant from the 1st book and I loved her and the two other characters that made up the story. I enjoyed seeing how her character has grown between all three books and how it still had a dash of Devil Wears Prada to it with the fashion and viciousness of the mommy-set of Greenwich, CT. Rating 5/5.

Nasty Women by 404 Ink – This is a collection of essays about being a woman in the 21st century told from all points of view. And I hate to say it, but the essays were hit or miss for me. Some of them were so well written and I felt an instant connection with the writer and their story, and others were harder to get into… they were almost too technical or too clinical. I did appreciate the variety of stories from the female perspective – they really did try to include so many different experiences and points of view. Rating 3/5. 

Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale – this is the sequel to Everything We Keep which was an AMAZING book. I reviewed it here. EWLB picks up from James/Carlos’ POV and when he wakes up from his fugue. I loved how the story unfolded and the view inside James’ head of how he deals with everything but also found it a bit confusing. The chapters switched back and forth between James in present tense and Carlos in past tense and at times it was hard to keep things straight. The ending was great and unexpected but I felt left some ends untied. Rating 4/5.

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka – A local high school girl is found murdered and three people – the girl who hated her, the boy who loved her and the officer investigating her murder – have to not only try to figure out who did it (or be blamed themselves) but also figure out some of their own problems as well. This started out promising but I found myself skimming past certain character’s chapters and only gave this a three rating due to the twist at the end. Rating 3/5.

I had also set a goal of reading 65 books this year and per Goodreads I’ve read 74 books!

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  1. Ghosted is on my list. I read everything we left behind and liked it!

  2. 74 books – good job! I haven’t met my goal of 60 last year, but it’s ok… new year, new try 🙂

  3. Ooh, I think you’ve convinced me to give Ghosted a try! The premise didn’t totally intrigue me, which is why I didn’t select it from BOTM, but I may add it to my TBR now!


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