And so it is, we’re in the last month of 2019. Seriously, someone, slow time down! I’m not sure I’m ready for it to be Christmas and New Year, although my boys certainly are. School vacation is almost upon us, which is both good and bad. Good because I’ll enjoy being able to wake up just a touch later; bad because I’m just envisioning all the final exams and essays I’ll be marking right before Christmas! Ah well, it is what it is. How many of you have the Christmas tree up already? I hope to get to mine soon.
One thing I’m definitely enjoying about the November / December season is my reading list! I’m such a sucker for Holiday-themed romances and cozy mysteries. I’ve been reading them in earnest these last couple of weeks. For November, I got through 11 books. I spent the first week mostly in bed, with a (thankfully) mild flu, but I couldn’t be bothered to hold up books or my kindle. Lol. Netflix to the rescue! Oh my goodness, I absolutely adored the Sherlock series (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman). I pretty much watched all of it that week! Anyway, back to what I read in November.
Christmas Cozy Mysteries were covered by Swamp Santa and Mistletoe Murder. Regular Cozies were Oracles and Obituaries, The Skeleton Paints a Picture, and Murder, She Encountered. Christmas Romances this month were It’s In His Wish, A Christmas Hamster and A Holiday by Gaslight. I rounded out the month with futuristic mystery, Shadows of the Past; the cult classic, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; and a children’s classic, The Phantom Tollbooth. Oh, and I also read 4 short Christmas stories in the Curses and Candy Canes Christmas anthology. Three of these reads were courtesy my Kindle Unlimited subscription and I was able to get one more off my physical shelf.
December will, of course, be chock-full of Christmas delights! Here’s what I have on the list for sure.
One Week Til Christmas by Belinda Missen
The Last Homecoming by Dan Chabot
Merry Witchmas by Amanda M. Lee
Christmas at the Lakeside Resort by Susan Schild
Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine Wilson
Theatre Nights Are Murder by Libby Klein
This list is sooo far from complete. I have about 10 others on my kindle as samples. I love being so spoilt for reading choices at this time of year. Any you think I absolutely must try for the season? Any you can’t wait to get to?