Look at us…. all arrived and fresh-faced in 2021. Fingers crossed it’s a happy, healthy and productive one. I’m supposed to be feeling all refreshed and ready to tackle a new semester. I’m not going to lie though, I’m already missing my later morning wake-up times. Lol. The boys re-start school on Wednesday. They’ll be online again for this term, until Easter. It is what it is. I just hope the post-holiday virus spikes aren’t too bad and that the vaccines work. If all goes well enough, they should at least be able to finish the academic year in their classrooms. As for me, I’m not quite sure what my work schedule will look like. We’re delaying the start of teaching until March… a decision that has not yet been explained to those of us who… you know… teach… but I’ll just take each day and week as it comes and adjust accordingly. Besides, I can always count on my books and I have full control over which ones I read and don’t!
So what was my December reading like? Not too bad, actually! I got through 9 books and a couple short stories from the Christmas in the City anthology. I even managed to squeeze in some end of year reviews by midnight on Dec 31. I read two non-Christmasy stories, just to mix things up (and maybe keep a handle on my NetGalley ratio) and finished up the year with a very saucy Christmasy read (review soon to come).
Here’s what I read in December.
In terms of Cozy Mysteries, I read Ornamental Danger and Home for the Holidays. The romance stories were Lady Joy and the Earl, Christmas at Rum Cove, A Holly Bay Christmas, Mine to Keep and A Very Bossy Christmas. Maggie Finds Her Muse and Christmas at the Marshmallow Cafe are both stories that contain romance but I figure I’d class them more as Contemporary and Christmas Spirit respectively.
Two of those books actually came from my Kindle backlog. Yay! I’m working through it, slowly but surely. Three of these books were via my Kindle Unlimited subscription; but none off the physical bookshelf. Maybe I’ll improve on that this month?
I’m starting off the year with a few author requests/ blog tours. Admittedly, that’s not hard to do when they are all from authors whose books I love anyway. I’m quite happy to have Jessica, Jay, Lara and Virginia Heath in my January line-up. I have a NetGalley pick and a 2020 favourite I’d wanted to read too.
New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland
A Match for the Rebellious Earl by Lara Temple
Fairy Godmothers Inc. by Saranna DeWylde
The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady by Virginia Heath
Legally Blind Luck by James J. Cudney
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
What about you? What are you looking forward to reading this month? Feel free to share links to your January reading lists in the comments.