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December Reads – 2020

04 Jan
Yes this is a picture of my December Reading Goal.

I would like to say I read all of the books on my to be read pile in December but I can’t. I also missed my goal of four books for the month. I did read three books from this pile. You can find my reviews of those books in posts during December. They were The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White. I did enjoy that book and I would probably choose it as my favorite read for December. I also did see that she has the next book in that series done and it will be out in the fall 2021. I will be adding that to my list.

My second favorite for the month was Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva. That was an interesting holiday read and again, I would look for more from this author in the future.

The last book I completed for December was Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott. It was a good cozy and the first by this author that I have read. I have another in this series that I hope to read in January. After I start that book, I will decide if I want to continue with that series. If I hadn’t purchased that second book, I may not have committed to another. It was a good book, if you are a cozy fan. It was well written but something didn’t pull me in to call it a favorite. I did like it well enough to finish the book so it may have been more about me and where I was at this month, than anything actually about the book. I wouldn’t discourage you from reading it, if you like cozies. We all have different tastes and this series may be something you will enjoy. And since I plan to read another one, I may change my mind later.

I had hoped to squeeze out at least one more read before the end of the month but it didn’t happen. If anything, I hope maybe I introduced you to a new author. Let me know if you have read any of these books and if you have any suggestions for me to check out in this new year.

I am thrilled to be starting a new year. I have probably spent too much time setting goals and that may be part of the reason my reading seems to be a little slow jumping out of the gate this month. I did decide what books to choose for my January picks but I found it difficult to choose which one to actually start reading.

I have started the new year out waffling between two books to read first but think I have finally settled on reading Midwinter Murders by Agatha Christie. I need to read Emma for sure this month because it is part of a Jane Austen reading thing from a Vlog I follow where the Vlogger invites other readers to discuss the book.

I hope to meet my minimum goal of four books this month. I will give it my best.

Have you set any reading goals? Is that something you even do?

While setting goals for this year, I decided my word for the year is Happiness. Not that I am not happy but 2020 has been difficult and I think I could be happier. This goal is set around a book – The Happiness Project. My next post will explain a little more about that project and my goal.

For now, happy reading and until next time…

Virginia

 
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  1. Margot Kinberg

    January 4, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    I couldn’t agree more about 2020! It was a difficult year for us all, I think. It’s good to hear you enjoyed your December reads; tough times are a lot better when there’s good reading to keep us going. It’s funny; I don’t usually set reading goals. The only major exception to that is that I do make sure I’m ready for my monthly Virtual Crime Book Club meeting.

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    • virginiagruver

      January 4, 2021 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks for being a loyal reader of my blog. I want to get back into reading like a did a few months ago. This fall I read 7-8 books a month. I am President of our local Chapter of Sisters in Crime and the organization is for both Readers and Writers of the mystery genre. Most of our meetings last year were virtual and until things improve we will continue meeting that way but I have added a group read of three books this year. Hoping that will go off well with the group. But I thought assigning a book to discuss might help pull the group together more and maybe help get new members. Always good to hear from you.

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