This Month in Reading

Every month we have been rounding up the best things we read. In December, we spent part of the month job hunting and the rest of the month enjoying holiday celebrations with our families and friends.

Rachel’s Reads


Books – I read 14 books this month. I also read the novel that I wrote and published this month, but I won’t count that here.

  • Book #1 (The Duke and I) and 3-7 of the Bridgerton romance series by Julia Quinn – This series of regency romance novels (#2 of which I read in November) follows the grown children of the Bridgerton family as they find love. The characters are great and the romances are mostly cute, believable, and pretty steamy. Very enjoyable! Definitely my favorite romance series yet.
  • The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald – My friend Amy recommended me this novel about a man who grows up as the practice baby of a home economics program in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The writing is top-notch but the story could have been better.
  • Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult – A woman with infertility problems loses another baby which ends her marriage, and then she finds another relationship and if I say much more it’ll spoil it. Well written but man, it made me angry to read… For instance members of the Westboro Baptist Church show up at one point.
  • Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn – Another regency romance by Julia Quinn, but with different characters. Not as good as the Bridgerton series but still enjoyable.
  • My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki – An often humorous novel about a documentarian creating a show about meat for Japanese TV. This was great.
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – I liked it at first, and found it intriguing. But after a while I got bored of the concept, and I didn’t find the ending satisfactory.
  • The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson – Another Sanderson book for young adults. This one is fantasy, about people who can magically make chalk drawings come to life to fight against the wild chalk drawings that can kill people. Interesting, but the main character is kind of obnoxious. Still, a good read.
  • This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – A young adult romance novel that is basically You’ve Got Mail in the digital age, with a celebrity. Kind of cute.
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – This is the second book in the Delirium series. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one. Have to say I saw the ending coming.
  • Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz [unfinished] – I had read the previous books in Koontz’s Odd series, so I tried to read this one. I hated it and couldn’t get beyond 50 pages. The character, Odd, is so overly moralistic and full of himself that I just couldn’t take it.

Jeff’s Reads


Books – I read one book this month. It was really heavy though.

  • Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson – The second to last book in the Wheel of Time series is one of the best. I really started enjoying the series more once Brandon Sanderson took over. That being said, if you haven’t read this series before, I don’t think it’s worth it.

What did you read this month?

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