[A very late] Christmas Book Haul

Remember when I said I’d try my best to read a whopping two novels for the month of December? I won’t even bother linking to the post because, needless to say, it didn’t happen. I did manage to read one short story from the YA Christmas anthology, My True Love Gave to Me (‘Midnights’ by Rainbow Rowell—the only work I’ve actually ever read by this author, but I love it so much). However, I did not read anything else for the rest of the month.

So, what did I do for the month of December, you ask? Most of my days were spent working at my part-time job, where I helped customers find “that blue book they don’t remember the name of” or maintaining a blank expression whilst an elder woman yells at me because the coupon she wanted to use has expired. Just kidding, I really don’t hate my job, but working retail during the Holiday season might actually be the true hell on Earth.

That being said, any downtime I had was spent with my family and friends. So, while the blog posts were a little sparse this past month, I hope you can understand why it was important for me to be a little more present in my day-to-day life. I had a great Christmas with my family, and I thought I’d share with you the books I got! And, of course, I hope you all had a great holiday season with your loved ones regardless of what you celebrate and how you celebrate it. So without further adieu, here are the books I got this Christmas!

  1. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham – I’ve been excited for this novel ever since its publication was released. As a huge Gilmore Girls fan, I knew that I needed to hear more about the gal who plays the infamous Lorlei Gilmore. Parenthood is also one of my favorite shows, and Lauren Graham has always given me good vibes in any role she’s ever played. I’m currently reading this book, and I’m enjoying it so far. After the number of dark fantasy novels I’ve been tackling recently, this is the perfect light and funny novel that I needed.
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Screenplay by J.K. Rowling – I’ve been meaning to pick this book up ever since it’s release, but I almost wanted to see the movie first. While that seems a bit backwards to most, this story was created to be seen on screen and that’s how I wanted to experience it for the first time. And can we talk about how beautiful this cover is?
  3. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – This book has been on my list for awhile. Some of my favorite Youtubers (Sasha Alsberg and Regan) read this for their book club and both seemed to enjoy it. Science fiction has never been a genre that I typically go for, however, I’ve been trying to expand the genres of books I read. I started this novel a few days ago, and I’m loving it so far. It’s action-packed from the get-go and very fast-paced, which is why I think I’ll be finishing this one pretty quickly.
  4. Firstlife by Gena Showalter – I’ve been a big fan of Showalter’s writing for years now. I first fell in love with her novels in high school when I read the first book in her White Rabbit Chronicles. It was a little bit different than the Alice in Wonderland/Zombie mashup that I was anticipating, but Showalter creates very interesting character-driven stories, which is why I was excited when I came across this novel. Not sure when I’ll get around to this, but I’m happy to have it in my collection.

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