January 10, 2017

December Reads

December was... hectic. Not to mention that I was still feeling burnt out from reading. As such, I read very little.

I did however manage to read a few books, even if some were well below my reading level.

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living | Louise Miller
I really enjoyed listening to this. It's a story about a baker who's having an affair with her boss when it all goes terribly wrong. In an effort to run away from her problems she escapes to Vermont where she rediscovers herself and what's most important.

Framed | Gordon Korman
This was an audiobook I selected simply for its brevity and because I wanted to meet the challenge, Sad, I know. The story pulled me in about halfway through though and I needed to know what was going on with Griffin and his friend's and what happened to the missing ring.

The Crayons' Book of Colors | Drew Daywalt
My niece received this for Christmas and I love these books. I don't think this one is as good as the first two, but it's a cute addition to the series.

How to Babysit a Grandpa | Jean Reagan
My niece also got this book for Christmas and with my challenge deadline looming I read it Christmas night. A book is a book. It's a cute story about how a kid "babysits" grandpa while his parents are away. Complete with bullet points and easy to follow "instructions" grandpa's all over will be in the best care.

The Field Guide and The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles #1-2)
Lucinda's Secret and The Ironwood Tree (Spiderwick Chronicles #3-4) 
The Wrath of Mulgarath (Spiderwick Chronicles #5)| Holly Black
I was surprised to find I really liked this series. I thought they were going to be boring, annoying, or both but it was actually pretty entertaining.

First Star I See Tonight | Susan Elizabeth Phillips
This audiobook was a little painful. Between the irritating main characters and the dragging plot it took some determination to get through. Overall, not horrible fluff, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

Close to You | Kristen Proby
I found this to be an enjoyable fluff read. It passed the time, got my mind into story land, and was a decent story, even if the characters weren't very deep.


  1. Didn't they make The Spiderwick Chronicles into a movie? That name sounds super familiar. I'll be reading plenty of books below my reading level soon, so I feel you! Although I think maybe while baby is too young to really get it, some of the reading will be my books instead of the little cardboard ones. Those can wait...

  2. The City Baker's Guide... sounds interesting! For having a hectic month I'd still say you got some reading done :) The kid books look and sound adorable!

  3. i totally read some odd choices at the end of the year to meet my challenge. no shame. okay, a little bit of shame. haha. no really, who cares. i am intrigued by the Spiderwick Chronicles... is it too young for me? lol.

  4. Oh man, I'm on a reading freeze until I'm done with school in May (because I use reading to escape and procrastinate doing school work lol) but just bookmarked this list for when I can finally get back to reading for leisure and also for books to read with my little sister. In particular, the City Baker's Guide to Country Living sounds like a good read. :)

  5. Awwww ... I love that you read some stories with your niece. I wish I could have done that with mine more often. Hehe - I've totally chosen books based on their brevity too. :D

  6. Ah, kid books schmid books. Books are books! How to Babysit Grandpa actually sounds adorable.