Friends! It’s my NOVEMBER BOOK REVIEW!!
Oh my gosh, I hope you carbed up for today’s post because it’s HUGE, and you’re going to need all of the energy you can get!
As per my tradition, this month, I read FOUR HOLIDAY BOOKS so that you can read them this December!
And friends, you’re going to want to read all four!
I was so happy about this batch of Christmas books because they are all SO DIFFERENT! I asked you guys last month what I should read and you (of course!) came through with some amazing recommendations. If you want cheesy/Hallmark happy? I have it today! If you want a more serious/not so corny/romantic holiday novel? I have that too! Want a little whimsy that will make you LOL? Yup, read that! And if you want something a little more dramatic about the dynamics of family during the holiday season? Well, I have that too!
Grab some egg nog, open up your Amazon app and start “adding to cart”…you’re going to want to read these four books!
Awe, Nancy Thayer, you just never let me down. If you’re looking for a sweet and happy novel that will give you all the holiday feels, here you go. Read Let it Snow and thank me after 🙂 . This easy to read, PG novel is set on my favorite island, Nantucket, and it’s everything a Christmas book should be. It’s sweet, there’s a little love story, there are plenty of delicious food references, holiday songs mentioned, snow falls and it makes you happy that it’s Christmastime. I flew through this book! Now, it does lean a little Hallmark Christmas Movie which I LOVE, but if you’re looking for something a little “meatier” then this isn’t it. If you’re over the hard stuff and just want to read something happy, here you go. This novel is about a young Nantucket resident who owns a toy store on the island (of course!) and meets the son of her wealthy landlord. There is family drama, there is romance, there are a great cast of characters as her friends…it’s perfect.
So many of you told me to read Christmas in Paris and friends, it was one of the best books I’ve read all year!! This novel was so unexpected, so delightful, so original, and so perfect to read any month of the year! The setting of this book is Paris at Christmas, but honestly, it’s not very “Christmas-y”, so I really think you could read it all year long. This story is about two people, both recently out of their engagements, who have rooms next door to each other at a very posh hotel in Paris. It’s charming, it’s a little whimsical, it’s complicated, it’s funny and truly unexpected. I hate to play favorites, but out of all four books this month, I enjoyed this one the most. It wasn’t too “chick lit”…it was just a really great book with excellent characters and a charming backdrop.
Christmas Shopaholic is everything you want in a Sophie Kinsella book!
I think over the years, I’ve read all of the books in this series, and this one right here has been my favorite. I loved it because it was so relatable this time of year! I laughed out loud so many times as Becky, the lovable main character who through the years has had her many ups and downs, navigates her first Christmas to host in her home. Becky has to deal with her eclectic guest list not meshing, everyone’s dietary restrictions/needs, making sure everyone’s traditions are recognized, making sure she has the perfect menu/gifts/ornaments on her tree all while juggling work during this crazy time of year AND alllllllll of the kids activities we have to deal with during the holiday season too (recitals, plays, making costumes, building gingerbread houses…all of it!). If you’ve never read a Shopaholic book there are like a dozen of them. They all build on the same characters but honestly, don’t worry about reading the others because you’ll have no trouble keeping up with this one. The main character is very Bridget Jones-she’s funny, light-hearted, a little whimsical, exaggerated and hysterical. This book made me both excited and terrified to host Christmas this year. It really does comically cover every Christmas problem one might encounter. Adorable and charming. You’ll love it!
If you like holiday movies like The Family Stone, then you will love Seven Days of Us. This is a fictional story of a family forced to live together for seven days in quarantine. It’s quite complicated as they’re all dealing with their own personal issues which of course surface as they’re together in one home over the holidays. While this novel isn’t really light and a chick lit…it’s still funny in moments, sweet and has a little romance and Christmas cheer sprinkled in. Even though this book does take place over Christmas, again, I don’t think it’s super Christmas-y. I really think this is one you can read year around. It reminded me of the TV series Parenthood too. Great parents with complicated adult children. While this one wasn’t as light and cheery as the first book I read this month, I’m so glad that I read it. There are some very thought provoking story lines that still have me thinking long after I closed the book.
Now, I’m off to finish up my reading for the year. Next month, I’ll review my December read and announce my TOP THREE books of 2019. I’m so excited about that post! It really is my very favorite of the entire year!! In the meantime, what are you reading right now? Tell me please!
To see the complete list of books I read in 2016 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2017 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2018 (all 61 of them), click here.