What I Read in November and December 2019

November was not a great reading month. It was a very busy month and I didn’t get a ton of reading time. December was busy, too but even with something going on every weekend, I somehow had a better reading month than November! So this post combines both months – what I read in November and December of 2019.

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

Save me the plums

Rating: 4 / 5 stars (audio book)

This book is about Ruth Reichl, a restaurant critic and then the editor of Gourmet magazine. I listened to this on audio, which is narrated by Ruth herself. It was very interesting even for me, who never read Gourmet magazine.

What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

What Happens in Paradise

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

This is the second book in a trilogy. I felt like it was fast paced and quick to read. Left off on a cliffhanger for the third book!

We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop

What I Read in November and December - We Came Here to Forget

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

This book had several different story lines and I enjoyed all of them. It had some dark elements, it had some fun, lighter elements, and it was a good balance overall! This book kept you guessing and wanting to flip the pages to get to the end.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

After reading the synopsis and hearing a lot about this book, I was not expecting to read what I read. This was an intense and emotional book. I didn’t cry or anything but I’d consider it emotional. This is a family drama and it certainly was dramatic. I really enjoyed this book and I’m glad we picked it for book club. I think there is a lot to discuss.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

This is a cute rom-com with some serious topics. This book made me laugh and made me think. It’s a pretty steamy book. I had trouble picturing Red the way he was described – long red hair, big and muscular, while also being super attractive. I can’t think of any actor or anyone I know to fit that, so it was hard for me to imagine.

The Need by Helen Phillips

The Need - What I Read in November and December

Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Quick read. This was not at all what I was expecting. There’s a Sci-Fi element that came as a surprise. The ending is confusing without a resolution. It ended on a happy note but you’re not really sure what actually happened at the end. 

This book was about motherhood and everything that comes with that. It makes the mother in the book appreciate her children and her daily life more. I did like the way the children were depicted in the book.

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Party

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

This is the third book in the series. There is one more book after this (not sure if the fourth is the last though). I enjoyed this book even though it followed the typical romance formula. I liked how the couple got back together in the end. With this series, you know you’ll get a rom-com with a happy ending and sometimes we just need these books between other heavier books.

Educated by Tara Westover

Educated - What I Read in November and December 2019

Rating: 5 / 5 (audiobook)

I listened to this on audio. This audiobook had the biggest waiting list at my library – I’ve never seen a waiting list of over 100 people! But I finally got it and it was worth the wait. If you haven’t read this yet, you probably should – at least listen to it on audio.

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

The Age of Light

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

I’ve had this book on my shelf for 11 months and I finally read it. It’s about a Vogue model from the 1920’s that wanted to be a photographer instead of a model. She moved to Paris to pursue photography and met a man named Man Ray, another photographer. It was interesting but probably nothing that I’d tell everyone to read unless this topic is of interest to you.

The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry

The Roxy Letters

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Release date: April 7, 2020 (Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy)

This book is in a letter format, where every chapter is made of only Roxy’s letters to her ex-boyfriend. But don’t let that stop you from reading this book. It was odd at first but it ended up being more like her diary rather than actual letters to her ex-boyfriend. 

This book made me laugh out loud several times. One time I was laughing so hard that my husband asked me what was so funny. I ended up really liking this story and finished most of the book in one day!