Today I am back sharing the books which I have read in the month of December. I love been able to look on the books which I have read in previous months. Hopefully it can give some of you inspiration on books which you may want to read as well. Usually I get ideas of books to read from seeing what other have been reading. I have currently a few of these you can read my September and November ones here. I want to try and do them monthly if it is possible. So on to the books which I have had my head in December. I had already managed to finish my target of 24 books before the month started. I have managed to read more than I though I finished on 28 books for the year. Maybe this is because I ended up having to rest more towards the end of my pregnancy. So this saw me read a lot more. So on to the books which I have had my head stuck in December 2019.
Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad By Rio Ferdinand 5/5 Stars
Plot- In 2015, former England football star Rio Ferdinand suddenly and tragically lost his wife and soulmate Rebecca, aged 34, to cancer. It was a profound shock and Rio found himself struggling to cope. Not just with the pain of his grief, but also with his new role as both mum and dad to their children.
My Thoughts- This is a book which I was given by my Mum because both my parents had finished it. Truthfully I am unsure if it is something which I would have read had it not been given to me. The book is part memoir, part autobiography and part a manual for dealing with loss and grief. He talks about the amazing services available for families dealing with grief. Raises awareness of the lack of services. He raises the question of why we don’t discuss death? He talks about the stages of grief, the one most strongly portrayed is denial. While talking about guilt and his struggle with being a single parent. It showed me that just because he is a ex footballer does not mean he doesn’t struggle with issues like the rest of us. He is only human after all. This is a book which I would recommend picking up even if you are not a fan of Rio’s or football in general.
I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk 3/5 Stars.
Plot- Angela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York however, Santa throws a few curve balls. From starting a new job, new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep. Will Angela have a merry little Christmas after all?.
My Thoughts- This is a series which I have been reading for a while. I had saved this instalment till Christmas with it been called I heart Christmas. I actually enjoyed this book of course, there is a bit of cheese it is a Christmas book after all. We are on a journey with Angela as we have flown across the pond with her and watched her new life develop. This for sure is a great a great addition to the series. It is a proper chick lit series which if you have not read any of you need to. For sure I can not wait to see what happens after this instalment. The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because I had stages where I did want to slap Angela, To make her see sense if this was possible at all. I felt she was a lot more selfish in this book compared to some of the others maybe this was the reason why.
Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot 4/5 Stars.
Plot- There’s nothing more magical than a winter wonderland wedding. When photographer Holly North returns to the cosy village of St Aidan she’s determined to avoid romance and the festive season full stop. She’s doing one small favour for a friend’s wedding and then her plans involve diving under her duvet and avoiding any sign of Christmas cheer. That is until Christmas arrives at Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s enchanting and most adorable little wedding shop. The champagne is on ice while mistletoe hangs from every nook and Holly’s friends at the shop are determined she’ll live up to her festive name.
My Thoughts– This is a book which ouses Christmas to me, for sure it felt very magical. I did not realise that this book was actually number 4 in a series however, I enjoyed it enough as a stand alone book. I do not think there is any issues reading it like this. This story has a number of twists and turns including due to unforeseen circumstances though Holly ends up booked for more weddings than she had expected. That’s the least of her problems when she meets up again with childhood crush Rory. I did find this a very predictable ending I think I told my boyfriend the ending half way through the book so this was disappointing. I would recommend this if you are looking for a book to get you in the festive mood.
What books did you manage to read recently?