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End-of-the-Year Reads

It’s about that time to share a few of my end-of-the-year reads! Not as much reading is happening over here lately due to #holidaycrazies, but it happens. The few books that I have read are definitely worth sharing, so let’s get into it!

End-of-the-Year Reads
Quick note – not that anybody cares, but I actually read five books since last month’s post. I’m only sharing three of them, however, because two were real duds. They came from BookBub – NO SHOCK. Like I always say, I’ll never learn. But, I figure there’s no point in wasting my time or yours sharing reviews for books I wouldn’t recommend.

Beautiful Day by Elin HilderbrandBeautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand – 4 stars

This was right up there with The Matchmaker. I LOVEDx3 this book. Classic Hilderbrand dramatic, feel-good story. I honestly thought the premise was pretty realistic, too with the whole wedding notebook thing so I think that’s partly why it was so enjoyable. I would’ve liked the bride to be one of the narrator’s to get more of the story from her point of view, and I could’ve done without the groom’s mother being one of the main characters. Most of the time she just seemed like a whiny piece to me. But, the good outweighs the minor negatives in this book so I highly recommend it.

I Am Watching You by Teresa DriscollI Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll – 4 stars

Just when I thought I had this book figured out, it threw me for a loop. I thought for sure Sarah’s dad had something to do with all of it, didn’t you?! And, that’s what made it pretty enjoyable. It was a tad drawn out in parts and not all the characters were overly developed, but it’s a suspenseful read that will keep you on your toes. 
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana ZapataThe Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata – 4 stars

Kristen has been raving about this book for months, so I made a point to read it before the end of the year. I didn’t love it as much as she does (sorry, girl – haha!). Maybe it’s because I hate football? To me, the book could’ve been 100 or so pages less because it was getting a tad repetitive. Even though I was invested in the characters, I was bored by the end when they finally did get together. I also wanted more background story on both Vanessa and Aiden. Mentions were made basically in passing about how horrible Vanessa’s childhood was, and we barely found out about Aiden’s crap parents. Yet, it was like this overarching theme to the story without even knowing a whole lot about it if that makes sense. Anyway, I still gave it 4 stars because the writing style was enjoyable and it is a solid slow-burn romance-type of story if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Currently reading: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

Do you have trouble reading around the holidays? What books do you want to finish before the end of the year?

Want to read more about books?! Check out the last couple month’s reviews here and here.

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