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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  1. 1.28.19

    I absolutely loved Beautiful Day and the Matchmaker! Those are definitely two of my favorites of hers!

  2. 1.8.18

    I absolutely loved Beautiful Day and the Matchmaker! Those are definitely two of my favorites of hers!

  3. 12.14.17
    Christina said:

    Ooh, I’m adding I Am Watching You to my list! Sounds good! I usually have a hard time reading the last two weeks of December so I’m trying to hurry up and get through a few to meet my Goodreads goal. Haha!

  4. 12.13.17

    Ooh, great recommendations! I always get overwhelmed when trying to find a new book. I need to get back into itโ€”thanks for sharing!
    x, Tyler

  5. 12.13.17

    you need to get on goodreads so that i can see your duds and avoid them as well!
    i have got to read an Elin Hilderbrand book. one day i am sure. i am watching you is on my list. sounds creepy.
    i accept that you didn’t love Winnipeg as much as me because I am a *tad* obsessively in love with it. it’s not healthy. sometimes when i love a book that much i almost don’t want to talk about it because i get sad when people don’t love it. womp womp.

    • 12.13.17

      Hahaha, I know what you mean. I was nervous to write that about Winnipeg because I didn’t want to disappoint you! BUT, it’s not like I hated it. Just not on your same level with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have no idea how to find/follow people on Goodreads, so maybe you can find me? Like I said before, I never write reviews – just ratings.

      • 12.13.17

        ah, don’t be silly. i totally get it. i’m glad you at least didn’t hate it, because then we couldn’t be friends. LOL.
        what email do you use on goodreads? i tried your blog one and it didn’t come up. but i am here:
        i still want to see what you rate so i can avoid it haha.

  6. 12.13.17

    My reading has been seriously lacking as I’m just too tired by the time I get around to it in the evenings. But I’ve heard amazing things about I Am Watching You, need to add it to my list <3

    Green Fashionista

    • 12.13.17

      I hear you, girl! Even though I do a majority of my reading at night in bed, my mind has been in a billion other places than the book in front of me. I Am Watching You is worth the read!

  7. 12.13.17
    Pamela said:

    Ohh I Am Watching You is definitely getting added to my must-read list ASAP! Thanks for the recommendations girl!

  8. 12.13.17
    Heather said:

    Loved Wall of Winnipeg and me ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, that picture of you reading in your jammies looks SO COZY

  9. 12.12.17

    I am Watching You has been on my to read list. And I just added The Wall of Winnipeg to my to read list. I think a couple of other bloggers from the link-up read this one and enjoyed it too.

  10. 12.12.17

    I feel liked I’d enjoy I Am Watching You.

  11. 12.12.17

    It really is so hard to read during all the festivities of the holidays! I keep on hearing about Iโ€™m Watching You so it needs to get to the top of my list quickly!

  12. 12.12.17
    Ashley said:

    I Am Watching You sounds reallllllllly good!! Iโ€™ll have to borrow it from my library ๐Ÿ™‚

    Visiting from the linkup! http://www.ashley-ziegler.com/show-us-books-dec-17/

  13. 12.12.17

    I was also glued to I Am Watching You!

  14. 12.12.17
    Laura said:

    I just added I Am Watching You to my to-read list!

  15. 12.12.17

    I needed a good book rec for holiday break- yessss, thanks lady!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  16. 12.12.17
    Caroline said:

    That second books sounds really good! Thanks for sharing and I hope that you are staying warm today!

  17. 12.12.17
    shootingstarsmag said:

    Oh, I love reading around the holidays, especially festive ones! I Am Watching You sounds really interesting.


    • 12.13.17

      I am trying to get some festive reads in – even if they’re not the best lol – just to stay in the Christmas spirit!

  18. 12.12.17
    Lauren Scorzafava said:

    Awesome list! Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls