What I Read in December 2019 + Reviews

I’m so glad to be sharing the first reading roundup of 2020 and to also be closing out the last of my book reviews for last year!

Let me tell you – December was a real doozy in the book department. I just barely made my Goodreads goal of 65 books with my final tally coming to 66. Although, that’s still something to be damn proud of in my opinion! I finished the year out with the following three books, so here’s what I read and my final thoughts.

what I read in December 2019 + reviews
P.S. how cute is this Reading is My Super Power coffee mug?! It was a Christmas gift from my dad, which makes me love it that much more!

What I Read in December 2019

LOVE LETTERING by Kate Clayborn
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 4 stars. I didn’t get sucked in until about 50% in. Meg’s and Reid’s relationship was real and endearing, even if a tad unconventional. I found the writing to be beautiful, detailed and heartfelt. The characters had depth, were messy in their own respects. It’s always refreshing to get lost in a romance that isn’t storybook perfect. The story line was scattered at times, and I’m not sure it needed all subplots that it did, but it was still very enjoyable. Recommend if you’re a fan of Christina Lauren’s more “serious” books.

THE PLACE ON DALHOUSIE by Melina Marchetta
Available on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & review: 4 stars. I wasn’t blown away by this, but it kept me interested enough. It’s a pretty serious read with it’s fair share of family/friendship/relationship drama, grief and how we cope with it. I did enjoy the strong cast of female leads throughout and the character stereotypes that were both explored, debunked and confirmed.

MAYBE LATER by Claudia Burgoa
Available on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & review: 3 stars. This was okay, passed the time just fine. Kind of a modern take on You’ve Got Mail. The plot line was muddled on more than one occasion, and I found it hard to follow what was going on with what character at what time.

Currently reading: Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

What’s at the top of your TBR pile for 2020?

Let’s connect on Goodreads! You also can keep up with all my reading in the archives.
 

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  1. Hena Tayeb wrote:

    Those all look like some great reads.. especially Love Lettering.

    Posted 1.21.20 Reply
  2. Heather wrote:

    I am excited to read Love Lettering sometime!! OMG I AM SO EXCITED THAT YOU’RE READING HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS!!!!!! I hope you love it because it is one of my favourite books ever. lol. 🙂

    Posted 1.17.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      And, OMG I LOVED IT SO MUCH!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  3. Becki wrote:

    Sounds like fun reading for December 🙂 Amused that your review for Love Lettering references Christina Lauren’s style. I’ve seen so many recommendations for those books lately!

    Posted 1.15.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      It’s very similar to their more serious books. It was a good read!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  4. I have not read any of these – though I’m glad you enjoyed most of them. Love the mug!

    -Lauren

    Posted 1.15.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      That mug is my favorite! 🙂

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  5. I liked, not loved, Dalhousie as well. Marchetta is a great writer so it was engaging, but I liked some of her other books more.

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I might have to check out other books by that author because her writing was so beautiful.

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  6. Gina wrote:

    It’s funny how all of us on SUYB apologize for reading less than a dozen books per month, when really it’s still LOT for the average person! (I do it too!) Sounds like it was an okay-ish month for you…will be interested in your thoughts on Happiness for Beginners! And soooo glad you felt the same about Handmaid’s Tale/Testament. Maybe it was the hype or maybe it just wasn’t my thing. Who know!

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Haha, you’re so right! I know that I already read more than the average person, yet sometimes it never feels like enough in this group. Yes, it was just an okay month for reading, but that’s okay. 2020 is off to a much better start so far, including Happiness for Beginners. Loved it!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  7. SMD wrote:

    Love the mug!

    Out of curiosity, did you read Saving Francesca & The Piper’s Son by Marchetta?

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      No, I haven’t read anything else by Marchetta so that could be why Dalhousie didn’t do much for me.

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  8. Kay R.D. wrote:

    I really need to read Dalhousie.

    I heard only good things about happiness for beginners.

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
  9. Tina wrote:

    Do you find Kindle unlimited is worth it? I looked once a long time ago and didn’t see a ton that I liked, but it is an intriguing concept!

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I don’t think it’s worth paying full price (unless you get a gift subscription). There’s a decent selection of books, but it’s best if you like to read a lot of romance. I think it’s fun to have when you can get a deal – I recently got 3 months for .99, so that was worth it to me!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  10. Anne wrote:

    Three selections I didn’t know anything about! I do enjoy the more “serious” of the Christina Lauren books, even more than the others of theirs, so I’m intrigued by that first one.

    And I really loved Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire, so I do want to check out her other ones – curious to hear how Happiness for Beginners is.

    Stopping by from Show Us Your Books, and wishing you happy reading in 2020 🙂

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Happiness for Beginners was SO good, I absolutely loved it. Probably my favorite from Katherine Center so far!

      Love Lettering is great for Christina Lauren fans, so I hope that you enjoy it if you get to it.

      Happy 2020, thanks for stopping by! xx

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  11. A wrote:

    I really like Kate Clayborn! She has a trilogy of books about three best friends who win the lottery, each book focuses on a different friend. I want her to write a fourth because I loved the characters so much!

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Oh, that’s good to know! I wasn’t familiar with her until this book – I really liked her writing style!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  12. Dara wrote:

    You look so cute and cozy in that picture!

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
  13. Dani wrote:

    I’m a sucker for oversized mugs in general, and book-related ones especially. Definitely adding this one to my wish list! That sweater looks super warm and comfy too 🙂 Love Lettering is on my TBR, so I’m happy to see another positive review of it!

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      It was a good read, even if it took me a little bit to get into it!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  14. kristen wrote:

    i 100% need that reading is my superpower mug.
    good to know about love lettering – i have it, and i’m behind, oops. i am super excited for the place on dalhousie, but only because i adore that author. have you read her other books, i forget?

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      No, I haven’t read any other books by Marchetta. Since you have, I’m sure you’ll love Dalhousie. Enjoy!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  15. Debbie wrote:

    Congratulations on exceeding your reading goal for 2019! I will never be able to catch up!

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Thank you! Definitely need to get you reading more this year!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  16. Good to know about Maybe Later – it was on my list!

    Posted 1.14.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I wouldn’t rush to read it!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  17. Caroline wrote:

    Wow, 66 books?! That is amazing!! I will check out these books. I read Happiness for Beginners and I enjoyed it. Have a great day!

    Posted 1.13.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I finished it last week and absolutely loved it!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  18. Jessica Camerata wrote:

    okay downloading goodreads now! I only read 3 books last year. One was a book I kept trying to get into for 3 or 4 years but never did. Just knocked it out one weekend to be done with it finally (which I learned is NOT how you’re supposed to read ha!). I need to get inspired because a good book really is the best thing ever!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    Posted 1.13.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Welcome to Goodreads! Hope that you’re enjoying finding all those book recommendations. 🙂 And, hope you’re having a great time at the beach for your birthday! xx

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply
  19. Biana wrote:

    Since I have KU I’ll be trying Maybe Later – the first one sounds really great too! Congrats on 66 books read last year – that’s huge! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    Posted 1.13.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Thanks, girl! I think you’d like Love Lettering, it takes a little bit, but it’s cute!

      Posted 1.18.20 Reply

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