Good riddance to 2021! But the books I read this year truly helped me get through it, and I'm proud to say I hit my goal of 100 reads. Here's December's rundown, which helped me get to that finish line. From finally devouring the hardcover of Angie Thomas's stunning and thoroughly moving Concrete Rose that I bought in May to wolfing down Lucy Parker's delicious baker vs. baker romance Battle Royal, I happily genre-hopped all over the place. Though I'm not sure reading Christopher Golden's snow-based horror novel in the middle of winter was wise. I will be in fear of ice creatures yanking me out my window until at least April 2022.
Fortunately, I had warm and cozy reads like Jayce Ellis's second-chance romance If You Love Something to balance out the terror. And I tore through Haven by Claire Kent, which hit a little too close to home given the COVID-19 pandemic, just in time to ring in the new year. Maybe there's something poetic about that. Reading something that started out really grim but ended with love and hope. We could all use a little love and hopeThe Reading Rundown:
The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller (historical romance, gothic romance)
Cole: A Naughty List Christmas Novella by Ellie Devine (erotic romance, LGBT+ romance, MMF polyam)
Snowblind by Christopher Golden (horror)
Haven by Claire Kent (post-apocalyptic romance, erotic romance, novella)
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (domestic thriller, suspense, Charlotte Bronte retelling)
Battle Royal by Lucy Parker (contemporary romance)
Stormsong by C.L. Polk (gaslamp fantasy, steampunk, LGBT+ romance)
MILF on the Shelf by Nico Rosso (erotic romance, novella)
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (young adult fiction, coming-of-age)
Sleigh, Bells, Rings by Holley Trent (erotic romance, contemporary LGBT+ romance, FFM polyam, novella)
Backlist adventures: Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh.
Currently reading: An ARC of D'Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins, which comes out on January 25.
On the TBR/wish list
The Emma Project by Sonali Dev (5/17/22)
Road of Bones by Christopher Golden (1/25/22)
Truth, Lies, and Mr. Grey by Shelly Ellis (3/29/22)
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa (4/5/22)
At the Quiet Edge by Victoria Helen Stone (5/1/22)
Fake it Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley (6/21/22)
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams