Happy New Year, book friends! Before we fully dig in to January, we’ve got a final 2022 recap for December! The final month in the year, full of winter holidays and plenty of gatherings with friends and family is also a time when I get to slow down a bit and enjoy more reading time than usual, since my (soon to be former) job gets less busy once the semester ends.
I had a pretty solid go with my holiday TBR in December and even managed to squeeze in a few books post Christmas as well. Let’s dig in to the best of this month’s books in the final best books recap for 2022.
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Kiss Her Once for Me by Allison Cochrun
I really enjoyed this sapphic Christmas rom com. Kiss Her Once For Me was full of tropes (fake engagement, only one bed, mistletoe kiss, to name a few). There was some good representation of anxiety, as well. I didn’t get around to writing a full review, but it was definitely a fun way to start the holiday reading season.
A Cat Cafe Christmas by Codi Gary
Cats. Cafes. Christmas. A Cat Cafe Christmas delivered on all the promised elements and had a few surprises, as well.
My mini review went up earlier this month, so I’ll let the ghost of Amandas past tell you more if you’re interested: Mini Review: A Cat Cafe Christmas
The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer
Another winner for the holiday reading season! The Matzah Ball has a chronically ill protagonist and I enjoyed this representation, as well as learning a bit more about Jewish culture. This was a ton of fun and also heartfelt, even if it was a dual POV romance.
The Verifiers by Jane Pek
I rarely read mystery, but I wanted something different after all the holiday romances so I finally grabbed this one off my Book of the Month stack of shame. This mystery novel follows a woman who works for an agency that verifies people’s online dating profiles. She also happens to be a voracious reader with a love for detective novels, which is how she gets into the sluething business.
The Verifiers kept me guessing until the very end, and I absolutely tore through it.
Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley
This one has been on my list for ages, and I decided to round out the year by reading it on our winter getaway trip. Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting is a delightful story about several people who are connected only by their train commute… until a chance encounter gets them talking and they form a little group all their own. I loved seeing into each characters lives and watching them grow to care about and support one another.
- The Holiday Trap by Roan Parrish. I enjoyed this one well enough, but I couldn’t really root for one of the couples so it wasn’t quite a best book of the month read for me. Review in Your Book Friend.
December wound up being one of my best reading months for the year, both in terms of numbers and overal enjoyment. I’m so glad to be rounding out the year with a solid month as we head into January.
I hope you had a great reading month in December as well, book friends!
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