No Book Mail this Monday

Happy Monday, book friends! I don’t have a single update in terms of my book collection this week. No new physical books or ARCs to share. Considering I set the goal of getting through some of my TBR this year, I’m pretty pleased with this.

I thought, since I don’t have anything to share on that front, I’d highlight a bookish project of mine. If you didn’t know, I have a weekly newsletter called Amanda Reads, where I highlight a book recommendation, give a tarot reading for the week ahead, and also recommend some reading from around the internet.

A lot of the book recs would be familiar to folks who read this blog regularly, since I can only read so many books, but it’s a fun weekly project that I send out every Monday. I love pulling a Tarot card for the week ahead and starting our collective week’s off with a little magic.

If you’re curious about the newsletter, it’s free on Substack, and you can check out this week’s issue here.

Either way, happy Monday! Hope your week gets off to the best possible start.


A Very Merry December TBR 

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It’s December, the final reading month of the year! I love the cozy reading vibes of this month, combined with the glow of lights and candles. And I also enjoy leaning in to reads that are set during the festive season to round out the year. 

My last themed TBR for October (Witchtober) didn’t go too well. I only got to two of the books on my list, and I finished one of them a few days into November. Still, I like to set an ambitious goal and stretch for it, even if I know I’m unlikely to meet it. So, in the spirit of shooting for the stars, here’s my December TBR. 

(Full disclosure: This post uses affiliate links, which means I get a small commission on your purchase at no additional cost to you. Books marked with an asterisk were received as complimentary review copies.). 

Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun

A sapphic holiday rom com with featuring a marriage of convenience plot with a twist. 

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer 

This story about a Jewish romance novelist with a Christmasy secret was on my list last year and I never got to it. So, I’m hoping to make it happen in 2022.

A Cat Cafe Christmas by Cody Gary 

Cats. Cafes. Christmas. Enough said. This one is currently backordered on so it seems like a popular choice this year. 

All I Want for Christmas by Maggie Knox

I read their previous holiday rom-com last year, so I figured I’d make a tradition of it. Hoping to enjoy this one a bit more than The Holiday Swap. 

The Holiday Trap* by Roan Parrish 

I love a good “let’s swap homes” story, particularly with a holiday twist, so I couldn’t resist this one. 

I read five books last month, and there’s even more vacation days in December, so this list of five doesn’t feel too far-fetched for the holiday season. 

What’s on your reading list for the last month of the year, book friends? Do we have any reading goals in common? 

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