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 Bookshop.org 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 Bookshop.org 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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Book News Corner: Issue 4

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Happy first Saturday in December, book friends! The end of the year slowdown is real and in so many ways it feels like things are on pause until we hit play on 2023. But in reality, there’s always something going on. 

So, here I am with a few of the interesting book news stories that caught my eye this week.

We Need Diverse Books Launches Anti-Censorship Campaign 

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We Need Diverse Books, a nonprofit centered on advocating for a wider range of stories in children’s books, launched their #BooksSaveLives campaign on December 1st. 

The goal of this iniatitive is to combat the increased number of book bans and censorship attempts in schools and libraries across the United States. We Need Diverse Books will offer grants to help stock the shelves with diverse titles, create educator guides on fighting back against censorship, and will also provide funds to support authors impacted by book bans. 

If you’re interested in getting involved in the campaign, WNDB has a list of ways to get involved including posting a selfie using their hashtag, local advocacy, and of course monetary donations to support the initiative. 

(Source: Book Riot News)

“Mediator” Netflix Series Isn’t Happening

In a recent newsletter, Meg Cabot confirmed the news that Princess Diaries 3 is happening. Sadly, she also confirmed that a previously announced Netflix series based on her Mediator series is no longer moving forward, due to the creative team being let go from the streaming service. 

Cabot remains optimistic about the film/TV rights to the series being up for grabs, but for now, we won’t be seeing Jesse DeSilva and Suze Simon on screen. I have mixed feelings about the prospect of these beloved books from my youth being adapted, but I have to admit I’m curious to see how they’d manage the ghosts of it all. 

In the email, there’s also a teaser about “several other projects” being in the works that the prolific author can’t reveal just yet, so I’m excited to see what 2023 will bring. 

(Source: Meg Cabot’s newsletter email)

Literary Agents Pen Open Letter to HarperCollins

There haven’t been too many big public updates regarding the HarperCollins strike, but as of today the strike and related negotations between the publisher and the union are ongoing. 

The most recent development is that a group of 150 literary agents wrote an open letter to the publisher, in which they lay out plans to leave HarperCollins out of future book deals until an agreement is made. 

On Instagram, I’ve also seen a few book bloggers posting the suggestion to stop covering HarperCollins titles until the publisher makes a deal with its employees that provides them with a fair living wage and working conditions. 

If you’re looking for ways to support the strike, the HarperCollins union has an Instagram page with updates and requests

(Source: Googling my way to this article from Fortune, plus posts on Instagram). 

Final Round of Goodreads Choice Awards Ends December 4th

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The first round of voting has ended for the Goodreads Choice awards and the final round is underway! If you want to cast your vote, make sure to stop by the site by December 4th.

That’s it for me this week! What bookish news has caught your attention this past week?