December 2022 Reads

December was a fairly good reading month for me. I read several Christmas books. I also finished a couple of books that I had been reading for a while, including several Christmas devotionals. 

December 2022 Reads

Books Read In December 2022

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes book

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Bread Ricca. This nonfiction book is about a female detective in New York in the early 1900s. I had mixed thoughts on this one so I will share a full review soon.

Once Upon a Wardrobe

Once Upon A Wardrobe by Patti Callahan. This historical fiction book is perfect for winter. It is about a brother and sister who are on a mission to find out where Narnia came from.

The Christmas Dress book

The Christmas Dress by Courtney Cole. This book is a Hallmark Movie in book form. In fact, this book could totally be made into a Christmas movie. This was a fun easy Christmas read about Meg, who returns to her hometown of Chicago when she inherits an apartment building. It is a little bit unrealistic but overall I enjoyed it.

the first songs of Christmas

The First Songs of Christmas by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. I started this in November and finished it in December because I had multiple Christmas devotionals going at the same time. I enjoyed this look at the songs of Christmas because they are not the traditional songs that we sing but the songs from Luke 1 and 2.

gifts of Grace book

Gifts of Grace by Jared C. Wilson. This is another Christmas devotional that I read in December. I also enjoyed this one. This was a good reminder to focus on internal things during this busy time of year. Each devotional is a couple of pages long, so it is longer than many books like this, but I really enjoyed it.

All Is Mary and Bright book

All is Mary and Bright by Kasey Stockton. I listened to this one on audio when I was working around the house and preparing for our office Christmas party. I am not sure where I heard about it, but it was a clean Christmas romance. Not a super deep storyline, but I enjoyed it.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This nonfiction book has been on my to be read list for a long time. This is the story of Henrietta Lacks and how she changed medicine and the medical world. This is a fascinating look at the world of medicine, medical ethics, and more.

The Christmas We Didn't Expect

The Christmas We Didn’t Expect by David Mathis. This was one of several devotionals that I read in the last two months. I enjoyed this one. It looks at the surprising twists and turns that the birth of Jesus brought.

A Castaway in Cornwall

A Castaway In Cornwall by Julie Klassen. I have read quite a few books by Julie Klassen. I enjoy her books when I need a clean easy to read romance. I started this book on audio through Scribd while I was cleaning around the house. I was enjoying the book, but did not love the narrator, so about halfway through I switched to reading it. I love that you can easily switch like this on Scribd. I liked this book, but didn’t love it. Although this wasn’t my favorite book by her, you like Julie Klassen books, I think you will enjoy this one.

Winterland book

Winterland by Rea Meadows. I picked this book up after hearing an interview with the author. I was fascinated by the theme of the book, gymnastics and Russia during the the 1970s and 1980s. I grew up watching both gymnastics and ice skating in the Olympics. I remember well the Russian dominance of those years, so I found this book really interesting. The Russian athletes gave up their life, and often their health, for Russia. The author did a good job taking you to the world of Russian gymnastics. Overall I enjoyed this one although there were one or two storylines that I thought took away from the story instead of adding to it. If you remember watching gymnastics during the 1970s and 1980s you will probably like this one.

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