After a bit of a quiet month for reading in November, which only saw me read one book – Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix, December has been a bit busier book wise. Here’s what made it onto my read list:
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
The second to last book in the Harry Potter series, The Half Blood Prince keeps you hooked from beginning to end. This book is darker, more grown up somehow, as it follows Harry in his 6th year at Hogwarts. Lord Voldermort’s power seems to be growing. And Dumbledore helps equip Harry with the tools he needs for what is to come. It also goes a long way to explain Professor Snape and how he came to be such a brooding, cruel character. As you can probably tell, I loved it. Someone get me on the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Tour and quick! I’m regretting not going with the teen last year now.
The Mother of All Christmases
I love Milly Johnson. I’ve read so many of her books over the years that I’ve lost count. The Mother of All Christmases is a follow up to A Winter Flame, but is easily read as a stand alone book. Having read it’s predecessor however, it was great to catch up with the characters I’d so enjoyed. This book joins Eve, Annie and Palma, three very different women, linked by their pregnancies and the ‘Christmas pudding club’ they’re encouraged to join by their GP. You’ll fall in love with the highly likeable characters, rejoice in their good times and be crushed by their bad.
The Happiness Project
I read this one in just a few days. Just like the first book featuring the same characters, The Happiness Project is a fabulous read with likeable characters and a great storyline. It’s still a pre-release so I can’t tell you the ins and outs other than to say I loved it, so here’s what is says on the back cover:
‘Forty-year-old Alison Lund has always carefully planned everything in her well-ordered life, from colour coordinating her beautiful house to persuading her excitable son Alexander that sticker charts are more fun than misbehaving. But Alison’s perfect world has just fallen apart…
Her head is left spinning when her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, passes away and Alison is left heartbroken. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea, she was the glue that kept Alison together through the first few tough years of motherhood. And now Alison is trying to figure out a future without her.
With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to be more Maggie. After an emotional New Year’s Eve get together, the three women create a happiness project, challenging themselves to step outside their comfort zones and make the most of every single day.
Daring to do things differently, can Alison learn to live more spontaneously and find happiness along the way? Or will letting go be harder than she ever imagined?’
What have you read this month?
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