December 2017 Book Report

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Hey, everyone! I’m slowly but surely getting back on my blogging game. Naptimes are getting more predictable, so I have a little more time to myself these days! I read five books in December, which is less than my “normal” (what even is that anymore?), but I’m starting to get some more reading time in lately, which is making me super happy. Here’s what I read last month. I hope you enjoy!


Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan*
★★☆☆☆ | Mystery

I was initially intrigued by this book based on the fact that it takes place in the South and because it’s a mystery. I did end up finishing it, but almost abandoned it partway through because it just wasn’t keeping me interested. Julie accidentally kills her best friend in high school and gets away with it, vowing to never return to her hometown again. It ended up being as cheesy as it sounds, honestly. I was not a huge fan.

 


On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo
★★★☆☆ | Parenting

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard of this book. It was recommended to me by a friend who swears by it. I’m totally not opposed to reading books with different parents methods because, who knows, I might find something that totally works for our family! Like most books of this nature, I didn’t agree with everything, but this did help me identify patterns in Clay’s day and sleep and gave some helpful tips on how to get the most out of his sleep. It was pretty average!

 


Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford*
★★★★★ | Historial Fiction

After the last book falling flat, I was very pleasantly surprised by this one! I had read another book by Jamie Ford that did not strike me, so I didn’t have high hopes. I loved the setting of Seattle in the early 1900s during the World’s Fair. I fell in love with the characters and loved the format of one foot in the past and the other in the present. It was so well done. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction!

 


Mikey and Me by Teresa Sullivan*
★★☆☆☆ | Memoir

I chose this book because I hadn’t read a memoir in quite awhile and they’re one of my favorites. Unfortunately, this didn’t do much for me. Teresa grows up with a sister who is blind and has developmental disabilities. She recounts her childhood, which revolved around her sister’s needs. There were interesting parts (like how the government didn’t do much to help their family out), but it was mostly just the author telling facts. It felt very elementary and didn’t keep me interested very much. I’m glad I finished it, but probably won’t be recommending it to many people.


Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
★★★★☆ | Parenting/Memoir

This book is equal parts parenting book and memoir and 100% well-written. I loved the funny, sarcastic, thoughtful voice that Druckerman writes with. I originally picked this up thinking that it would lean more heavily on the parenting side, but I was pleasantly pleased that she really added more of her personal story and experience as an American woman parenting in France. It was so fascinating and I loved hearing her personal perspective on the different parenting styles and what did and didn’t work for their family.


That’s it for December! Have any books I should add to my list?

Books indicated with an asterisk were given to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are always my own. Promise.

About Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).