I don’t know about y’all, but every time December rolls around I use it as an excuse to pull out as many Christmas-y reads as I can physically fit into the month. I love the general theme of hope, faith and love in Christmas stories! That means the majority of my reads from this past month were pretty Christmas-y, so I thought I’d do one post with quick take reviews of my reads from the past month. I’ve read two other books that I will review later on! 🙂
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (#1) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This was the first book that I picked up this month because I was seeing it circulate everywhere as this cute and light Christmas contemporary. Plus, I ended up getting it on my Kindle for like $1.99. This is a story following Dash & Lily as they fall in love via passing back and forth this red Moleskin notebook with dares and clues for each of them. As expected, this was super light, super fluffy and quite cute. My biggest hang up was actually the portrayal of the character, Dash. My main criticism of him is actually similar to most people’s criticisms’ of John Greens’ characters in that I found Dash to be absolutely unlike any teenage boy I’ve ever met. He has a love for the Oxford English Dictionary, so uses and throws around big words in his everyday vernacular, which I just find slightly difficult to believe and relate to. Overall, it was cute, had loads of family elements and a sweet love story to carry me through.
What Light by Jay Asher
This book was the biggest surprise of the month! I had been wanting to pick this up and I finally got around to it this month, definitely not expecting to like it as much as I did. The book follows Sierra and her family who run a Christmas tree farm. They spend the year in their home in Oregon and then every holiday season, travel down to California to sells Christmas trees. While there, Sierra meets Caleb who is surrounded by a dark and dangerous past that everyone warns her against. This was a beautiful book about redemption, forgiving oneself and acceptance (self and of others). This book got me surprisingly emotional and I cried through the last quarter of the book. While this was a heavier read, it was still quite light and easy to get through. I appreciated that this book was a slightly different take on most Christmas stories that I have read.
Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah
This book was, by far, the biggest disappointment maybe of the year? I know that’s kind of a harsh statement, but it was definitely pretty bad. I picked this up because I have heard fantastic reviews about Kristin Hannah, particularly with her Nightingale book. This also sounded like the perfect Christmas read set in my current home state of Washington. But alas, it was pretty terrible. It was just a weird book full of magical realism elements that I was definitely not expecting. The only reason why I gave it two-stars was because it was set in Washington and in the area where my fiance grew up, which added an extra fun element for me as I read. Everything else was pretty awful. I am still going to give Kristin Hannah a chance, as I am still excited to read Nightingale.
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily (#2) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Alas, another disappointment…le sigh. I’m especially disappointed since I enjoyed the first book so much earlier this month. It was a cute, light and fun Christmas story, while this one felt like it was trying to be something that it definitely was not. This book follows Dash & Lily, as Dash tries to reignite the Christmas love and light in Lily as she experiences a lot of change and turmoil in her life. What ended up happening was a weird dismantling of the characters that I came to love from the first book and just an inability to take this book seriously. This is a great example of a perfectly good book and story that should’ve just been left alone. Le sigh…
All in all, I think I had a pretty good reading month 🙂 Christmas reads always make me happy and help me to enjoy the holidays even more!! 😀 I hope you all have enjoyed your holidays, got a lot of reading done and got a lot of books!! 🙂