Happy December! Time to say goodbye to pumpkin flavored everything, crunchy leaves, and autumn weather and say hello to peppermint flavors, Christmas decorations, and a white winter wonderland. The holiday season is the perfect time to head to the bookstore, pile up on the best new reads, and sit by the fire with hot chocolate. That’s exactly what I did yesterday… and I came home with a whole new stack of books I can’t wait to devour during December. To help you with your reading list choices, I decided to round up my favorites for this winter. Now all you need is that hot chocolate and warm fire…. here is your December Reading List:
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
When people describe this book as a “devour in one sitting” kind of story, they really mean it. Because the moment I started reading this book, I literally finished it in one sitting, staying up till 3am. On Monday, five students enter detention at Bayview High, but only four of them make it out alive. Simon, the outcast who created the notorious gossip app at school, is dead by the end of detention and his death wasn’t an accident. The next day, investigators find out that Simon planned to post juicy secrets of the four remaining students, making all of them suspects in the murder case. Think The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. Pay close attention and you might be able to figure out which one is lying…
The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown
During holiday break, I love curling up by the fire with a book and daydreaming about traveling abroad. Paris is always on my mind and this story will make you long for the City of Lights. Madeleine feels trapped – by her marriage, her family’s high expectations, and her fears of never living the life she always dreamed. When Madeleine finds the diary of her grandmother Margie, she realizes her grandmother was the kind of woman Madeleine only desires to be one day – a dreamer who goes against her family’s expectations and takes a bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris where she finds the love of her life. When Madeleine’s marriage crumbles, she escapes to her hometown and decides to create her own Parisian-inspired summer, reconnecting with her passion of painting, meeting a group of vibrant new friends, and finding a man who reminds her to live a creative life that she wants, instead of what her family expects of her. Margie and Madeleine’s intertwined stories are not only romantic, but also inspiring, reminding all of us to never hold back from our dreams.
Roomies by Christina Lauren
Coming out December 5th, this new adult romance is at the top of my reading list. For months, Holland Bakker has made up millions of excuses as to why she always goes into the subway station near her apartment, captivated by the music performed by her secret street musician crush. Fate soon brings them together one night, when Calvin McLoughlin rescues Holland from a drunken attacker, but he quickly disappears before Holland can thank him. Wanting to properly thank the musician, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s acclaimed musical director. When the audition goes better than anyone expected, Calvin is thrown in the Broadway spotlight. However, Holland finds out the real reason Calvin disappeared that night: he is in the country with an expired student visa. In order to help Calvin with his Broadway dreams, Holland impulsively marries the musician to keep him in the country and on the stage. As their relationship begins to evolve into something more than a friend helping out a friend, Holland and Calvin both begin to wonder if they are acting in a Broadway musical of their own or if this is the real deal.
The Futures by Anna Pitoniak
One of Refinery29’s Best Books of 2017, The Futures is a coming of age story about being young and ambitious in New York City. Julia and Evan fall in love as undergrads at Yale. After graduation, they move together to New York City, where Evan lands a job at a hedge fund and Julia’s privileged background leads her to an easy but completely unsatisfying job at a nonprofit. When the market crashes and the banks start failing, Evan and Julia find themselves in completely separate worlds – Evan becomes involved in a high-stakes, suspicious deal at work, while Julia reconnects with someone from her past that gives her a glimpse into a different type of life. A suspenseful, inspiring story of betrayal, romance, and broken dreams, The Futures reveals how fragile yet addictive relationships can become and what it’s really like to be young and full of hope in New York City.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Master of psychological suspense, Karin Slaughter is back with another haunting novel. Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One escapes and runs for her life, the other is left behind. Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy family life in a small-town was destroyed by a horrifying attack on their family home. Now, Charlotte wants to be the perfect “good daughter,” following her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer and find justice in her small-town. However, violence strikes again, and the shocking new tragedy leaves the town terrified. Charlotte is the first witness on the scene, and the case reminds her of memories from her past that she tried so hard to forget. The appalling truth about the crime that tore her family apart years ago won’t stay buried forever…
Hate To Love You by Tijan
For those of you who love a good contemporary romance as much as I do, Hate To Love You needs to be your next read. Kennedy has many rules before going to college, including no hot guys and no drama. She wants to leave all the rumors and jealousy behind in high school and start fresh in college. A new place, a new her. That is… until she meets football captain and quarterback Shay Coleman. He is about to break all of her rules… and she hates how much she likes him. An unexpected romance that deals with the dark sides of college, Hate to Love You will make you fall in love with the characters and only hate that this book ever had to end.
I have to admit, The Room was brought to my attention by the now major motion picture directed and starring James Franco with the same name: The Disaster Artist. Written by the actor and friend who lived through it all, the book depicts the story of how a wealthy social misfit named Tommy Wiseau made the worst movie ever and years later it became an international cult phenomenon. The Disaster Artist is a behind-the-scenes look at the horrible cinematic phenomenon of The Room and the odd but real Hollywood friendship between actor Greg Sestero and the bizarre Tommy Wiseau. Sestero answers many of fans burning questions, like How the hell did a movie this bad ever get made? Where did Tommy’s money come from? Who really is Tommy Wiseau? You’ll be humored, entertained, and inspired by this real-life Hollywood story.
Moonlight over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Another “sweep-you-off-your-feet” romance story in Sarah Morgan’s Manhattan with Love series, Moonlight over Manhattan follows the lives of Harriet Knight and Ethan Black in…yup you guessed it…Manhattan. Harriet is determined to conquer her shyness, promising herself she will do one scary thing a day throughout the month of December. When dog walker Harriet meets her newest client – the energetic spaniel Madi – she quickly finds her first addition to her “conquer shyness” list: dealing with arrogant doctor and dog owner Ethan Black. Ethan always needs to control the chaos in his life, which means he must find a solution for his crazy dog Madi. When he meets Harriet, Ethan decides to pay her and let her share is Manhattan apartment if she provides 24-hour care to his dog. However, a new chaos enters Ethan’s mind…figuring out how to control his intense feelings for Harriet. When Harriet’s dog-sitting duties are over… both Ethan and Harriet face their biggest challenge yet: telling each other how they really feel.
Happy reading & Happy December!