Sunday, December 19, 2021

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | December 19

It's Christmas week! Are you ready?

I'm not! I still have last minute shopping to do. This has been the worst year for getting behind on things, but I'll get it done.

I'm off of work after tomorrow. I hope to get in some reading this week, but honestly, I'm ready for some board games and Christmas movies!

Finished Reading


The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari The Ash House by Angharad Walker

The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox [DNF] - After I read In a Holidaze last year, I decided I'd pick up a Christmas book each year in December. My pick for this year was The Holiday Swap. Unfortunately it wasn't for me, and I dnf'ed at 51%. Please feel free to share your holiday favorites! I may try a cozy mystery next year.

The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari [] - I really liked the In-Between. It took a while to pull me in, but I wound up loving it. I'll have a full review out later this week.

The Ash House by Angharad Walker [] - I didn't like this one. I'm going to put up a full review of this one as well, but it was confusing and not a fun book to read.


Currently Reading


Cackle by Rachel Harrison Ghost in the Headlights by Lindsey Duga

Cackle by Rachel Harrison - I'm really enjoying this one even though there are a lot of spiders in this book!

Ghost in the Headlights by Lindsey Duga - I'm only a few chapters in, but I enjoyed her The Haunting last year so I'm excited to be reading this one.


Added to the TBR


No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen - No Beauties or Monsters was released last week. It's been a while since I preordered it so I'm going to be going into this one pretty blind.




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Jennifer

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34 comments:

  1. You are so lucky to have the holiday off. Hope you have an amazing holiday! I liked Holiday Swap. Very Hallmarkie, very me. Sorry it didn't work for you. Do you like Mary Kay Andrews? The Santa Suit was great.

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    1. Thank you!! I will put The Santa Suit on my list for next year. I have never read Mary Kay Andrews.

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  2. I'm sort of ready. :) Have last minute stuff to do too though. And your plans sound good. :)

    Hope you have a merry Christmas and a great week!

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    1. Good luck with your last minute stuff. I spent all day yesterday getting most of mine done. Merry Christmas!

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  3. Playing board games and watching movies sounds good to me! I'm so ready for a week off work. Good luck getting the rest of your stuff done for Christmas!

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  4. Bummer about The Holiday Swap. Better to DNF than waste your time on a book you're not enjoying. I LOVED The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan! 5 stars all the way!

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    1. I was probably too hard on The Holiday Swap, but I was glad to move on to something else. Thank you for the recommendation!! I will put that one on my list for next year.

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  5. I'm glad you have the holiday off and hope you can relax and enjoy it. I've done the presents (not wrapped yet) and nothing else. Have a very happy holiday!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I finally started wrapping presents last night. I didn't get very far because my dogs weren't having it - but it's a start! Happy holidays, Anne!

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  6. I'm sorry The Holiday Swap didn't work for you. I haven't read that one. I hope your next read is a better one. Merry Christmas! I hope you have a great week!

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  7. So sorry that The Holiday Swap didn't work for you. I've been a huge cozy fan lately and do love a Christmas cozy. I just finished Twelve Slays of Christmas which takes place in a Christmas tree farm and was really fun. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Yes! That sounds absolutely perfect. I will add it to my list for next year. Thank you!

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  8. Board games and Christmas movies sounds pretty perfect about now. Hope you find time for that this week!

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  9. Enjoy your holiday activities (and finishing your shopping). I'm curious about Cackle since I've read a number of other books by the author. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  10. So many tempting books! Enjoy, and have a great holiday season. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  11. Sorry to hear the Holiday Swap was not for you. I had several books like that last week. https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2021/12/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-11.html

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    1. Ugh, sorry you had several that were not for you. I hope this week is a better one!

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  12. I'm sorry you're behind on Christmas shopping, Jen—I think it's been a difficult year for staying on top of stuff, with so much stress in the world. And I'm sorry some of the books you read this week didn't click for you, but it's great that The In-Between was a better read! I hope you enjoy your holiday break and the books you're reading now—thanks so much for the wonderful post!

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    1. Thank you, that is very sweet of you! It has been tough to keep things normal and productive these past two years. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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  13. Some great books and board games sound like fun. Have a great Christmas.

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  14. I can't believe we're days before Christmas but at the same time I can't wait if you know what I mean! I hope you enjoy Cackle, that was a fun one!

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    1. My sense of time is so messed up this year. Cackle is delightful!

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  15. My daughter has Christmas off and she's very happy about that.

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    1. Yay - that is great. I hope you guys enjoy your Christmas together.

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  16. I hate to hear that The Holiday Swap was a dnf for you. I have been eagerly looking forward to that one.

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    1. Don't let it sway how quickly you pick it up. I'm pretty sure I had issues with it that didn't bother other people.

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