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December's Anticipated Reads!
I always have big reading plans for the holiday season. What’s better than sitting by the fireplace with the holiday lights shining and a good book in your hand? In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better than that. Okay, maybe wrap me up in a cozy blanket and hand me a festive beverage to sip on while I’m reading…now that’s perfection! Whether it’s books with a holiday theme to get you in the spirit or books that you’ve just been wanting to read all year, may you find cheer in whatever novel you choose this holiday season! Here are a few books that are releasing in December that have caught my eye.
- December 1 – Into the Sound – By Cara Reinard - Thriller!
During a superstorm, Holly Boswell receives a panicked call from her sister, Vivian: Come get me…There’s somebody coming. But when Holly arrives at a Long Island marina, there’s only her sister’s abandoned car. Vivian is gone...
- December 1 – Bed Stuy: A Love Story – By Jerry McGill
Rashid is a young Black man from Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, with a complicated life. Looking for an escape from a neighborhood few ever leave, he finds it in Rachel—married, twenty years his senior, and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor...
- December 7 – These Thorn Kisses (St. Mary’s Rebels #3) – By Saffron A. Kent - This book is just screaming forbidden romance! This is a standalone.
- December 9 – Western Waves – By Brittainy Cherry - This sounds intriguing.
They called him the grave digger—the man who dug up the darkest secrets of a person's past...
- December 14 – Homecoming King (Three Kings #1) – By Penny Reid
...Abby is convinced no one on earth could ever entice her into a romantic relationship . . . except that one guy she’s loved since preschool.
The guy who just walked into her bar.
The guy who doesn’t recognize her.
The guy who is drunk and needs a ride home.
The guy who has a proposition she should definitely refuse.
- December 14 – My Summer in Seoul – By Rachel Van Dyken - A K-pop romance!
- December 28 – Insta-Family – By Linda Kage - When the brother of your baby's father is determined to be a doting uncle, well, it can be pretty hard to resist.
- December 28 – My Darling Husband – By Kimberly Belle – A thriller about a married couple is like catnip to me! A masked home invader reveals the crack in a marriage.
Always, in December
By Emily Stone
Week of Nov. 29/21
A Winter Haunting
By Dan Simmons
Week of Nov. 29/21
From time to time I love to pick a book to get me into the holiday season. Of course, it cannot be your typical holly jolly Christmas story. I want something a little more twisted. Krampus seemed like just the thing for me.
The myth behind Krampus pairs well with Christmas horror. Brom has taken the myth and made it his own.
December's Anticipated Reads!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is on its way, and you know what that means: more time for reading (at least in theory)! There are a few books that I have on my radar to make the season a little bit scarier, I mean merrier. I always like to find my last great read of the year so that I can start the new year on a roll.
- December 6 – If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of the Dark Deep
There is something compelling but yet terrifying about the sea. I think it has something to do with the unknown, what you can’t see scares the crap out of you. This collection of stories could be just the thing on some dark and stormy nights or perhaps a vacation beach read, whatever floats your boat. The authors are all new to me, but I can’t think of a better way to get a feel for what books I should go for next.
- December 7 – Dark Across the Bay – By Ania Ahlborn
I’ve always had good luck with Ania Ahlborn's books, and I keep wanting to read more of her works. There is nothing quite as creepy as a vacation in Maine: surrounded by thick forest on one side and frigid waves crashing on the rocks on the other, all the while the locals speaking like that creepy old dude from Pet Sematary (the 1983 version) “Sometimes, dead is better.” Yeah, Ania Ahlborn will really give me the creeps with this one.
- December 7 – Absynthe – By Brendan P. Bellecourt
Every time I read this title I say to myself: Absynthe makes the heart grow fonder. That cover! They have really done a great job of making sure that this book has my attention. This looks like a fantastic mix of roaring '20s gangsters, noir, and some science fiction to add a little je ne sais quoi. This could be a great compliment for all of the lights and flashy colors of the holidays.
- December 9 – The Shadow People – By Graham Masterton
A new release from Graham Masterton. Have you read this guy’s bio? What hasn’t he done? With The Shadow People we’ve got: a ritualistic cult (check), along with Neolithic cannibals (check and check), need I say more? I don’t need to. This could be the perfect time to get my feet wet with Graham Masterton.
- December 25 – The Toast of Time – By Jodi Taylor
I don’t know if you’ve read or listened to any of Jodi Taylor’s Christmas shorts, they are a lot of fun.
It's that most wonderful time of the year once more. But Max and Markham are a long way from St Mary's. What sort of Christmas will it be without their loved ones?
Settle down with a mince pie and a small sherry and prepare for an unlikely combination of Flying Auctions, Fabergé eggs, duped Time Police officers, the Parish Council, a TWOCed Bentley (no, not that one), legendary swords and a belligerent ram.
Will it be Peace and Goodwill to all men? Well, we all know the answer to that...
- December 31 - Square3 – By Mira Grant
There are a handful of authors whose books I’ve been waiting patiently (mostly) for. Mira Grant is one of these authors. What is this book about? It doesn’t really matter. I want to read this book!
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