Linking up with Steph and Jana. I read a few books that I really enjoyed this month, one was a debut from an author that I highly recommend. My goal at the beginning of the year was to read 52 books, average one a week. I don’t think I did that many in 2019. This year had other plans for us all, didn’t it. I am at 67 books for the year! I hope to get all my favorites together for the second book link up later this month. I feel like I rated more books 4 and 5 stars this year than in the past. I am not sure if it was the head space I was in, or they were really that good? What was your reading like this year? Did you find yourself getting lost in a book more or less?

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Flatshare

This is my first from this author. I actually have The Switch on audiobook in my possession as well. I thought this was a cute book, but I have to be honest and say I wasn’t real sure about the writing style for the Leon parts. I got used to it, but it was hard in the beginning. I really loved Tiffy, Leon, Rachel and Richie. The premise of the book, building a relationship through post it notes reminds me of the early days between Chris and I, as we met online and communicated at first through email and then text before phone calls and finally meeting in person.

There is some baggage to unpack with Tiffy and her ex boyfriend. Man, was he a douche. This could be triggering for some people. I think it was done very well and convincible. Overall, a lovely book that I enjoyed and had a hard time putting down.

Bottom Line: Read it!

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People

So I have an unpopular opinion in that I didn’t LOVE everything about Beartown and Ove. I liked both books overall and though the writing was beautiful, they took awhile for me to get in to. I felt that Beartown just went on forever and ever and I got really bored in parts, not caring to pick it up.

Now, with all that said…I like Anxious People a lot more! I finished in just a few sittings. All the characters in the book worked their way into my heart quickly, even if they didn’t seem likable in the beginning. I sort of figured out what happened, but there was a slight twist to it for me. Also, the way that Fredrik worked and weaved some of these characters together was very well thought out. The book was filled with grief, depression, anxiety, love, loss, parenthood, life choices. It has it all. What I loved most, was that this book was heartbreaking in some ways, but made me laugh and left me feeling warm in the end.

Bottom Line: I probably wouldn’t have picked this book up if it wasn’t for book club given my history with his previous books. But I was left feeling warm and loved the way the story tied together in the end. I think there were 7 of us on the book club meeting, and I am the only one who liked the book. But most people whose recommendations I take (Kristen…Heather…looking at you) loved it. His writing is definitely not for everyone.

Shipped by Angie Hockman


This book is marketed as The Unhoneymooners  meets The Hating Game, and I have to say that is very true. The Galápagos Islands sounds like a dream. I admittedly didn’t know much about the area and looked it up while I was reading so I could really transport myself there. I love both characters in this book, the banter between them and their competitiveness kept it really fun and entertaining. Their chemistry was nice, even though it was a closed door romance. I smiled the entire way through, and this might be one of my favorite romcoms of the year!

Bottom Line: Highly recommend. I cant believe this is a debut book from this author, I cant wait to read her next one!

**I received a copy of Shopped from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age

After Shipped, I had a hard time getting into anything because I was sad it was over. I started to read this book and just sort of lost my mojo. Then a day before it was due back to the library, I picked it up and really got into it! There is a lot to unpack with this book. There are many heavy topics, yet the whole book felt light to me? I really liked Emira and some of the other characters in the book. There was a good pace all the way through, and I liked the ending. It wasn’t rushed or cheesy, which was appreciated.

Bottom Line: Read it.

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

The Happy Ever After Playlist

I didn’t realize this was the second book in the series to The Friend Zone until I added that I was reading it into Goodreads. Kristen from that book is best friends with our leading lady, Sloan in this book. I want to go back and read the first one because I loved this one SO much and people I know said they liked Friend Zone even better. How?? I guess I will find out.

Anyways, about this book. I loved Sloan and Jason, Tucker and really loved Jason’s family. Sloan is dealing with the grief of losing her fiance in a tragic accident and having a hard time moving on, Jason has the drama of being famous. It was instant love, which sometimes can go either way for me. I liked it in this book. I thought there were some really beautiful moments throughout the book. And the mental state that Sloan was in at the beginning felt realistic to me. I had a really hard time putting it down.

Bottom Line: So cute, read it!!!

The Montessori Toddler: A Parent’s Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being by Simone Davies

The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being

I requested this book back in March when Zoe’s school first shut down, and I just now got it. Ridiculous, right?! Obviously, we are still staying home with Zoe and I am desperate for a refresh on our lessons throughout the week. I will admit, I was slightly disappointed that this book is geared for ages 1-3. Most of the stuff in this book is too young for my daughter who is 4. However, there are some key principles I have taken away in the way I deal with problems that arise. There are also a few activities and ideas that can still apply.

I definitely think this would have been a great book to read about 2 years ago for me. I definitely recommend it for other parents just starting out. You don’t have to have the Montessori mindset to read this book. It really helps you relate to your toddler. Any parent can utilize a lot of these techniques.

Bottom Line: This would be the perfect book for parents of young children, newborn to 3.

Cupcakes for Christmas by Kate Hewitt

Cupcakes for Christmas (Return to Willoughby Close, #1)

I love reading Christmas books this time of year, obviously. This book had some really cute elements to it, I loved the bakery setting and the fact that it had older characters that are closer to my age than most of the love story books I read. However, I felt this book lacked character development. There were zero romance sparks for me between Olivia and Simon. There are some deeper topics in this book dealing with Olivia’s mom’s dementia and Simon had a tragedy in his family. So this isn’t a fluffy book by any means, but it wasn’t deep either, given the topic. I enjoyed the story and the setting while I was reading it, but honestly, it is quite forgettable.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a Christmas book to pass the time, this one is fine. I enjoyed the descriptions and the setting of the book. This just wasn’t anything special, and rather forgettable. Just a book to pass the time.

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  • Reply Lindsay Latimer December 8, 2020 at 8:42 am

    I did like parts of Anxious People but it was overall too chaotic for my state of mind right now, LOL. Adding several of these to my list! Also I enjoyed One to Watch!

  • Reply laura December 8, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Okay, you got so much read this month! I think I need to give Such a Fun Age another shot – maybe it just wasn’t the right timing for me. But I am definitely going to give Flatshare and Shipped a try. I’m sad that you and I were in the minority on Anxious People – I loved it too!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag December 8, 2020 at 9:11 am

    I haven’t read anything by Backman, but I am curious about Anxious People. I also really want to read Such a Fun Age.


  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent December 8, 2020 at 11:02 am

    I love all of Frederick’s books so I cant wait to read Anxious People.
    I cant wait to hear what you think of One To Watch 🙂

  • Reply Heather December 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Yay I also loved Anxious People and I definitely liked The Friend Zone better than Happy Ever After Playlist but I did like both. I agree about Leon’s POV in The Flatshare – I kinda forgot about that til I saw you bring it up. Anyway, totally agree that Backman isn’t for everyone but his writing gets me!!!

  • Reply Becki December 8, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Happy Ever After was so good 🙂 Cupcakes for Christmas and Shipped sound fun too. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your holidays!

  • Reply Missy @MySh*ttyKitchen December 8, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    I can’t get into Backman’s writing. The premise of that book sounds so good though! Shipped is going on my list, such a fun age has been on it. Good for you for reading so much, I have been so bad with mine!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says December 8, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Such a Fun Age is definitely one of my favorites of the year

    • Reply Morgan December 9, 2020 at 8:34 pm

      I agree! It will be featured in my reading year in review post along with Friends and Strangers

  • Reply Julie December 8, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Such a fun age was a good read!

  • Reply SMD December 9, 2020 at 8:32 am

    I’m glad your reading bloomed this year! I don’t know that I’ve rated more books four or five, but I do know I have appreciated the hell out of the ones that kept my attention and they largely got four or fives even if the content or writing or whatever else I typically judge on was not 4-5 material LOL

  • Reply Kate December 9, 2020 at 11:58 am

    You’re killin’ it girlie! Totally intrigued by Shipped, and now I want to teleport to the Galapagos!

  • Reply Danielle December 9, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Dang. You read a lot of books recently. I need to get back into it again. I will be adding some of these to my list! Thank you!

  • Reply Kristin December 12, 2020 at 7:55 am

    The Flatshare wasn’t for me. When you can normally tell what the end is going to be, I’m not invested in the story.
    I loved Such a Fun Age.
    I am ALMOST done with Anxious People. I swear I’ve been reading it for two months now, between two different library loans. I don’t love it but there’s a lot in it that I do love, if that makes sense.

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