December Reading List!!

Happy December, everyone!!


I have to say, December is one of my most favorite months ever.  Christmas, hot chocolate, and tons of cozy reading in the recliner.  Does it get much better?


I have four books this month to share that I’m really excited to read…I hope they’re as good as they sound.


The Secret Keeper

I really love Kate Morton’s books, and hopefully this one is no exception.  The reviews are really good, and the plot sounds promising.

The book, according to Barnes and Noble:

Peering down at the party from her tree house perch, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson cannot imagine that her childhood will be effectively ended later that afternoon with a numbing crime that involves her mother. Fifty years later, now successful and secure, Laurel returns to the family countryside home to celebrate her mother’s ninetieth birthday. It is only then that old looming questions bubble to the surface and she learns about the relationship of two women and one man whose lives became inextricably tied together. A stirring novel by the author of The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton.



I spotted this book at Target and picked it up out of curiosity…the cover definitely grabbed my attention.  It definitely sounds like one of those books that will be hard to put down.

The book, according to Barnes and Noble:

When her mom calls to tell her that Tess, her younger sister, is missing, Bee returns home to London on the first flight. She expects to find Tess and give her the usual lecture, the bossy big sister scolding her flighty baby sister for taking off without letting anyone know her plans. Tess has always been a free spirit, an artist who takes risks, while conservative Bee couldn’t be more different. Bee is used to watching out for her wayward sibling and is fiercely protective of Tess (and has always been a little stern about her antics). But then Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand.

Bee is certain that Tess didn’t commit suicide. Their family and the police accept the sad reality, but Bee feels sure that Tess has been murdered.  Single-minded in her search for a killer, Bee moves into Tess’s apartment and throws herself headlong into her sister’s life—and all its secrets.

Though her family and the police see a grieving sister in denial, unwilling to accept the facts, Bee uncovers the affair Tess was having with a married man and the pregnancy that resulted, and her difficultly with a stalker who may have crossed the line when Tess refused his advances. Tess was also participating in an experimental medical trial that might have gone very wrong.  As a determined Bee gives her statement to the lead investigator, her story reveals a predator who got away with murder—and an obsession that may cost Bee her own life.

A thrilling story of fierce love between siblings, Sister is a suspenseful and accomplished debut with a stunning twist.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Shelly recommended this book to me, and I recently read it –  in a day and a half.  It’s so good and sad and thought provoking…I really enjoyed it a lot.  The movie sounds promising as well, and if it’s anything like the book at all I know I will love it.

The book, according to

What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novel from Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while’s he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He’s a wallflower–shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen’s story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school–how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs–but he must also deal with his best friend’s recent suicide. Charlie’s letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings:


I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why.

With the help of a teacher who recognizes his wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha and Patrick, Charlie mostly manages to avoid the depression he feels creeping up like kudzu. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realization about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie retreats from reality for awhile. But he makes it back in due time, ready to face his sophomore year and all that it may bring. Charlie, sincerely searching for that feeling of “being infinite,” is a kindred spirit to the generation that’s been slapped with the label X.


The Light Between Oceans

I’ve seen this book recommended in several magazines and after looking it up online…the reviews are amazing!!  I think out of all the books I chose for the month, this is the one I’m most anxious to read.

The book, according to Barnes and Noble:

The debut of a stunning new voice in fiction— a novel both heartbreaking and transcendent

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.


Are there any books you’ve been reading and loving lately?  Tell me about them!!


Happy reading!!

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    Erin F. says:

    I just finished “Still Missing” by Chevy Stevens about a week ago, and I miss the characters terribly!! It was soooo good!!! I picked up another book by her at the library this morning, can’t wait to read it!

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    Dora says:

    OMG, I just read The Secret Keeper AND The Light Between Oceans. They’re both REALLY good. The Secret Keeper is Kate Morton’s usual awesome and she managed to surprise me at the end and that’s not easy to do. You’re going to love The Light Between Oceans, but be prepared to boo hoo! I’ll definitely be checking out the others on your list – thanks!

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    Jimi says:

    As always, I love your reading lists. I did read The Secret Keeper. I thought it was good but maybe not as good as her others. Can’t wait to add the other three to my list! Working on A Land More Kind Than Home right now, per your suggestion. :)

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    Melissa says:

    I am reading The Secret Keeper now. It is really good I found it a little hard in the beginning but now that I’m into it, I am stuck on it. I almost got the Light Between Oceans too, that’s next on my list.

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    Becky Wasniak says:

    I have all of these books on my “to read” list except for the Sisters one (because I’ve never heard of it). I LOVE Kate Morton!! Anxious to hear your take on them :) I am currently 100 pages into J.K. Rowling’s new book and I’m not sure what to think of it yet. Have you read that one?

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    Tracy says:

    I read Sister quite a while ago. It is an interesting plot, and has a twist at the end that I definitely didn’t see coming which is great because usually I can guess the ending to books about halfway through. I liked it a lot!

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    Aryn says:

    I enjoyed The Secret Keeper, but The House at Riverton is my favorite of hers. I just read Sarah’s Key (I’m late to the party) and can’t stop thinking about it. I think I recommended these before here, but if you haven’t read any of Sarah Jio’s 3 books you need to add them to your list. She’s like Kate Morton in that she mixes the past and present.

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    Jane says:

    oh my goodness, the perks of being a wallflower is one of my top 10 books of all time!! if you are looking for a january book, there is a new one coming out just after new years called “kind of kin.” I won an advanced copy from a website and it’s amazing!!

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    Lisa says:

    The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Carey. Truly awe inspiring. Chronicles the life of a developmentally challenged young woman who is institutionalized and escapes to save her newborn baby.

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    Marie M.C. says:

    I just finished reading “Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore”. LOVED IT! My favorite book of 2012. It’s about books and love of books and the “new media”. It’s got Google and a mystery . . . . and I’m terrible at describing books. Has anyone else read it? (It took me three hours to read it, so it’s a quick read but so worth it.)

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