The Reading List—December 2021

Whenever we reach December of the year, I look back and wonder how quickly the time flew by.  But at the beginning of the year, I always think how much time I have this year to do all the things I want and how long it’ll take for the year to go by.

Rather than think too much about the past, let’s all enjoy the month, finish up our classes, spend the holidays with our loved ones, and pick up a good book and read it with our favorite drink!

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

A story we can all relate during the Christmas holidays: shopping! An adorable and happily written story about Becky’s adventures with shopping for her own things and those around her during the holiday season.  With Christmas just around the corner, unprecedented events occur, and Becky struggles to manage everything to ensure a happy holiday.  At the end, will she be able to do what it takes to deliver a comfortable and happy holiday? Recommended for those looking for a Christmas story to read!

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

2020 Governor General Literary Award Winner, this book tells a story from five former residential school students and the challenges they encountered.  The challenges of surviving through the 1960s in the world of American Indian movement and the unprecedented strengths that came with becoming a mother.  Other stories including the power of friendship and the importance of it during times of struggles.  A must read for everyone!

Happiness by Aminatta Forna

When I was on my search for the next book to read, I came across this book and knew I had to give it a try.  The story is about two lives that cross with one individual being a psychologist who helps those who survived war live through their trauma and the other individual who is a naturalist.  The author of this book examines how all our lives are interconnected with all other living creatures and what happiness really is.  Recommended to everyone!

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Are you looking for a romantic novel to read this month?  Look no further, this is the one! I picked up this book because the title felt so present and relatable.  The story is about two individuals, a number of chance occurrences, and a memorable love story.

Do you believe in love at first sight? I absolutely do not.  I personally always thought love at first sight only lasts for so long because the reality sinks in.  The character in this story, Laurie also doesn’t think love at first sight exists except in movies, until she felt it herself.  But then reality stepped in.  The story follows Laurie, Sarah, and Jack through their decades of friendship, heartbreak, and many more stories.

The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook: Simple Recipes to Make Healthy Eating Delicious by Toby Amidor

For those wondering why this is a recommended book for December, it’s because I’m gearing up for January.  With the holidays coming, we’ll all be eating lots of delicious food and sweets.  With January coming, this book will come in handy as we plan for our new goals for the new year or begin healthy eating again.  This book is filled with lots of easy and quick to cook meals for everyone (especially if you have a busy day).

Happy Holidays!