December Book Review

Finally! I get to share my latest books that have been added to the “Read” part of my bookshelf. I’m excited to share these books that I enjoyed for the most part, but love them all for their own reasons. Go take a peak & maybe keep paper alive?

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December Book Selections

Book #1: Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

I actually wasn’t expecting this book to come out swinging the way it did, but it definitely hit me in the face when I realized that part of the book took place on Long Island (hey, that’s where I’m from!). It’s about a girl stuck on a guy who is literally the worst. If you’ve ever wanted to get a peak into a toxic relationship, this book will do it for you. Although it’s a heart-aching read, I definitely enjoyed reading Lovering’s version of what toxic relationships look like.

Book #2: A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

I was obsessed with Shari Lapena’s A Couple Next Door so I was oh so excited to learn she had two other books. This book was just like I remembered her first, a thriller that makes you question your entirety. Although one of the main characters was a bit of a drag and selfish (dammit Tom!) it was fun to try and figure out the mystery of who the heck is Karen, Tom’s wife.

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Book #3: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Like I said, I loved A Couple Next Door — so I had to purchase both of her other books and read them ASAP. This was probably my least favorite of Lapena’s works, but did still satisfy my need for mystery & thrill. Instead of being about just one couple, it was about several couples and you get to follow along in each person’s POV. I think this is possibly the reason why it’s my least favorite, because I wasn’t able to read it all in one sitting so I kept forgetting each character’s story line. If you’re a mystery lover definitely check out all of Shari Lapena’s novels.

Book #4: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

This is a last minute add to the post, but one of my favorites of all time! It’s an interesting interpretation of what could happen when you die, and for sure a beautiful story. I loved every second of it and am excited to start reading its sequel, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven.

Quotes I highlighted:

“Had he known his death was imminent, he might have gone somewhere else. Instead, he did what we all do. He went about his dull routine as if all the days in the world were still to come.”

“It is because the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed.”

“The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.”

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”

“Things that happen before you are born still affect you…”

“We move through places every day that would never have been if not for those who came before us.”

If you like reading books just as much as I do, let’s connect over on GoodReads! Before you go, let me know in the comments if you’ve read either of these books and if you liked them as much as I did! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

❤ M

Take a peak at Book of the Month Club’s January Selections!

  1. Kristin says:

    A stranger in the house and the five people you meet in heaven are on my to read list!! And I may have just bumped them up a few notches! Also followed on goodreads! Xo-K.

    • They were sooo good!! I really loved the Five People You Meet in Heaven, it’s definitely one of my favorites of all time. Let me know what you think of them when you get around to reading them! ❤ Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

  2. I also read the Five People You Meet in Heaven. Have you seen the movie too?

  3. These are all great suggestions. I really want to try to read more this year.

  4. These books seem like they will be so up my street. Definitely going to purchase one of your recommendations.

  5. I have heard such great things about Five People You Meet in Heaven. One of my goals for 2019 is to fit in more time to read because my TBR list is overflowing! Thank you.

    • I totally know what you mean! I have sooo many books on my bookshelf that are waiting to be read. Not enough time in the day!! I definitely recommend reading the Five People You Meet in Heaven, though. It’s a beautiful book & the sequel is just as good!

  6. I LOVE mystery/thriller books, I will have to read the ones you’ve listed. I love reading, and I need to do it more often, and make time for it. It’s a great way to escape especially with having four young boys!

  7. Luci Cook says:

    They all look like interesting books. I will have to check out the ones by Shari Lapena, I’ve been wanting to read new books.

  8. OMG, no joke…I have “The Five People you Meet in Heaven” on my book shelf for so long and have never gotten the chance to read it. Because of your blog post, I’m going to start reading it tonight!

    • That’s too funny! I also had it on my shelf foreverrrr and finally sat down and read it because I received the sequel for Christmas. Both of them were amazing!! Let me know if you liked it!

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