The Siberian American: Six Books I Read in October and November

Monday, December 11, 2017

Six Books I Read in October and November

Hi, friends! I’ve been in the mood to write for weeks, but after an extended hospital stay, Christopher’s crazy schedule (more on that soon), and adjusting to being a first-time Mama, I have barely opened my computer. I’ll be back soon with some updates on seven-week-old (!!) Anthony, but today I wanted to share some of my recent reads. Like with writing, I didn’t read much during the first month of Anthony’s life, but I’ve gotten into the habit of reading while I’m feeding him, so hopefully I’ll have more to share next month! I mostly wanted to read cute, fluffy Christmas reads, so I have a few of those. I’m finally reading my first thriller in a long time this week and am excited to share about it soon!


Summer at the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard
(c/o NetGalley)
When I started reading this book, I didn't realize it was the third book in a trilogy. That's my fault, though, and it didn't change the book for me. I was a little discouraged about the lack of conflict until close to the end of the book-I feel like it could have been introduced earlier. That said, it was still a cute read, and I really liked the setting!


Castle of Dreams by Elise McCune
(c/o NetGalley)
I enjoyed this book, even though it was a little slow at times and definitely a bit predictable. I liked all the characters, especially the ones in the present story. It's not the best World War II historical fiction I've ever read, but I liked that it was a little different, as it was based in Australia.


Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances by Sue Watson
(c/o NetGalley)
This was a sweet Christmas story about misperceptions and second chances. It did feel a little redundant at times, but overall was a good read.


The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase
(c/o NetGalley)
I enjoyed Eve Chase's Black Rabbit Hall, so I was excited to read The Wildling Sisters. It started off really interesting, but the middle really dragged for me. The ending was really good, though, and I enjoyed the book overall. Black Rabbit Hall was better, but I would definitely read another Eve Chase book.


Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel by Samantha Silva
(c/o NetGalley)
This story is a fictionalized account of Charles Dickens and his state of mind while writing A Christmas Carol. For such a short book, it did drag a few times, but overall, I enjoyed it. It's a nice book to read during the holiday season!


We'll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale
(c/o NetGalley)
I was in the mood for a fluffy Christmas story, and that's what I got. You know what you're getting when you read stories like this-as an editor, I get frustrated with some of the sentence structure, but it was a sweet read for the holiday season.


Favorite reads in October & November: The Wildling Sisters and Mr. Dickens and His Carol

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17 comments:

  1. Nice round-up of books! Hope all is well for you guys and your December 2018 is a calm and healthy one!! I can't wait to hear more about that baby boy!!

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  2. You read more books with a newborn than I read in a normal month! :-)
    I think Mr Dickens looks like a fun book for the holidays. I don't read many Christmas-y books but I did try Pride & Prejudice & Mistletoe this month (modern day P&P retelling at Christmastime, obviously) - Not my favorite retelling though.
    I've definitely made the mistake of picking up a book that later in a series without realizing it. Then I never can decided if I should go back and catch up or just keep on.

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  3. I totally feel you about not feeling like you have time to read but I’m glad that you have a little more time now! All of those Christmas books sound so cute and probably just what a new mommy needs right now! And I can’t believe that your baby is already 7 weeks old! He’s so precious!

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  4. So glad you guys are doing well- I can't wait to hear an update about how everything is going with the new baby. It looks like you read some great cozy Christmas stories-- you always have the best netgalley finds!

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  5. That's great you are finding more time to read! I'm curious about Mr. Dickens and His Carol; I've read another positive review for that.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  6. I'd consider The Wilding Sisters.

    If I haven't said, congratulations on the baby!

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  7. I think I will add We'll Always Have Christmas! I love fluffy Christmas reads, so fluffy! I hate when I pick up a book in a series and not realize it until after I get in to it. Happens a lot on Netgalley for me haha.

    Congrats on the baby!!! I am so behind on blogging things that I must have missed his arrival!

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  8. I’m going to have to see if my library has some of these books. Also, your blog design is so cute!

    Visiting from the linkup! http://www.ashley-ziegler.com/show-us-books-dec-17/

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  9. Congrats on the baby! I promise things settle down and you'll have more time to read and blog and all the things.

    I tend to not read Christmas books. They're not for me.

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  10. Congratulations on the baby!! Babies are the best, and they do take all the time and attention, so give it to them now, my baby is turning 9 soon and reading his own books!

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  11. Hope you all are doing well! I'll have to check out Eve Chase's books.

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  12. Congratulations on the baby! I've been wanting to read a Christmas book to help put me in the holiday spirit and will have to see if my library has any of these books available.

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  13. I have a Christmas book waiting on my Kindle...I try to read at least one every year.

    Congratulations on the baby!

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  14. Congratulations on the birth of your son! I can't believe how much you read with a newborn! I usually read a lot of light, Christmas-themed reads but only got one recently read. It will be in my December books read post.

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  15. I'm hoping to get to Mr. Dickens and his Carol before Christmas. I agree with your thoughts on We'll Always Have Christmas - it was a good seasonal, easy, read. Hope things with baby Anthony are going well!!!

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  16. i can't believe your little guy is 7 weeks already! time flies. also, love that you're getting time to read. people make it sound impossible when you have a new baby but good to know about reading while feeding. multi tasking ;)
    The Wildling Sisters sounds interesting. love a good christmas read too :)

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  17. Hope you all are doing oK! :) :) Glad you are still getting some time to read though. The Christmas reads sound great!! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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