With Christmas just a few days away, it’s time for me to close my 2016 Reading List and share with you my final total for the year.
Of course, I already reached my annual target back in October when I read my 40th book of the year. By the end of November I had read 47 books, which put the 50 book mark within reach. But did I manage to reach it…?
Yes, I read three books during December, finishing off this year’s reading challenge with my 50th book. I’m really pleased with that, because 3 years ago I set a 52 book target and failed miserably to get anywhere near it. Since then, I’ve stuck to a more modest 40 book target and hit it both times. I’m wondering whether I should set a higher target for 2017!
So let’s take a look at the three books I read this month:
A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn
I received an e-copy of ‘A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas’ for review, but the opinions below are my own and unbiased.
Lucie Quigley hates Christmas, because all of the worst things in her life happened at that time of year. But this year will be different because she’s heading to New York for a wedding. She’s taking Dale along, who is her best and oldest friend. They’ve been ‘just good friends’ for ever, and always will be. Won’t they…?
I absolutely loved this book, it’s a perfect festive romantic comedy. You can read my full review here.
While My Back Was Turned by RM Blackwell
A complete change of pace for my second book of the month. It’s a thriller about Clayton Bentham, whose wife and daughter go missing while on a family day out. The police investigation soon points the finger of blame at Clayton himself, so he takes extreme measures to find his family and prove his innocence.
This is a tense book which has plenty of twists and turns on the way to a gripping ending. You can read my full review here.
Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson
And I rounded off my year of reading with this gorgeous Christmassy novel. It’s a sequel to Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe which I read on my summer holiday.
The book is told from the perspective of Becca, who is the sister of the main character in Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe. Becca is a bit spikier than her sister Laura, a bit of an introvert, and has plenty of emotional baggage. Debbie Johnson describes her in the prologue as not quite as lovable as Laura, but she’s a wonderful character.
Becca travels to Dorset to spend Christmas with her sister, and of course, it’s not long before the Comfort Food cafe weaves its magic. This book is a fabulous pre-Christmas treat, and a fantastic way to finish the year.