It really is the most magical time of year!
And, for me, one of the things I love most about December and the lazy days of Christmas break is having time to read to my heart’s content.
Here are some of the books I’m reading right now!
5 Books I’m Currently Reading
Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison
So many people have recommended this one as a favorite Christmas read this year and when it was included with my Kindle Unlimited membership, I was an easy sell. Plus, I’m a sucker for a story about fake relationships – that trope gets me every time!
The Measure by Nikki Erlick
I asked on Instagram for recommendations for this coming year’s book club (you can see all the recommendations here, if you’d like your to-read list to explode!) and so many people mentioned this book – which I hadn’t even heard of! – as one of their favorite books they’d read recently. Scribd had it available, so I’ve been listening to this story where everyone wakes up to find a box on their doorstep with a string that equates to how long you have left to live. Naturally, the world goes nuts about it.
Top Elf by
I’m reading this aloud to the girls for our December book and it’s been a goofball delight. I actually got this one on audio too (it’s narrated by Kirby Heyborne who I always love) and we’ve been switching off between the audio and my reading it aloud, which has been fun and different.
Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks
My sister-in-law (who is a children’s librarian) recommended this book and since I’ve been trying to read more graphic novels this year, it was a perfect fit! It’s clever and fun and super interesting and I’ll probably finish it in the next day or two!
Whisked Away at Christmas by Mahi Cheshire
I’m taking advantage of the Christmas romances included in Audible Plus while I wrap presents or do some baking and several people mentioned to me how much they liked this one that’s holiday magic + Great British Baking Show. So far, it’s charming (although I’m only a few chapters in).
And here’s what my team is reading right now!
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I’ve had this book on my TBR list for over a year now, but never felt in the mood to pick it up. One night when I had been home with my kids all week by myself, I hired a babysitter, went to Chipotle, downloaded the audiobook and listened while I worked and ate. I was immediately engrossed. I’ve always been a fan of the Obamas, even without a huge knowledge of their background – however, Becoming has increased my fandom by ten fold. Filled with interesting stories about her upbringing, life after high school, meeting Barack and getting into politics – it’s just so so good and feels relatable even though our life paths have been very different. She also narrates the audiobook, which always adds an extra personal touch that I love.
Good Inside by Dr. Becky Kennedy
There is nothing like toddlerhood to make you question every parenting decision you make. While I am only through the first part – which is about your role as a parent (holding firm boundaries with the mindset that we are all innately good inside, just having a hard time), I have noticed a more positive family dynamic. I think part II will be where this book stands out. It is all about building connections and addressing behaviors which gives actionable strategies for specific behaviors like sibling rivalry, whining, perfectionism, tantrums, and not listening, to name a few. I am excited to get further into it so I can add some of these strategies to my parenting arsenal.
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
My Goodreads reading goal for this year is to read 100 books. Currently I am at 86, so it’s going to be really close to see if I reach my finish line or not! I asked for some recommendations from friends and this one was suggested multiple times. It is very intriguing so far. Each chapter alternates between three, seemingly unconnected characters. One of the narrators is an octopus- a remarkably bright creature- at an aquarium! This is definitely the only book I have ever read that is narrated by an octopus. I’m very interested to see how all the characters connect in the end.