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So… I got the most wonderful pre-Christmas gift this year: I woke up on the 24th with 39°C fever and a cough. Sigh. It seems like 2022 wanted me to both start and end with COVID… 2022, the year that just keeps giving. xD The fever is finally gone, but the cough isn’t and my brain still doesn’t want to cooperate fully, so please be patient while I try to catch up with all things blogging. I hope your Christmas weekend treated you better! ❤


I’m so behind with my December TBR that it isn’t funny… The COVID brain doesn’t really help either. xD I’m currently reading an ARC of The Resort by Sarah Goodwin because it’s due soon… I’ve enjoyed her work in the past so I have high hopes for it. I’m also starting Holiday Romance by Catherine Walsh for one last Christmas themed read before the season is over. I hoped to read more of those, but I’ve been reading a lot less than usual this month.


1. The Christmas Tree Cottage by Holly Martin (2/5 stars) REVIEW
Call me a Grinch, but this Christmas story and me REALLY didn’t get along. I’ve enjoyed this author before, so I fully expected to have a great time with The Christmas Tree Cottage…There was just something about the writing style and tone that really didn’t work for me this time around, although I can’t put my finger exactly on the why. It probably had a lot to do with the overdose of sexy scenes, weird names, cliches and drama though…

2. Once Upon A December by Amy E. Reichert (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW
I really liked the sound of this Christmas story with the Milwaukee Christmas market setting and the promise of a magical twist. I’m glad I added Once Upon A December to my Christmas TBR, because I ended up having a great time reading it despite a few niggles. I loved the idea behind the Julemarked, its many descriptions and the idea that it just keeps jumping to different locations around the globe to celebrate Christmas. This magical realism element gives the story such an unique touch, and it’s definitely the reason why it ended up being a success for me.

3. The Secret Society Of Salzburg by Renee Ryan (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 30/12
I’m always excited to discover a WWII historical fiction story with an unique angle, and I loved the sound of the Salzburg setting, the opera singer, the unlikely friendship and their secret society created to rescue Jews. I’m glad I decided to read this story, because I ended up having an excellent time with it! Switching between the two women and different points in time, we slowly see their relationship grow and evolve over time; the chapters set in the ‘present’ 1943 give the story that urgency and feeling of dread that only makes you want to turn those pages faster. The writing style itself is lovely as well, and I can highly recommend it to fans of the genre.


I’m not sure how many more titles I can squeeze in before the end of this year, but I hope to at least finish The Summer Party by Rebecca Heath. I’m excited for this one and the Australia setting is a bonus. I’m not sure what to read afterwards, but current contenders are Cold As Hell by Lilja Sigurdardottir and Random Sh*t Flying Through The Air by Jackson Ford. My TBR jar pick The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins will have to wait until 2023… Although that’s basically only days away haha.

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