There’s only one more day of 2019! One more day of this decade! Can you believe it?! It’s exciting to think about what this new decade will bring us – hopefully lots of good things!

In 2010 I was in college and not reading a whole lot for fun. With all the reading I had to do for school, adding a few “for fun” books didn’t sound like so much fun… But then I graduated in 2013 and suddenly I had lots of free reading time. And even though I went back to school for my Master’s degree from 2015-2018 I was still able to keep up my reading and even start my bookstagram account (!!!). Over the past several years, I’ve read some AMAZING books and I am so excited to continue reading and sharing my bookish experiences with you all in the years to come. 2020 is going to be a great year!!

But before the ball drops and 2020 begins, I want to share the last four books I’ve read with you. I had ambitions to read more than four books, but alas, holiday events and my engagement (Eeee!) got in the way – not that I’m mad about that at all. 😃

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has never hosted Christmas before, so when her mother suggests, or rather informs, her that she will be hosting the holiday this year Becky immediately panics. That is, until she realizes that hosting Christmas involves quite a bit of shopping – and who doesn’t just love Christmas shopping??

This was my first Shopaholic and Sophie Kinsella book and I absolutely loved it! Becky is quirky and fun, even when she’s managed to wedge herself partway out of a pet shop roof while wearing a Santa outfit or crafting a vegan turkey out of doughnuts. This is a wonderfully fun holiday read!

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Vivian Forest can barely remember the last time she went on vacation. It’s not that she doesn’t want to travel, she just never has the time. But when her daughter lands a gig dressing a member of the royal family for the holidays and invites her along, Vivian cannot refuse! There she unexpectedly meets the man of her dreams and a whirlwind holiday romance ensues.

This was a super sweet little love story. Vivian and Malcolm are such a cute couple and the idea of spending the holidays in England, with the Queen, is so romantic!

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

When Hal receives a letter informing her that she has inherited a significant portion of her late grandmother’s estate, she couldn’t be more confused. For one, the only grandmother she ever knew died years ago and had no money to speak of. Still, the letter could not have come at a better time because Hal needs money. Fast. What she doesn’t know is that she’s about to become embroiled with a family as cold and sharp as their decaying estate home.

I thought the actual mystery part of this book took a while to come together in this book, but once it did boy was it good! I don’t want to say too much and ruin the suspense, but it might be prudent to have a pencil and paper handy to sketch out the Westaway family tree as you read along.

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Shortly after her 18th birthday, Alexandrina Victoria became the Queen of England. Having lived a very sheltered life, Victoria (as she chose to be called) was largely unprepared to rule one of the world’s largest empires. Not wanting to become anyone’s puppet, Victoria forges a deep and personal bond with her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who she relies on for help in the early years of her reign.

This was a great historical fiction novel about Victoria’s early years on the throne. Goodwin’s writing made the characters come to life in such a vivid and sympathetic way – I really felt like I knew Victoria by the end of the book.

Have you read any of these books? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy reading! 

2 Comments

  1. Hi and thanks for the recommendations – I would like to read Victoria. I read An American Heiress by Goodwin and thought it was very good. I’d also like to read The Death of Mrs. Westaway – I really liked The Woman in Cabin 10! Hope you have a Happy New Year!

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