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Whatcha Reading? December 2021, Part Two

Christmas wooden mansion in mountains on snowfall winter day. Cozy chalet on ski resort near pine forest. Cottage of round timber with wooden balcony. Fir-trees covered with snow. Chimneys of stone.

It’s our last Whatcha Reading of 2021! And it falls on Christmas this year.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

Next week will be our Best Of posts and we’ll cap it with our end of the year podcast episode. Thank you all for keeping us company this year and being a kickass community.

See you in 2022!

Sneezy: In preparation for the holidays, I’m listening to the audiobook of The Narcissist in Your Life. ( A | BN | K ) While the book starts off with listing the official symptoms of narcissism, it quickly moves into examining the more complex realities of narcissism. I like that it makes the distinction that people with narcissistic personality disorder are not monsters, but their behaviours can be monstrous. I’m not comfortable with the book generally narcissists with neurotypicals, especially since I’m neurodivergent. I’m only in the beginning though, so maybe this gets addressed later on in the book.

Elyse: I just started Someone Perfect by Mary Balogh ( A | BN | K ) but my attention span is shot and it’s a very slow start to the book. I may need to return later

Sarah: I am re-reading the Call of Crows series. Because I love it. And also because a person on Twitter shared a shirt with me that I cannot wait to wear. I think it was a sign to reread the series.

Shana: That shirt was made for you, Sarah.

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Shana: I am currently reading a huge stack of lesfic Christmas romances because I’m still bitter about the lack of f/f romcoms. My favorite so far is Humbug by Amanda Radley, ( A | BN ) because I’m enjoying the chipper heroine’s manically insistent Christmas cheer. It’s a workplace romance with some ice queen vibes.

Tara: I’m reading lesfic Christmas romances too! My faves are Rebel Without a Claus by Bryce Oakley and Cuffing Season by Monica McCallan. ( A ) Both are very cute and I definitely recommend.

Maya: I went to the soft opening of a new Black woman-owned bookstore in Inglewood called the Salt Eaters Bookshop and bought Niobe: She is Life by Sebastian A. Jones and Amandla Stenberg with illustrations by Ashley A. Woods ( A | BN ) mostly because the cover artwork was AMAZING. I just started reading it and continue to be obsessed with the illustrations!!

EllenM: I’m having trouble focusing on a single book right now, so I’m kind of nibbling at 4 or 5 at once. I finally started Satisfaction Guaranteed, and I’m really liking it even though I’m not 100% sure I’m in the mood for contemporary right now?

I’m also about halfway through The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme (YA fantasy romance) ( A | BN | K ) and I’m trying to decide whether to DNF or not because while I love the atmosphere and the setting/worldbuilding, the plot is slowwwwwww and so far the central romance is giving me basically nothing. Haha, I think I may have just convinced myself to quit it.

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