A big wintery welcome to a new Spell the Month in Books post! Here is December!
This month is a bit different than last months. I wanted to make it a Holiday/Winter themed stack and that isn’t so easy, haha. To the point that I was thinking of just not doing one. But I have dug into my Goodreads and lists to find books I read and that are wintery/Christmas. Well, and one book I would like to read as I just couldn’t find any E’s any more. Again I have mixed authors and titles together to get DECEMBER. Really, the E is so hard, I am glad for a few months without one. XD This month also no stack of books to show as 5 of the books aren’t in my collection. Three are ebooks (2 read and 1 TBR), 1 is a library book, 1 was a book I loved but decided to sell as I just wasn’t going to re-read it. Oh, and I got one Dutch book in the mix, however there is an English edition of the book, so you can all still check it out. 🙂
How it normally goes: First up I will show you guys a picture of my stack and after that I will show the book covers + blurb (for the Dutch-Dutch books I translated the blurb for you , for the English>Dutch translated books or English books I picked the original blurb).
The original creator of this tag is Reviews From The Stacks!
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?.
Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?
Christmas. The least wonderful time of the year. I counteract the eggnog and faux holiday cheer with an annual vacation and this year I’m heading to Cayman with my bestie. Or so I think. When I find out she’s not coming, I nearly lose my tinsel. To make matters worse, she’s invited the one person who could ruin my trip to paradise: Dare Walsh, the one guy I’ve ever loved and the only guy to break my heart. And now I’m stuck with him, on an island, for an entire freaking week. Ho, ho, no…
Most people get Twelve Days of Christmas, but I’ll settle for the lucky seven I’ve been gifted if it means a chance to win Noel back. She’s the elusive ‘One Who Got Away,’ and I can’t believe I have a shot at redemption. A lot has changed in a decade, but she’s still as gorgeous as ever and I’m determined to win back her love. It’s a Christmas miracle and I’m not going to let her slip away twice.
CHRISTMAS IN CAYMAN is a standalone, second-chance romance that guarantees all the holiday feels! Escape to a tropical paradise today!
Christian Nelson has a list of things he wouldn’t mind getting for Christmas. Continued safety for the fire crew he heads. More good times with the guys. Even more with the ladies.
Nowhere on that list did a single mom named Jane Clark appear. So why can’t he get her off his mind?
Jane’s quiet and mysterious for a reason–being widowed by a fire will do that to you. Conquering her fears started with a tour of the fire station. The captain is her younger brother’s handsome best friend, and Chris’s offering to personally help her was unexpected. Especially since she’s heard he’s been burned before.
Despite her brother’s warnings about his friend’s playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can’t help but fall for this unexpected gift of a man. If they can find the strength to let go of their pasts, a lifetime together might be the Christmas miracle neither one of them knew they needed.
Redheaded freshman Jeremy “Cherry” Rourke is certainly living up to his childhood nickname, although still being inexperienced is the least of his concerns. After coming out, his parents barely talk to him. He hasn’t made any friends at university. Worst of all, he’s about to spend Christmas completely alone in an empty dorm.
Jeremy clearly needs a fairy godfather, so football captain Max Pimenta takes him under his wing to help him find his dating groove. But Jeremy’s wound way too tight. He’s too vulnerable. Max can’t trust some random guy with him. He needs to take care of Jeremy himself and introduce him to no-pressure exploration. It’s not about romance or feelings—he’s just doing the kid a favor.
Max is definitely not falling for this lonely, beautiful boy. No way.
And it’s not like he can leave Jeremy all alone for the holidays. He’ll bring him home to his family’s maple syrup farm—strictly as friends since his parents have rules. No more fooling around. No more eager, breathless fun. No more making Jeremy shiver and blush with suggestive whispers in his ear. No more sweeter-than-sugar kisses. All nice. No more naughty.
But Jeremy’s sleeping right across the hall, and Max wants him for himself. The twelve days of Christmas will last an eternity if they don’t break the rules.
Shhh. No one has to know…
A small fir is left all alone after the other trees near it in the forest are chosen by families as Christmas trees. But when the forest animals gather around the lonely little tree to cheer it up and celebrate the season, it finds the warmth of the holidays in the heart of a cold, snowy forest.
This is a charming and classic-feeling holiday story with a heartfelt message about celebrating our differences and sticking by our friends. Families will love reading it together and talking about kindness, generosity, and the true meaning of Christmas.
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart – he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone – but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.
This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place, things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms – but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College.
Two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident – until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course).