Day 2: December 2021 Books To-Be-Read | Monthly TBR

Are we really in December?

Make sure to check out the other prompts from the previous days here: 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

I cannot believe we are in the final month of the year of 2021. We’ve had so many great book releases and reading selection during the last couple of months, so I have high hopes that this final month will be just as good of a reading month. That’s why this month I have prepared a set tbr of books that I would like to read during the month.

Let’s get to it! Here is my December 2021 TBR!

(in no particular order)

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Midnight in Everwood

by M.A. Kuzniar

Midnight in Everwood

Published October 28th 2021

A spell-binding retelling of The Nutcracker, filled with enchanted toys, decadent balls, fierce feminine friendships and a forbidden romance. For fans of The ToymakersCaraval and The Bear and the Nightingale.

There’s nothing Marietta Stelle loves more than ballet, but after Christmas, her dreams will be over as she is obligated to take her place in Edwardian society. While she is chafing against such suffocating traditions, a mysterious man purchases the neighbouring townhouse. Dr Drosselmeier is a charming but calculating figure who wins over the rest of the Stelle family with his enchanting toys and wondrous mechanisms.

When Drosselmeier constructs an elaborate set for Marietta’s final ballet performance, she discovers it carries a magic all of its own. On the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, she is transported to a snowy forest, where she encounters danger at every turn: ice giants, shadow goblins and the shrieking mist all lurk amidst the firs and frozen waterfalls and ice cliffs. After being rescued by the butterscotch-eyed captain of the king’s guard, she is escorted to the frozen sugar palace. At once, Marietta is enchanted by this glittering world of glamorous gowns, gingerbread houses, miniature reindeer and the most delicious confectionary.

But all is not as it seems and Marietta is soon trapped in the sumptuous palace by the sadistic King Gelum, who claims her as his own. She is confined to a gilded prison with his other pets; Dellara, whose words are as sharp as her teeth, and Pirlipata, a princess from another land. Marietta must forge an alliance with the two women to carve a way free from this sugar-coated but treacherous world and back home to follow her dreams. Yet in a hedonistic world brimming with rebellion and a forbidden romance that risks everything, such a path will never be easy.

Heartstopper: Volume One

by Alice Oseman 

Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper, #1)

Published October 2018 by Selfpublished 

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner… 

Note: As of writing this blog post, I have already read this book (clearly I was way too excited to read this one!). Expect a book review post soon!

Window Shopping

by Tessa Bailey

Window Shopping

Published October 19th 2021

A sizzling, standalone, feel-good holiday romance from Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Summer.

Two weeks before Christmas and all through Manhattan, shop windows are decorated in red and green satin.
I’m standing alone in front of the famous Vivant department store, when a charming man named Aiden asks my opinion of the décor.

It’s a tragedy in tinsel, I say, unable to lie.
He asks for a better idea with a twinkle in his eye.
Did I know he owned the place? No. He put me on the spot.
Now I’m working for that man, trying to ignore that he’s hot.
But as a down on her luck girl with a difficult past, I know an opportunity when I see one—and I have to make it last.

I’ll put my heart and soul into dressing his holiday windows.
I’ll work without stopping. And when we lose the battle with temptation, I’ll try and remember I’m just window shopping. 

Baby It’s Cold Outside

by Emily Bell 

Baby It's Cold Outside

Published September 2nd 2021



As Norah battles alone, yet again, through the bustling December crowds outside Fortnum & Mason, she hears the first notes of a busker’s song that transports her back to the most romantic week of her life.

Laughing under an Italian sky, knowing they had to part, Andrew made her a promise:

If they are both single on Christmas Eve in ten years’ time, they will meet under the clock on Grafton Street, Dublin.

Norah has no idea if Andrew will remember, but she has nothing to lose.

So that’s where she decides to go. To Dublin. To that clock. Hoping for a Christmas miracle with Andrew.

But it wouldn’t be Christmas without a few surprises . . .

Eight Perfect Hours

by Lia Louis 

Eight Perfect Hours

Published September 28th 2021 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

In this romantic and heartwarming novel, two strangers meet in chance circumstances during a blizzard and spend one perfect evening together, thinking they’ll never see each other again. But fate seems to have different plans.

On a snowy evening in March, 30-something Noelle Butterby is on her way back from an event at her old college when disaster strikes. With a blizzard closing off roads, she finds herself stranded, alone in her car, without food, drink, or a working charger for her phone. All seems lost until Sam Attwood, a handsome American stranger also trapped in a nearby car, knocks on her window and offers assistance. What follows is eight perfect hours together, until morning arrives and the roads finally clear.

The two strangers part, positive they’ll never see each other again, but fate, it seems, has a different plan. As the two keep serendipitously bumping into one another, they begin to realize that perhaps there truly is no such thing as coincidence. With plenty of charming twists and turns and Lia Louis’s “bold, standout voice” (Gillian McAllister, author of The Good Sister), Eight Perfect Hours is a gorgeously crafted novel that will make you believe in the power of fate. 

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2 thoughts on “Day 2: December 2021 Books To-Be-Read | Monthly TBR”

  1. Interesting picks. I think I’ve only heard of the first book on this list and only in passing. I’ll have to look up the others and add them to my TBR as they sound quite perfect for the cosy holiday season. For some weird reason, I’ve been in a mood to read really dense sci-fi this December, which is strange because I typically gravitate towards cosy mysteries during the colder weather. Happy reading month to you, friend.

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    1. I love a cosy mystery during this season (hopefully I can find time to squeeze in a book or two in between my tbr reads)— but I don’t see why you can’t enjoy a sci-fi! Hope you have a great reading month as well!

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