What I Read: December & Top Books of 2018

Whew, ok I know this post is INCREDIBLY late, but having been down for the count all last week with the stomach flu, I’m just now getting back to my life. I’ve been super excited to share what I read in December as well as my favorite books from 2018. As the book nerd that I am, this is basically my favorite post to write all year. 

I read 3 really great books and 1 not so great book, and 1 incredibly disappointing book (which I was expecting to LOVE) in December. 

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Ya’ll, this was my very disappointing book.

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What I Read: December

I don’t know about you, but to me, other than Jesus’ birth, Christmas is all about family, staying in jammies way too long and last but certainly not least, cheesy Christmas movies. 

Aka, Hallmark. 

However, we don’t have cable, and I recently learned that Hallmark’s streaming app doesn’t include any of the Christmas movies from the current year.

Woof.

Soooooo cheesy Christmas books were my next best option.

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Merry Christmas!

I decided to wish all of you a Merry Christmas a couple days early, since most of you will be off line tomorrow and Christmas Day, enjoying time around the tree with family. (And if you’re not, do it…nothing on here is as important as your family!!) As I stated here, this is my first Christmas not spent with my family, but I’m super excited to experience my first Grandlienard Christmas.

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Christmas Means: Waiting on the Stairs, Roast Beef Sandwiches and Family.

This year is my first ever Christmas not spent with my family, and I’m a little emotional about it. I am very excited to experience my first ever Grandlienard Christmas, but at the same time, I’m going to miss celebrating Christmas with the people, food, smells, and traditions that I’m used to. Let me just tell you, I LOVE traditions. And we had a ton growing up, and still follow some to this day.

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Elmer the Elf.

I have to tell you something that may come as a shock: my mom had the original idea for “Elf on a Shelf.” I’m so serious. Only his name was Elmer, and he wasn’t an actual doll. Ok, so it may have been a little different, but it’s the same general concept. Hear me out:

I never, ever saw Elmer, but all throughout the Christmas season he’d leave me little notes about what he saw me doing and how I was behaving.

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GIVE.

One thing I love about the holidays is that people GIVE. My friend Sophia works at Starbucks and was telling me about how right before Thanksgiving, the “I want to pay for the guy behind me” epidemic began. It seems like people are usually just more joyful, caring and giving during the holidays.

You know, I wonder if there is a connection between the JOY part and the GIVING part.

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