Friday, January 6, 2023

Read-at-Home Mom Report: December 2022 Wrap-Up

Books of the Year

If you like end-of-year favorites lists, don't miss my top 25 books of 2022

My Month in Books 

I read 44 books in December! 44! This is not at all a normal pace, even for me, and it will probably never happen again. I'm not going to be able to say much of anything about each book if I want to get this post done, so this month's wrap up is basically just a list, organized by star rating.

2 Stars

  • The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones 

3 Stars

  • To Get to the Other Side by Kelly Ohlert 
  • The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub
  • Eight Winter Nights by Liz Maverick (Audible original)
  • Sun of York by Ronald Welch 
  • The Rewind by Allison Winn Scotch 
  • Merry Ex-Mas by Courtney Walsh
  • The Upside Down Christmas by Kate Forster (Audible original)
  • Resting Scrooge Face by Meghan Quinn 
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis 

4 Stars

  • A Holly Jilly Christmas by Emma St. Clair 
  • Later On We'll Conspire by Kortney Keisel 
  • Let It Snow by Michelle Stimpson (Audible original)
  • Foster by Claire Keegan 
  • The Pursuit of the Pilfered Cheese by Haley Stewart 
  • The Curious Christmas Trail by Haley Stewart 
  • A Not-so-Holiday Paradise by Gracie Ruth Mitchell
  • A Newport Christmess by Jess Heileman 
  • Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris 
  • A Christmas Spark by Cindy Steel
  • This Year It Will Be Different by Maeve Binchy 
  • A Quiet Life by Ethan Joella 
  • Faking Christmas by Cindy Steel 
  • Evil Woman by Julie Mulhern 
  • Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena 
  • Once Upon A Christmas Carol by Karen Schaler (Audible original)
  • Christmas Baggage by Deborah M. Hathaway
  • Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney 
  • Look Closer by David Ellis
  • Find Me by Alafair Burke 
  • Musical Tables: Poems by Billy Collins 
  • The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser
  • The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser

5 Stars 

  • The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken 
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas 
  • The Romance of Chemistry by Keith Gordon Irwin
  • Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan 
  • The Jesse Tree by Eric Sammons 
  • Twelve Great Books by Joseph Pearce 
  • Host for the Holidays by Martha Keyes 
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 
  • The Vanderbeekers Make A Wish by Karina Yan Glaser
  • The Vanderbeekers on the Road by Karina Yan Glaser 
  • A Jury of her Peers by Susan Glaspell 

As for the rest of the family's reading....

A. (girl, 2 years 9 months)

  • All Better, Baby by Sara Gillingham 
  • Santa Mouse Bakes Christmas Cookies by Michael Brown 
  • I'm a Little Snowman by Hannah Elliott 

R. (boy, 2 years, 9 months)

  • The Animals' Santa by Jan Brett
  • Countdown to Christmas by Roger Priddy
  • Bizzy Bear: Snow Sports by Benji Davies 

E. (girl, 5 years, 2 months)

  • A Very Mercy Christmas by Kate DiCamillo
  • Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
  • The School for Cats by Esther Averill 
  • Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay

C. (girl, 7 years, 3 months)

  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
  • Our Little Norman Cousin of Long Ago by Evaleen Stein 
  • Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz

M. (girl, 9 years, 1 month)

  • The Great Depression: An Interactive History Adventure by Michael Burgan
  • The Dust Bowl: An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur
  • Kathleen's Shaken Dreams by Tracy Leininger Craven
  • Kathleen's Unforgettable Winter by Tracy Leininger Craven 
  • Kathleen's Abiding Hope by Tracy Leininger Craven 
  • Leah's Pony by Elizabeth Friedrich 
  • Hannah and the Perfect Picture Pony by Sara Goodman Zimet 

My husband 

  • The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea
  • Sun of York by Ronald Welch
  • Pirates of Samarkand by Rita Ritchie 
  • Tom Whipple by Walter D. Edmonds
  • Emerson Lake & Palmer by Carl Palmer
  • Keith Emerson Classic Edition by Chris Welch

Up Next For Me 

I've had a slow start to the new year, but my current reads are Arabella by Georgette Heyer (paperback), The Rom-Com Agenda by Jayne Denker (digital ARC from Edelweiss+), and The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis (audio).  

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