December 2023 Reading Wrap-Up

End-of-the-year reading has always been a little scattered for me, and 2023 was no exception. My reading mood was all over the place: historical fiction, contemporary mystery, and lots of holiday reads. Find out which books I recommend you borrow vs buy in my December 2023 reading wrap-up!

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The Last Heir of Blackwood Library

A terrific gothic historical fiction with nods to Wuthering Heights.

Buy

The Fairytale Life of Dorothy Gale

This Wizard of Oz retelling was ok, mostly it made me want to travel to Ireland again.

Borrow

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop

A decent sequel that left me a little underwhelmed but still eager to go to Scotland!

Borrow

Murder in a Country Village

I could not be more excited to know there is another book to read in this series.

Buy

The Gentleman's Gambit

I probably should have read this series in order. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more.

Borrow

To Love and To Loathe

I love this book and this series so much. If you're looking for a Regency romance series to start, this is it!

Buy

The Great Alone

Dear reader, please read this book. Better yet, listen to it!

Buy

The Great Alone

The Kew Gardens Girls

A charming WWI novel that marries perfectly with the WWII sequel.

Buy

The Christmas Dress

This contemporary holiday romance is a great blend of modern and historic. Fiona Davis readers will love it!

Borrow

The Christmas Bookshop

This book was charming, funny, and highly bingeable. I feel hard for these characters and the setting.

Borrow

In a Holidaze

Ugh, this book! I absolutely loved this one. I understand the Christina Lauren hype now!

Buy

The Fury

Locked room mystery lovers who also love the theater will love this book.

Borrow

About Carlie

Hi there! I'm a 40-ish book lover, always looking for the next great read, particularly the best historical fiction. I live in Los Angeles with my fella and our fur babies, Fozzy and Polly. Working from home changed my life. Suddenly, I had time in my day to read again. I love sharing my reading journey here on my website and social media. Be sure to follow along for reading recommendations and honest book reviews.

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