The First Reflection Post: December 2021

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Hello and welcome to 2022, as well as the new and improved What Kayla Is Reading!

I shared with you guys that I started a full-time job at the beginning of December, which is why I haven’t been very active on my blog. I still read quite a few books last month but after long days of training for my job, I really just wanted to enjoy my books and not think about putting together elaborate posts about them.

I hope you will forgive me! 😉

You will now start seeing a mix of posts on my blog. Sometimes I will choose to highlight one book in a single review post. Other posts will be like this one where I’m just going to let you know the top three books I loved this month and tell you what I thought about my Book of the Month pick.

I will likely stop reviewing books I didn’t like because… well, life is too short to read negative book reviews in my opinion. 

I know this is a hot topic; people really love to watch bloggers and bookstagrammers roast bad books. 

My thought about this subject is that just like paintings, sculptures, movies, and plays, books are also subjective. One person may love one book while someone else totally hates it. 

I would rather encourage people to read books that I love instead of spending my time discouraging people from reading.

Because ultimately, that is my mission here: to encourage and inspire people to read!

My December Overview

# of books read: 6

# of pages read: 1,860 pages

Genres read: Romance; Memoir

The Books I Loved in December

Book #1: A Cross-Country Christmas by Courtney Walsh

Genre: Romance

Pages: 256

Link To Goodreads page

My rating: 5/5 Stars

What I loved: Enemies-to-lovers trope; super cheerful person meets grinch; character growth; lots of Christmas spirit

Book #2: The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

Genre: Romance

Pages: 416

Link To Goodreads page (please ignore the reviews from people who CLEARLY did not read the book)

My rating: 5/5 stars

What I loved: a Hanukkah romance; chronic illness not being glamorized for once; hilarious moments; a matzah ball costume; a warm and fuzzy ending.

Book #3: Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison

Genre: Romance

Pages: 324

Link to Goodreads page

My rating: 4/5 stars

What I loved: this book takes place on a Christmas tree farm which instantly took me back to my childhood; friends-to-lovers trope; I felt like I was reading a Hallmark movie; some humorous elements.

My BOTM Pick This Month:

This month, I chose A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham for my December Book of the Month. It gets pretty good reviews on Goodreads but pretty bad reviews on Bookstagram.

As of right now, I have not read it so I can’t tell you whether or not I enjoyed it! Stay tuned!

If you are interested in becoming a Book of the Month member, click here to get started. We can read together! 🙂

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