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Monthly Roundup Blog: December 2020

Have you ever wanted a recap of all of the books we've read and loved this month? Well, look no further! Our Montly Roundup features the curated list of books that have been loved by our Experts and the whole LoveReading team this month.

Read on for a refresh of our final recommendations fror 2020. 

Books of the Month

Read on for the hadlines of our December Books of the Month. We think these are the best books out this month! You can also explore our past Books of the Month by clicking here.

The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton - A dark, slow-burning family drama with a narrator that is difficult to trust as she attempts to fulfil the dying wish of her best friend.

Ten Things About Writing by Joanne Harris - Wise, witty, generous, and honest, this is a must-read for writers at every stage of their journeys, covering everything from the nuts and bolts of plotting, to handling rejection.

Lion by Mark Adlington - With stunning artwork spilling from its pages, this truly beautiful LoveReading Star Book is one of our books of the year.

Kill A Stranger by Simon Kernick - A totally addictive LoveReading Star Book that will thoroughly mess with your head as it charges through lies, kidnapping, and murder. 

Your Mood Journal by Fearne Cotton - Help your children understand their emotions with this fun and engaging journal for kids.

Dark Tides by Philippa Gregory - From Restoration London to cut-throat Venice via a mistress of manipulation, and across to the New World, this sizzles with secrets, ambition, desire and duplicity.

The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas - A world-famous doll is stolen in this thought-provoking novel containing a wonderful touch of magic.

Christmas Stories by George Mackay Brown - A truly lovely collection of Christmas stories written by one of Scotland’s most loved writers.

The Lost Words Card Game by Thames & Kosmos - A perfect gift for all the family, based on the best-selling book celebrating our natural world.

Debuts of the Month

For our Debuts of the Month this December we wanted to highlight some of the tremendous new authors we've read this year. We highly recommend you take a look, and explore our Debuts section too.

Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan - Unflinching, raw, powerful, stunning. This LoveReading Star Book hits emotions hard as it explores marriage and adultery.

The Weight of Small Things by Julie Lancaster - With devastating purity and clarity, nine year old Frankie Appleton is likely to enter your hearts in this poignant and emotional read.

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant - Suitable for both young adults and adults, this reimagined story containing some of the cast of Les Miserables is a wow of a read and a LoveReading Star Book.

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean - A really special debut about three missing girls, it successfully delivers dark provocative atmosphere, yet is also vividly evocative and engaging. 

Sharks in the Time of Saviours by Kawai Strong Washburn - Visionary and haunting, this Hawai’i set debut weaves myth and magic realism with the piercing stories of an unforgettable family.

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey -A debut novel to read slowly, to savour, to adore. Yes, this is a rather special and beautiful read, and I want to climb a few rooftops to shout about it. 

The Neighbours by Nicola Gill - Warm, witty, and wise, this amusing debut focuses on the friendship between two neighbours.

Deep State by Chris Hauty - There is a plot to assassinate the president in this fast-moving, full-on, wow of a book.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman - Four septuagenarians from a retirement village set out to solve a murder in this wonderfully entertaining, warm, and amusing mystery.

Ebooks of the Month

December is always a busy month and our eBooks of the Month for December are books we think are a brilliant for reading wherever you happen to be. You can also visit our eBook section by clicking here.

Winterkiller by Ragnar Jonasson - A chilling, unsettling story awaits as a violent blizzard descends on Iceland’s most northerly town. 

Empower Yourself by Xenia Tchoumi - Imparting important life lessons to help you become more self-aware, face your flaws, see your strengths and know your own worth.

Get Your Head in the Game by Dominic Stevenson - Packed with the punch of personal testimonies, this must-read game-changer for football fans honestly analyses the game’s relationship with mental health.

Time to Heal by Michael Dixon - A compassionate, compelling, warts-and-all account of a GP’s experiences as a country doctor underpinned by a powerful case for restoring humanity to General Practice.

Die for Me by Jesper Stein - Glowering, dark and gritty (yes we’ve used the gritty word), we can recommend adding this to the must-read list of any Scandi noir fans.

Liz's Picks of the Month

Our Reviews Editor Liz Robinson is on habd as always to select her favourite titles for December. Take a look and explore her other selections from throughout the year by clicking here.

Just My Luck by Adele Parks - An addictive, drama-filled absolute romp of a read about an £18 million lottery win that changes lives in the most unexpected ways!

Lion by Mark Adlington - With stunning artwork spilling from its pages, this truly beautiful LoveReading Star Book is one of our books of the year.

Icelandic Folk Tales by Hjoerleifur Helgi Stefansson - A gorgeous little book containing simple, atmospheric, ghostly and supernatural folk tales from an Icelandic storyteller.

Baggage by Jeremy Hance - A rewarding and fascinating journey to some of the most remote corners of the world with an environmental journalist who has anxiety and OCD.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam - This LoveReading Star Book is a chilling, penetrating, and beautifully eloquent apocalyptic thriller set in the USA.

Star Books

The final additions to our Books of the Year 2020. a small but perfectly formed bundle and shining stars as always. If you want to see our full Star Books selection, and maybe get a sneak peek at what we're looking forward to next year, click here to vsit our Star Books page.

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