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Best Books of December 2023

The year is coming to a close and it’s almost time for my Top Ten list. Which of these books read in December made that list?

I read a couple of really good books this month and reread an old favorite by Stephen King (back when he was writing as Richard Bachman). Have you read any of these?

Best Books of December 2023- blog post with book reviews including "Go as a River" and "Pineapple Street". Book recommendations of books I actually have read!

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Go As A River by Shelley Read

Book Review- Go as a River -The walk to town on this fateful day changes her life forever. It is on this walk she comes upon a young man. Wilson Moon and Victoria begin a surreptitious relationship - one that is destined for tragedy. When the event unfolds Victoria flees her hometown with a secret she tells no one.

There was a moment near the end of this book that I thought I was reading the last page and I read the page again and again. I did not want it to end yet.

I turned that page to another chapter. And I was so glad.

This is quite possibly one of the most profound books I have ever read. I loved it, I cried, I still think about it everyday.

I will reread the whole book. Because it was just that beautiful.

This book is the reason I read. The emotion, the feelings, the anguish, the joy, the grit.

It is 1948 when Torie, a 17-year-old, walks to town. She lives on a peach orchard in Iola, Colorado with her father, brother, and uncle. Torie’s mother died when she was 12 and she is now the woman of the household. Every household chore is hers and she dutifully works in the house and in the orchard.

The walk to town on this fateful day changes her life forever. It is on this walk she comes upon a young man. Wilson Moon and Victoria begin a surreptitious relationship – one that is destined for tragedy. When the event unfolds Victoria flees her hometown with a secret she tells no one.

She spends a long spring alone, high in the mountains, in an old cabin Wil had lived in. Emerging finally from this hideaway Victoria is distraught, starving, and makes a quick alarming decision.

Her decision will haunt her life for many years. Torie grows older, moves a few times, and returns home only to find that her father’s land is caught in a takeover for water rights. A reservoir will soon swallow that lands around her home and she must decide what to do for her future. Again, a decision that will change her life.

I cannot reveal more of the story here. Victoria will tell you her story. Early in the book you will read this passage,

“It was a fateful moment, I know in retrospect. For I could have turned and headed back down North Laura Lane, toward home and fixing supper… I could have at least crossed over to the other side of the road… But I didn’t, and this made all the difference in the world.”

You must read this beautiful book. I caught myself reading and rereading passages that were so breathtakingly well-written that I could not move on before trying the words again.

I wept near the end and you will too. Five + stars. This is a must-read.

Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson

Book Review - Pineapple Street - The story of a wealthy family whose troubles are way different than this reader. I enjoyed the book anyway!

This one was entertaining, if not a little bit, dare I say, boring. It’s the story of a wealthy family with many homes, expensive clothing, and problems galore.

There are 3 Stockton children, Darley, Cord, and Georgiana.

Darley is the oldest daughter who preferred to lose her family money instead of having her husband, Malcolm, sign the expected prenup. She gave up working at Goldman Sachs to bring up her 2 young children, Poppy and Hatcher, with the family relying only on Malcolm’s income. You can imagine what happens when he is fired.

Sasha signed the prenup and married into the family. Her husband is Cord who works for his father, Chip. They live in the family home at Pineapple Street in Brooklyn Heights, a cluttered mausoleum of a home that Sasha cannot clean up because the family will not allow it. Sasha also finds herself an outcast since she was not raised wealthy and doesn’t understand the family at all.

Georgiana is the youngest daughter. Georgiana’s life begins to unravel after she falls for a man she should not have been involved with. When this ends in a tragedy she has no idea what to do, having been coddled her whole life.

As I stated, this was entertaining, in the same way we watch Hallmark movies. We watch and forget the movie later. I would say 3.5 stars for this one. I will probably not remember reading it!

Kill Your Husbands by Jack Heath

Three couples, friends since the university athletics team, travel to a house in the mountains for an unplugged weekend of drinking and bushwalking. No internet, no phones, no stress. On the first night, the topic of partner-swapping comes up. It's a joke - at first.

Three couples, friends for a long time, journey to a very secluded house in the mountains for an unplugged weekend. No internet, no phones, no stress. On the first night, the topic of partner-swapping comes up. It’s a joke – at first.

Until it isn’t.

Somewhere in the middle of this couple’s getaway, they do decide to swap husbands. They come up with a clever way to do this so that no one knows who slept with whom and it seems to be perfection.

Until it isn’t.

Because, of course, someone ends up dead and others are missing and maybe there is a peeping tom involved. An investigation is part of unraveling this mess and it’s almost comical at time.

I listened to this one and suggest you do as well. It’s a full cast of narrators and they are all superb! 4 stars!

These three were great to get through this busiest of months. One of them is on my top ten list of the year!

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