Sunday Post #4 | Does December Really Start This Week?

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Thanksgiving is over and now it’s on to Christmas decorations and figuring out Christmas gifts. Such a stressful and fun time of year.

I’m enjoying having one daughter home until January and my other daughter will be home for almost a month in just a few weeks. The house is full and that is always nice ❤️

The only fly in my ointment this week is that I figured out my post office has not been delivering all of my bills in the last few months. It didn’t deliver 2 from the same company and one from another. And, apparently, they have been returned to those companies saying that the address was incorrect. Huh? I’m still the same address we have lived at for over 5 years, so I have no idea what the post office is doing. Needless to say, I have a few companies that are not very happy with me at the moment. I spent Friday and Saturday making sure I had online access everywhere and setting up alerts and reminders, something I have never had to do before. Now, I have to contact the second company and try to explain. Explaining this is very hard. I know the first company told me I needed to update my address. The address is right, the post office has just gone bonkers. No one can seem to accept that reality. 🤷🏻‍♀️

But, as always, I have been enjoying some wonderful reads this week, which always brightens my day 😊

My Favorite Reads This Fall

As I looked through all the books I reviewed this fall, I realized what a hard thing it is to pick favorites. There have been so many that I have absolutely loved. I decided to pick one from each genre that I predominantly read and one book that was a surprise discovery.

Fantasy: Roshani Chokshi’s trilogy The Gilded Wolf and The Silvered Serpent are incredible – the characters are so intricately developed and the world-building is sublime.

Mystery/Thriller: Lisa Jewell never disappoints with her psychological thrillers. They always have an incredibly disturbing ending and I absolutely love that. Invisible Girl did not disappoint in that regard or any other.

Romcom: Sophie Kinsella has been a romcom author that I have positively adored for many years, and her newest novel Love Your Life was heart-warmingly funny. I loved it!

My surprise discovery: The House Mate by Nina Manning took me by surprise with its ingenious conclusion that made me realize I had read the book all wrong, as was intended. I love when authors can shock me like that. If you like psychological thrillers and are willing to reframe your perceptions, this novel will not disappoint!

This week, I only picked up two books!

Genre: Science Fiction

An extraordinary and emotional adventure about unlikely friends and the power of choosing who you want to be.

Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books.

Zoe is also searching for her past, and using her abilities of speed and strength…to deliver fast food. And she’ll occasionally put on a cool suit and beat up bad guys, if she feels like it.

When the archrivals meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other. As they uncover an ongoing threat, suddenly much more is at stake than their fragile friendship. With countless people at risk, Zoe and Jamie will have to recognize that sometimes being a hero starts with trusting someone else—and yourself.

I was sent a NetGalley widget by Harlequin Trade.

Genre: Fantasy

In the realm of Talamh, a teenage warrior named Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword—representing both power and the terrifying responsibility to protect the Fey. In another realm known as Philadelphia, a young woman has just discovered she possesses a treasure of her own…

When Breen Kelly was a girl, her father would tell her stories of magical places. Now she’s an anxious twentysomething mired in student debt and working a job she hates. But one day she stumbles upon a shocking discovery: her mother has been hiding an investment account in her name. It has been funded by her long-lost father—and it’s worth nearly four million dollars.

This newfound fortune would be life-changing for anyone. But little does Breen know that when she uses some of the money to journey to Ireland, it will unlock mysteries she couldn’t have imagined. Here, she will begin to understand why she kept seeing that silver-haired, elusive man, why she imagined his voice in her head saying Come home, Breen Siobhan. It’s time you came home. Why she dreamed of dragons. And where her true destiny lies—through a portal in Galway that takes her to a land of faeries and mermaids, to a man named Keegan, and to the courage in her own heart that will guide her through a powerful, dangerous destiny…

Nora Roberts fantasy books are usually pre-orders for me and this one definitely was 😊

I organized my December TBR with mysteries on the top, fantasies on the bottom, the two romcoms and the one science fiction reads in the middle. I’m looking forward to my reads next month 😊

In case you missed any of my posts last week, you can find them here:

Next week, you can look forward to the following:

  • Tuesday: Book Review |Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes by M.R. Noble (Genre: Supernatural/Paranormal Thriller)
  • Wednesday: WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday: Book Review | Net Force Attack Protocol by Jerome Preisler (Genre: Techno Thriller)
  • Friday: Book Blogger Hop: How many blogs do you own?
  • Also, Friday: Book Review | The Cousins by Karen McManus (Genre: Mystery – YA)

His Dark Materials is back for a second season. I loved The Golden Compass series and I’m enjoying the HBO’s series. I did not, however, care for the movie version. It just took too much out.

I read the series as a buddy read many years ago, and I am so glad I did. There is so much to talk about in the story – so many connections and symbolism. It’s very intriguing to me. Pullman is one of those authors who I wish I could sit down with and hear his interpretation of his story.

That’s all for this week. Hope you all have a good one!

17 Replies to “Sunday Post #4 | Does December Really Start This Week?”

    1. It’s definitely messed up a bill paying system I’ve had my whole adult life. Luckily the mail can be circumvented in many cases. Just a matter of setting it all up ❤️. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. I was planning on reading the Nora Roberts book this weekend but the first couple of pages didn’t suck me in. I’ll try again later when my head is in a less distracted place. Have a wonderful week!


  1. I am sorry but your post office issue got me chuckling. Mainly because this has happened to me and I had to write a letter to post office telling them I still am in the same address, as I have been doing for years already. I am sorry it happened to you, but I get it.

    I hope you have a fantastic time with your family!

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    1. I’m weirdly glad I’m not alone. This has never happened in all my many years of adulting. Luckily, in this digital age, I can access almost everything online but it’s almost as bad as identity- theft I think. Totally crazy! Have a wonderful week ❤️

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  2. Lovely to hear you will have a nice, full house over the holidays, Tessa. 🎄 I am sorry to hear you’ve been having trouble with your mail – I hope it can sorted out for you soon! You also look like you’ve been doing some great reading – I particularly like the sound of Roshani Chokshi’s fantasy trilogy. Take care and happy reading in December. 😃

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    1. Oh, I highly recommend the Chokshi books. They are so good! Happy reading and have a wonderful week!

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  3. Im sorry about your PO issues, I did read that there have been a lot of issues with UPS. I
    love the premise of Awakening, I think I’ll have to add it to my list

    Wishing you a great reading week, your December TBR looks wonderful

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    1. I can’t wait to get into the Awakening. Roberts’ fantasy stories have always been a favorite of mine. Happy reading!

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    1. Mine are living together, so I am okay with them being closer to campus. Even though all classes for both of them are online. The lease had been signed before all the craziness. Have a great week!


  4. December is fun and stressful, I agree. And sorry to hear about the mail. You-know-who didn’t do us any favors in that respect. One a happier note, I almost started the Gilded Wolf last night (thanks to your review) but I decided to put it off until I finish my reading challenge – I’m SO FAR BEHIND and the book is on the long side. I don’t want to rush through it. I need to read children’s books for a while! LOL. Here’s to an awesome December, Tessa. Things are looking brighter for the new year. ❤

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    1. I can totally admit to picking shorter books for blog tours when I can…100 pages, sign me up! Let’s both have a wonderful, safe, and happy December ❤️

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