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Grace's 2023 Holiday Reads

December 19, 2023

Grace's 2023 Holiday Reads

Looking for recommendations for books to read over festive season? The holiday period is often such a busy time of year, but I always make sure to find some time to read! Here are some of my favourite books as of late, I think they are such perfect reads for the summertime! 


Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison

The perfect Christmas romance exists and it takes place in Lovelight Farms: Two best friends agree to fake date each other in order to save a small town Christmas tree farm. and perhaps (definitely) find their own magic along the way. Need I say more?!

Just in case I do need to convince you though:
In a last ditch effort to save the Christmas tree farm she’s loved since she was a kid, Stella enters a contest with Instagram-famous influencer Evelyn St. James. With the added publicity and the $100,000 cash prize, Stella might just be able to save the farm from its financial woes. There’s just one problem. To make the farm seem like a romantic destination for the holidays, she lied on her application and said she owns Lovelight Farms with her boyfriend. Only…there is no boyfriend.

Enter best friend Luka Peters. He just stopped by for some hot chocolate and somehow got a farm and a serious girlfriend in the process. But fake dating his best friend might be the best Christmas present he’s ever received.

Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison


Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson

Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once. I'm not trying to be dramatic, but it is the truth. Some of us are good, others are bad, and some just unfortunate.

I'm Ernest Cunningham. Call me Ern or Ernie. I wish I'd killed whoever decided our family reunion should be at a ski resort, but it's a little more complicated than that. 

This novel murder mystery starts off by telling you exactly when each murder will take place and the rules by which it will abide. That doesn’t mean that it won’t keep you on the edge of your seat throughout and have a few surprises in store for you.

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson


Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros 

Violet Sorrengail thought she was destined to follow in her father’s footsteps leading the peaceful life of a scribe until her commanding general/mother forced her into the elite, cutthroat world of the dragon riders quadrant. 

When you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away...because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda—because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.

Violet will need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.

This series has become an instant best seller and is well worth the hype in my opinion.  I have read this book 3 times since it came out 7 months ago and have also successfully convinced half our team to read it so far.

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros


The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson

Rachel has built a career out of always being the bridesmaid but never the bride and she is great at being a one hundred percent pretend BFF. Her next job is as maid of honour at a destination wedding - livestreamed and sponsored - for an Instagram influencer.  

Camden Lewis, best man and high-tech entrepreneur, is sure this mysterious woman is too good to be real. Convinced she’s a corporate spy out to tank his company so he’s not letting her out of his sight. But the constant surveillance is also opening his eyes to things about Rachel that he likes. If she’s a spy, she’s certainly the cutest one he’s ever seen. 

If you are looking for a lighthearted summer romance this holiday season then this is the book for you! 

The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson


Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab 

A continuation of the Shades of Magic trilogy that ended 7 years ago, this long awaited reentry into the worlds of White, Red, Grey, and Black Londons was more than I hoped it would be! It allowed me to revisit my favourite characters as they explored the aftermath of the original trilogy, while also introducing intriguing new faces and exciting challenges. 

If you loved the original trilogy then I thoroughly recommend you check out the start of this new adventure.

If you haven’t yet read the Shades of Magic trilogy but love the sound of a story involving parallel worlds, elemental and blood magics, (aspiring) pirates, magical competitions, sadistic kings (and queens), and coats with more than two sides then I can’t recommend it enough.

Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab


I hope you enjoy my summer book recommendations, let me know in the comments below if you read any or have any other book suggestions!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

– Grace xx

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