December 2021 Reads

Since being on holidays, I have gotten back into reading somewhat. Sometimes we just need the right book to get us back into the rhythm of reading, and I’m so glad that’s happened to me. I’m aware that when I head back home and prepare for university next year, I will need to read numerous books that I may not enjoy, however, so long as I can read something of my choosing in between, it should be manageable.

Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Elliot: Advice for her daughter, this book is compiled into short chapters that cover a range of topics regarding being a woman as God made her. Elisabeth Elliot is direct, refreshing, and draws upon the Bible clearly and truthfully. I would recommend this book for any Christian woman, and at any stage of life – singleness and marriage are both covered. 4.5 stars.

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Given to me as a Christmas present last year, I made it my mission to complete this ready for the new book I would receive this year. I finished it on the morning of the 25th, which I would call a success. I enjoyed this story; Fitzgerald explores plot in new ways by beginning the story from an outsider’s perspective on what I would call the two main characters, as well as playing around with chronological order and the way the story unfolds. A classic, and rightly so. 4 stars.

Her Kingdom by Amy Feuvre: A lovely, wholesome read that explores faith and relationships. One of those older books that you’d only find in a secondhand bookshop. We follow the protagonist as she marries under interesting circumstances and sets about righting her husbands home, who has three unruly children and a disordered house. 4 stars.

Lessons from Madame Chic, Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic, and At Home with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott: Every time I visit my parents, I end up reading these three books. Easy to read, and easy to skim through sections that may not apply to you (looking at you, makeup tutorials), these books give timeless advice that never cease to inspire and motivate me to live my best, and to live authentically. As seen through the titles, these books offer practical tips on how to live a quality life with poise and purpose. They aren’t belittling, as the author freely tells of the mistakes she has made and how she has had to grow, and simply offers building blocks that you can apply to certain areas of your life if you so desire. 4 stars also. (In the interest of full disclosure, I have only just begun rereading At Home with Madame Chic but I can honestly declare it a 4 star read, and will probably finish it by January.)

It’s strange to think we have nearly reached a new year, but here we are, at the end of 2021. I know I shall read some good books in 2022, and no doubt some less than ideal ones as well, due to the fact I will be studying science fiction even though most of it disgusts me (lol).

I hope you all had a happy Christmas, enjoy coming into the New Year, and I look forward to writing more blog posts in January!

Sarah xx

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