Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Best of the Bunch (December 2020)

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Today I'm sharing the best book I read in December. Also, a programming note: Best of the Bunch will no longer go up at midnight ET on the last day of the month. Starting in January, the linkup will go up at midnight ET on the first day of the next month.

Of the 4 books I read this month, I had one 5-star read, which was my best of the bunch!

The Parker Inheritance was a very satisfying read — a middle grade mystery with both present-day and historical timelines. It wasn't as focused on the puzzle/mystery as I expected, but that ended up being OK. The sections from the 1950s provide a great middle-grade level look at the experiences of Black Southerns in that time period, while the modern-day sections dive into subjects like divorce and bullying. I really liked that there wasn't a shoehorned romance between Candice and Brandon; sometimes boys and girls can just be friends (and mystery-solving partners)! The mystery was great — I didn't figure most of out on my own (and what I did figure out, the characters were right behind me), but everything fit together nicely and it didn't seem like a stretch that they would be able to figure it out the way they did. This was the first recommendation I've read from my TBR bibliologist and they hit it out of the park!

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

Looking back:
One year ago I was reading: The Seeress of Kell, The Next Evangelicalism, and I Bring the Voices of My People
Five years ago I was reading: Middlemarch and The Quran
Ten years ago I was reading: Human Happiness

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