December 2021 Reading: Salt Lick; The Christie Affair; Ducks, Newburyport; I, Mona Lisa

Another month where I read fewer books than usual (and one is a bit cheaty as I was just finishing off the final section!) but I am getting much more zen about my monthly totals – life gets in the way sometimes, and reading isn’t a competitive sport! Let’s have a little look at how I finished my year in books – links to full reviews where relevant.

Salt Lick by Lulu Allison (2021)

I really enjoyed this beautifully written novel about a dystopian future that feels uncomfortably close. And it has a cow chorus. You can read my full review here.

The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont (2022)

This book has such an intriguing premise, and I enjoyed reading it, but it wasn’t a top read for me. You can see my full review here.

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann (2019)

Ducks, Newburyport has been my constant companion during 2021 – I’ve been reading a section a month. For my full review (and details of how I found the experience!) see my post here.

I, Mona Lisa by Natasha Solomons (2022)

I loved this book – it was the perfect novel to finish off a wonderful year of reading. Unfortunately I’d already passed on my Squadpod list of 21 top books of 21, so I’ll have to put this on my Top Reads of 2022 – it is going to take some beating! To see why I adored it, check out my full review here.

I didn’t get through a ton of books in December, and to be honest, I don’t care at all! I said at the start of the year that I wasn’t going to put pressure on myself to read loads of books every month, and indeed, life made damn sure that wasn’t even possible, but I have had a fantastic year of reading, and once again, books have got me through some tough times.

Huge thanks to all the authors, publishers and publicists who have sent me books in 2021 – I feel so lucky to be trusted to review ARCs – I couldn’t have imagined it even a couple of years ago. And thanks to everyone in the bookish community, all of whom have provided so much support in so many ways.

Here’s to more fabulous bookish goodness in 2022!

Happy reading!

Ellie x


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