What I Checked Out in December

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Audiobook narrated by Andi Arndt

I checked out the audiobook and the print book. The audiobook is enjoyable, but I recommend the print book because of the supplemental images and the annotations to RBG’s court opinions.

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

This is more for young adult audiences, but could be enjoyed by some adults. There is representation of a lot of diverse audiences, and some of the stories are really moving.

One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis (Heartbreaker Bay Series #2.5)

Audiobook narrated by Karen White

I was looking for Christmas romance novels to get me out of the graduate school mindset and into the Christmas spirit. This one didn’t do it, but it’s short and enjoyable enough.

A Knights Bridge Christmas by Carla Neggers (Swift River Valley Series #5)

Audiobook narrated by Susan Boyce

This was a bit more in the Christmas spirit. I didn’t love it enough to read other books in the series, but I liked this one.

An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James (Desperate Duchesses Series #2)

Audiobook narrated by Susan Duerden

This has very little to do with Christmas, but the premise is different and compelling. Definitely not your typical regency romance.

Mischief and Mistletoe

I read the first 3 stories: She Stoops to Wenchdom by Mary Jo Putney, Miss Brockhurst’s Christmas Campaign by Jo Beverley, and Intrigue and Mistletoe by Joanna Bourne. I loved all of them and may check it out again next December.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Audiobook narrated by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah is an amazing storyteller. I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this book. The stories Trevor tells about his life are sad, hilarious, and eye-opening, and it really makes a difference to hear them in his own voice.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Audiobook narrated by Cathleen McCarron

I’m still listening to this one, but I love how the author lays out the story. Eleanor is such a complex character, and I find myself both cringing at her behavior and rooting for her to succeed.

Emily: The Cookbook by Emily Hyland and Matthew Hyland

I made the Emmy Burger with the accompanying Nyugen Sauce. I would definitely use this cookbook again.

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

I am experimenting with different kinds of cooking for holidays. I used this cookbook for Christmas. The Vegan Banana Eggnog Pancakes are to die for. The Pumpkin and Cranberry Risotto with Chestnuts was delicious. I did not particularly enjoy the Bean Bourguignon.

Deadpool 2

I liked the Deadpool-style humor in the first movie. In this one, it got tiresome.


This movie is incredible and powerful. I highly recommend it, but it can be upsetting to some audiences for language and violence.

Fargo: Season 1

My husband and I watched the movie Fargo and all three seasons right before we moved to Minnesota. We loved the first season so much that we watched it again.

The Nun

I love the Conjuring movies and pretty much anything to do with the Warrens. This was only vaguely related. It was better than most horror movies, but not as good as the other Conjuring movies.


The story arc is almost identical to The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Worth missing.

Ant-man and the Wasp

Entertaining, standard Marvel movie.

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