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Sweet Reads: The December Releases To Treat Yourself This Holiday Season

Sweet Reads: The December Releases To Treat Yourself This Holiday Season

Bookworm bees, welcome to Sweet Reads, where we discuss the month’s most anticipated book releases! Every month is an exciting time for people like us because it means new, beautiful books are on their way. And this month is no exception, as we’re about to be bombarded with December book releases! While Christmas is approaching faster than ever, this list is an excellent opportunity to update your wish list. So let’s not wait any longer and check out what December is about to serve us.

Call Us What We Carry: Poems By Amanda Gorman 
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Starting with a poetry book for people who have been hungry for good poems, Call Us What We Carry is an excellent choice! This Amanda Gorman poetry collection used to be called The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, so don’t let the new title confuse you! Inspired by the overwhelming feeling of COVID-19, which affected all of us deeply, Amanda Gorman talks about many topics such as history, language, and identity. The goal? Healing through poetry.

Release date: December 7
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Beasts Of A Little Land: A Novel By Juhea Kim
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If we have talked about a poetry collection connected deeply to history, let’s keep going with a historical fiction novel. Beasts Of A Little Land reflects the Korean independence movement through the story of a young Korean girl. With its rich plot and characters, the book tells us a story of beautiful unrequited love, severe poverty, and corruption that comes from war, and we are sure you will love this one!

Release date: December 7
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If This Gets Out By Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich
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Wednesday Books

Did someone say queer young adult novel that will also cater to our inner-fan? We’ve got you covered because this novel, which is a huge part of December book releases, is a must-read. America’s biggest boyband, with millions of fans, is living the life they’ve always wanted. What could they possibly want more? They are best friends, they are famous, and they have power. However, this is the only part that we can see. In the background, the pressure comes with fame, power dynamics, abuse, and the music industry’s dark and horrible side. While trying to make their way in this world, two members of the band become increasingly close to each other and eventually fall in love. Will they, however, be able to tell the world about their relationship?

Release date: December 7
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No Beauties Or Monsters By Tara Goedjen
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Delacorte Press

The story begins with the protagonist Rylie deciding to return to her hometown of Twentynine Palms after a long absence, but we all know how that turns out. Unfortunately, nothing stays the same, and neither does Twentynine Palms, and as if that weren’t enough, Ryle finds herself in a situation where she must solve a mystery. Tara Goedjen did an excellent job here, with fantastic characters and a creepy setting, and you should definitely immerse yourself in this world.

Release date: December 7
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A History Of Wild Places By Shea Ernshaw
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Atria Books

Travis Wren possesses a talent. When he touches someone, he can see their entire life, and when he touches their belongings, he can discover where they have been. He has been assisting the police in finding missing people and solving impossible cases due to this gift. Every gift, however, comes at a cost. Because he is so involved in other people’s lives, he gradually drifts away from his own. But after taking a case and discovering something he shouldn’t have known, he vanishes for good. Believe us when we say you won’t be able to put this mystery novel down.

Release date: December 7
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Fools In Love: Fresh Twists On Romantic Tales, Edited By Ashley Herring Blake & Rebecca Podos 
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Running Press Kids

Take a look at what we’ve got in here! This young adult anthology is jam-packed with our favorite tropes! Love triangles? Check! Fake relationships? Check! Friends to lovers? Check! Oh my god, enemies to lovers? Check check check! Fools In Love is a collection of 15 short stories written by various artists. By this, we don’t just mean contemporary young adult stories; we’re also talking about science fiction, fantasy, and other genres! This is literally everything a bookworm could want.

Release date: December 7
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Bright Burning Things By Lisa Harding
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HarperVia

Assume you have achieved everything you have wished for in this life. You have a fantastic career, live in luxury, and have lovers. Everything you have is proof of your enormous success. But then something happens, and your entire world is turned upside down, and you begin to sink deeper into unresolved childhood trauma. Sonya, the main character in Bright Burning Things, goes through this. But she has a powerful reason to live and succeed: her son. However, moving on from yourself and basing your life on others is not easy, even if that other person is your son.

Release date: December 7
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Heart Of The Impaler By Alexander Delacroix
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Swoon Reads

Gather around, everyone! We have a historical young adult fiction in our December book releases! Two royal men, Vlad and Andrei, are cousins, but they are more than this. They are best friends. In this chaotic, cruel world, they can only trust each other. However, they end up falling for the same woman, Ilona, who has been sent to Mircea, the kingdom ruled by Vlad’s father, as a political alliance. The inevitable war is approaching, but some battles are more challenging to fight in. So, what are they going to do?

Release date: December 7
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The Big Reveal By Jen Larsen
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Henry Holt and Co.

An excellent book about fighting against fatphobia, society’s double standards, harassment, and bullying. This book gives massive empowering vibes. Addie’s greatest ambition is to be accepted into a big dance company, and she is courageous in her pursuit, but she lacks the financial resources to do so. As a result, she decides to put on a burlesque show to raise funds for her dream dance company. Unfortunately, you know how the world works. Will all this body-shaming against Addie stop her? 

Release date: December 7
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The Coldest Touch By Isabel Sterling
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Vampires have returned to town, baby! Listen up, one of our main characters, Elise, has been cursed. She can see how people will die as soon as she touches them. But she can’t go against fate and change the outcome, so the only thing she wants in the world is to get rid of this gift. Fortunately, as a vampire, Claire is here to assist Elise in mastering her powers. Will they be able to trust each other as complete strangers, or will there be problems along the way? We can’t give you an answer; you must place an order to find out!

Release date: December 7
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The Last She By H.J. Nelson
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Wattpad Books

Where have all of our dystopian young adult fans gone? You will be as excited about this one as we are. Ara is the only female who survives after a terrible virus wipes out the rest of the world. The world is corrupted, she hasn’t spoken to a human being in a long time, and she is still forced to live in survival mode in this forced alienation. Yet, she is determined to end the virus. Luckily, she has the help of Kaden and his friends.

Release date: December 7
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Hidden Treasures By Michelle Adams
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William Morrow

A young girl falls in love with a boy in a small town in France, and even though she has no idea who he is, she will do anything for him—even putting her life in danger by hiding an object. Years later, this young girl’s son, Harry, sees Tabitha, the one who got away. Tabitha informs him that his mother sent her a letter about the hidden object shortly before her death and that her final wish was for the two of them to find it together. Will they be able to find their way back to each other while searching for this valuable object? We don’t know, to be honest. Perhaps you’d like to tell us after you’ve finished the book.

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Release date: December 7
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Homecoming King (Three Kings #1) By Penny Reid
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Cipher-Naught

This is the first book in Reid’s Three Kings series, and you’re going to love it! We believe you can relate to Rex, even if only slightly. Rex McMurtry is single, and he might be okay with it if all of his ex-girlfriends didn’t marry the next person they dated, all of whom are his close friends. So, just as he is overthinking whether he is the problem, he comes across Abigail, a bartender who listens to sad love stories every night and swears she will never fall in love. The thing is, Abigail has always had a huge crush on Rex. Perhaps this time, Rex will break the curse as Abigail breaks the promise.

Release date: December 14
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How To Not Fall In Love By Jacqueline Firkins
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Clarion Books

Speaking of never falling in love promises, this one is for you if you enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope. Harper’s mother owns a wedding shop, so she grows up literally witnessing people’s obsession with materialism. As a result, she believes that love is unreal and that the only thing that people care about is big, luxurious, glorious things about love. On the other hand, her best friend Theo literally falls in love with every girl who shows even a tiny little bit of affection to him, and his greatest wish is to find the love of his life. So Harper decides to teach Theo “how to not fall in love,” fearing that the dream will ruin her best friend’s life. However, this is where the tables turn.

Release date: December 21
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Here’s To Us (What If It’s Us #2) By Becky Albertall & Adam Silvera
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Quill Tree Books

Last but not least, Here’s To Us, another highly anticipated December book release. We welcome Ben and Arthur back in this sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel What If It’s Us, and we hope this is where they change their story for good. Even after all these years, Ben and Arthur still have mixed feelings about each other. Despite their best efforts to forget about each other and move on, fate continues to bring them together. So, this has to be a sign, doesn’t it?

Release date: December 28
Pre-order here.

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Of course, it is impossible to cover all of the December book releases in a single article, but believe us when we say that these titles will not disappoint. So, don’t waste time; many of the books on this list have already been published, and the others are closer than ever. Maybe this month will be the month you break your reading slump, huh?

Have you ordered any of the books in our December releases list? Which one are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments below, or reach us on Twitter @TheHoneyPopFacebook, and Instagram. Don’t forget to join our Discord server, The Hive.

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