December was one of my best months for reading. All those best-of lists pushed me to read a few books I’d been wanting for a while. Nothing disappointed in December, from the thought-provoking We Were Eight Years in Power to Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology to Celeste Ng’s fantastic followup novel Little Fires Everywhere. I’m also glad to have finally read something by Diana Wynne Jones, a fantasy author I’ve heard about for years. I’m still processing White Tears, which was an intense and very strange book.
Here’s what I read in December:
- A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
- We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- Charmed Life by Dianna Wynne Jones
- White Tears by Hari Kunzru
I didn’t have time to review books this month; instead I ended the year with these posts:
- Cookbooks to Give as Gifts
- Best Books Read in 2017
- Best Debut Novels
- Books that Disappointed in 2017
- Books on My Holiday Wish List
- 2018 Reading Challenges
- My Year in Reading and Blogging
What I’m reading now: Nick Harkaway’s Angelmaker, which is a really fun combination of steampunk meets detective noir. I’ve been wanting to read something by him.
What’s coming up: In January I’m going to try out some book clubs! First up is Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God. Another book club is reading Exit West, and a third is reading Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals.
Also, I kind of overdid it the last few months with review requests, so I’ve been holding back. I just have one coming up, Tell Me More: The Stories about the Twelve Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan.
Things that made me happy this month:
- Having my in-laws out for Christmas – lately we’ve been on our own for Christmas, which is okay but this year we were happy to have my husband’s parents come out and spend the holiday with us.
- I finally got the new Zelda game and a brand new Nintendo Switch, and I’m excited to get started.
- I’m happy that my husband liked the new Star Wars so much – every good Star Wars movie is something that makes us both happy. My own favorite this month was Coco, which was just a beautiful movie and one I definitely recommend to adults.
Added to my TBR Pile: too many books to count!
And if you’re looking to use some gift certificates, here are a few book deals (from BookRiot) you might want to check out:
- The Turner Houseby Angela Flournoy for $2.99.
- The Namesakeby Jhumpa Lahiri for $2.99.
- Furiously Happyby Jenny Lawson for $2.99.
- Monstress, Vol 1 by Liu & Takeda for $3.99
- The Inheritance Trilogyby N.K. Jemisin for $9.99
- We Should All Be Feministsby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for $4.99
Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve, and I’ll see you in January!