November Wrap-Up and a Look to December

by Kim on November 30, 2012 · 25 comments

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November has been a very, very slow month of reading, but I did reach my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books on November 19 when I finished Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway. In total, I read three books this month:

  • How the French Invented Love by Marilyn Yalom
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  • Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

I think three books is the fewest books I’ve read in a month since I started blogging. Yikes! In general, it’s just been a very busy month, between work and some crocheting projects (to be revealed very soon). I’ve also been making slow progress on two very big books — Bleak House by Charles Dickens on audio book and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. A friend and I went to see Lincoln over Thanksgiving, and now I’m feeling even more motivated to finish Team of Rivals, it’s just a giant book!

I’m not sure that December is going to provide much more time for reading, but I’m trying to be optimistic. One of my goals for 2013 is to get more ahead of review copies. This year, and for the last several years, I’ve generally read any review copies during the month that they come out. While this is good for my general book fannishness — I’m reading what’s buzzy when it’s been buzzed about — it’s not great for reviews. Inevitably, it takes me several weeks to write a review and so I feel behind the curve by the time it goes up. So for 2013 I’m going to try and get a month ahead, reading January 2013 books in December 2012.

With that in mind, here are the books that should be on my plate this month (in between chapters of Team of Rivals):

  • Prairie Silence by Melanie Hoffert (Beacon)
  • Wanted Women by Deborah Scroggins (Harper Perennial)
  • Friendfluence by Carlin Flora (Doubleday)
  • The Real Jane Austen by Paula Byrne (Harper)

I’d also like to get to a few of the library books I have out at the moment. I have this terrible habit of checking out books and then never reading them. Right now, I have these few on my shelves that I am very excited about:

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (the National Book Award winner for 2012)
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple
  • Waking Up in Eden by Lucinda Fleeson
  • As Texas Goes… by Gail Collins

We’ll see how it goes though; I have such a hard time estimating how much time I will have to read during the holidays. I do a lot of traveling in December and early January, which eats into a lot of my reading and blogging time. If I can get to all four of those review books, plus finish Bleak House and Team of Rivals, I will call this month a win.

What books are you looking forward to reading in December?


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