I know that pretty much everyone says this, but seriously, how can it be December already? I honestly can’t account for where the time has gone, although I feel like it’s been a generally good year. But December? Seriously? I can’t get my head around it.
November was a busy month, with work, with life, and with the blog thanks to Nonfiction November. I didn’t get as much reading in as I wish that I had, but I’m satisfied with the books that I did read this month:
- Nordberg, Jenny: The Underground Girls of Kabul (nonfiction)
- Oliver, Lauren: Rooms (fiction)
- Horn, Stacy: The Restless Sleep (nonfiction)
- Hillebrand, Laura: Seabiscuit (nonfiction)
- Faber, Michael: The Book of Strange New Things (fiction)
I also ended up rereading On Immunity by Eula Biss for a freelance review I needed to turn in, but I’m not sure if that really counts in my overall reading total or not.
Without counting On Immunity, I’m at 91 books read for the year. My Goodreads goal for the last several years has been 100 books, but that’s been a soft goal — I’ve consistently read closer to 105 to 110 books per year. I like setting the goal a little low so I feel good hitting it. This year, I’m not even sure I will — it’s going to be tough to finish nine books in December.
A Look to December
December is a slow month in publishing, which means I don’t have any review copies I need to make time for this month (that I can remember anyway). I’ve also slowed way down on the number of review copies I’m accepting, so I only have a couple for January that I might try to squeeze in — Whipping Boy by Allen Kurzweil (a memoir about a man’s search for his boarding-school bully) and Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman (short stories about women who attained celebrity).
And since it’s the end of the year, there are lots of options for blogging. I’ve been slow on writing reviews, so I’m hoping to do some detailed posts about my favorite reads from the year and dig into my reading stats for 2014. And Adam (Roof Beam Reader) just announced the 2015 TBR Challenge which is so tempting!
Life’s a little crazy, but I’m not sure I’d have it any other way. What books are you excited to read in December?