Monday, December 31, 2012

Books Read in December

I thought I would sum up the month of December before taking a look back at the whole year. After reading so few books in November (because I tackled the lengthy Middlemarch), I made up for lost time in December. I also made a last ditch effort to make some progress in my 2012 Reading Challenges, so I chose my books accordingly, with a strong focus on reading off my over-full TBR shelves (and tackling some shorter books!). It turned out to be a good strategy - I read some really great books this month that I've been meaning to get to for ages. Here's what I read this month:

  • The Big Burn by Timothy Egan, nonfiction read for my neighborhood book group.
  • Greetings from Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley, a middle-grade novel.
  • Time and Again by Jack Finney, a classic time travel novel my husband gave me for Christmas last year.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, the teen/YA novel everyone was talking about all year.
  • The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett and Poly Bernatene, a picture book (it counts!).
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, a novel my best friend has been raving about for years - why did I wait so long to read it?
  • The Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede, a teen novel my son has been telling me to read for years! This one is a bit of cheat because I haven't finished it yet, but I will by tomorrow at the latest with a bunch of airport/airplane time, so I'm counting it for 2012!
Wow, seven books - possibly my best month of the year! Of course, one was a picture book... And I am a bit behind in writing reviews - plenty of reading time this busy month but not much writing time!

The quality was spectacular this month - every one of these books was excellent, and I have really enjoyed reading all month. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I think The Bean Trees comes out on top - I finished it and immediately wanted to start its sequel, Pigs in Heaven (but I left it at home).

As I mentioned, I specifically chose books this month to help my 2012 Reading Challenges, so I made lots of progress there. I added 5 new states to my Where Are You Reading Challenge (Montana, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, and South Dakota). South Dakota was a bit of an educated guess since The Thirteenth Child takes place in an alternate world similar to the old West, but I think that's about where they are in the Great Northern Plains, don't you think?

Best of all, I added four more books to my 12 in '12 Reading Challenge to read 12 books from my TBR shelves!

What great books did YOU read in December?


  1. Way to end with a strong finish! Happy New Year :-)

  2. Sounds like you had a good year. I don't seem to ever get finished with challenges.

  3. Wow! I'm impressed. I haven't done monthly recaps in a while, but I don't think I read more than 2-3 books in December. I have been really slow reading and writing reviews. I'm hoping to pick up momentum again soon! Happy New Year!