In terms of reading December should be back to regular scheduling, but, for the most part I want to finish anything that has been lingering on my currently-reading list.
1606: Shakespeare and the Year of Lear by James Shapiro
I bought this when I went to Stratford-Upon-Avon for the first time with my friends this past summer. As an English Lit graduate, it probably comes as no surprise that I LOVE Shakespeare. Essentially Shapiro examines everything that he considers may have influenced Shakespeare prior to, and during the process of composing the play, King Lear.Although I’m not usually in to non-fiction, I have been enjoying this, though it’s not something that I’ve been rushing to finish, until now. End of December or bust!
More Than This by Patrick Ness
As part of my NessVember TBR, I just didn’t manage to finish this, despite being a re-read. More Than This is the story of Seth who drowns… and then wakes up again. But don’t worry this is not a Groundhog Day sort of situation. Instead Seth wakes up confused, in a uncannily familiar place, utterly alone, and he has to piece together what happened to him, along with where he is, and where everyone else is. I guess you’d say that it’s sci-fi, but it’s such a unique character study it’s hard to categorise. Either way More Than This is a very special book, and I can’t wait to see my thoughts on it this time around, after a couple of years since my first read.
Release by Patrick Ness
My second attempt at a Nessvember book (as you can tell it was not all that successful) was Release, Ness’ most recent… well… release. I picked this up back in June, and managed to get hold of a signed copy from Waterstones. We follow Adam, a preacher’s son in a small town, over the course of just one single day in his life. I know that it’s supposed to pay homage to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, and that it’s an own voices LGBTQ+ novel, but that’s all I know. I’m almost halfway in and I’m really loving it so far, almost as much as I love the design on the cover. I mean, it’s just so beautiful!
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K Rowling
Um, is it even December if you don’t have a Harry Potter book on your TBR? Didn’t think so. Are you adding one to yours? You probably should. There just something festive to me about this series, so I either like to start it around Christmas of finish it, clearly this year I’m starting it off. I’ll be switching in between the audiobook, read by Stephen Fry, and the new Hogwarts house edition (I’m a Ravenclaw in case you were wondering). Ideally I would go through this quite quickly but we’ll see how it goes, because I’m usually a s-l-o-w audiobook reader.
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassie Clare
Um, is it even December if you’re not reading The Infernal Devices? I’m just kidding, but I do tend to read these in the Winter months, which just harks back to the first time that I read this trilogy. This is a series that I recommend to people who are fantasy newbies, historical fiction newbies, YA newbies… basically I will recommend to anyone, and everyone. If you are a Shadowhunter newbie, its an urban fantasy world, where there are a race of humans with angel blood who kill demons, unbeknownst to the humans, who prowl the streets. So, take a moment to imagine that against a Victorian London backdrop. Yeah, it’s that awesome
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) by Philip Pullman
I’ve never read His Dark Materials before, and yes, I have been motivated by the release of the new book. Hasn’t everyone? I had a lot of fun with The Golden Compass, but wasn’t a huge fan of The Subtle Knife, so I’m not exactly looking forward to the final book. I wish I was, but I’m not. Still, we read on, boats against the current and all that. I can’t say much about the plot, for two reasons; the first, that it’s the third in a series, and secondly that I don’t have a faintest idea. All I want is to tick this series off my TBR, and maybe read The Book of Dust.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
This was the October book, the main one at least, in that month’s FairyLoot box, for which I do have an unboxing if you’re interesting in what else was there. With the FairyLoot books I like to think that I’ve been pretty good not leaving them on my TBR pile for an age so in continuing with that Forest of a Thousand Lanterns makes an appearance. As far as I understand, this is a fairytale retelling of the Evil Queen, from Snow White, focusing on her rise to becoming the character we’re more familiar with. Almost, a prequel in that sense. Also, it’s set agains an asian-fantasy backdrop which should be a lot of fun.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
Also, from the October FairyLoot box (hey, have you seen my UNBOXING?), came this bonus book which had been on my radar since it was announced, party because I like the world, but mostly because Leigh Bardugo is an auto-buy author for me. If you’re sitting there thinking, but I haven’t read any of the Grisha books, well don’t worry because The Language of Thorns is completely unrelated. This is a collection of fairytales that would be told to the children of the Grisha world, kinda like Rowling’s Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Whew! There we go, all of the eight books I’m hoping to read this month. I have defiantly missed nice long TBRs, honestly shortening November’s wasn’t a great idea, and didn’t really help.
I am most excited to read The Language of Thorns, but I’m ready for some old favourites and new surprises. Bring on December!
Have you read any of these, and what did you think? If not, which would you be most eager to read before the year is up? What’s on your TBR this month?
Thanks for reading,