It’s Deceeeeember! I love Christmas and I’ll be trying to make the most of the festive season (Christmas markets and jumpers! Taylor Swift’s Holiday Collection! Food and family games!) but it also means it’s nearly the end of the year, which I always feel comes too soon. I’ve tried to read books as and when I feel like it this year, rather than picking out a stack of books I think I should read next, but I’m going against that now because I absolutely must read these four books before 2014!
Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories by Nancy Mitford, John Cheever, Charles Dickens, Edith Nesbit, Laurie Lee, M.R. James, Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse and many more!
What is it about? Round the Christmas Fire is a lovely collection of classic Christmas stories. I first came acrosss it in a bookshop and it’s probably one of the very few books I’ve bought in a long time without having discovered it on social media first. I thought it had a beautiful cover and I adore Christmas stories, but I didn’t buy it. I kept seeing it again and again in every bookshop I went in to – and I’ve been to a lot this year – so I finally decided to go for it.
Why do I need to read it? It’s Christmas! If I don’t read it now, I won’t be able to read it until late 2014 because I cannot bring myself to read festive stories unless it’s Christmas. And it’ll count towards my 2013 Classics Challenge, which is a plus!
The Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
What is it about? The Lost Daughter (also known as The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes) will be my first book by Diane Chamberlaine. I’m really looking forward to it since she’s always recommended for people who enjoy Jodi Picoult, who’s one of my favourite authors. In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.
Why do I need to read it? It’s one of my mum’s favourite books and so I borrowed it from her. Nineteen Minutes is our favourite book by Jodi Picoult and my mum said she hadn’t come across a book she enjoyed as much until she read The Lost Daughter, so obviously I must read it to see what I think! Plus, she keeps saying I have to give it back if I don’t.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
What is it about? I’m sure you all know more about WG, WG than I do! One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.
Why do I need to read it? The Fault in Our Stars was the last John Green book I read, back in January 2012. I avoided reading this one because then I wouldn’t have had any John Green books left to read. I tried to hold out and wait until his next book was soon to be published, but since I bought it in July 2011, I think it’s about time I read it. One of my favourite books, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, was co-authord by David Levithan, and I read Every Day this year, so I’m looking forward to this collaboration.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
What is it about? The Snow Child was one of the bestselling books of 2012. Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart. In a moment of levity during the first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young girl running through the trees.
Why do I need to read it? I bought The Snow Child in May 2012. It sounds a little unusual and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on my own, but everyone I knew who had read it absolutely loved it. (I also wanted to buy it before the paperback was published as it’s a beautiful book). It’s another one of those books I won’t read unless it’s winter, so I better get to it.
Which books do you want to read before 2014?