It’s December tomorrow! I have two weeks off at Christmas (hooray!) and one of the best things about having time off is curling up with a book all day and not feeling guilty about it. I’ve been a slow reader this year; I’ve mostly read around 4-5 books per month. However, it’s not really about the amount that I’m reading. I wouldn’t mind reading a few books per month if I didn’t have so many on my TBR! But I have a lot of books on my shelves (and Kindle!), so this does mean there’s many brilliant books that I haven’t yet read and really want to. But don’t worry! I usually read 10-11 books in December, so I thought I’d put together a list of books that I’d like to read next month – I’m sure I can get to most of them!
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins because I’ve been waiting ALL YEAR for this. I’ll be reading it for my book club next Sunday, but it’s one I’m most excited to read this winter.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens because I have a poster of the Penguin English Library edition cover on my wall, which I won earlier this year, and I promised myself I’d read it this winter, otherwise I feel like a bit of a fraud!
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens because even though it might be a bit of a Dickens overdose, I’ve only ever studied A Christmas Carol rather than reading it for fun, so I’ve never really enjoyed it. Hopefully I can learn to love it as much as everyone else?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott because this is another classic I’ve been meaning to read for such a long time. The adaptation is on Netflix but I’ve refused to watch it until I’ve read the book. If read all the classics in this post, it’ll also mean I’ll have read 8 books for my 2014 Classics Challenge and it’ll make me feel much better about it!
Unlocked: The Christmas Collection by Various because I bought this a few weeks ago, ready for Christmas. It’s actually five YA novellas – so I’ll of course be counting it as five books 😉
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell because I wanted to read this before his Waterstones Piccadilly event earlier this month, but I didn’t get round to it. I feel like it’s the sort of book I need to dedicate time and attention to (it’s very meta-physical!), so I’ve asked for it for Christmas so I can read over the break. I really enjoyed the extract that David Mitchell read at his event, so I’m looking forward to starting it.
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson because I’ve had the eBook of this popular YA contemporary novel for a while. Walker Books will be publishing the new cover edition next year and they sent a surprise copy of the book to me, so I’d like to read that as it has little illustrations, rather than my eBook.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson because we also received the new book at Walker’s Bookish Blogger Brunch yesterday. I feel like these are two books that you become completely absorbed in, so I can’t wait.
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl because I only need to read one more book before I can ‘review’ three Roald Dahl books for you! I’ve seen that the adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox is on Sky Movies, so I’ve opted to read this one.
And here’s a few that I’ll be reading for work:
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale because it’s the 10th anniversary next year and I’m looking forward to seeing what I’ve missed out on all these years!
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell because it’s utterly beautiful and I’m looking forward to delving into this beautifully illustrated fairy tale.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas because we’re all so excited about Sarah’s new series!
Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne because it’s the perfect Christmas novella to curl up with and a mug of hot chocolate.
There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake because this is a huge book for us next year and I like the sound of a ‘twisty thriller’.
Have you read any of these? What are your top books for this winter?