Books On My TBR / December Reads

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!

From My Bookshelves / December Reads
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 ;)

From My Bookshelves / December ReadsThe 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.

From My Bookshelves / December Reads
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!

Poppy by Mary Hooper because the sequel, Poppy in the Field, is published next year and you all know how much I love YA/children’s world war fiction.

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?

15 thoughts on “Books On My TBR / December Reads

  1. I’ve read A Christmas Carol, both Jandy Nelsons (AMAZING), the Sleeper and the Spindle (superb), Fantastic Mr Fox, and All I Want For Christmas, which is in Unlocked. And have read 3 of the MLTGTM stories for next Sunday, really enjoying so far. I might try and read Poppy as well; there doesn’t seem to have been much historical this year (I can think of a couple of anthologies and maybe half a dozen novels) and it’s a genre I really love.

    So jealous that you have the new Nick Lake!

    Great post. :)

  2. I can’t wait to get started on My True Love Gave to Me!
    And my excitement for A Court of Thorns and Roses? I can’t even go there.
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

  3. So jealous of your job – can’t wait to read your review of COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES.

    Also, such lovely classic Christmas editions of CHRISTMAS CAROL and GREAT EXPECTATIONS. I hope you enjoy them.

    MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME is wonderful. You’ll eat it up! :)

  4. my, I would love to get myself all of these books. They sound amazing.

  5. Little Woman and A Christmas Carol are essential December reads.

    I’ve been dying to delve in to my copy of Mu True Love Gave To Me for since I got it but I resisted the urge until the very end of November. I’m going to be reading the stories interspersed between my other books so I don’t have an overload of short stories.

    Great December picks! Look forward to your next round of Roald Dahl reviews.

    P.S. Loving the snow falling on your blog design!
    :-)

  6. Definitely got to read ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Christmas…my other guilty pleasure is: ‘The Night Before Christmas.’ I read it every year…even though I am old enough to be at University and live on my own…yeah – Christmas is time of guilty pleasures ;)

    Love the rest too!

    Ellie

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