December is wrapping up. It was a busy month but mostly fun, having Christmas and end-of-the-semester in there plus a great trip to New Orleans. (More to come on that trip.)
The reading was pretty good as well:
- All-American Murder: The Aaron Hernandez Story – Alex Patterson (NF Sports). I know – a book about American football and me? But strangely interesting…
- London and the South-East – David Szalay (F) Random pick of library shelves. Not bad…
- Home-Fires: The Story of the WI in WW2 – Julie Summers (NF/History) Very good history of the Women’s Institute in England…
- New Orleans: DK Guide. Travel guide.
- Catchphrase, Slogan and Cliche – History – Judy Parkinson (NF/history)
- Paddington Goes to Town – Michael Bond (F) Really needed something fairly easy and straightforward to read immediately post-semester!
- The Snowman – Raymond Briggs (F/GN). See above.
- English Country House Murders: an Anthology – Thomas Godfrey (F). See above.
- Friday Black – Nana Kwame Adjej-Brenyah (F-Short stories). Challenging but in a good way.
- Total books read: 9
- Total pages read: 2511 pp. (av. 279 pp.)
- NF: 4 (44% of monthly total)
- F: 5 (56% of monthly total)
- TBR: 8 (89% of monthly total read). Go me.
- Total % TBR for year to date: 64%. (Happy with this number.)
- Library: 1
- POC author/topic(s): 2 (22% of monthly total). Will. Do. Better.
- Male to Female: 5 males + 2 females + 2 of mixed genders.
- DNFs: 0
- Oldest title: 1969 (Paddington Goes to Town/Michael Bond…) .
- Longest title (re: page count): 533 pp.
- Shortest title (re: page count) (excluding DNFs): 32 pp.
And – strangely enough, no relevant book review posts either. (There were some other posts but not about the actual books, which is weird for a book blog, yes?) I can only attribute this aberration to running out of time and energy at the end of the semester, but trust you’ll forgive me. 🙂
There was a lovely visit with my mum and, naturally, we completed a jigsaw or two, the large one was only completed with super-human effort by us both in an effort to finish it before she left early the next day. Completely fun and very worth it.
Moving into the new year, I don’t really have any complicated reading plans. I’m definitely going to partake in the Non-Fiction November when it comes around, but apart from that, I’ll take it as it comes. I might do Simon and Kaggsy’s Year Project but again, pretty open-ended on that right now.
I’m collecting info for the Best-of-Year blog post, but might skip the Best-of-Decade post that is traveling around the blogosphere right now. Depends on time…
Whatever your plans, wherever you may be – here’s to a year of peace and plenty for you. (Oh, and some good reads as well.) 🙂
A great month of reading! I love love love the reader’s paradise puzzle! How do you keep your cats from helping you? I have not been able to do a puzzle in years because my cats are so very helpful. Happy New Year!