November 30, 2015

New on the Stack (December)

This will be the first time in several years that I will not be hitting my Goodreads goal for number of books for the year. Between a slightly ambitious number and a major reading slump this fall, I have made my peace with not reaching my goal.

This is actually rather freeing, because now I'm not going to be feverishly tearing through books when I'd rather be savoring them by the fireside.

Today, a glimpse of what I'm (hoping) to read in December. I'm linking up with Sheila at The Deliberate Reader, so pop over there to see more recommendations!

The Winter Laird by Nancy Scanlon

How did I get it: This is sitting on my Kindle as we speak.
Why did I get it: Nancy is a dear friend from college and I've been waiting very impatiently for her debut novel to come out! She's always been a fantastic writer and I'm so proud of her. Time travel, romance and men in kilts? I can't wait!

The Adventuress by Tasha Alexander

How did I get it: Found it on the library new releases shelf.
Why did I get it: I've been a fan of Alexander's Lady Emily mystery series since the beginning, and they are always a fun bet.

Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

How did I get it:
Why did I get it: My 7 year old just finished the Lightning Thief (the first in the Percy Jackson series) and he likes to alternate between reading it himself, and reading it aloud. I loved the books the first time around, but this is even more fun for me.

Still Life by Louise Penny
How did I get it: Audible
Why did I get it: I've been hearing about this series for ages, and I've found that using up an Audible credit on something I've been meaning to read is a great way to find new series...and it makes my commute fly by, which is always a good thing!

The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillen Smith

How did I get it: I picked this up when it was on mega sale for the Kindle a few months back, and I've never gotten to it.
Why did I get it: I love down to earth decorating books that inspire rather than make me envious. Since we are about to be stuck inside our house for the winter, it's time to get some more work done on it!

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

How did I get it: It's already on my bookshelf.
Why did I get it: I read this every December.

The Martian by Andy Weir
How did I get it: It's on my kindle.
Why did I get it: My husband bought it this summer, loved it, raved about it, and I just never got around to reading it. I've got a bunch of time off between Christmas and New Years, so I'm thinking that's the perfect time to read a book guaranteed to keep me up late to finish it. I'm also the last person on the planet who hasn't read it...

Three more titles I'm hoping to read if my library holds come in (or if Santa is extra nice to me!)

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Why? I didn't have a lot of interest in this one until I heard her interview on The Lively Show (one of my favorite podcasts).

Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal
Why? Hands down one of my favorite mystery series out there right now. Maggie Hope rises from the secretary pool at 10 Downing Street during WWII to a military special intelligence agent. In this latest book, Maggie accompanies Churchill to America.

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Why? Loved the first two in this series, and if I wasn't already looking forward to it, the NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour interview with JK Rowling sealed the deal. I'm still at #36 on the holds list, so there's a good chance this one will be waiting until January.

What are you looking forward to reading this month?

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