December Reading Plans!

Now that the madness of Novellas in November is over, I’m planning to slow things down a little on the blog during December.

The response to #NovNov was amazing – 208 posts in total – but keeping on top of that volume of posts as well as keeping up with my own reviews has meant that it was a much busier month than I anticipated.

So, during December, I plan to read some of the books that I’ve been meaning to get to all year.

Here are a few options:

I’m most keen to read Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan as I have heard great things and he is coming to HomePlace next March. I started Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr last month and stalled after 100 pages or so as there was just too much going on, but I’d liked what I’d read so I’m keen to finish with it. The Willy Vlautin was one of my most anticipated reads of the year but I’ve yet to get to it while Station Eleven is high on the list given how much I loved The Glass Hotel. American Wife has been languishing on my shelves for far too long, and given how much I love a fictionalised account of a real life, I think it will be a winner for me.

I also have a couple of books on my e-reader that are tempting me:

I bought The Performance on the back of Susan’s great review and as an avid Beckett fan I think it will be right up my street. Following all my novella reading, I quite like the idea of sinking into a sprawling family epic, so Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen might just fit the bill. Build Your House Around My Body sounds wonderfully strange and dark, centered on the disappearance of a young woman in Vietnam.

Finally I have a trio of proofs from three amazing writers from Northern Ireland: Jan Carson, Lucy Caldwell and Wendy Erskine, and I doubt any of them will disappoint.

Finally, December wouldn’t be December without reading December Stories by Ian Sansom, the second volume of which has just been published by No Alibis Press.

In other plans, my blog turns 8 this month – 8? I can’t quite believe it – so I’ll be marking that and I’ll also be posting my top reads of the year before the New Year. My Brian Moore Readalong comes to an end this month with the final book The Magician’s Wife.

I’m hoping to read Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden for the Rumer Godden Reading Week hosted by Brona at This Reading Life next week and in January I plan to take part in Nordic FINDS which is being hosted by Annabookbel and I have a couple of books lined up for that.

For someone who started this post by saying she was going to slow down a little, this does seem like a lot but obviously I won’t be reading all of these books – they are just options.  I’m not putting any pressure on myself this month to read a certain number of books or keep up to date with reviews.

Are there any here that I should prioritise, or that you would recommend?


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  1. I don’t have any recommendations but if you get to Station Eleven, I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts. It keeps popping up in various places as a recommended book for me but I haven’t decided if it’s one I’d actually like. Loads of other good titles to pick from in your options!

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  2. I’m also feeling the need to slow things down for December! But isn’t it funny how all the little plans start creeping back in… American Wife is one of my all-time favourites and I recently enjoyed The Performance. I have a review copy of Build Your House Around My Body that I will be trying to get to this month — I loved her debut story collection. Hope you enjoy some relaxed reading by whim.


  3. Station Eleven is amazing! I have heard really good things about An American Wife but haven’t read it myself yet. I also plan to read some Rumer Goden with Brona’s Books. Hope your December goes well!


  4. I have been wanting to read Cloud Cuckoo Land! But the waiting list is long at my library…like 7 months still to go….
    I have heard Station Eleven is really good! I’ll be interested to hear what you think. I may need to add it to my TBR.


  5. But you haven’t got a Dickens – don’t you know it’s the law that you have to read Dickens at Christmas? Oh well, since it’s the season of goodwill I won’t report you to the Dickens Police… 😉 Have a great month!


  6. You know I’m going to suggest you read Crossroads… I will also be taking it easy this month, for me, just participating in two events in November was quite a lot! I’m also realizing how influential you’ve been on my reading this year… I did a Irish book in March, a Brian Moore book in April, another failed 20 Books of Summer, and #NovNov!


  7. Well plenty of choices to mood read from at least! Of course I’m going to suggest The Magician’s Wife, since I’m reading that in December as well and there’s something fun about reading in company! And the finale for #BrianMoore100, oh I’m going to miss following it. It’s been quite a highlight of 2021’s reading.

    I’m interested to know more about the three Northern Irish reads, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on those when they make it to the top of the pile.


    • Thanks so much for your support of my year of Brian Moore, I’m looking forward to The Magician’s Wife, but think that next year I’ll casually continue with the rest of his back catalogue.


      • Oh it’s been a total pleasure to read along where I could, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the year of reading his work, and his literary ventures.

        I’m being delightfully distracted with The Magician’s Wife today, looking up Napoleon III, grandson of Josephine Bonaparte, whose life I’ve read wonderful historical fiction about (Sandra Gulland’s trilogy) and the château de Compiégne north of Paris where the early events take place, looking to see if I could visit late December when I’m in Paris, sadly the imperial apartments are closed for a 3 month ‘Vitesse’ exhibition, but I will be sure to visit in the near future thanks to Brian Moore’s excellent choice of location and era for this novel. A reread already envisioned!

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  8. I’m curious to hear what you think of Station Eleven! I got myself a copy in very early 2020… and then never picked it up, for (ahem) obvious reasons. I want to try it, but can’t help but feel like it might be “too soon”…? I’m equally undecided about True Crime Story!

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