What Are You Reading in December?

What is on your reading list this month?

Have you given yourself permission to take it easy, as the year comes to a close?

Or, as we race the clock to 2016, are you trying to stuff as many books into your brain as possible?

I am still doing the latter, albeit at a slower pace compared to November.

The other difference between this month and last is that I am currently committed to reading lighter fare.

Since 1st December, I’ve finished:

  • Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema by Tom Lesanti
  • Busted by Thomas J. Craughwell

I’m in the midst of reading:

  • Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era Edited by Lean’Tin L. Bracks and Jessie Carney Smith
  • Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors by Andrew Shaffer

To Be Read by 31 December:

  • The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964 by Zachary Leader
  • Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millais by Suzanne Fagence Cooper
  • My Golden Flying Years by Air Commodore D’Arcy Greig
  • The Mind of the Artist by Laurence Binyon
Effie Gray Ruskin by George Frederic Watts, 1851

Effie Gray Ruskin by George Frederic Watts, 1851.

What is your favourite book this month?

Which book on your list are you most looking forward to reading?

Please share with me in the comments!

Happy reading.

8 thoughts on “What Are You Reading in December?

  1. What great books you’ve got on the go! They all look quite interesting.

    I just finished the delightful “A Case of Exploding Mangoes” by Mohammed Hanif. Brilliant satire – could hardly put it down.

    Right now I’m reading an unexpected 1941 gem found at a library book sale. Forget the name (no dust jacket), but it’s an exploration of early WWII Canada by a travel writer who meanders across the country. The writing is gorgeous and insightful.

    Next up is an early present: “What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing” by Brian Seibert. So excited about this – lots of great entertainment history!


    • Thanks! This is a “quiet reading” month for me, but I’m enjoying it so far.

      I’ve recently heard (read) good things about the book by Hanif. I might have to read it soon.

      I love random old books. In fact, I collect them. That travel book sounds great.

      That tap dancing book sounds divine!


  2. A couple poetry books by Li-Young LEE, Woolgathering by Patti Smith, Lisette’s List and Susan Sontag…a Biography. I was reading The Perfume Collector but it became too annoying. It’s about two women in different eras and every other chapter is about one of them. Breaks up the story and I have lost interest. Apparently a lot of people liked it. I read more than half of it and then just let it go. Don’t care about the characters at all. Boring.


    • Love Patti Smith (and Susan Sontag).

      Hmmm. The Perfume Collector does sound interesting, though, but I can understand how that format might grate. It’s generally the kind of thing I like, though, so I might have to check it out. How is the quality of the actual writing?


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