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For most of my December 2018 reading list, I am aiming for two things: lighter reads and flexibility. So my list here doesn’t have quite as many books as I usually list. Because of everything else going on at this time of year, I’m looking for some pure escapist, enjoyment reading. There is one heavier book listed here, because of library hold timing, but the others feel lighter and a little indulgent.
Beyond this list, I’ve finally found some space to fit in audiobooks. I tend to choose these from what the library has available and how I’m feeling at the time. I’ve also been eyeing a couple of favorite books I’d like to reread, or I may grab some unlikely library reads.
I haven’t quite shaken the slightly “off” feeling that’s plagued me this fall, and the holidays just bring more to the table. It’s fun, and I’ve always enjoyed the holidays, but at times like these I also tend to need more time to retreat and recover from the chaos.
So, hello literary therapy!
I’m linking up with Literary Quicksand, Rachel at Never Enough Novels, and Allison at My Novel Life for the TBR Mix ‘n Mingle. On the first Wednesday of each month we share the books we’re planning to read.
December 2018 Reading List
I loved Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles, one of the quieter dystopias I’ve read, so The Dreamers has caught my attention. When college students start falling asleep–and not waking up–the college and town go into a panic. Then doctors find that those with this strange sleeping disease have higher brain activity than has ever been recorded, begging the question of what they could possibly be dreaming.
While this one doesn’t quite fit my overall plan for some “lighter reads” for December, I’ve had my eye on this book for a while, and I’m looking forward to diving in when my library hold comes up this month.
From the publisher: Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide.
I’m about halfway through this memoir of a young woman in Washington, DC, who responds to a Craigslist ad and ends up with a stenographer job in the Oval Office for Barack Obama. It is alternately frustrating (in that endless-stupid-decisions-in-your-twenties kind of way), fascinating, and entertaining.
I’ve never read Marisa de los Santos, but some trusted sources seem to enjoy her books. Frankly, I’m a little hesitant about this book that brings together three very different suburban women, but the summary promises more complexity than the “mommy politics” I’m fearing and that never really work for me.
This book by the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette hasn’t gotten great reviews, but it’s been on my shelf for a while. This story about a wife and mother trying to hold it together through normal and not-so-normal chaos seems like something I might relate to in this busy season.