I was successful in finishing up the Fall Into Reading Challenge for November, and I’ve got another challenge on tap for December that I’m excited about. Let’s dive right in and see how I did, shall we?
- Author of Color: I had Book of Night Women by Marlon James selected. I tried, really tried, to read this one because it sounded EXACTLY like the kind of historical fiction I liked. However, the voice of the entire book was written with a heavy dialect/patois with odd verb placement and truncated sentences. I read two chapters and gave up. I couldn’t follow the text at all and I knew reading almost 400 pages wasn’t for me. I opted instead for Oprah’s short book What I Know For Sure.
- Contemporary: The Book of Dreams by Nina George. Bittersweet and sad, but I enjoyed this one.
- Supernatural: Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson. Another great YA Fantasy read for me by this author.
- Sequel: Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron by Stephanie Barron.
- Takes Place in the Fall: Sticking with the Stephanie Barron theme, I read Jane and the Canterbury Tale for this.
- Leaves on the Cover: A History of the Tudors in 100 Objects by John Matusiak. Loved this one!
- Standalone: I opted for a nonfiction title for this one: What She Ate.
December Plans: I’ll be participating in KATs Booknerds December challenge with the following prompts:
- A book with a 1-word title: Little by Edward Carey.
- A book that is part of a series, but a sequel or later: Namesake by Adrienne Young.
- A book with snow on the cover: TBD
- A book with a strong female lead: Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer.
- A book with a title that starts with “C”: Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah.
- A book with “husband”, “wife”, “love” or “marriage” in the title: TBD
- A book with a red or green or red and green cover: The Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow.
- A book published in December of any year: TBD
- A book where the MC doesn’t fit in or overcomes obstacles: TBD
So I’ve got about half of the month’s reading picked out. I have some other titles on deck that might suit the TBD prompts (and have a book on female resistance fighters in WWII as a backup for prompt 7 if it looks like I’ll have time to read a longer book).
I’m currently a bit behind schedule for my 2021 year’s goal of 100 books read, as I’m currently at 87, although I have 3 in progress right now, so if I get those 3 finished up quickly (and 2 are likely to be finished this week), then if I can read these 9 for December, I’ll be just about right for the year’s end!