I love December. Not just because of Christmas or time off or other special days. It's just so fresh and possible. It's a time to look back and a time to look forward. It's nostalgic and homey and cozy. No, I don't like the cold and snow and general busyness, but I do love December.
I had a heck of a time trying to decide what to read this month. I wanted to save everything for my 2016 reading challenges, which left the dregs of the TBR for December, so I had to wrest some good books off the future list for the present one. Yes, I 'm one of these people who saves things for future enjoyment instead of enjoying them now. I'm working on that.
At any rate, I'm really excited for the books on this list. And for the two weeks off at the end of the month to really sink my teeth in.
What's on the list...
No list is complete without a little history, and I've been looking forward to David McCullough's Mornings on Horseback for weeks. I have a thing for Theodore Roosevelt.
I've never read A Christmas Carol, and December 2015 seems as good a time as any to remedy that.
All year, I'd planned to do nothing but re-read in December. What better way to chase away winter blues than by spending time with old friends? But then I realized, that might bore me, so I narrowed it down to two: Anna Quindlen's Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake and Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project.
And then I chose three quirky reads. I've been saving Jen Lancaster's My Fair Lazy all year! Thought I'd take a little French adventure with William Alexander's Flirting with French. And then it's off to England with Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island before his The Road to Little Dribbling comes out in January.
I love diving into Pioneer Woman's huge cookbooks around the holidays. Such a feast for the eyes!
I chose Dad Is Fat for my December audiobook. And I picked up Leah Remini's Troublemaker about her years in Hollywood and leaving Scientology. I loved Remini in King of Queens, own the entire series, and have almost all of it memorized. And I'm just a sucker for a Hollywood memoir.
So, that's the list. What are you reading this month?