I read eleven books in December and I’ve picked out my four favourites below. Some months I find it very difficult to choose, but this time it was easy.
1. Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears was surprisingly good considering how much I struggled with one of his other novels a few years ago. It was the only one of my December reads to appear on my Top Books of 2011 list.
2. I am Half-Sick of Shadows, the fourth book in Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series, was the perfect book to read in the week before Christmas. I think it might even be my favourite Flavia book so far.
3. The Girl on the Cliff was the last book I finished before the end of the year and I haven’t had time to write about it yet. I really enjoyed it and now I want to read Lucinda Riley’s previous book, Hothouse Flower.
4. I still haven’t posted my thoughts on Corrag by Susan Fletcher either, but it was a beautifully written book with a unique narrative voice and one of my favourites of the month.
The other books I read in December were:
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart
The White Devil by Justin Evans
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
Shakespeare’s Mistress by Karen Harper
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Plans for 2012
I’ve been reading other bloggers’ lists of goals for the year ahead and was thinking about writing my own, but really I just have one goal and it’s a very simple one: I only want to read books that I enjoy in 2012. And so, to achieve that goal I’m going to read books from my favourite genres, re-discover authors whose work I’ve enjoyed in the past, re-read more books than I have in recent years, and avoid the temptation to read books that don’t really appeal to me just because everyone else seems to be reading them or because I feel that I should. I also want to give myself permission to stop reading anything that I’m not enjoying, whether I’ve read twenty pages or two hundred!
So, my goals for this year are not very specific (apart from the few reading challenges I’ve signed up for) but will hopefully lead to an enjoyable year of reading in 2012!
Did you read any good books in December? Have you been making plans for 2012?