My Bookshelf: December Reading List

December Bookshelf

What I Read in November

Somebody Told Me by Rick Bragg

Okay, so if I’m being honest, my November reading goals were a flop.  Somehow, I made it through to December only having read one book (which, I might add, wasn’t even on my list of reading goals for the month).  For some reason, even though I had to have started at least five different books, I couldn’t really seem to get into any of them, and by the end of the month all I’d read was this collection of newspaper stories written in the late ’80s and early ’90s.  Hopefully this month will be a little more successful in making it through my “required” reading!

My December Bookshelf

The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

A couple of months ago, I read Station Eleven by this author and absolutely loved it!  The other day, armed with an Amazon gift card (birthday gift from my brother, who clearly knows me too well), I went searching for more books by her and decided to start with this one after reading a sample of it on my iPad.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, and being an introvert myself I’d really like to see someone else’s take on the subject, and on how this personality type that I usually hate so much might actually be a good thing in disguise.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

The same list I read which told me to read Station Eleven listed this book as well, and given my recent love of creative non-fiction pieces, I’m excited to read this book full of them.  I’ve never read anything else by Mantel, so this will be a first.

So now I want to know – what are you reading this month, or what have you read lately that you’ve really loved?

  • Jae

    Oh, gosh. I’m still not done with Insurgent! I still have yet to finish my post on recently read books because of it. :/

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Ooo are you enjoying it? I loved that series!

  • Chelsea

    December seriously makes me want to spend all day reading!

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Right? I don’t want to leave my bed at all because it’s so cold, and reading is the perfect stay-in-all-day activity!

  • Kristyn

    I love that you make a list of books you want to read. I just finished The Giver – there will be a review on it probably Friday and I will probably be starting Serena coming up next. I am still reading the sample on my Nook right now. I do love a good book!

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Oooo that was my favorite book as a kid! I haven’t read it in so long, though! I hope you enjoyed it!

  • Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Would love to read Quiet as well!! And it’s been a while since I picked up an Amy Tan book and would love to over break :)

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Ooo I’ve only ever read the Joy Luck Club but I LOVED that book!

  • Lina

    Rereading some classics: Dead Poets Society and To Kill a Mockingbird, awesome! :)

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      I didn’t realize Dead Poets Society was a book until recently – I always thought it was just a movie!

  • Mia Sutton

    Yesss, I so want to read Quiet. I have it on my Kindle, just haven’t started yet. Right now, I’m reading “Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain. I like it so far! :)

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Oooo I haven’t heard of that – I bet it’s really interesting!

  • Zoe @ La Vie en Zoe

    I read Quiet at the urging of a professor, and it is super helpful! I’m constantly insecure about being an introvert. But it’s really helpful and insightful!

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      I’m definitely the same – I hate it most of the time. I’m hoping Quiet will help with that!

  • Brita Long

    My November reading goals kinda failed too, so my December ones are easy. Well, they’ll be easy if I can find all the books at the library. I want to read the first three books in the Lunar Chronicles so I can feature them in my next book review. Plus they all count towards my Winter Book Challenge!

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      hahah well that’s definitely a positive of it – you know what you want to read now! I haven’t heard of those books – I’m looking forward to your review!