What, November’s almost over? It seems like I just posted my November book stack, and I haven’t read as much as I thought I would. As I write this, I’ve only finished 2 books this month: The Vet’s Daughter, which was just OK for me (read my review), and Barchester Towers, which I really enjoyed (read my review). Mind you, the Trollope was more than 500 pages, so twice the size of my typical reads. I’m working my way through Edith Wharton’s The Buccaneers, and should finish it before the month is out. But there’s no denying this month has been slow, and that I’ve read far fewer books this year than in any year since I began blogging.
So now I’m in a little panic about my year-end reading. There are so many books I’d planned to read this year and even with a couple of weeks off work at year-end, there’s just no way I can read them all! I have to keep telling myself there is no success or failure, it’s just about enjoying the books I read, and I’ve truly enjoyed my 2012 reading. Over the Thanksgiving holiday I took stock of the situation and came up with a list of books I’d most like to read before the year is out. There are a couple of books from my November stack that I’ll carry over into December. Here’s the stack I’ll be working my way through, subject to mood swings. 🙂
- The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman: OK, so I meant to read this in November, around Remembrance Day. But I was dealing with some real life issues where lighter fare was in order, so I kept setting it aside. I’m not sure it will suit my mood this holiday season, but I’ll keep it on the stack as a reminder of my good intentions.
- Blaming, by Elizabeth Taylor: this is the last readalong in the Elizabeth Taylor Centenary celebration. Since we are reading chronologically, it’s also the last novel she published. I’ll be sad to say “good-bye” to dear Liz, but I have her short story collections to look forward to. I’ll pick this one up as soon as I finish The Buccaneers.
- Tipping the Velvet, by Sarah Waters: I’ve had this one on my shelves for ages, and know it will be a fun read.
- The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal: my husband received this from a friend recently and was quite keen on it. We don’t often read the same books, but he knows what I like and says I’ll like this. I like the idea of a shared reading experience with him!
- American Rust, by Philipp Meyer: another one that’s been languishing on my TBR pile far too long. I’m feeling pretty good about having read several from my stacks this year, and I hope to count this one in my final tally.
There are also a couple of books I will borrow from the library:
- The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng: this Booker Prize nominee is another carryover from November, and one I will definitely read in December, probably right after Blaming.
- Family Matters, by Rohinton Mistry: I loved Mistry’s A Fine Balance and have eyed this one ever since. It was nominated for the Booker Prize as well, and so will fulfill another of my reading goals.
Given my slower pace this year, I’ll be extremely surprised if I get through all of these in December, but I’m excited about giving it a try!