December Reads

Hello lovelies! I hope you’ve all had a marvelous December and enjoyed the holidays. This month really flew by, didn’t it? This was my first year celebrating Christmas with Tom in our own apartment (even though we spent most of the actual holiday at our families’ houses), which was fantastic. You can read more about it over on Bookalicious Mama, where I wrote a guest post about trying to uphold old traditions and create new ones while going through major life changes.

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Our cozy apartment, decorated for Christmas!

Although our plans for Christmas were complicated by my having to work from home (I work as a content publisher, making the news slides for sites like, and news has to be published every day!), there were some really nice moments of the day. I have to brag a little about the awesome bookish gifts I received: a set of coasters and two shirts from Out of Print, the Read poster from my Holiday Gift Guide, and a pillow printed with the Albus Dumbledore quote, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” They’re all so perfect! My people know me well.

Now on to the reading recap!

Books read
Perfect — Rachel Joyce
For Today I Am a Boy — Kim Fu
The Reason I Jump — Naoki Higashida
Want Not — Jonathan Miles
Mountainfit — Meera Lee Sethi
The Goldfinch — Donna Tartt

Pages read
– This month: 1,734
– Year to date: 21,954

Books reviewed
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. I loved learning more about Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle in this book! I also enjoyed reading about Harry and Ginny finally getting together; their relationship always puts a smile on my face. Although it’s not one of my absolute favorite HP books, I really enjoyed the re-read!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Although there are still a few things that bother me about this book (weird plot things and continuity issues), I liked it a lot more than the first time I read it. There are some really great moments, and I loved seeing how much some of the characters developed. It was so bittersweet to finish my re-read of the series!

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. Have you ever wondered what it is like to be autistic, or why people with autism behave certain ways? The Reason I Jump is a fascinating book by a 13-year-old boy with autism. Naoki answers many questions with maturity, humor, and inspiration. Although a must-read for people who frequently deal with autism, I recommend it to everyone!

Mountainfit by Meera Lee Sethi. This short book is a beautiful, quiet memoir about the author’s time spent at a bird observatory in a remote area of Sweden. The writing is spare and subtle and really lovely to read. Not just for bird-lovers, this book is a love letter to nature and the way humans relate to it.

Perfect by Rachel Joyce. On a hot summer day in 1972, two seconds are added to time. In those two seconds, an accident happens that changes the lives of Byron and his mother, Diana. Parallel to this story is a plotline about Jim, a troubled middle-age man. This book runs the emotional spectrum from devastating to heartwarming. I really enjoyed this book and wanted to hug all of the characters!

Other posts
Jazz Age January: Sign Up
Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Bookworm on Your List
Book Bloggers IRL: Meeting Love at First Book and River City Reading
Love at First Book’s Spread the Love Linky Party
Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List
Awesome Indies: Fountain Bookstore
Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2013
Best Books of 2013
Best Backlist Books of 2013

Books added to my collection
I bought copies of The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway, and Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford in preparation for Jazz Age January!

I also received a copy of Mother, Mother by Karen Zailckas, which I won from River City Reading‘s giveaway!

January plans
Most of my January reading will be for Jazz Age January: A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway, The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford, and Careless People by Sarah Churchwell. I also plan to read The Free by Willy Vlautin, which I’m reviewing for TLC Book Tours!

What did you read in December? Any plans for January?


17 thoughts on “December Reads

  1. Congrats on organizing such a lovey event as “Jazz Age January”! It sounds amazing! And I love your apartment and the fact you and Tom are so cute together and that we chat so much 🙂

    Happy 2014, Leah!

    • Thanks! I can’t believe how many people have signed up — I thought maybe five people would be interested, haha. Aww, thanks! I’m going to be sad to take the decorations down.

      Happy 2014!

  2. I’m glad you had a nice holiday! I thought a lot about old and new traditions this year too, as we spent the rare Christmas in our home, just the two of us. I’m really interested in The Reason I Jump and can’t wait to hear how The Goldfinch was. Happy New Year!

    • Thanks! I love those windows; they make the apartment so bright and airy despite its small size. And we’re on the eighth floor, so we have a great view!

  3. I’ve gotta get me one of these work from home jobs! Lol, the idea of wearing pjs or sweats all day is the best! I’m all for comfort! You got so much done in a month! Happy New Year!

    • I don’t actually work from home; they just let me do it this one time because what could be more depressing than sitting in an office by myself for 11 hours on Christmas? I wish blogging could pay enough to be my job; it would be all sweats all the time 😛

  4. Yay for bookish Christmas present! I only asked for one bookish thing for Christmas but I think I might make up for it by asking for lots of bookish presents for my birthday this month 🙂

    I love your Christmas decorations and I’m glad you had some nice times, despite having to do some work.

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