November 2013 Monthly Reading Summary

Total Books Read: 10
Fiction: 7
Non-Fiction: 3
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 5
Total Pages: 2,678
Male/Female Authors: 8/2
Favorite Book(s): Countdown City, Sense and Sensibility
Least Favorite Book(s): Hawkeye, Illusions

Total Pages Read to Date: 27,436
Total Books Read to Date: 112

December Plans
In December I actually do have a reading plan outlined.  My intention is to do a lot of holiday themed reading.  This is something I’ve always wanted to do and I even created a bookshelf for it on Goodreads so add books to as I come across them throughout the year.

But, for some reason, I never seem to get around to reading any holiday books around the holidays.  So I plan to change that this year and finally get to some books that have holiday/winter/Christmas themes that will be most enjoyable when read during the holidays.

So here’s what I’ve come up with to add to my December TBR:
A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum and Alex Robinson: This is a 72 page graphic novel adaptation of a story by L. Frank Baum.  It looks light, fun, and humorous.
The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve by Gregory Mone: This is a short (146 pages) non-fiction book filled with fun facts and scientific explanations about Santa Claus.  Plus I’ve had it on my holiday reading list for ages and am finally getting to it so I’m pretty excited about that.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: This is a classic and it’s also by Dickens who I’ve never read anything by so it’s kind of two birds with one stone.  Plus who knew it’s under 100 pages!?  So it’ll hopefully be a quick, easy, fun read and I’ll finally get the real Christmas Carol story straight from the source.
Little Santa by Jon Agee: This is a children’s book about Santa Claus when he was young. It’s a picture book so it’ll be a nice little, cosy, festive read.
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber: This is a contemporary holiday romance by the Queen of such stories.  Usually I’m not drawn to books like this but this got such high ratings, people seem to love it, and I figured I’d give it a try.  Plus it isn’t that long (256 pages) so it’s not like I have to invest a lot of time in it if it’s not that great.  It must be pretty popular though because I think I’m 9th in line for it at the library, so who knows if I’ll get it by the time Christmas comes.
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry: This is another Christmas classic I’ve never read and it’s short and I’ve always wanted to get to it so I’ve added it to the TBR.
Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation by Tim Manley: This isn’t necessarily a holiday book but it does involve fairy tales which are whimsical and festive and it looked like light reading.

So those are my holiday books.  I’m sure I’ll add some non-holiday books into the mix as well, but I feel like I can get quite a bit of reading done this month because my secret to choosing books is to keep them short, easy, and fun.  That means mixing in some young adult or children’s books.  Plus Christmas stories seem to be on the “fluffy” side and aren’t that long anyway or hard to read.

I’ve found some other light chick-litish books to read but I don’t really want a ton like that as I’m not really into romance any other time of the year and it seems like most Christmas books are love-themed.  So if you have any suggestions for Holiday themed books which aren’t necessarily love stories, I’d love to hear them!

How was your November in books?  What are your plans for December?  Do you like to do holiday reading around this time?  Or are there other books you enjoy around winter/the holidays?

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