We’re midway through December now and I keep seeing end-of-the-year posts and lists on Facebook and blogs. And, even though I think those lists should wait until the year is – you know – OVER – I’m jumping in today with a variation on the theme. Here are three books I want to finish by the end of the year. I’m calling it my Merry Little Reading List.
- Mr. Dickens and His Carol. I generally read A Christmas Carol every year and this new novel about Charles Dickens and how he came to write a story about our beloved Scrooge seems like the perfect thing for right now.
- Magpie Murders. Bonny recommended this one and I’ve been anxious to read it. It sounds mysterious and fun and like the perfect pre-holiday read.
- The Weight of Ink. It sounds like one I can truly immerse myself in during that week between Christmas and New Year’s. I have a vision of myself ensconced on the couch by the fire but being transported back to the 1600s.
Do you have books you want to finish by the end of the year? I’d love to hear what’s on your reading list, I’m always looking for suggestions!
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I’m trying to make myself read and finish Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. About a quarter of the way through now. I’m enjoying parts of it, but slogging through others.
I’ve been wondering about all the “best of” lists already, especially when goodreads wanted me to look at my year in books yesterday. I’ve got 17 more reading days in this year, and will use them to finish the second and third books in His Dark Materials trilogy, nonfiction about Bletchley Park, The Woman Who Smashed Codes, and Pete Souza’s Obama book. I gave several copies of the Obama book as gifts, and I really had to resist opening the plastic wrap so I could look through it first.
Mary K. in Rockport says
Black Money, We Were Eight Years in Power, and an oldie, William Shirer’s The Nightmare Years. Time for reading is in short supply just now!
OOO! Such good books! I do have a couple of books I want to finish. I just got Elmet and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden from the library. I am excited to read both!
I read The Weight of Ink last month and I really liked it. I think you will, too. And Magpie Murders is an entertaining read, as well. 🙂 I just received notice that Sing, Unburied Sing is available for me on Overdrive (I’ve been waiting for months. . . ). It doesn’t sound exactly light, but I’m really looking forward to reading it!
Am in the midst of “The Keeper of Lost Things” and just had four more come thru on Overdrive: “Chemistry,” “Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas” (perfect for this time of year), “The Other Einstein,” and “The Little French Bistro.” Looking forward to all of them (and hopefully time to indulge in reading!!).
I’m working my way through “Dear Fahrenheit 451”. I’m making a list as I read so I can check out some of the books she writes to and see if I agree. It’s a fun read!
I’m hoping to finish Nobody’s Fool and maybe read Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta. Seems like a good trashy between the holidays kind of read!
I’m listening to Magpie Murders now and it is very good!
I’m looking forward to my holiday break & all the reading possibility that it holds! First up will be Uncommon Type (the Tom Hanks short stories) & Code Girls – birthday books that have stayed at home in GA. Also, a couple of quick Christmas reads are queued on the Kindle. After that, there is no shortage of options. Looking at Goodreads, I’m running a bit behind on my 2017 reading goal but I’m looking forward to doing my best to reach the goal before the calendar turns to a new year.
GREAT idea for a post, Carole – and one I will definitely “borrow” 🙂 Weight of Ink sounds perfect for that (hopefully) quiet week before the New Year. I need to finish One Man’s Meat and The Mirror Thief (both close) and then I’m going to enjoy listening to Tim Curry narrate A Christmas Carol.
Reading is the best activity for a busy season like the Holidays, but also for when things slow down and you get to put your feet up. I’m reading the last in the His Dark Materials series and I am reading slowly and enjoying every word. Thank you for your reading inspiration, Carole!
Mr. Dickens and His Carol sounds interesting.
I just finished reading She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst. I really liked it.
Well, I know I’ll finish “Population 485” (pages) by the end of the year. I wasn’t holding much hope for finishing “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” (audio) because there are SO many chapters, but most of them are pretty darn short (20 seconds sometimes!), so maybe…
Jeannie Gray says
Thanks for the Dickens recommendation. Doubt I’ll get to it in 2017, but I’ve added it to my reading list.
I’ve got several books lined up, too, for the end of the year–The Christmas Cookie Club is an annual holiday read.
Enjoy your books–I look forward to your thoughts on them!
Lydia S says
I’m definitely adding the Weight of Ink to my list. I’m listening to The Brutal Telling, out of order of course, but hope to get back on track with the series. I’ve started the 1st Game of Thrones book because it was a Kindle deal, and I like to have a book in my ears and hands. I usually read before bed and like to have the words in front of me.
christi in ma says
I just finished Magpie Murders. It’ was really really good.
I don’t understand all the people posting their Best Nine on IG already.
There’s so many more photo ops in the next two weeks that could totally be on the list.