A couple of days ago, I was sitting around trying to organise the chaos that are my bookshelves, and it occurred to me that there’s only a little over one month left in 2018. I remember having a small list of books that I wanted to read during the year, and sadly, I didn’t get to nearly as many of them as I had hoped. I mostly blame my membership to the library, which I acquired after defeating The Pneumonias. Since then I have read practically nothing aside from titles I’ve checked out from the libs. While I’m proud of how much money I have saved with not buying books, as well as with the sheer number of check-outs I’ve consumed, I’m still feeling a bit defeated by not making headway on that 2018 to-be-read.
With about five weeks left in the year, I sat down and created a miniature list of books that I am going to try my hardest to read through before that new year’s bell begins to ring incessantly. One of the key factors for me in choosing the titles that I did is the season. I tried to find novels that would be quite aesthetic to the season without being laced in Christmas cheer. Granted one of the novels I’m going to list is a holiday one, but the others are not. They simply have settings or atmospheres akin to this time of year with snow or just an overall gloominess.
Anyway, check out the four books that I shall be prioritising during the month of December! I physically own all of these things and I’m optimistic that after finishing them, they will be worthy enough to stay un-unhauled. Hopefully. They are in no particular order.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
This is a young adult fantasy novel that I felt was perfect for the end of the year for two reasons. Firstly, the blue cover for the UK edition is absolutely breath-taking. Secondly, the premise sounds like it’s going to be quite dark and shadowy. The Hazel Wood is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Alice, who lives on the road with mother, moving from one place to another. But then her reclusive grandmother, who also happens to be cult author of twisted fairy tales, passes away on her estate, the Hazel Wood. Soon afterwards, Alice’s mother is taken by a figure who claims to come from a place called the Hinterland, which is a cruel supernatural world that her grandmother’s tales are set in. Alice’s sole clue is a message left behind by her mum: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
This is a Russian folklore fantasy novel (not #OwnVoices) and the second instalment in a series called the Winternight Trilogy. I read the first one either earlier this year or late last year. While I wasn’t utterly blown away by it, I loved the setting, the inspiration and the magic, and I am curious enough to see how the main character’s adventure shall continue in this sequel. I won’t give a synopsis for this book to avoid spoilers for book one, but you can check out its GoodReads page if you want to know more.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This is a historical fiction book that I actually started reading at the start of November, however, I became busy with work, catching a cold, and trying to make headway through my library stack that it got shoved to the back of the priority list. I’m hoping to re-start it and finish it prior to the end of December. It takes place in Nazi-occupied France in the 1930s and follows two sisters who lives are drastically altered do to the events of the war. The book alternates between the past and present and shows the reader the parallels and contrasts in their life post-war.
Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor
The only holiday-themed title on the list, this is written by a British author whose historical fiction novels tend to be rather fantastic. This one takes place during World War I era in August 1914 and Christmas time in 1968, following three characters: Evie, her brother Will, and his best friend Thomas. When they get pulled into the war, Evie believes—just as everyone else during the time—that war shall be over by the holidays. Yet, history shall show us that things unravelled quite differently. Evie and Thomas, specifically, end up fighting very different wars than they ever could have imagined. Than many years later, Thomas goes to Paris to deliver a bundle of letters and ends up finding one instead.
Those are the four titles that I am hoping on reading during the month of December! I’m going to try schedule in some reading time for myself since life has been hectic. Maybe these will be just what I need to help snuff out the slump that has been hanging upon my shoulder recently!
What do you think of these books? Have you read any of them? Do they interest you? Please, come chat with me in the comments! ♥