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Reading Log: December 2014

A rather light month to end the year! There are a lot more books laying around waiting to be read than I actually have time to read… but what little I did read, I really enjoyed this month. And in the end, that’s so much more satisfying than a string of mediocre books! There’s always so much going on in December, but I hope to get back in the swing of things soon. Of course I can’t believe another year of books is over already… and it’s been quite a year! I’ll do a post summarizing my favorite books of 2014 soon… you know I love my stats!

Below is my Reading Log for December 2014, with my thoughts about each book to help me remember what I read.  I’ve included all the books that I’ve read or finished during the month (even if I started some of them outside of the month).  And of course I keep track of my rating on the grade system, the binding, genre, etc… just for fun!

December 2014

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.
F = Fiction, HF = Historical Fiction, NF = NonFiction, YA = Young Adult,
CL = Children’s Lit, B/M = Bio/Memoir, SFF = Sci-Fi/Fantasy, C = Craft

Title

Start

Finish

Grade/

Format

Genre

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul,
by Melody Beattie

1/1/14

Still Reading

TBD
PB

SH

Here is Where: Discovering America’s Forgotten History,
by Andrew Carroll

9/29/14

Still Reading

TBD
PB

NF

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods,
written by Rick Riordan and illustrated by John Rocco

10/26/14

Still Reading

TBD
HB

CL

Why We Broke Up,
by Daniel Handler

11/23/14

12/7/14

A
LB

YA

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1),
by Louise Penny

11/25/14

12/16/14

A
K

Mystery

Fingersmith,
by Sarah Waters

12/8/14

Still Reading

TBD
LB

F

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories,
edited by Stephanie Perkins

12/9/14

12/28/14

A+
HB

YA

Herland,
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

12/16/14

Still Reading

TBD
AB

F

A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2),
by Louise Penny

12/17/14

Still Reading

TBD
K

Mystery

Humans of New York,
by Brandon Stanton

12/23/14

12/23/14

A
HB

NF

Little Humans,
by Brandon Stanton

12/23/14

12/23/14

A
HB

CL

Twelve Recipes,
by Cal Peternell

12/23/14

Still Reading

TBD
HB

NF

Thoughts:

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul, by Melodie Beattie – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // January 2014 Reading Log

Still reading… Oops! I’m not at all caught up, I think I left off somewhere in November. But I’m taking my time, savoring each page, and I’ll finish eventually.

Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History, by Andrew Carroll – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // September 2014 Reading Log

Haven’t picked this up again at all.  I’m a terrible book blogger! Maybe in January…

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, written by Rick Riordan and illustrated by John Rocco – TBD

 The Amateur Librarian // October 2014 Reading Log

Still sitting on the coffee table, but I’ve gotten so many new books for Christmas that it will just have to wait.

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Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler – A

The Amateur Librarian // November 2014 Reading Log

I can’t say exactly why, but I loved this book. It felt just like high school again, with the good and bad all thrown in together… the awkward encounters, obsessive hobbies, almost constant anxiety, messy friendships, fledgling relationships… at times it was almost painful but somehow always kept that twang of real life. The conceit was fun too, although it was a bit long-winded at times: girl drops box of mementos at ex-boyfriend’s front door, including a letter detailing every item inside and how it contributed to their break up. And gullible me, I felt just as betrayed when the cause was finally revealed as if I didn’t know the entire time that they had already broken up… sigh.

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1), by Louise Penny – A

The Amateur Librarian // November 2014 Reading Log

An elderly artist is murdered in a small Canadian town… but never fear, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is on the case. Intriguing plot and detective, although some of the characters felt clunky and I couldn’t keep their names straight. I loved the tiny Quebec town where the mystery takes place, especially since I know nothing about that area. I hear the series gets better with each book and these cozy mysteries are perfect for winter reading… so onto the next one!

Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // December 2014 Reading Log

Still reading. Heard great things about this author and picked this one up from the library… but I just haven’t had time to read it. And now it’s overdue and I can’t renew because it’s on hold for someone else… sigh. So now I need to return it to the library before I wrack up too many overdue fees and get on the hold list again or just cough up the $8 for the ebook… sigh again.  But the bit I’ve read so far is really interesting (reminds me of The Crimson Petal and The White, one of my faves from a few years ago).

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins – A+

The Amateur Librarian // December 2014 Reading Log

A collection of twelve short stories in the YA realm with holiday themes… wow, I loved this anthology more that I anticipated! I read a few reviews beforehand and was worried there would be a few duds, but I liked every single story. Lots of big name authors, which was fun to get a taste of their different writing styles and perspectives. I think my favorites were The Lady and the Fox and The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer, even though both had magical realism elements which are usually not my thing. But that’s the best thing about anthologies – I probably wouldn’t read entire books based on the description of each story alone, but the short story format was perfect. I haven’t bought a hardback in a while, but the front cover drew me in (I love how each ice skating couple represents a couple from each story!) and it was perfect reading for the holidays… I can see myself re-reading this again every year to get in the holiday spirit.

Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // December 2014 Reading Log

I found an amazing podcast called Craftlit, and it’s been going since 2006 so I can’t wait to listen to all the back episodes! The podcaster reads a chapter each episode of books from the public domain, and also talks about her crafty endeavors along the way – exactly my cup of tea! I’m joining in on the newest book, Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (the same author of the short story The Yellow Wallpaper), a satire of a Women-only utopia from the early 1900’s. Lots of fun so far!

A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2), by Louise Penny – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // December 2014 Reading Log

Still reading. Loving this cozy mystery series following Chief Inspector Gamache in Quebec… I just wish I had more time to read it.

Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton – A

The Amateur Librarian // December 2014 Reading Log

Great minds gift alike… I got this for hubby, and he got it for me! I love the HONY social media accounts, with pictures of people from around New York City. The best part is the captions – somehow the photographer can get such poignant quotes out of the most unlikely sources. That was my only qualm with the book – some of the captions were more lighthearted or like a Shutterfly book that you make for your family rather than the meaningful depth that accompanies many of the pictures on social media. I think it’s just because the book is a couple years old now, and the social media accounts have gotten better and better over time – the photographs are awesome, but it’s the captions that really get me these days.  Still a great coffee table book to flip through, since it’s mostly pictures.

Little Humans, by Brandon Stanton – A

The Amateur Librarian // December 2014 Reading Log

The children’s picture book version of HONY – so cute! I love the diverse group of kids and the sweet message that ties all the pictures together. My favorite has to be the young mother in a bright red hijab holding her baby – the colors are amazing. A few photos are repeated from the adult version, but I didn’t mind because they’re just so darn cute.

Twelve Recipes, by Cal Peternell – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // December 2014 Reading Log

Can you tell we opened Christmas gifts on 12/23 and I just couldn’t wait to start reading all my new books? I heard about this one on NPR’s Splendid Kitchen, and had to put it on my list. Part cookbook, part memoir, it’s written by a chef who lays out twelve essential recipes for his sons who are leaving the nest for college. Love it so far.

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So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of December… how is 2014 over already?!  Anyone reading a good book?

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