What books do I have on my bedside table this month? I’m setting myself the challenge this month of reading all of the books I’ve bought over the last month or two but haven’t read yet. There aren’t too many so it shouldn’t be that difficult (fingers crossed!).
I don’t have anything remotely christmassy on my to-read list! I’ve seen lots of Christmas-themed romances floating about, but to be honest I’m always put off by the covers. I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but they just don’t appeal. Even though I love cute and fluffy romances!
Does anyone have some good recommendations for Christmas-themed books if I get a little bit of time?
I also have to read 16 (!!) books before the end of the year if I want to hit my Goodreads target. That doesn’t seem like it will happen, but I think I will probably end up reading a few more than the ones below – this is just a rough outline of what I have left to read. I want to get as close as possible to my goal!
So, here’s my to-read pile for December:
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I’ve read this before and am currently in the middle of my re-read for it and really enjoying it! I think it’s technically classed as dystopian, but I think of it as a dystopian-fantasy mix. Set in a future where England is a republic ruled by Scion, Paige is a clairvoyant. Clairvoyants all have special abilities that involve interacting with the aether, and this is outlawed under Scion law; anyone found breaking the law will be sentenced to death. When Paige is captured, she assumes she is headed for the tower, but she is actually taken to the destroyed (or so she thought) city of Oxford, where she finds out there’s more to fear than just Scion.
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
I don’t think I’ve read the second book before (I read the first book ages ago; I’ve definitely not read the third), and as I’m enjoying book 1 so much, I’m looking forward to moving on to this one.
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
This is the last book currently out – the fourth is due to be released in Jan, and I’ve got an ARC to review, which is why I’m re-reading them all now. I’m not sure yet whether I will read all three of these back to back or whether I will alternate them with a different book in between. I think we’ll see how much I’m enjoying them and whether I need a break!
The Magpie Society by Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch
There’s something about the idea of a murder mystery set at a strange school that really appeals to me, y’know?
This book has two points of view: Ivy (straight A-student, the school is like home to her) and Audrey (who is new to the school and becomes Ivy’s new roommate). I believe they don’t get along in the beginning, but when news of a murder rocks the school, they end up investigating it together. Each author wrote one viewpoint each, so I’m quite interested to see how that reads.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
I’ve seen this book absolutely everywhere and just feel like I must read it! Set in a world where witches are hunted, we follow Lou, a witch, and Reid, a witch hunter, who – you’ve guessed it! – fall in love. I love a good enemies to lover story.
Sisters by Daisy Johnson
This is the story about twins, whose mother moves them across the country as she thinks they all need a fresh start. However, the house has a ‘troubled life of it’s own’ and soon the sisters find themselves drifting apart, their relationship changing. I’m very excited for this one!