What Are You Reading, End of the Year Edition

itsmondayIt’s coming down to the end of the year, and a great time to look at final reading plans!  I have been fiercely concentrating for the last month on all those books I really, really wanted to read this year–and have knocked most of them out!  Right now I have my final stack lined up for the last part of December.

First, to look back at last post‘s book list…  I finished Lady Friday by Garth Nix, and I think the books are getting better as I near the end of the series.  Always nice to see!  Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier was truly excellent, and it shouldn’t have taken me this far into 2012 to get to it.  I hope to finish that series in 2013.  The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom came in while I was reading Marillier.  It was an interesting fable, and I already have a review scheduled for later in the month, so I’ll save further thoughts for now.

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz garnered the most attention in comments.  It was definitely an interesting read, not too full of psychology jargon.  He discussed many different aspects of how our brains work and theories of happiness.  If you want actionable tips on living a happier life, you may be better off with The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, but if you want to understand your own synapses, Barry Schwartz is good.  And apparently the solution to my Netflix problem is to be a satisficer, not a maximizer.

After the discussion of how the mind works, I went on to Villette by Charlotte Bronte.  It was flawed in all sorts of important ways, and yet I loved it.  There’s just something about how Bronte puts sentences together.  I do prefer Jane Eyre, but I still want to go find Bronte’s other books.

Now on to future plans…

WAYR1I just began Superior Saturday, continuing through that series, but I might set it aside briefly to read Son by Lois Lowry.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting the conclusion to the quartet, and the library delivered it this weekend.  After both of those books, if I have time before Christmas I’ll read Reflections by Diana Wynne Jones, because…essays about writing by a favorite author?  Definitely not one to put off!

Over Christmas, though, I want to reread The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig.  I read this in February, 2011 (review here), and it was one of my favorite books of the year.  I’ve been looking forward to revisiting it in the proper season, especially now that I’ve read the earlier books in the series and understand who all the characters are!

After that, I plan to finish out the year with Lord Sunday to get one last series done.

Wow, that looks like a lot written out.  But most of these will be fast reads, and I have some long weekends coming up…

And then comes January and the Sci Fi Experience and a whole new stack of books to contemplate!

Are you fitting in a few last books before the calendar page turns?  Let me know about them–and visit Book Journey for more What Are You Reading posts.

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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14 Responses to What Are You Reading, End of the Year Edition

  1. Teddyree says:

    I like your taste in books, love Juliet Marillier and I’ve read Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy and enjoyed it. I have the Keys to the Kingdom series on my kindle, glad to hear they’re good! Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂

  2. Love your planning. So organized. I wish I have half the plan you did and I might have not fallen just short of my goals this year.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE rereading books!!!!!!!! 🙂 ❤ it! A lot of people in my family hate rereading but its just like meeting an old friend, isn't it?
    Whatcha readin’ this week @ the Brunette Librarian 🙂

  4. Heather says:

    I’ve liked Juliet Marillier’s previous books. I haven’t read that one yet.

  5. I’m trying to finish many of the books that have been on my stacks for awhile….but I’ll also be working on those in the New Year, with the Mt. TBR Challenge.

    Enjoy your reading…and here’s MY MONDAY MEMES POST

  6. You have some great sounding reads on deck, I hope you enjoy all of them. Have a great week! I’ve just started a memoir: Sharp by David Fitzpatrick.

  7. Carl V. says:

    I’ve been doing A LOT of reading this month thus far and am still working on trying to get several more books in. I have two that I’ll finish in the next day, On Basilisk Station by David Weber and I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley. I think I may try to get Adriene Kress’ new book, The Friday Society, read next and there are a couple of other SFF books I’ve started that I hope to finish (short story collections). Should end up being a big month overall.

  8. dianem57 says:

    I’m lax on my reading this month, due to holiday activities & preparations. After Christmas I hope to have more time for pleasure reading.

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