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.

14 thoughts on “What Are You Reading, End of the Year Edition

  1. 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. 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.

    1. Sounds like you’re making a strong reading finish for the year! I have noticed a sudden flurry of reviews on your blog lately. 🙂 Have fun with your reading plans.

      By the way, the short story collection arrived in the mail–thank you! 🙂

  3. dianem57

    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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