Every month I try to read at least one book from the following categories: nonfiction, devotional, and fiction. And this year I’m participating in the 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenges, so I’m also going to be listing which category my books fulfill. If you want to join in on the fun, you can check out the list of categories here! This is my December 2017 Reading List, my brief reviews and book recommendations for December 2017. Hopefully I’ll provide you with some inspiration for your future reading as well!
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
A sweet story about a boy and his grandfather who is dying, this book has elements of friendship, magic, and love. The descriptions of the circus captured my imagination. And the ‘evil’ great aunt’s evilness was explained in such a compelling way, that I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her at the end. This is a really good book and I recommend it, especially if you’re in need of a change from your typical reading.
The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
A re-read for me, this was the pick for my book club in December. I love Dickens’ Christmas Books, of which this is the third.This sweet little story mixes love of home and love of family to create a lesser known classic. As in A Christmas Carol, spirits are used to help the endearing characters to find the right path forward. I enjoyed it very much the first and second times around.
About Grace by Anthony Doerr
After reading All The Light We Cannot See, I’m an Anthony Doerr fan for life. I want to work my way through everything that he’s written, and this was available on Overdrive. The book is about a man named Winkler who has dreams about things that will happen in the future. I found it to be a perfect winter read, as he is also a scientist who studies snow. Not as good as All the Light We Cannot See, but still a fantastic book.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Graphic Classics) by Robert Louis Stevenson, Fiona Macdonald, and Penko Gelev
I previously read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde many years ago. While in Florida earlier in the month, I picked up a couple of graphic novels of classic pieces of literature, this and Wuthering Heights. I couldn’t resist, especially when I noticed the clearance tags and that they were only $0.40 each! This is a great introduction to the classics, especially for younger readers.
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
The tale of Lucy Barton as she recovers from an illness in the hospital and is visited by her mother. Lucy is a woman who had a difficult and neglectful childhood. She is strange to the world, and the world is somewhat strange to her. But the tale is beautiful, and shows life to be complex. I really, really liked this book, and recommend it.
Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
This is a dual timeline novel set in the 1960s and also during World War I. The portion set during the modern time is told from the perspective of an elderly and sick gentleman, Tom. The portion set during the Great War is told through letters amongst the characters. It was a sweet and heartwarming story that made me a bit teary at the end.
Books in Progress:
So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead by David Browne
Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child’s Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore by Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper, and Bert Powell (this was recommended to be by some therapists that I work with regularly on my cases, as it is the background for the Circle of Security Parenting curriculum that we often have parents go through as part of their case plans)
Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God is Speaking by Priscilla Shirer
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Jesus, the One and Only by Beth Moore
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler