Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Great Reads to Unwind, post NaNo

I'm already compiling a great reading list to chill out and refresh the soul after NaNoWriMo is over. Here's what I have planned for the month of December. Anybody read these?

Came in the mail today:

1) Salvage the Bones, National Book Award Winner for fiction, 2011. A 14-year-old narrator during Hurricane Katrina.
2) Chime: Y/A, also a NBA nominee. Mystery, fantasy, and witchcraft.

On my Kindle, waiting:

3) The Tiger's Wife. Another NBA nominee. Adult (?) fiction by a twentysomething Yugoslavian prodigy.
4) Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I admit to having already started this one, and I'm dying laughing. Queer teens, depression, and how not to get your heart broken.

On my bedside table, waiting:

5) Wildwood. By Decembrists singer-songwriter Colin Meloy. I've read the first few pages of this already. Narrator's baby brother is abducted by "a murder of crows" on the first page. Did you know a flock of crows is called a "murder?" Seriously. This is just my cup of tea.

Also on my bedside table, waiting:
6) A pile of New Yorkers a mile high.

Recommendations, friends? What are you planning to read, come December, 2011, to round off your year?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And, for added inspiration, Decembrists' follies:


  1. Happy reading. Quite a diverse list. I'm trying to tie up a few projects before the end of the year but will probably take a few weeks at the end of December to read read read. I have tbr pile that I need to get through plus there's lots of books on my xmas list so we'll see.

  2. I literally just got Will Grayson, Will Grayson - haven't even started it yet!

  3. Salvage the Bones looks great. I Chime on my TBR list and Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey. Need to buy Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

    Have always loved the collective noun 'a murder'!


  4. Chime was one of my favorite reads this year. And I love a good survival story, so I'll be checking out Salvage the Bones. As for me, I'm looking forward to reading The Maze Runner, the Matched sequel, and the second book in The Chemical Gardens trilogy, if any copies ever become available in my library system.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!
    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

  5. Joanna, thanks for reminding me. I have Skin Hunger on my bookshelf, as yet unread. Pulling it out now.

  6. I have so many books to read once I've finished NaNo. I'll be reading until March! ;)

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  8. I haven't read any of those. I hope you enjoy them! For December I plan on finishing up several books that I've started: The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Hope Will Find You, and I hope to get my hands on Shattered as well.

  9. @inluvwithwords: I Loooooved Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

  10. Man, I have SO MANY books in my TBR pile! I think I'll start on the latest Rick Riordan book in the Lost Hero series. :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  11. Happy reading. I've been gathering my books ofr winter reading too.

  12. Seeing your list made me add to mine, since the only one I've read on it is WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON (which was a lot of fun, by the way). Happy reading!

  13. Gail,

    So many books . . . no one to read them for me.

    Love your list.

    I have so many great books waiting, can't decide what I'll read next.