I won’t be reading as many books in December as I usually do through the rest of the year. Between shopping, parties, crafting, baking, and finishing up the first draft of Anwen, I’m not left with a whole lot of free time. As many of you who follow my blog Good Intentions know, I also homeschool my children. There’s not a lot of free time during the day for curling up with a good book, so most of my reading time is before bed. As a rule, our family is in bed at 8:30, and we all read until it’s time to fall asleep. For my kids, that’s about nine. For my husband and I…well, it depends on what time we have to be up in the morning.
So here are the books I’m going to try to finish in December. As always, I’ll probably end up adding to this list.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – I’ve already started reading this. I’m not sure what I expected, but I thought it would be entirely about the characters in the Disney movie. I was wrong. I’m about halfway through and am currently reading a short story about a seal. My main reason for reading this book was to see if it would be appropriate to use as a read-aloud for my children. My son will probably like it, but I’m afraid it will lose my daughter’s interest.
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross – This is another one I’ve started on. I’m about a hundred pages in, and so far it’s good. Not great–but good. Several years ago I read the novella The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, and I remember loving it. I’m not sure if it’s just my tastes that have changed, of if the novella was simply more enjoyable. There is still a lot of book left, and I have hopes it will improve.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I started reading this with my kids at the beginning of the month. We stopped reading it because it went over their heads. I hope to pick this back up as soon as I finish The Jungle Book.
A Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron – A few weeks ago I borrowed Nice Dragons Finish Last off the Kindle Unlimited program, and I just loved it. This is the first of a different series by Rachel Aaron, and I hope it’s as wonderful.