I am actually very excited for December. I have vacation, there’s my birthday, there’s Christmas, and every year I look forward to December very much because it’s always such a fun time. I got to read some really interesting books in November and advance a bit on my personal reading goals, but have slowed down my reading considerably on the latter half of the month, when I got back to exercising a bit more, and generally spending my time doing other things.
I will start with what I read for Non-Fiction November:
Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants by John Drury Clark was the first book I finished for Non-Fiction November because I’d been reading it for a couple months already, and although I really enjoyed it, it is also very heavy in terms of chemistry, so it took me a while to read it since I had to be in a headspace for really focused reading, which is normally not how I read in my commute, during lunch breaks and right before bed. I really liked this book and it was totally worth the read – John D. Clark is clearly very knowledgeable but also this book is absolutely hilarious!
I decided spontaneously to pick up Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe in audio format, which was as amazing as I hoped it would be. At this point I think I will read anything Patrick Radden Keefe writes. His investigative work is written in such a compelling narrative that it’s impossible to put it down.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Stephen Brusatte will be my second and maybe last pick for Non-Fiction November (together with Ignition) and I want to get it done rather soon because half my family has already demanded to borrow this. Also it sounds super cool.
Lastly, for Non-Fic November I read Meaty by Samantha Irby and had mixed feelings about it because it was just so vulgar and a bit disgusting, which is not really something I enjoy reading, but also I could absolutely see myself enjoying her other books better because she was so witty and funny that I’m still interested in reading more from the author.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, translated by Edith Grossman is one of the oldest books on my TBR pile and I absolutely must read it immediately. My husband picked it up a couple weeks ago and I’d love to discuss the book with him (we both loved One Hundred Years of Solitude) so I want to read it now before it starts to fade from his memory. This was already on my October TBR so I really have no excuse.
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney was a bonkers, really fun thriller that I highly recommend if you don’t mind suspending your disbelief a little! This was so much fun to read and definitely a highlight of November.
Lastly, The Bombay Prince by Sujata Massey is the third book on the Perveen Mistry series and I knew I’d love this book, as I loved the other two in the series, and it did not disappoint! This series is one of my top recommendations if you’re looking for a cozy, atmospheric, immersive mystery.
Ok so I didn’t get to read Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie in November, so I absolutely have to read it in December, otherwise I’m going to fail one of my 2021 goals (which is okay, but I’m only 1 book away from that particular goal, so I’d like to push through!).
Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee is also on my list! I got the eARC for it and I’m SO hyped to read this!
…and that’s all on my December TBR! December is my birthday month so I will be indulging myself and picking up whatever I want!