December, as always, was crazy busy, filled with travel, family, holiday celebrations, and more. Thank goodness for reading, to provide a small pool of calm in the midst of such hectic days! Here's what I finished reading in December:
- When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka, historical fiction (Utah)
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, audiobook (read by Jim Dale) (England)
- Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis, teen/YA novel (New Jersey)
- Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater, middle-grade audiobook (New Jersey)
- The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Agawa, fiction (Japan)
- Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, teen/YA novel
- Rotters by Daniel Kraus, teen/YA fiction audiobook (Iowa)
- Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris, short stories
So, that was 8 books total for December - a very good reading month for me! It was an all-fiction month, and I read 4 adult novels, 3 teen/YA novels, and 1 middle-grade novel. A whopping 3 of those novels were audiobooks (lots of time in the car traveling to see family!) I enjoyed all of these, and several were excellent, but I think my favorite on the month was The Housekeeper and the Professor. It was such a warm, gentle story that I wanted it to last forever.
Update on 2013 Reading Challenges:
I added just 1 new location to my 2013 Where Are You Reading Challenge (Utah). That brings my totals up to 27 states and 13 countries. I focused on clearing off those TBR shelves this month, with all 8 books I read from my own shelves (sitting there a year or more!), bringing my total up to 26 for the 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. I added 3 more audios to my 2013 Audiobook Challenge, and also added 2 more books to my 2013 Those Books I Should Have Read Challenge. I will sum up all of my reading challenges for the year, plus choose my favorites from 2013 in my next post.
What were your favorite books read in December?