It is finally, officially, the last month of 2020. I think we can all agree that this year has been the worst. Personally, I am very glad it’s just about over. But, for now, it’s still December, and we still have some reading to do.
This year has been kind of a terrible reading year for me. I didn’t come close to meeting my original goal this year, I kind of abandoned all of my TBRs and reading plans, and I still have several partially finished books on my shelves. And, honestly, I had kind of planned on forcing myself to finish those books so I could start 2021 with a clean slate. And then I came up with a better plan.
Since this year has been awful, and I’ve been in more reading slumps than the previous five years combined, I decided this is my month to do whatever the hell I want and read whatever the hell I want. I will worry about that unfinished biography in January. For now, my plan is just to read books that will bring me joy or entertain me. Here is what I’m feeling like reading, though this might totally change, and I’m absolutely okay with it.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I’m not sure exactly why, but I’ve been itching for a reread of this lately. It’s one of my all-time favorite books, and I just need something lovely and comforting that I know I will enjoy. I always end up going for the audiobooks when I revisit this one, because Gaiman reads it himself. And if you have never heard Neil Gaiman’s magical voice, you are seriously missing out. It legitimately calms me down, and this month feels like the absolute perfect time for that.
The Immortal Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
As much as I want to fit in as many new books as possible, this is honestly the only new release I’m ridiculously excited about that I am still going to attempt to read in 2020. I have started this one, and I am enjoying it so far. However, I put it on hold for just a bit because I wasn’t really feeling reading at all. I didn’t want to force my way through this and not enjoy it as much as I could have. So, we are on pause. But I’m hoping the end of the year cozy time will be perfect. If anything, I have two weeks off at the end of the month, so I can actually sit and spend the time this book deserves.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
I am also leaning towards reading a romance this month, and this was the first one that came to mind. I really enjoyed Get a Life, Chloe Brown, which is the first book in this series. Also, I already own a copy of this, so it’s just an easy one to pick up. Bonus, I fit in another book by a black author this year. Knowing me, I could totally change my mind and read something completely different, but this is my current plan.
Maybe a Classic
I’m embracing my mood-reading tendencies this month and going with my gut. And, in addition to the somewhat odd list above, I am kind of feeling a classic this month. I’m not quite sure which one yet, but it’ll probably either be something short, or an old favorite (I am not about to tackle Les Mis right now). Just something cozy, maybe with a little romance. I think my brain is telling me to reread Pride and Prejudice, so that might happen. Or Persuasion. I’ll figure it out later. Let me know if you have any recommendations for a short(ish) cozy classic.
I think that’s it for this month! Honestly, my reading moods this year have been kind of unpredictable, so it’s entirely possible I will read none of these books. But I am fully embracing my mood reading and seeing how it goes. Because I want to finish out this year feeling good about my reading, regardless of what I actually read.
I am also (tentatively) participating in blogmas this year, so I will hopefully be posting every single day this month. If you have any posts you’d like to see from me in the last month of 2020, let me know!
I hope you all have a great month! What are you hoping to read before the end of the year?