What I Read – December 2021

Read:

Ghost Forest – Pik-Shuen Fung (Strange Light, 2021)

Gentlemen of the Road – Michael Chabon (Ballantine Books, 2007)

The Most Wonderful Time of All Years – Darrell W. Johnson (Regent College Publishing, 2013)

26 Knots – Bindu Suresh (Invisible Publishing, 2019)

People from my Neighbourhood – Hiromi Kawakami (translated from the Japanese by Ted Goossen (Soft Skull Press, 2021)

Did Not Finish:

Palmares – Gayl Jones

The Shadow King – Maaza Mengiste

There was nothing particularly wrong with either of these books, more an issue of the wrong timing. I simply found that I wasn’t reaching for either one and was instead choosing to avoid reading altogether. For me, that’s a sign that I need to move on to other books and so that’s what I did. I may come back to one or both.

Currently Reading:

Hope in Times of Fear – Timothy Keller

Defenestrate – Renee Branum

Starling – Kirsten Cram

2021 Goals:

(More complete post on the end of my 2021 Goals to come.)

Books Read: 74/100

Books Reviewed: 59/74

Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge: 7 (26 Knots and Ghost Forest both counted toward this challenge this month.)

A Virtuous Reading Challenge: 5/12 (Nothing new read for this challenge in December

Current TBR: 219 (previously 221)

Other Reading:

We are very close to finishing The Secret Garden with our girls at bedtime (in fact, we’ll likely finish tonight).

In December I finished reading the books of Job, Psalms, and Revelation, which also brought my Bible Reading Plan to a finish. I finished a couple weeks before the end of the month and so then focused on Advent reading, particularly in conjunction with The Most Wonderful Time of all Years.

Thoughts:

I’ve come to recognize that December is not a strong reading month for me. With extra busy-ness at work, holiday planning, and often travel involved, it’s just not a month where I have a ton of free time. As such, I’m pleased to have gotten 5 books in for the month and that was better than I expected. I completely let go of blogging for the last week or so of December so I’ll try and catch up a bit in the coming days but I’m not sure that I’ll post full reviews for the books I did read in December. My highlight for the month was definitely Ghost Forest.

I plan to do a year in review type post as well as one on my goals in 2022 soon too!

11 thoughts on “What I Read – December 2021”

  1. Although many bloggers write about it, this had not dawned on me until just now: I have no clue how many books I read each month. It is what it is, is sort of how my reading goes. I will say this: I also tried to read a Gayl Jones book and just could not finish. The writing was….intentionally complicated? I couldn’t follow along and DNF’d the novel.

    1. No, you don’t, do you? You check in on your reading weekly though. Do you track the number of books you read in a year at all? I didn’t notice in your year end post.

      I’ve never read Gaul Jones before and the subject sounded interesting. When I found myself lagging over it I checked out some reviews on goodreads and some of them said similar so I felt like it wasn’t going to change for me if I kept reading.

    1. Hahaha, no, I chose the speed gauge because there were only two things I was comparing, and i was like, “Look! It’s kind of like whether the gas tank is empty or full!”

    1. It was so good! The author went to school with a good friend of mine and I grew up in Vancouver too so there was a lot that felt familiar plus lots of new perspectives and stories to consider.

    2. Oh wow, so cool!! I started reading it just as I was leaving Vancouver 😅 I also spent many summers in Richmond with my grandparents so the beginning part definitely felt familiar to me too!

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