What I’ve Been Reading Lately ~ Dec. 2017

In the next week or so I will be sharing a wrap-up post of my reading for this year. But for now, I really need to do a What I’ve Been Reading Lately post since it’s been several months since I’ve posted one. But first, I have to share that I’m so excited to have found a couple of friends who wanted to join me in reading classics. So we’ve formed our own little Classics Club and began in November with reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I intentionally took longer to read this book than I normally would, spreading it out over about three weeks. It was the perfect read for me for November. It was a nice change of style and content after having just read The Trial by Kafka, A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens, and finishing Robinson Crusoe by Defoe.

Little Women

As I got ready to read Little Women, I didn’t know if we’d have lots of things to discuss at our book club night. But as I read, I found myself putting sticky notes throughout the chapters. It ended up being a highly discuss-able book and we actually ran out of time at our meeting and didn’t get through all the notes I’d written for discussion!

A Christmas Carol

For December, we chose to read the Christmas classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens but with no planned formal book club meeting since December can be quite a busy month for many.ย  This was a re-read for me but it has been years since I read it. I read it as a read-aloud with my daughter this time around and we just finished it a few days ago. My daughter loved it and I really enjoyed reading it a second time!

Now on to more of what I’ve been reading lately….

Here’s a look at the books I’ve read since my last What I’ve Been Reading Lately post. (Some of these I mentioned in a September post I wrote.)

Beowulf translated by John McNamara
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Trial by Franz Kafka
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

I’ve managed to write up reviews of a couple of these books and they are linked in the list above. I do hope to at least get a couple more reviews written for some of the books listed above by the end of the year. We’ll see….

What have you been reading lately?

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4 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading Lately ~ Dec. 2017

  1. What a great list! ๐Ÿ™‚ You like to read in lots of different genres also. How was The Snow Child? I’ve seen that around a few places. It piqued my interest! ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite two recent reads for myself have been The Midnight Folk by John Masefield and Spanning Time: A Diary Keeper Becomes a Writer by Elizabeth Yates. We are enjoying many books together and I think The Wonderful Winter by Chute, I Saw Three Ships by Goudge, and good ‘ole The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Robinson are favorites this year. Amy

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    • Yes, I tend to read a variety of genres. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like The Snow Child. It brought tears to my eyes at times. It was a very different, interesting book. Kind of strange in some ways. But very good. We read I Saw Three Ships either last year or the year before and my daughter loved it and has read it many times since! I hope to head over to your blog today and read up on your recent reads!

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  2. The categories in this challenge are wonderful!
    I have heard great things about Salt to the Sea. (I also don’t consider Dickens or Austen favorite authors, lol.)
    The Boys in the Boat is also unputdownable, hahaha.

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    • If you like historical fiction, I definitely recommend Salt to the Sea. And I feel better knowing I’m not the only one who doesn’t consider Dickens or Austen favorite authors. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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