On My Nightstand: December 2018

Finals week is here and I am dying inside.  Add the holiday shopping stress and the fact that I am moving to Florida for the spring semester, and, no joke, I feel like my head is about to explode.  But here is a list of books I want to read this month, because no matter how stressed I am, books will always take over my life.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is well-loved by so many readers.  I’m a bit behind on the times with this one, but it has been on my radar for a while now, since all the buzz around the Women’s Prize longlist and especially with the upcoming Reese Witherspoon movie adaptation.

Quiet by Susan Cain

I am such an introvert, so I’m really curious to see what Susan Cain says in Quiet.  Again, I’m behind on the times with this one, but I’ve been wanting to read more nonfiction lately and Quiet seems like a perfect choice.  I’m looking forward to hopefully learning more about myself as I dive into Cain’s psychology bestseller.

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

Asymmetry is one of those books that I’d barely heard of when it was released, but as more and more “best of” lists are announced, it continues to pop up.  I read the first few pages and I was immediately sucked in, and I knew right away that I had to read the whole thing.  (I’ve already cracked open the first section and can tell I’m going to love this one.)

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

It’s simply embarrassing that I haven’t read Home Fire yet.  That is all I need to say.

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

After reading Norwegian Wood, I needed some more Murakami in my life, and I received so many recommendations for Kafka on the Shore.  I can’t stay away from Murakami for too long, so I’m sure I’ll get to this one soon.  Honestly, I know absolutely nothing about the plot, but nonetheless I’m sure I will enjoy it, no matter how weird it may be.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

I’ve been a fan of the musical for more than three years now, and I just saw it for the first time (twice!) a few weeks ago, so I figure it’s about time I read the massive Chernow biography.  I’m interested in learning more about the ten-dollar Founding Father, and I’m curious to see what liberties Lin Manuel-Miranda took when writing the musical.

What are you reading in December?


9 thoughts on “On My Nightstand: December 2018

  1. Interested to hear your thoughts on the Hamilton bio – those massive bios give me pause, they’re such an investment of time. I sort of think, would i rather read this or these THREE books I’m super keen to get started on…It seems so well reviewed though, it’s probably something quite special.

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    1. There is no way I’m going to finish the HAMILTON bio any time soon, haha! I think it’s about 730 pages of actual material , which is insane. I will definitely be reading it alongside other books. Thanks for your thoughts! 😀


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