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December TBR

Hello and happy it's-officially-Christmas, my lovely Internet friend(s).

A very ambitious target for my 19 days at home before I leave for the Christmas holidays - 11 books in a little more than 2 weeks. It'll be a quiet period at work though (the first one since March!), so here's hoping...

I've got a few books on here I'm particularly excited to dig into, including a couple recent release: Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony, some political satire that's been recommended to me by FictionMatters and has been reviewed as 'deliciously biting' (which, in case any of my recent flirt friends are reading, is also how I would describe myself); and Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur, a modern-day, queer retelling of Pride & Prejudice. I have talked before about how wary I am of P&P retellings (why would anybody mess with perfection?) but this has got some really great advance reviews from sources that I trust, and if it doesn't live up to it, I will write it a scathing review and that will make me feel better about my potentially poor choices.

This month, however, is going to be my month to dig into some backlist reading I've been building up to for a while: Timur Vermes's second novel, Les Affamés et les Rassasiés (translated from German and available in an English translation); three mysteries, including the first books in four long-running and very famous historical serials (I am planning a musing on seasonal reading and why I like reading mysteries in winter - stay tuned for that); and I am dipping my toes into some classic fantasy with Good Omens and Crystal Cave, the first in Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy. I'm also going to try and finish up my 2020 reading goals by cramming in two more nonfictions, although those are much more of a stretch - and we'll see what I pick out from my grandmother's shelves if I do end up making it to France for the holidays.

My full December TBR is below:

  • Les Affamés et les Rassasiés, by Timur Vermes

  • The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart

  • Written in the Stars, by Alexandria Bellefleur

  • Enter the Aardvark, by Jessica Anthony

  • This Time Next Year, by Sophie Cousens

  • The Shape of Water, by Andrea Camilleri

  • Cover Her Face, by P.D. James

  • Still Life, by Louise Penny

  • L'Évangile selon Yong Sheng, by Dai Sjié

  • Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson

  • The Language Instinct, by Steven Pinker

As ever, please let me know what, if any, of these strike your fancy - or if there are any fun book swaps in your future!

Also, I'm still accepting offers to form a book club with me.

Happy reading,

Amélie xx

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I’m Amélie, I love books and reading, and I also love talking about them.

I’m incredibly lucky to be bilingual, so I read books in both French and English, and will talk about both of those on here – although I will do more in English, since I know that’s probably what the majority of the people who ever find this blog will be interested in!

I also like history, traveling, Shakespeare, coffee, cheese, musicals, Italian Baroque art, the ballet, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, flowers, makeup, high heels, and baking. Yes, I’m a walking cliché. I am aware.

Please do tweet at me with any suggestions/book recommendations/thoughts.

In case you’re curious – yes, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time.

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