As a university student, I have a ton of academic reading to do throughout the semester and little time to read for pleasure. So, every December I choose four to six books that I want to read over my holiday. Today I want to share with you my 2017 December reading list in the hopes of inspiring you to give these books a try too. I haven’t read any of these books at the time I am writing this, so I won’t have much to say about them yet. In January, I will try to come back and give an update on how I enjoyed all of the books on this list!
The first book in my stack is Whiskey Words & a Shovel, Volume 1, by R.H. Sin. Just published this year, this is the first book in a series of three books of poetry by the same author. There isn’t much on the front, back, or inside covers to hint at what the theme of the book is, however, I believe it is inspired by grief and mourning. I have heard good things about the author so I am interested to give it a shot.
Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet who has become incredibly successful in the last 3 years. Everyone and their mother is reading her first and most famous book, Milk and Honey, so of course I have to hop on the bandwagon. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year now, so it is about time I get around to reading it. I also decided to read Kaur’s more recent book, The Sun and Her Flowers, which was given to me as a gift by one of my best friends. Kaur is known to write about love, loss, and violence through a feminist lens. I am very eager to see what all of the excitement is about.
Another book I have been hanging onto for a while is Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain. I grabbed this book at Chapters because I thought the cover art was cute (the same way I pick my wine, lol) and it was on sale. It seems to be a coming-of-age type story, set in Prague in the 1990’s. Honestly, this is probably the book I am most excited for because I am interested to get a glimpse into that part of the world in that particular era.
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick was given to me as a gift. It is not the type of book I would usually go for myself, but sometimes it’s good to lean outside of your comfort zone. Described as a romantic thriller, this is probably the most suspenseful book on my list.
Finally, I aim to tackle Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. I’ve never read any of her books before, but my mom is a huge fan, so I thought I should give it a try. Picoult is a hugely successful, bestselling author, having written over 20 books so far in her career. Leaving Time is described as a book unlike anything she has ever written before, which I do believe has mainly been romance. According to the inside cover, this book is about a riveting search for the main character’s mother, who has mysteriously disappeared. Sounds exciting!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and I hope I will enjoy these books! Stay tuned for the update in January where I will share my thoughts, opinions, and recommendations. Below are the Indigo links if you would like to purchase any of these books yourself:
- Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, R.H. Sin
- Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
- The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur
- Necessary Errors, Caleb Crain
- Black Ice, Becca Fitzpatrick
- Leaving Time, Jodi Picoult (get it now for only $10!!)
Also, check out our top 6 books of 2016. They are still some of my all-time best reads and super relevant.
Sorry this article is a little late into the month, I hadn’t anticipated writing it until someone requested it. Be sure to share what is on your reading list this month! Thank you!