Wednesday, December 04, 2013

December TBR

I have three books left from my seasonal TBR for fall. Can I do it?


Truthfully, I probably cannot finish them all before December 21 (the official end of fall). I'm reading Little Women right now, and it's like slogging knee-deep in quicksand. IT'S SO SWEET. And that's not necessarily a good thing. Methinks it may be ditched.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is just big.

The 19th Wife is probably what I should be focusing my snowball's chance in hell on.


Possession is Trish's pick for our next book club meeting, and I already have a bad attitude about this one. I tried reading it years ago. Mind you, I've read and loved a lot of books lately that I tried years ago, failed miserably, and have squeeeed over this time around. Maybe there's hope for Possession, too. But it has SO MANY ITALICS. Italics make me long for the moment the italicized section is over. And there are a lot of italics. A LOT. 

The Woman in White is the book I'm probably most excited about. Because it's #WilkieWinter time AND it's my Classics Club Spin book. So why in hell am I still reading Little Women? Gah!


Snow Country is this month's International Reads pick, and it's short. And the writing is simple. This one is a home run (I think). 

So...yeah. That's my December TBR. There's no way! But it's fun to try. ;)




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  1. Good luck with your books. Hope you will manage to finish your fall books!!

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    1. Thanks! I have my fingers crossed. :)

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  2. I really liked The 19th Wife, so I say, give it a go. I found it to be a quick read and really interesting.

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    1. I'm thinking Little Women is OUT, so I'll most likely jump into The 19th Wife instead.

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  3. The Snow Country is good and short and easy to read, sounds like a winner! I know exactly what you mean about italicized sections, but I did end up loving Possession. I think breaking it up for a read along honestly helped my enjoyment.

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    1. Awesome! I'm gonna finish up Medium Raw today and then I'll be on to Snow Country. I'm so glad to know that you loved Possession. There's hope!

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  4. Kavalier and Clay may be big, but it's FUN! :)

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    1. Yay! I am glad to hear that.

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  5. I'm with Shannon! Kavalier and Clay looks daunting, but it is oh so good.

    I think Little Women is one of those books you love as a child and then re-read through the lens of nostalgia. You might want to try March by Geraldine Brooks - it's a bit of a darker, more realistic look at the family.

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    1. Cool! I'll definitely give it a go after I wrap up Medium Raw and Snow Country. I used to have March on my shelves, so I hope I still do!

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  6. I love Little Women - it's one of my favorites. Maybe I only pick it up when I need a saccharine fix.

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    1. LOL, the writing is just a lot more...dense...than I expected. And it's quite faithful to the movie version I love (Elizabeth Taylor), so there aren't many surprises. Still trying!

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  7. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear you're not enjoying Little Women! I've been looking forward to read it, but now I'm nervous that I'll find it too sweet, too. Hopefully the Wilkie Collins will do the trick!

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    1. I typically have a really hard time reading a book after I've seen the film because it takes out a lot of the fun surprise. That's my problem with this one, I think. :(

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  8. I hate that you're not enjoying Little Women. I read it was I was a girl and loved it. Wonder what I'd think of it now? Great list for December. Hope you get more done than you are even thinking you will!

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    1. I'm still trying. It's about to become my before bed e-book (while I'm putting Greyson to sleep). So I'll have some uninterrupted time with it each night, which I hope will help.

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  9. I hope you read Snow Country and then convince me to pick it up… have wanted to read that one for ages! My mother read The 19th Wife and really enjoyed it. She thinks I would like it, too. I think it's a chunkster?

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    1. LOL, I'm going to finish Medium Raw, by Anthony Bourdain, today, and I'll switch right over to Snow Country. So far, so good the part I've read. The 19th Wife is probably in the 400-page range. So not super huge, but big enough. lol

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    1. Thank you! I need some cheerleading!

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  11. I really disliked LittleWomen as an adult. Review somewhere on the blog.

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    1. That makes me feel so much better! And I looked up your review!

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  12. I went overboard on my December TBR list as well but it is fun to try, right? Have you ever read The Woman in White? I liked it but I didn't love it as much as everyone else...I should reread it eventually and see if I love it more. Good luck with all of these!

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    1. It is fun to try! I have started The Woman in White, but I didn't get to finish it when I tried previously. I hope I enjoy it! We'll be reading The Frozen Deep by Wilkie for Wilkie in Winter also, so maybe you should try that one? It's only about 100 pages long.

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  13. I JUST added The Woman in White to my list of books I want to read in the somewhat nearish future. I don’t think I know anyone who has read it so I’m counting on you :)

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    1. Oh wow! It seems to be a fave among bloggers. Maybe you'd like to join us for Wilkie in Winter?

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  14. Two things about Possession: 1) It's a slow build. It took me a long time to get into it, but things to come together in a cool way. 2) I think it's ok to skim/skip the italics parts. I also don't like Victorian poetry, so I definitely did that in parts too :)

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    1. AWESOME! That makes me even more willing to dive in!

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  15. Oh the 19th Wife was a really quick read for me, I think you could tear through it in no time!

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    1. I read a few pages, and it does seem like it'd be a really quick read. I'm going to wind up The Wife by Meg Wolitzer today, and then I'll probably devote myself to The 19th Wife.

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  16. Oh well. If you're not enjoying Little Women then you're just not. I admit that Alcott's didacticism can be hard to take. When you're a kid it's less jarring, for some reason -- maybe because people are constantly telling you what to do when you're a kid anyway, so you're more used to it. :p

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    1. Word re: didacticism. It's a huge damn book, and I have no idea when that happened. I'm still chugging!

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  17. I wanted to love Little Women but also found it a tough read. It seems like one of those books no one ever admits they didn't like. I love Possession so would definitely give it a chance. It does unfold kind of gradually. Woman in White is awesome.

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    1. Glad to know you loved Possession! It seems like one of those books that is a fave for a lot of people, but they're also quick to point out that it's a slow build. Looking forward to trying it!

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  18. I have the 19th Wife too, but haven't gotten around to it. But that's the one that stands out to me in your choices. I don't think I could read Little Women...the title alone makes me judge it. Lol and if you say it's sickeningly sweet, then I know I won't like it!

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    1. LOL! Little Women is slow going. Largely because it's very similar to the movie adaptation I love so much, so there aren't many surprises here. Otherwise, I think I would like it more.

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  19. I read Possession years ago but to be honest I can't remember a thing about it! Not sure if that's just because my memory is like a sieve or because it was just a really forgettable book!

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    1. LOL! My memory is like that too, sometimes.

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  20. Good luck reading. You can do it! :) I also want to read The Woman in White, so I'll be waiting for your review. Also, I'm hopelessly behind on my Goodreads challenge to read 50 books this year (I've only read 34). Hopefully I'll do better next year!

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    1. Thanks for the cheers! I'm excited to try The Woman in White. I surpassed my goal this year for the first time since my son was born (and he's 3). Wooo!

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  21. YOU CAN DO IT. (Words of encouragement).

    I've never read Little Women, but if you've made it this far, you can keep on going! I've also never read Possession, though it's on my list and I've heard excellent things, so I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    And also, #wilkiewinter, can't wait. Which reminds me, I need to find a copy of The Woman in White...

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    1. Thank you! Little Women is one of those books I WILL finish. It may just take me longer than I'd originally planned! :) I'm trying to keep an open mind about Possession. And YAY for #WilkieWinter! I'm stoked about The Frozen Deep, too.

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  22. I have never had much luck with Possession either... Good luck! And, yeah, Little Women is REALLY sweet...

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    1. LOL, trying to keep an open mind about both of these, Kelly. We'll see how it goes.

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  23. Oh my goodness, I've been keeping Little Women hangin' around in the old bookcase for years to grab at Christmastime, but I'm worried about the length and my relatively slight attention span lately. Sorry to hear you're not totally digging it! I have a sinking suspicion I will suffer the same fate . . .

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    1. When did this book get long??? I must've been surrounded by abridged editions as a kid or something.

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  24. I agree italics are tough to read! I steered clear of Possession over the years but someday I should give it ago. hmm. Be strong!
    http://www.thecuecard.com/

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  25. Love, love, love Possession. Have read it several times. Wish I'd known you were reading Snow Country. I would have liked to think I could have fit it in as well. Kawabata is so wonderful maybe I'll have time for it January, before my Japanese Literature Challenge ends, and that seems like a good month for snow.

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    1. Yay! That gives me confidence, Bellezza! Snow Country was beautifully written, but it wasn't one of my fave Japanese novels so far. Maybe I should try something else of his.

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  26. I felt the same about Possession, but I ended up loving it! :)

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  27. Yes, wow. Good luck with this! The Woman in White, though, is such a brilliant book so definitely get on to that. I think I may have spread my Wilkie enthusiasm to all corners of the globe now...maybe I'd best reel it in.

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