Spell the Month in Books | December

I’ve spotted a few people doing this and thought I’d join in the fun 🙂 I’ve selected some of books beginning with each letter in December that I recommend you check out. I tried to pick some books that I enjoyed but you wouldn’t see too often on my blog.

It’s amazing how few books beginning with E I’ve read and considering this month has three of them, I was kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel here.

D- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

This book caused a bit of a stir when it came out in 2003 and like most books that reach those heights of popularity, people called it trash and badly written and yadda yadda yadda. I quite enjoyed it when I read it. It’s an adventure mystery and I’m not remotely religious so I didn’t care about the conspiracy discussed in it. I have an illustrated edition which was very nice to read. It included the artworks and buildings mentioned.

E- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

This retelling of Pride and Prejudice puts the characters in a contemporary setting and has Mr. Darcy as a celebrity doctor. He gains his celebrity status by starring in a reality TV show something like the Bachelor which I absolutely hate so that aspect of the book annoyed me. I just can’t see Darcy going on a reality TV show! It seems totally out of character. Other than that, I think this book done a really good job at bringing the characters and events into a contemporary world.

C- Camgirl by Isa Mazzei

This book was fascinating. It’s a memoir from a pretty successful camgirl where she discusses what it’s like to do this job, what the clients are like and why she got started. It was a really interesting look at why someone chooses a profession that is very often looked down on or seen as immoral (Which I do not agree with. There is absolutely nothing shocking about a naked body in any form).

E- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

A very short but utterly magical book. It’s about what happens to the children who return from their adventures after traveling through a doorway like the wardrobe to Narnia. Some of them spent many years there and grew to be adults only to be turned back to children on their return. It’s a lovely series about acceptance, growth and finding the life that’s right for you.

M- Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

This was my second Michael Crichton book after Jurassic Park and I’m not too pushed about reading more by him. His books read like watching a movie so it’s no surprise that so many of his books have been adapted but it’s not a style I like for reading. There’s no connection to the characters and we get shifting points of view from major to minor characters because we’re following the events not the people. So it’s not really for me.

B- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

This is a very interesting book and really a must read for anyone interested in fiction writing. Even if you don’t find value in it as a writer it’s interesting to get a look at how another writer approaches writing. I don’t write fiction though it is a dream of mine to someday take a shot at it. If I can find the time…

E- Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Didn’t I mention above that I was scraping the bottom of the barrel with the E’s? Anyway, this is the 3rd book in the very well known Twilight series. It’s been years since I read this and can’t really remember it. I think I enjoyed it cause I remember the only one I actually disliked was the last book in the series.

R- Rosie’s Gift by Ann Carroll

This is the book that got me excited about reading as a child. It’s about a small girl who can time travel to a particular time and place and must help some other kids there solve a mystery. This is probably where my love for paranormal stories started as well.

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