December round-up

2016 is gone, I’m not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing, but let’s not dwell on that, looking forward is probably the best way now. December was not easy reading-wise, I changed work, there was travelling home for Christmas and catching up with family and friends, so not much time left for reading, still I think I did decently, in the end I managed to read 80 books this year!

I just looked at the TBR I made at the beginning of the year, here things don’t look so good. Obviously I got distracted by new books I was buying and only managed to read 13 books out of 50. I’ll make my new TBR in January and we’ll see how that goes, it definitely won’t include all of my books, as my Kindle only holds probably around 300 unread books, and my bookshelf easily another 100. I’ll pick 50 again, and maybe, just maybe next year I can read 25 of them 😉

I haven’t made any reading plans yet for 2017, do you have any suggestions or challenges you will be participating in? Any interesting tags?

I know I want to read more in Polish, because I feel like my mother tongue is slowly but surely slipping away from me, as I work and read mostly in English. The books I got this Christmas will definitely help with that, I’ll share the haul with you soon.

81. Tajemnica Domu Helclów – Maryla Szymiczkowa – a lovely crime story sewt in 19th century Cracow, as much a crome riddle as a portrait of the society of that time, a treat.
80. emilia: meble, muzeum, modernizm – edited by Katarzyna Szotkowska-Beylin – a fascinating history of one of the last modernist buildings remaining in Warsaw (not for long, it will be moved or demolished to make room for residential development). The building has been a furniture store famous in the entire socialist Poland, later used for various retail shops, changed, divided and not appreciated. Until it became a temporary residence of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, soon after the demolition threat became real. This book is a document of architecture that is rarely appreciated and of current society that for political reason is ready to demolish buildings associated with the previous regime, no matter how good they are from architectural perspective, it’s a document how little tool there are to protect architecture.
79. Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days – Jeanette Winterson (r)
78. Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight – M. E. Thomas (r)- an important book, but could be better written
77. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas – Agatha Christie – not the best Poirot, but nice intro to Christmas
76. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver – brilliant, so good that I still cannot write a review that I am happy with, to make sure it does the book justice

Photo by Violetta Kaszubowska @ vkphotospace

One thought on “December round-up

  1. The Poisonwood Bible is so good! It’s been years since I read it, but I remember crying and just being in awe of Kingsolver. I need to reread it. Good luck with your TBR! I’m not doing any reading challenges this year, just trying to achieve some of my own goals.


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