Hey guys! It’s time for my December TBR! Last year, I did a special TBR for Blogmas, in which my sisters took control of what I read. I thought of doing that again, but realized it probably wouldn’t be wise since I have a lot of catching up to do on my reading goal. So I’m just going to read whatever I want! Still, I’m going to do this TBR list just to give myself something to refer to if I’m ever in a reading slump. Wish me luck!
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope | The Grim Grotto | The Penultimate Peril | The End by Lemony Snicket
Synopsis: The Slippery Slope: Unfortunately, in this miserable volume, I am afraid that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their harrowing journey up–and down–a range of strange and distressing mountains. In order to spare you any further repulsion, it would be best not to mention any of the unpleasant details of this story, particularly a secret message, a toboggan, a deceitful map, a swarm of snow gnats, a scheming villain, a troupe of organized youngsters, a covered casserole dish, and a surprising survivor of a terrible fire.
The Grim Grotto: You might also prefer not to read this book, in which the Baudelaire siblings encounter an unpleasant amount of dampness as they descend into the depths of despair, underwater. In fact, the horrors they encounter are too numerous to list, and you wouldn’t want me even to mention the worst of it, which includes mushrooms, a desperate search for something lost, a mechanical monster, a distressing message from a lost friend, and tap dancing.
The Penultimate Peril: Sadly, this book presents the next-to-last chronicle of the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, and it is next-to-first in its supply of misery, despair, and unpleasantness. Probably the next-to-last thing you would like to read about are a harpoon gun, a rooftop sunbathing salon, two mysterious initials, three unidentified triplets, a notorious villain, and an unsavory curry.
The End: This book is the last in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even if you braved the previous twelve volumes, you probably can’t stand such unpleasantries as a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous bird cage, and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents.
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Since I’m going to be transferring to a university in the spring, I’ve been trying to read the entire Series of Unfortunate Events series while I still have access to them. They’re pretty easy to read, so I can get through them quickly enough! I’m hoping to finish them within the next two weeks before school ends, so that’s why you see them so much on my What I Read… posts!
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Synopsis: To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it’s too late.
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I read this every year, so obviously it’s on my December list! This story never gets old, so I’m looking forward to it!
The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
Synopsis: When Eddie was twelve years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. Although his life had gotten harder — and money tighter — since his father died and the family bakery closed…Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to have his dream bike gleaming beside their modest Christmas tree that magical morning.
What he got from her instead was a sweater. “A stupid, handmade, ugly sweater” that young Eddie left in a crumpled ball in the corner of his room.
Scarred deeply by the realization that kids don’t always get what they want, and too young to understand that he already owned life’s most valuable treasures, that Christmas morning was the beginning of Eddie’s dark and painful journey on the road to manhood. It will take wrestling with himself, his faith, and his family — and the guidance of a mysterious neighbor named Russell — to help Eddie find his path through the storm clouds of life and finally see the real significance of that simple gift his mother had crafted by hand with love in her heart.
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Like A Christmas Carol, I used to read this book every year for Christmas. However, I skipped a couple years, so I thought it was about time I read it again. This is a pretty sad story, so I’m not exactly sure why I keep putting myself through it, but oh well!
The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson
Synopsis: For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set-with his late uncle and his sister among their leaders-since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms and her partner Wayne find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead. Conflict between Elendel and the Outer Cities only favors the Set, and their tendrils now reach to the Elendel Senate-whose corruption Wax and Steris have sought to expose-and Bilming is even more entangled. After Wax discovers a new type of explosive that can unleash unprecedented destruction and realizes that the Set must already have it, an immortal kandra serving Scadrial’s god, Harmony, reveals that Bilming has fallen under the influence of another god: Trell, worshipped by the Set. And Trell isn’t the only factor at play from the larger Cosmere-Marasi is recruited by offworlders with strange abilities who claim their goal is to protect Scadrial…at any cost. Wax must choose whether to set aside his rocky relationship with God and once again become the Sword that Harmony has groomed him to be. If no one steps forward to be the hero Scadrial needs, the planet and its millions of people will come to a sudden and calamitous ruin.
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I’ve already started reading this, and I’m loving it! It’s pretty long though, as most Sanderson books tend to be, so I figured this one would take a while. Besides, since this is the last Wax&Wayne book, I want to take my time and enjoy this one. Still, I’m planning to finish it this month!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Genre: Classic/Tragedy/Gothic Romance
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This is probably my second favorite book ever, and it’s been a while since I last read it. I actually read it this time two years ago, come to think of it. This just strikes me as a very November-December book, so it’s the perfect time of year to read it!
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Synopsis: For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Then Kelsier reveals his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.
But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets. She will have to learn trust if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.
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While Wuthering Heights is my second favorite book, this is my all-time favorite! I first listened to the audiobook of this last year int he summer, and this time I want to read the physical copy. In fact, I’m going to try my hand an annotating. I’ve never really done that before, but I’m excited to start! This is another long book, so I’m really hoping I can get it read along with all the other books on this list.
Gleanings: Stories from the Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Genre: Short Story Collection/Dystopian/Science Fiction
Synopsis: There are still countless tales of the Scythedom to tell. Centuries passed between the Thunderhead cradling humanity and Scythe Goddard trying to turn it upside down. For years humans lived in a world without hunger, disease, or death with Scythes as the living instruments of population control.
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I had no clue this book was going to be a thing until a few weeks, but I am SUPER excited for it! I loved The Arc of a Scythe trilogy when I first read it a couple years back, so I was overjoyed to find there was going to be more Scythe content! I’ve already read some of the beginning from an excerpt, and I am so ready for this!
Saint by Adrienne Young
Synopsis: As a boy, Elias learned the hard way what happens when you don’t heed the old tales.
Nine years after his lack of superstition got his father killed, he’s grown into a young man of piety, with a deep reverence for the hallowed sea and her fickle favor. As stories of the fisherman’s son who has managed to escape the most deadly of storms spreads from port to port, his devotion to the myths and creeds has given him the reputation of the luckiest bastard to sail the Narrows.
Now, he’s mere days away from getting everything his father ever dreamed for him: a ship of his own, a crew, and a license that names him as one of the first Narrows-born traders. But when a young dredger from the Unnamed Sea with more than one secret crosses his path, Elias’ faith will be tested like never before. The greater the pull he feels toward her, the farther he drifts from the things he’s spent the last three years working for.
He is dangerously close to repeating his mistakes and he’s seen first hand how vicious the jealous sea can be. If he’s going to survive her retribution, he will have to decide which he wants more, the love of the girl who could change their shifting world, or the sacred beliefs that earned him the name that he’s known for―Saint.
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A couple weeks ago a lot of authors were suddenly revealing new books. Rick Riordan announced the next Percy Jackson book, Jennifer Lynn Barnes had the new Inheritance Games book, and then there was this! I did like Fable, though I wasn’t that fond of Namesake. But when I saw this reveal, I was happy because I wanted to know more about Saint and his past. I know a lot of other fans have been wanting this for a long time, so this was a great surprise!
I did a little more than ten books this time, but that’s fine! I’ve really got to get my reading game on, because I’ve only got a few weeks left before the year is out. I’m sure I can get it done in time, especially once I’m on winter break! So, what will you be reading this month? Let me know in the comments below! And as always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful week!
Synopses taken from Goodreads.