december nick hornby copycat

Books Bought This Month
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Elements of Cooking by Michael Ruhlman
The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain

Books Borrowed This Month
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Books Received This Month
Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (e-ARC from Edelweiss)
Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt (e-ARC from Netgalley)
What We Made by Tom Finkelpearl (e-ARC from Netgalley)
Edward Lear’s Nonsense Omnibus by Edward Lear
Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol
The Child That Books Built by Francis Spufford
Bachelor Girl by Betsy Israel

Books Finished This Month
The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Dear Teen Me edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally
Girl Sleuth by Melanie Rehak
Son by Lois Lowry
Paris Versus New York by Vahram Muratyan
No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
The Learning Brain by Torkel Klingberg
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

I guess I can’t be disappointed with myself, since I am nearing the end of three other books right now and would have finished at least one of them last night had my plans not been changed slightly. And while I didn’t do a whole lot of reading of books since I’ve been home (most of the month, actually), I did, you know, do important things like see family, roam around the city that I grew up in, and see people, all of which is really important because I have no conception of what my life will be after June, which means I don’t know when I’ll be in Tucson again.

What I don’t like is that I found a lot of books weak and disappointing this month, and this past year in general. I read a lot, but instead of reading just because I’m hungry for it, it also seemed to be about constantly searching for one that was actually worthwhile. I don’t so much do New Year tradition stuff, except when it comes to reading, so I’ll say that in 2013 I really want to make an effort to read things that I am much more sure will be really compelling and/or inspiring (I really hate that word), not just things that are there. I don’t just want to read novels because they are new and I can get them for review. I want to read things that I will feel compelled to underline, to post on my Tumblr, to tell others about, to inspire me to some kind of action, whether it’s volunteering, donating money, learning more about a subject, or doing my own writing. That’s what books should make you do. I need to stop being passive about my reading.

Here’s where you can see all the books on the list.

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