December Bookstack!

Happy Friday, readers! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas week. I have seen tons of “Christmas book haul” posts and videos on Instagram and across the book blogging world, and if you received books for Christmas, I hope you are enjoying them. My bursting bookshelves are thankful that I only received two new physical books, but I also received multiple Amazon giftcards which I intend to use towards Kindle Unlimited. If you’ve used Kindle Unlimited and have any thoughts about it, feel free to share! filligree page divider

Today I have a #SpelltheMonthinBooks stack for December, this time using only books from my own shelf! Also featured in the photo is the awkward evening lighting, a tiny Christmas tree I festively engulfed in tinsel, and a doily I crocheted as a tree skirt for said tiny tree.

December Bookstack


D – Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp

This is a nonfiction book about vocational ministry (that is, working in the church/as a missionary/etc for a living). I received it as a gift a few years ago, but haven’t gotten around to reading more than the introduction.

E – Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Evangeline is a story-in-verse (perhaps an epic?) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This is actually my mom’s copy, which she lent me several years ago. Despite my good intentions, I have never finished reading it. I’ve started a few times, but I always get confused and end up dropping it.

C – The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs by Andrew Gant

I’ve talked about this book a couple of times recently, so you probably recognize it by now. I’m still working my way through it; I am about halfway at the moment. Hopefully I’ll finish in the next few days.

E – The Elite by Kiera Cass

The second book in the Selection series should not need much introduction. America, the protagonist, has made it past the initial stages of the Selection, and must figure out what she wants and who she wants to be.

M – My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

I did not realize before writing this how many books I included which I have not completely read. This, again, is one I have not read at all. It’s a biography of Rebecca Mead, a contributor to the New Yorker. I honestly don’t know anything else about her, and the only reason I bought the book at a library sale is because of the reference to Middlemarch – which I have also only read small excerpts from.

B – Becoming Me by Melody Carlson

Becoming Me was my introduction to the Diary of a Teenage Girl series by Melody Carlson, which played a major role in revitalizing my love of reading in high school. The stories are great for teen girls and adults alike. This first book in the series introduces the reader to Caitlin, a “good” girl who begins to wonder if there might be something more to life than arguing with her family and trying to fit in at school. This is a series I highly recommend to anyone who reads contemporary YA.

E – Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley

Elisie Dinsmore is yet another book which I started multiple times but have never finished. I expected to love it when I got it years ago, but I can never get past the first few chapters and the horrible way everyone treats Elsie. Have you read this series? If so, would you recommend I try it again?

R – Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger

Salinger definitely wins the longest and most unusual title in this stack. This volume contains the two short stories listed in the title. They can be a bit dense at times, but I absolutely love Salinger’s style and his Glass family characters. Each has a voice so unique from any other character in any work. I love reading about the way they look at the world, and boy do they look at it closely. filligree page divider

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and possibly found something new to consider reading! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone wants to read in 2019, and I’m getting my ideas organized and lists made as well. I’d love to hear in the comments what you’re thinking about reading next year! And don’t forget to let me know your thoughts on Kindle Unlimited and Elsie Dinsmore, while you’re at it.

Until the next chapter,


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