Hello and welcome to my December 2020 reading status! The final reading status of the “stay at home” year that 2020 has been.
Since the previous reading status in November I finished only one book – a result that is aligned with the increased workload. There is also an unfinished book that was quite difficult to put aside – you know, the sunk costs.
Fortunately, this month I continued with my knitting endeavour 🧶 I worked a lot on a fluffy cardigan, hopefully it will be ready just in time for Christmas!
I am reading The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (my review). It is a historical fiction story about Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia. The focus of the story is on the not-talked-about contribution of women soldiers in this conflict, the women who fought alongside men.
I am very interested in this book not only because of the intriguing story, but also because I want to find out more about Africa’s history – unfortunately my knowledge about it is very limited.
The only book I finished reading is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (my review). It is a collection of stories about Nordic gods, giants, elves and other beings. At the center of most stories is the famous trio of gods: the all-father Odin, the mischievous Loki, and the mightiest Thor.
Reading Norse Mythology reminded me of my childhood, when I was fascinated by the Greek mythology.
The book I did not finish is Love in Amsterdam by Nicolas Freeling. It is an eARC I requested via Edelweiss and despite my initial enthusiasm, it was quite disappointing. I read about 50% of it, and then I chose to spend my time reading other books.
Trying to go through this book was one of the factors that almost got me into a reading slump 😦 Do you also feel guilty when abandoning a book mid-way?
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami is next! I’ve been waiting to read this book for months now. I
heard read it is not the best of Murakami, but I am anyway looking forward to getting immersed in a big big book. I have no idea what the story is about, and I have no intention to find out before reading it 😀
If the Christmas holiday is as quiet as I imagine it, I hope to also read a non-fiction book until January 2021 – Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. It is a book about the how the world is mostly designed for men and the female population is systematically ignored.
Looking so much forward to the Christmas holiday! What books do you plan to read during the winter holiday?
‘Till next time … happy reading!