We have made it to December … finally. Which means that this abominable year that is 2020 will soon be behind us. 31 more days. Let the countdown begin.
The last hurdle to overcome is the holiday season, and for me, that is a bit crazy. My husband is Jewish so there is Hanukah to celebrate as well as Christmas and New Years. Then my husband and father share a birthday, and wouldn’t you know it’s on the 22nd. Oh but that’s not all. This year, my father turns 80 years old and given COVID times, it doesn’t look like we can celebrate this milestone, though my siblings think differently. Can you say stress?!
On a positive note, work may actually start slowing down by the middle of the month. Our last full meeting is on the 7th and while we do have some events the following week, most of the Legislature’s business is done for the year. In fact, we have a meeting on the 21st solely to close out the books and then it’s the holidays.
Also from December 16-19, my husband and I are going away to our favorite weekend retreat – Manchester, Vermont. We go every year solely to get away from work stress and rejuvenate. We typically try to go in the late fall. Lately we go in early December because the hotel brings out it’s hot chocolate bar and their hot chocolate is the best I have ever had in my life. The chef made his own concoction and it’s to die for. That with the wood burning fireplace in the library and the another fireplace in our room, I plan on curling up with a good book and just relaxing. I can’t wait!
There are some really good books on the list this month, which I can’t wait to read, so let’s just get into it.
Book Club picks
“84, Charing Cross Road” by Helene Hanff
I have never heard of this book but it’s the December pick for the Society for Avid Readers Across the Hudson Book Club. It sound pretty interesting. Long distance correspondence between a writer and a book dealer – sign me up. I think this is going to be one of those “if it wasn’t for book club” type of reads.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey
I read this book when I was in high school but don’t remember too much. I know it is about a patient in a mental hospital that wreaks havoc, but that is all. The Modern Library Book Club decided to read it, so it gives me a chance to become reacquainted with it.
“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell
I started this book for the Capital District Book Club last month, but didn’t get to finish it because of work. I am really enjoying it so far though and want to know how it ends. I’m bummed that I missed the book club discussion on this.
Classics Club pick
“Shirley” by Charlotte Bronte
I really don’t know how I have never read another Charlotte Bronte book after loving “Jane Eyre” so much. However, that stops now. This was the book selected for The Classics Club most recent spin. We have until January to read it but I have a feeling it won’t take me that long.
“Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi
I started this book two months ago but only read a few chapters before putting it down for other books I had to read for book clubs. I was enjoying it and want to get back into it. Given that it’s the end of the year, I might as well close out the books so to speak. Besides, I have only heard good things about it.