I just closed my eyes for a hot second and December 2021 is already here. Wow! But okay. We’ll work with what we get, and this time, I’m taking it easy reading-wise in December because I know how hectic the month is going to get. By easy, I mean adding 10 books to my December 2021 TBR and hope that the books I brought in from November actually get read. So it’s a total of 12 books on my December 2021 TBR that I WON’T be freaking out over. Nuh-uh.
Some of these books are from the list of 15 books I want to read before 2021 ends, some from the 21 books I want to read in 2021 list, and some from the series I want to read in 2021 list. I don’t know how many of these are going to get read, but I sure hope it’s going to be a big number.
The books in this first set are the ones that I brought in from November 2021 and which I’m still reading.
1. Queeristan – Parmesh Shahani
I’m about 140 pages into this book and so far, I’ve learnt a lot about queer people as well as how it is for them in India. It does get a bit info-dumpy, but it’s the necessary kind of info dump. So I know I’m going to come back to read this and re-inform myself about certain things, including the list of queer terms that the author has listed out, with explanations, meanings, and examples. I think it would be safe to say that I am liking this book. You will see more of my thoughts about it in an upcoming vlog on my YouTube channel!
2. Frankly in Love – David Yoon
Frankly, this was a complete impulse pick. I was, once again, gazing in adoration at my bookshelf, and I spotted this one. I picked it out, flipped the pages, and thought, ‘What if I read this book?’ and started reading it. I have no valid explanation for it. XD
This is about Frank Li, a Korean-American boy whose parents are a little racist and insist on him finding a Korean girl to date or marry. But obviously, he goes and falls in love with an American girl, Brit. Now, comes in the fake dating trope with his family acquaintance, Joy, who is sailing in the same boat as him. They pretend to be together in front of their families, but for how long will this façade keep up or will their relationships survive? This apparently forms the entire story.
I’m only 35 pages in and already, I’ve met his parents who ARE super racist in their ideologies and way of looking at the world. Can’t wait to show them up, goodness me!
This next book is one I finished reading last night. I’d added it to the 15 Books I Want to Read Before 2021 Ends as well as my November 2021 TBR. So I’m stoked I finished it as well. And what a book it was!
3. The Authenticity Project – Clare Pooley
I’m still struggling to find words to describe this book and the impact it has had on me. And I’m also realizing that some books, like this one, start having their impact after you’ve finished and thought about them. What a way of talking about being true to oneself and of accepting people for who they are while standing up for oneself! It’s got me thinking and re-evaluating my life in ways that I had never done before. I’m trying to write a review and coming up blank because I don’t know how to put these feelings into words. I’m still going to try though.
These next ones are books I want to read in December 2021.
4. The Poppy War trilogy – R.F. Kuang
Based on modern Chinese history, if I’m not mistaken, this is a trilogy that I started earlier this year, read about 80 pages of, and ended up not finishing it even though I became a fan of the writing style. It was just a little heavy for me at the time because external factors were bearing down upon me as well. But I really do want to read this series and vlog it, perhaps, because I want to know what happens. Also, if reviews are to be believed, the second and the third books in this trilogy are going to devastate me. Huh. Why not?
5. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
A book I bought in 2018, it’s only now that I’m dusting off the cobwebs and picking this up. Well, not exactly dusting off cobwebs, because I do maintain my books, but you know what I mean. I’m buddy-reading this with a dear friend and I’m super excited about it as well, because I know we’re going to have a great discussion. Plus, this is a book about love and escape and politics (I think) and so much more that I’m really intrigued to explore. The fact that I’ll finally jump in, with great company at that, only increases my excitement,
6. Emma – Jane Austen
A classic that I know nothing about except that it is one of Jane Austen’s most loved works and that it is about a socialite called Emma. I could be wrong on the second count, but reading this with my friend is a prospect that I’m really excited about. This will only be my second Jane Austen and going by how much I loved Pride and Prejudice, I feel like this will also be one that I will love. Ah, to go back in time and live a white person’s life! 😛
7. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
This is the Bookbound Club pick for the months of November-December and we will be having a discussion on my YouTube channel around mid-December. I think it’s supposed to be a mystery / thriller of sorts and both my co-hosts have already read it and loved it. Seeing their enthusiasm stoked my own and now, I’m thrilled that I will be hosting the liveshow for this. It’s a short book, just over 200 pages, and I will be reading it closer to the liveshow so that I can remember what happens in the book. 😛
8. Against the Loveless World – Susan Abulhawa
A book that I had added to the 21 Books I Want to Read in 2021 list, Against the Loveless World is the story of Palestinian main character, Nahr, who is imprisoned and tortured. I think it revolves around the Palestinian conflict and is written by a Palestinian author, which I’d read rather than white men like Colum McCann appropriating it and writing pacifist novel like Apeirogon. I was so pissed off when I delved into that story because I had gone in blind. It was after that that I knocked some enlightenment into myself and went and bought this book. Looking forward to it.
9. Spin the Dawn duology – Elizabeth Lim
A fantasy woven around the concept of a weaving competition, this had me intrigued ever since I got my hands on these books. I have a feeling that this is going to be an easy-to-read duology that I might like, which was why I added it to the list of 15 books I want to read before the end of 2021. I don’t know if I will finish them but I really want to. What life and my reading has in store for me, remains to be seen!
So those are all the books on my December 2021 TBR. Which of these have you read? Which ones do you want to read? Which ones do you like? Which ones don’t you like? What’s on your December 2021 TBR? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
I’ll be back with a new blog post soon.
Until next time, keep reading and add melodrama to your life! 😀