Preparing for the Winter Big Read

december read Dear Readers, I write to you asking for your opinion. The past two years (and the age of this blog), I’ve had an unofficial December big read. Although 2011’s was more official than last year’s, I would like to make this year’s a little more official. In 2011, my choice was The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (you can read my review). It was a book I had wanted to read for ages and I thought winter break (I was a grad student at the time), would be a perfect opportunity. It was a really wonderful book and I was glad that I had finally made the time for it. Last year’s was a little less successful, which you can read about here. Because of last year’s disappointment, I thought I’d return to the classics. I’m already leaning towards one of these fine choices; though, I will not be revealing which one. I do hope you will take part in the little poll that I’ve setup and please feel free to include comments about any or all of these three choices†. The poll will stay open for about a week. I’m taking this week to finish up on my still unread galleys that need to be reviewed and then I will be completely invested in my Winter Big Read.

For those readers who are newer around these parts, the idea is to read a big classic book filled with mystery, intrigue, and a bit of adventure. I know that the Poe selection is not particularly large, but if chosen, I’ll throw in some stories for good measure.

† In case you would like to join me with the 2013 edition of my Winter Big Read, you can find all three of these books easily and for free. 1|2|3


  1. My vote went for The Lodger. If you decide to read that one, I might join in. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my ARC-free December.

    1. Thanks for your input! I’ll most likely reveal over the weekend/upcoming Monday. I’m trying to finish up my galleys now and it will be the first time in a while when I don’t have other reading obligations. I’m a very fast reader, which comes in handy for reviews, but I’m looking forward to making myself slow down for the December read.

  2. I enjoyed The Lodger more than Arthur Gordon Pym; I’ve never read the Moonstone, though, so if you do read that, I’ll be interested to see your review (I’ll be interested in your review in any case) 🙂

    1. Regardless of my selection, I hope to read all three at some point in the near future. They all look intriguing and can’t wait to try to slowly read a book instead of running through it like I normally do.

  3. I’ve read Poe’s “Narrative of AGP” but not the others. I wouldn’t think Poe’s work is substantial enough to be part of a “Big Read” so my vote would be to try one of the others. 🙂 That said, I did enjoy the Poe work – great descriptions of the privations of hunger and being lost at sea.

    1. Thanks for your input. I feel the same way about including Poe, but I thought if I do include it, I would also add some other Poe work or seafaring/New England narratives.

      I’ll have my final decision in the next few days.

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