Winter Big Read 2014

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December is upon us. I usually take this time to read a book of my choosing. I’m usually swamped with galleys for review here and for the articles I separately write for publications (as I type this, I have a few physical and digital ARCs giving me the hard stare). The past few years, however, I’ve decided to put everything aside for part of December and just read what I want. This usually takes the form of a classic. I’m changing it up this year and going from one book to THREE! I shall not pick up anything else while I’m reading my winter reads. In the next days, I’ll finish up any obligatory books and then I’ll be good to go. Here are my choices in planned order of reading.

1. The Moonstone. My first official big read was Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White. I thought I’d finally make some room for another classic of his, which I scored for .40 cents at a used book sale.

2. Magellan. I feel like I’ve been out of the Stefan Zweig loop, but during a recent three week visit to Vienna in October, a friend said this was his favorite.

3. Burial Rites. Ach! Am I possibly the only person who hasn’t read this?! I picked it for $2.99 during a flash sale when it was first released and it’s been taunting me ever since.


Do you have books ready to go for winter?


  1. I haven’t read any of these. I’ll be interested to hear what you have to say about the Zweig book. I’ve only read his “chess story” but also want to read a relatively recent bio on him. I really liked Collins’ The Frozen Deep earlier this year. I own a copy. Of TheWoman in White but haven’t gotten to it yet. 🙂 enjoy your de ember rèading!

    1. Chess Story is queued up on my kindle, but I’m totally excited for Magellan. I’m going to finish up my “required reading” this week and then jump into these three.

      I haven’t heard of The Frozen Deep. Thanks for putting it on my radar. The Woman in White is loads of fun. He might be a big book, but I think it’s a page turner.

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