December 2022 TBR

Here is my December TBR. Yes, I know it is much shorter than usual, but I am focused on getting what I need to read for the Good Reads challenge and the Natural History book reading challenge. It may change as inevitably library books that I have out, get reserved by others…


Reading Through The Year

A Poem for Every Night of the Year Allie Esiri

Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment For Every Day of the Year – Susie Dent


Finishing Off (Still!)

The Travel Writing Tribe: Journeys in Search of a Genre – Tim Hannigan


Blog Tour

None this month!


Challenge Books

The last six for the nature reading challenge:

I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain – Anita Sethi

Swifts and Us: The Life of the Bird that Sleeps in the Sky – Sarah Gibson

The Consolation of Nature: Spring in the Time of Coronavirus – Michael McCarthy, Peter Marren, Jeremy Mynott

The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us – Nick Hayes

The Overstory – Richard Powers

True North – Gavin Francis


Review Books

What Remains?: Life, Death and the Human Art of Undertaking – Rupert Callender

West Cumbria Mining: The Silence Between The Shadows – David Banning

Smelling the Breezes: A Journey through the High Lebanon in 1957 – Ralph Izzard & Molly Izzard

The Wheel of the Year: A Nurturing Guide to Rediscovering Nature’s Seasons and Cycles – Rebecca Beattie

On Travel and the Journey Through Life – Ed. Barnaby Rogerson

Haunters at the Hearth: Eerie Tales For Christmas Nights – Ed. Tanya Kirk (Kind of a Christmassy read…)



Who knows this month? All the books I had planned to read were passed as I had five other reservations!


Big Books

When I have finished the Good Reads challenge, I like to start on some big books that I don’t always get around to reading in other months with the intention of finishing them in January. I have some huge books to get through from the library and review copies and these are some that I am going to pick from:

Gnomon – Nick Harkaway
Endurance: 100 Tales of Survival, Endurance and Exploration – Ed. Levison Wood
Iconicon: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain –  John Grindrod
Seveneves –  Neal Stephenson
The Night Lies Bleeding – M.D. Lachlan
Hunted – G X Todd
Red Moon – Kim Stanley Robinson
Thin Air – Richard Morgan
Shadow Captain –  Alastair Reynolds
Horizon – Barry Lopez
The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall – Mark W. Moffett
The Warehouse – Rob Hart
The Cruel Stars – John Birmingham
The Solar War – A.G. Riddle
Cage of Souls – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation – Ken Liu
The Border – A Journey Around Russia: Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, … Finland, Norway and the Northeast Passage – Erika Fatland Tr. Kari Dickson
Britain Alone: The Path from Suez to Brexit – Philip Stephens
Survival of the City: Living and Thriving in an Age of Isolation – Edward Glaeser, David Cutler
The Serpent Coiled in Naples – Marius Kociejowski
From Utmost East to Utmost West: My life of exploration and adventure – John Blashford-Snell


Any that you have heard of or like the sound of? Let me know in the comments below

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  1. NancyElin

    Paul, it has been a long time since I posted #WorldFromMyArmchair review…last one was in 2020! But good news: I’m reading a book by Danish author Dorthe Nors about the Danish coastline. It made me think I should make a reading list for 2023 and visit all the beautiful places on earth! I see a few good books on this list…the only one I’ve heard about is “The Serpent Coiled in Napels”. Sounds interesting. I will find you again on GR…and follow. Looking forward to your “end-of-year” wrap-up with your best suggestions for my coming year! PS: Great match last night in Qatar Wales-ENG 0-3. I watched USA-Iran…it was a nail biter and now I’m sure the Dutch team will have their work cut out for them to try and win from USA. It’s a young team…ambitious, daring and plenty of players who can sprint after a counter! Prediction: finale will be Brazil – France…that will be a real ripper!

    • Paul

      Good to hear from you again, Nancy. Hope you’re keeping well at the moment. I am not really following the football, more keeping one eye on it to see how we’re doing. There have been some upsets so far!

  2. N@ncy

    Well, you’ve missed some sensational upsets!! Germany kicked off their 2022 FIFA World Cup group campaign with a loss to Japan…that’s gotta sting ‘“unsure manschaft”!

  3. NancyElin

    Duitsland ist raus! Die Mannschaft ist zuhause…

    • Paul

      I heard that!

  4. Liz Dexter

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you think about The Travel Tribe. You have some hefty tomes to get through, too – the Sethi took me a while and the Nick Hayes is quite long but fascinating. Happy reading!

    • Paul

      I have only read a tiny bit before getting distracted by lots of other books!

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