I had a slow start to December due to above-average TV watching and one DNF, so I didn't finish a single book until the 21st, which made me feel a little antsy, but I ended the year at 60 books total, not including The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness which I'm talking about here even though I didn't finish it until January 1st.
1) To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. 4/5 stars. This book had a slow start but I really liked it by the end. Set in the 1880's, it tells the story, via journal and letters, of Colonel Allen Forrester ,who leads a small expedition into a remote and previously impenetrable section of Alaskan wilderness, alternating with his wife Sophie's experience back at the military barrack in Vancouver. What elevates this book above a somewhat slogging expedition report (a la Shackleton, if that's your cup of tea) is a subtle vein of magic as Allen comes into contact with the native Alaskan tribes.
Swede's Book of the Month: Such a Little Mouse by Alice Schertle with illustrations by Stephanie Yue. This book is a really cute little tale of the changing seasons from the point of view of a little mouse exploring the wide world.
That's all! Here's my January 2017 TBR pile. I've started with Under the Influence because it's due back to the library first, but am looking forward to The Trespasser.
Here's to a great year of books in 2017!