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Out-of-focus book with a cup of tea and Christmas lights in the background

It is a debated topic in the book world whether September or December is actually Read a New Book Month and for good reason!

September is all about going back to school when you are younger; starting a new semester with your brand-new shiny textbooks and trying desperately to color code your notes for success. It would make sense why you would also want to dust off your reading habits and delve into something new with all of this change happening.  

But for me, December is truly Read a New Book Month. Having been out of school for some time now (an adult, yikes!), December is all about getting ready for the holidays and the new year for me. The chilly weather, fuzzy elf socks, and soft ambient lighting from the Christmas tree make the perfect combination for a readathon.

But the age-old question of: “What do I Want to Read?” makes it tough to finally pull a new book from your miles long TBR (to be read) pile.

So, here are my tips to answering the dreaded “but what do I read?” question:

  • Go for the unexpected. Pick up a book so far out of your reading zone that it scares you a little. If you are a hopeless romantic who devours light-hearted love stories, try a spine-chilling murder mystery. Do you only read fiction? Branch out and try that best-selling memoir all of your friends have been begging you to read. Try something new. You never know, you might just find your next favorite genre.
  • Learn something new. Have you been meaning to learn about the stock market to try your hand at investing? Need a crochet patterning book to inspire your Christmas sweater designs?  Take the time to find a book that fits your needs and plan a project around it to ensure it gets read.
  • Don't overthink it. If you are still pondering over your next read: pull up that dreaded TBR list, and just pick one. Don’t wonder if you are in the mood for it or have the time to read it in between doing laundry and untangling Christmas lights. Just open the cover, take in the first page, and what do you know? You’re reading a new book! Nice work.

If you really want to challenge yourself this month, try what I’m doing and aim for a new book every week. I will be downloading my ebooks from my all-time favorite digital resource, Overdrive and you can find your next great read from there too.

Overdrive is also featuring a New Titles collection that showcases ebooks and audiobooks that are new to HCPL! 

Here’s a few books from our catalog that I’ll be reading this month: 

Click or tap the book covers to browse these titles in our catalog!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue


The Meaning of Mariah Carey cover art


Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue cover art


Obsidio cover art





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