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Ten Bestselling Authors Born in December

December is the last month of the year but authors born in December are far from being the last. They are rock stars of publishing world: successful, widely read and appreciated by readers all around the world. And their books are just perfect for Christmas gifts (if you still have no ideas) :)



Lisa about Bel Canto: I was positively mesmerized by this from the first page. I'm an opera fan, because the ability of music to bond people of disparate backgrounds and different languages is definitely a major theme. After reading this I had an itch to listen again to Dvořák and Puccini. read more


The Book From about State of Wonder: State of Wonder is a novel which lives up to its name. It is beautiful and funny and sad, with an ending that could not be more perfect. It's a novel that can be savored just as well in delicious solitude or in the company of a book group. read more



Beamis12 about This is the story of a happy marriage: I have read Ann Patchett's books for a long time now, long enough that I can see her improving in her craft, book by book. This grouping of essays cover a wide range of subjects that she has written throughout the years. read more




Book Babe Blog on Heart of Darkness: A true classic in every sense, leaves a lasting impression no matter how many times Heart of Darkness is read. Conrad takes the reader on a unforgettable journey, a journey exposing the very very dark side of human nature. Written long ago, this story's impact is just as powerful now as it was then. Conrad's style is beautiful, so elegantly written, his words take you on a excursion with every detail masterfully described until the destination is reached, leaving you breathless. read more


Sckenda about Under Western Eyes: The title, “Under Western Eyes,” is a reference to how the narrator, an English professor of languages, analyzes the Russian characters through the eyes of enlightened Western liberalism. “This is a Russian story for Western ears.”Yet, we are not sure if we can completely trust the narrator, who keeps proclaiming that he has neither the talent nor the imagination to invent this story. Moreover, “Words are the great foes of reality,”-- says the professor. read more





Lisa about In a Sunburned Country:This travelogue of an American in Australia was hilarious. I had no choice; I had to give this five stars. I have this rule you see: if a book makes me think, cry, or laugh out loud, I give it top marks. read more


Crime-on-Thrill about In the Woods: Bill Bryson is awesome, but his friend Stephen Katz is more awesome. Published in 1998, Walk in The Woods, saw Bryson and his friend Stephen Katz team up once again(they travelled together in Europe, which is described in Neither Here Nor There) to hike the Appalachian Trail. read more


Joanne about At Home: This book really made me appreciate the comforts that I'm lucky enough to take for granted every day of my life. I can't imagine working 14 hour days, having no heat and electricity (much less no internet!), having no running water... read more




Leopard:  Her poems are typically short - few lines, short lines - and, to my mind, her best poems are intense, rugged, jagged in rhythm, with rhymes which appear to be accidental or so approximate that "near rhyme" just doesn't capture it.Granted, there are poems which strike me as exemplars of 19th century American "right thinking." read more


Book Cupidity: I'm not a poetry buff - but I suppose if I were to start somewhere, starting with Emily would be an appropriate place. read more




Reflections about Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Just as in Blade Runner, the movie this book inspired, the line between human and machine becomes increasingly fuzzy for bounty hunter Rick Deckard, who has the job of hunting down and “retiring” rogue androids. read more


Cecily's book reviews on UbikA clever, original and often very funny sci-fi story. It is about psychic power battles, the nature of death, alternative reality and changing the past. Or not. read more



Proctosophy about The Man in The High CastleThis is the book that won Philip Dick the Hugo award 2 years before I was born. It is an alternate history that takes place approx 15 years after the Axis wins WWII. The few jews left are in hiding under assumed names, the United States has been divided in two between Germany and Japan... read more




Bibliomaniac Scarlet about 2001: A Space odysseyI did not expect a book on extra-terrestrial life to leave me thinking about the evolution of mankind.You won't find any alien action here, no war-of-the-worlds scenario. Instead, 2001 is a book that relies on the sheer strength of ideas - which is what I believe good science-fiction should be about. read more


Lisa: My mother dragged me to see the 2001 film when I was five-years-old. I found the psychedelic odyssey among the stars terrifying and cried until my mother was forced to leave the theater before the film ended. Ever after she'd tell the story of how I was a brat and I'd tell the story of how she was callous. read more



Just Another Reader about Favorite Male Character in Pride and PrejudiceI have to give it to Mr. Darcy. I find it so rare to find an introverted hero. Not just a dark tortured soul who is mean because he was not hugged enough as a child and just needs someone to love him. read more



Reading Jane Austen in Boston about Jane Austen: I was in an interesting discussion recently about sense versus sensibility. A reviewer had taken Jane Austen to task for being too clean and passionless. The complaints, heard often enough, are: "She does not tackle sweeping vistas of emotion. She cares too much about money. Her lovers don't make great protestations of undying love. She does not write with poetry." read more


Sharon E. Cathcart on PersuasionLet's face it; you know what you're getting with Jane Austen. You can reliably presume that, by the end of the book, the male and female protagonists will have discovered their love for one another, even if they loathe each other at the beginning. read more




Jackie's Bookbytes about Christmas Thief: 

I thought it was a funny, suspenseful, adventure packed mystery that I would recommend to anyone for the holidays. I loved this book! read more


Literary Exploration about Moonlight Becomes You:

This book is beautifully written, it was a real pleasure to read; it was intelligent, witty and I’d highly recommend it to everyone. read more



Sarah's Library about Stephenie Meyer books:


Wow!!  What a book!!  This is the third time I have read Twilight and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time.  There is nothing I don’t like about this book, it has great action, great romance, great humour and I just love most of the characters. read more


Wow!!  What an author Stephanie Meyer is, she starts with the already over used plot of vampires vs. werewolves and gives it a major modern twist and now she’s tackled aliens – again with a major twist. read more




Breathing pages about The Best of Me: I started reading around 4pm, with minor pauses because of work. I finished it at around 11:56pm. My reading speed is not that bad. Then again, it's never about speed. It's about the book and how it makes you stay in one place with it. This one just got me seated upright and reading non-stop. read more


Peace Love Books on The longest Ride: I just finished this not too long ago and of course, like all of Nicholas Sparks' books - I loved it. I really enjoyed both love stories and the way in which each were told... read more



What are you reading in December?