Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Gay Yellen: It's Read a New Book Month!

December is so jam-packed with festivals and holidays, you'd think that whoever creates those random observances like Eat a Red Apple Day or Chocolate Cake Day would choose a less hectic time to shine the spotlight on reading. As we hustle and bustle our way through the waning days of the year, how much time do we really have for quiet pleasures? Nevertheless, December is Read a New Book Month. Frankly, I think it would be better to name it Buy a New Book Month as a reminder to put one or two on your gift list. 

At the Stiletto Gang, writers and readers don't need a special month to remind us to read a book, new or not. Books are our passion.

While I'm writing, I'll still buy a new book to support a colleague, or to join in on a book club discussion, or for my own research. And I manage to sneak in a few pleasure reads along the way.

My alma mater's book club selections tend to be ones I probably wouldn't have picked up on my own, yet I've learned so much from them. The Yellow House, by Sarah Broom, won nearly every award for non-fiction memoir in 2019. It's a remarkably honest and moving story of what it meant for one family to grow up poor and Black in New Orleans. We also read Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See, a meticulously researched historical fiction set in Korea between World War II and present day that follows the lives of truly extraordinary deep sea divers. I learned a lot about Korea and world history from that one.

Our neighborhood book club recently read Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, by Kathleen Rooney, which fictionalizes the life of the highest paid ad woman in the 1930's. If you're fond of the era, or Macy's, or New York City, you might enjoy following this witty woman as she meanders through the Big Apple and reminisces.

I've accumulated more books in my to-be-read stack than I've been able to crack open this year, including some by sister Stilettos. There are many goodies to pick from by our Gang. Just scroll down and open a few that strike your fancy.

I hope to read more next year, too. To me, an unread book is a missed opportunity to travel to a new place, meet interesting characters, learn something new, or merely enjoy the pleasure of reading.

With deepest gratitude to all our readers, I wish you a warm December, full of books and love.

Here's to Read a New Book Month!

Gay Yellen writes the award-winning
Samantha Newman Mysteriesincluding:
The Body Business and
The Body Next Dooravailable on Amazon.
Coming soon in 2022:


  1. Perfect, Gay. So many books, so little time. My favorite time to read is a nighttime in bed. Or on a rainy day or just when I need a break. Funny, they are all favorite times. And reading outside our genres can only help us grow.

  2. thanks, Donnell. So true about favorite times to read. Just about anytime we can!

  3. I love reading, but time has been so tight of late that my TBR bookcase has spilled into or should I say onto other pieces of furniture.

    1. As has mine, Debra. What are the chances we'll get to them all next year?

  4. I love to read--there's no better time than in front of the fireplace with a cuppa! Happy Holidays Gay!

  5. Thanks, Lynn. Happy Holidays to you, too!

  6. Every month is read a new book month for me, but my heart warms to know that the world can celebrate reading this month, too! I'll take the hint to plow through the many fabulous reads on my night stand and bookshelves. Read on, everyone!


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