December 3, 2018

November 2018 Wrap Up

According to Goodreads, I read 9 books in November. Not to shabby for being pretty busy.

Usually, I start with my TBR and see what I read from that list. But between my Non-fiction November possible TBR and my regular possible TBR, we might be here all day, and honestly, I didn't read that many from those lists. So I'm going to do this a different way.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva - This was the book club book for November. I thought it was great fun. It wasn't brilliant, but it was imaginative and fun to read.

Non-Fiction November was a thing this month. I read a few non-fiction books for that:

The Pleasures of Reading

The Pleasures of Reading In an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs - I was feeling a little slumpy coming into November so I picked up a sure fire cure for the slumps. This book is lim, easy to read, uplifting, and always cures a reading slump for me. Clearly, it worked its charm this time as well.

Last Night's Reading

Last Night's Reading by Kate Gavino - This is the first thing I read on my hotel weekend. It was a quick little book of drawings from author readings in an around New York City where the author lives. It was a good start for my weekend.

Public Library

Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith - Does it say something about me or about the book if all I can remember about this is that I liked it? I actually thought it was a book of essays until just this moment. I would probably remember it if I read it again, but sitting here, 3 weeks later, I don't remember a word.

I read several other books throughout the month that were not non-fiction.

Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School

A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School by Mai Tanaka - I read this one lunch break at work. I had seen it on a friend's Goodreads page and she liked it, so I requested it at the library. I hated it. The main character, the teacher, is a spineless dork. He doesn't realize he's been sent to teach at a school for paranormal creatures until it's too late. He is afraid of them and basically hides from them for the whole book. Annoying.

Lumberjanes Vol. 8

Lumberjanes Vol. 8: Stone Cold by Shannon Watters - In this one, the camp girls go to have breakfast with a neighboring cabin, but all the campers have been turned to stone. Surely the work of a medusa. They have to find out who is doing it and send them back where they came from. It was fun. Better than the last one I read.

Look Alive 25

Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich - I wait for these books for months ever year. I nabbed this one at the library and read it in one day. Stephanie and Lula have to find out who is kidnapping managers of the local mobster's deli because Stephanie IS the new manager.

A Princess in Theory

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole - This book met my Read Harder Challenge to read a romance book by or about a person of color. I listened to this on on audio because I had tried twice to read the words and been bored to tears. I listen to audiobooks in the car and I am a captive audience, so I can get through the boring books. The first half of this was boring. The second half was much, much better. Naledy is a grad student in epidemiology struggling to make ends meet. She was orphaned as a young child and raised in the foster system. What she doesn't know is she was betrothed to an African prince before her parents took her and fled the kingdom. Now her prince is trying to find her.


Heartstone by Ella Katharine White - This is a Fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice and it is a damn good one. The author made some changes to some of the characters and I think it's fantastic. Darcy and Bingley are Dragon Riders who take contracts to hunt unpleasant beasts for the populace. You have to have aristocratic blood to be a dragon rider. Lady Catherine is Catriona in this version and she is a fabled Dragon Rider. She was not the least bit unpleasant in this one. I read the entire book in one day because I couldn't stop.

That's what I read in November. I thought there was more, but I'll check my reading journal when I get home.

What did you read in November?