November Wrap Up and Bookish Gift Ideas

cat mugIn November I read a lot of great books, I traveled to Phoenix to visit my family, and submitted my research application for my thesis. And now it’s time for all the holiday madness!

To celebrate, I’m going to give away one book a week in the month of December. I’ll post about it soon so you can enter. I’m still working on the details but they will be paperbacks in good condition that I read this year.

Looking for bookish gift ideas? I recently got this awesome journal where oz journalthe lines of the journal are actually the entire book of The Wizard of Oz. Uncommon Goods has some awesome literary gifts like a very cool scarf that comes in Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights (not my favorite books or I’d be on this one in a second). And here are two more posts with bookish gift ideas:

My migraine diet has been really successful. I had one or two not-severe migraines this month and those were due to cheating on the diet a bit (and by that I mean wine). I haven’t taken a migraine drug in three weeks which is a long time for me. Giving up so many things I like (chocolate, wine, processed foods) has been tough but not impossible. And if I slip up a little the effects aren’t horrible. I’ll keep up with it in December.

girl with gunHere’s what I read in November:

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
  • Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
  • The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
  • Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

And the books I reviewed in November:

  • Weighing Shadows by Lisa Goldstein
  • Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • The Secret River by Kate Grenville
  • Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
  • Thanksgiving by Mary R. Arno

missoulaMy favorite read: as usual I can’t pick one!  Girl Waits with Gun was awesome, and The Aeronaut’s Windlass was a lot of fun. The Things They Carried was a really powerful read.

DNF: I’m still thinking about whether to finish Stranger in a Strange Land. The writing feels dated to me and it gets a lot of negative reviews. Thoughts?

Next up: I have Missoula by Jon Krakauer on my Kindle. I also need to finish up a couple of challenge books.

I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Here’s to a busy but happy holiday season.

  9 comments for “November Wrap Up and Bookish Gift Ideas

  1. November 30, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Yay! I’m glad your migraine diet is helping. And that you liked Girl Waits with Gun — I’ll check out your other favorites. Happy December to you!

  2. November 30, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I hated stranger in a strange land. We featured it for a love it hate it post a few months ago.

    • November 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

      That’s exactly what I needed to hear. Of course if people loved it I want to hear that too! I’ll check out your post, thanks.

      • November 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

        I found it very dated and hated the way he portrayed women. Then again lots of people loved it

  3. November 30, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Ooh! Look forward to your thoughts on the Marriage of Opposites – that’s been on my reading list for forever.

    P.S. – found your blog through The Bloggess – will be subbing now 🙂

    • December 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog! Jenny Lawson is amazing, she’s all I talk about these days. Look for my review of Marriage around the end of the month…

  4. December 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I love that you loved Girl Waits With Gun! It was so fantastic, and it’s definitely a page turner if you’re into historical fiction, which clearly you are if you also read The Things They Carried. Man… it’s been maybe 10 years since I’ve read that book, but the things those men went through during the Vietnam War was tough and eyeopening.

    • December 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre. Girl Waits With Gun was such a fun read.

  5. December 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you for the shout out about the gifty post!!! I’m so late getting through my Feedly, but such is life it seems. ❤

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