My November Reading Wrap-Up

November is a month to be thankful. This month one of my cats was seriously ill and we came close to losing her.  Happily, she made a comeback.  I know our time with her is limited, and I’m grateful she’s feeling better.

I spent most of the month reading ARCs, because I requested way too many all at once.  I also turned to my last book for the Read Harder Challenge, which is Jane Eyre (in the category of “a classic I hated”). I’ll admit I’m still struggling to understand why people love this book. Rochester is horrible. But I’m determined to finish.

Here’s what I read in November:

My favorite read: Circe is a fantastic book for anyone who loves Greek mythology.  I loved Tasha Suri’s debut fantasy novel Empire of Sand. I also really enjoyed Alyssa Cole’s Civil War-era biracial romance novel.  But the most impactful book was Michelle Obama’s memoir, which is a truly fascinating look at her upbringing, her marriage, and her time in the White House.

Did not finish: I didn’t finish The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco, a book I really started out enjoying, but it dragged as the author went into way too much detail about plot rather than developing the characters.

What I’m reading now: Jane Eyre and the new Barbara Kingsolver, Unsheltered.

What’s coming up: I’ll be traveling this month to Chile and Argentina – on my Kindle for that trip I’ve got JK Rowling’s new book, Lethal White, Maggie O’Farrell’s I Am, I Am, I Am, Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Talents, and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend.

Added to my TBR: I added The Book of M and Severance based on a twitter post asking for dystopian novel recommendations; Milkman, based on the Man Booker Prize, and There There and The Great Believers because I keep hearing great things about these books.

Things that made me happy this month: Planning for our upcoming trip! I’m excited and nervous – it’s a continent I’ve never been to, but we’re also going with a tour group so a lot will be out of our control.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving spent with people they love.  For December, I’m already thinking about my best-of lists and challenge wrap-ups for the next month.  I’m working on a post about the best books I read this year and WHY I read them.  Happy December, readers, and happy holidays!

  5 comments for “My November Reading Wrap-Up

  1. December 1, 2018 at 11:55 am

    A great reading month! Well chosen.

  2. December 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I also thought that Circe was excellent. Having just finished Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls I felt that the Miller was a far more interesting feminist exploration of Greek mythology. Both Lethal White and the O’Farrell are very fine books; I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

  3. December 2, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I’m glad your cat is feeling better. Enjoy your trip. Have a great December!

  4. December 3, 2018 at 12:19 am

    That’s a great reading month- I am hearing a good things from all over for “Becoming”. Also what are your views on “All the lives we never lived”. Thank you

  5. December 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    The prize list and end of the year lists do some damage to our tbr lists, don’t they? I’m waiting for The Book of M from our library. I hope it’s a great read for us both!

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