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November Monthly Recap


It is finally time for our November Monthly recap! Find out which books were favorites and which were duds. We’ll end our wrap up with a a list of books due out this month and a glimpse of our upcoming content. We also want to hear from you so let us know what you read this month and what you look forward to reading in December as we wrap up 2016.

Jen: This year we’ve been doing an informal challenge to “read different.” You can read about that challenge here. Honestly, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump for the last two months. I spent a large part of November working on my soy candles (for sale here) to raise money for our blog prizes. So I only read 6 books, but at least this month I read in a slightly more diverse manner. Here are my read different stats for the month:
books by women: 4
translated works: 2
POC author: 1
featured LGBTQ characters: 0

Favorite book read in October: My favorite book of the month was A Man Called Ove with an honorable mention going to Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vasquez.

Least favorite book read in October: H is for Hawk. I didn’t hate this book. I gave it 3 stars (meaning I liked it) but, of all the books I read, this was my least favorite. Review to follow later this month.

Future Goals: Once again I failed my TBR goal. In fact three of the books I had read this month were books I bought this month. Two of them were from my TBR but none were the ones I wanted to get to. I’m hoping to get back on track with my reading goals. Goodreads keeps reminding me that I’m 10 books behind.

Book Worm: November has been a bit of a mixed month for me, I have read several good books but I have not read the books I had aimed to read, indeed I only managed to read 7 books.

Favorite book read in November: My favourite book this month was The Power by Naomi Alderman (review to appear in a few days). All I will say for now is that I loved this book. There were several books I gave 4 stars to this month, including Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, Embers by Sandor Marai, and Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. So it was a good month in terms of quality, but not so good in terms of quantity.

Least favorite book read in November: I didn’t read anything that got less than 3 stars this month, so it would be unfair to nominate a least favourite.

Future Goals: For December I really need to make progress with my 1001 challenge. I will aim to finish The Brothers Karamazov, read Anna Karenina, Oranges are not the Only Fruit and The Electric Kool Aid Test. Beyond those books, I make no commitments. I am hoping I will hit my target of 110 books for the year, and of course our winter challenge will begin  –arrgghh.

What can you look forward to on our blog in December? We’ll be starting our winter reading challenge this month. Sign up here. We’ll be having a guest reviewer contribute to our next Read Around the World post. She will be writing about literature from her home country, Lithuania. We will also be posting our top 10 list for 2016 books along with a variety of other reviews and regular blog content.

December 2016 book releases. December is a rather sparse month for books I want to read. In fact, there’s only one book that I find interesting and that is because I love the author:
Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson

We want to hear from you. So what are your plans for December? Which books were your favorites and least favorites in November? Those participating in the Read Different Challenge – What books did you read this month and how did they represent your read different goals?

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. aprazar #

    I like how 6 and 7 read books constitute a “slow” month for you two. I’m lucky if I make it through 2 a month. I’ve heard good things about “A Man Called Ove” so I’ll have to check it out. This month I read “Station Eleven” (very much enjoyed) and “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” (lukewarm). I hope to read at least another 2 this month: next up: “Soul of an Octopus” by Sy Montgomery.

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    November 30, 2016
    • Several of mine were very short. I think you will like Ove.


      November 30, 2016
  2. Tracy S #

    I got 20 books in this month- 12 of which were diverse. My favorites were Threepenny Novel by Brecht, George by Alex Gino, and Angel of History by Alamaddine (in reading order). My least favorite was Dark Matter by Crouch, but it was 3 stars, so it was a pretty good month!
    Next month: challenge books here, short stories, and Electric Koolaid.

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    November 30, 2016
    • Wow, that’s great. I enjoyed Dark Matter because it was action packed and a nice light break from other stuff but it wasn’t exactly a literary masterpiece


      November 30, 2016
  3. Your month seems to have been better than mine. Here’s a link to my wrap-up:

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    December 1, 2016

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