November Monthly Recap
I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. While Book Worm has been busy reading and reviewing, I’ve been swamped with work and barely reading. So it’s time to get back on our regular schedule and publish some of the reviews that have been sitting waiting for me. We’ll start off with our monthly recap. Find out which books were favorites and which were duds for the month of November. We’ll end our wrap up with a glimpse of what’s coming up in December. Jen: This month I’ve barely had time to pick up a book — okay I read 4, but 2 were YA that I read on the plane to a work conference. Compare that to 8-12 books I read on a typical month. All 4 books were written by women, 1 was written by an African American woman and the other three were written by white American or European authors.
Favorite book read in November: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward. If I get my act together, I’ll try and post this review in the next month.
Least favorite book read in November: The King’s Cage by Aveyard. I actually enjoyed this book and it was a quick engaging read for a plane trip. So, it’s not really fair to lump in with “least favorite” label.
Future Goals: I have 4 major work projects which are all due Dec 6th so I’ll be pretty much out of commission (with respect to this blog) until then. However, after December 6th, I hope to catch up on some goals and finish out the year in a good way. I’m 10 away from completing my GoodReads goal for 2017 so hopefully I will be able to pull it off. Of course December is also the time I plan for my 2018 reading. Plans that seem perfect but which I’ll likely abandon half-way through 2018.
Book Worm: Like Jen I have had a slow month reading wise, not because I haven’t been reading, but because I have been reading some very big books in order to complete my challenges for the year. My reading diversity has not been very good this month with only 1 book being written by a woman and only 1 book by an author not from the UK or the USA.
Favorite book read in November: My favourite book by a long way was Gnomon by Nick Harkaway review can be found here.
Least Favorite book that I read in November: The Silmarillion by Tolkien – this was more of a short story collection than a novel and the format just doesn’t work for me. That said I really enjoyed the last section which was a history of The Rings of Power and tied in with The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Future Goals: With 1 month left to go I need to read 18 books to achieve my goal for this year, I really can’t see this happening. The biggest hurdle for me achieving my goals at the moment is The Romance of the Three Kingdoms I am only half way through and this is taking up a lot of my reading time, fingers crossed I get it finished by the end of the year.
What can you look forward to on our blog in December? We’ll be playing catch up and posting some of the backlog of reviews we have.
We want to hear from you. So what are your plans for December? Have you completed or are you close to completing your 2017 reading goals ? Which books were your favorites and least favorites in November?
Reading your Nov summary, I can sympathise regarding the busyness, plus the doorstopper books.. However, it confirms to me that signing up for annual targets or Goodreads’ challenges is not for me. Too much pressure. But: each to their own!
This is the second post I’ve read this morning where Gnomon has been mentioned as the best monthly read. I have to admit to not having even heard of it. Down to the book shop this morning!
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I don’t think it’s out yet
Fifteen books this month, and pharmacy law manuals from two states. My favorite was Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Believe it or not, those law manuals were far better than Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. That book was vile.
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I’ve slowed down a lot, too. I’ve been trying to wean myself off escaping into book world and viewing the number of books I read as something that defines me. Oh, and work, yes. Work has been skipping lunch busy recently. I managed six books last month and only two so far this month. It feels like I’ve had richer reading experiences, though, because I’ve mulled books over rather than dashed through them. History of Wolves, Fierce Kingdom, and Bitch Doctrine were my stand out November reads. The last two have become books I recommend to people.
So far in December I’ve achieved my aim of reading the first two books in Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet and I’m working my way through Lincoln in the Bardo. I’m determined to read Johnny Marr’s autobiography over the Christmas break and Naomi Alderman’s The Power (I’m working on an exhibition about electricity and it feels appropriate).