Sunday, December 01, 2019

BOOKS READ IN NOVEMBER






November was still hot for the first three weeks but finally last week it cooled, it rained, there is snow on the far mountain tops visible from my picture windows. What a relief for us in California but I understand travel was difficult in other parts of the country.

I read so many fine books in November and made my goal with no cheating by reading picture books as I did last month. However I did find quite a few full length novels so compelling that I read them in one day!

Stats: 14 read. 13 fiction. 7 written by women. 1 sci fi. 2 fantasy. 1 YA. 1 from My Big Fat Reading Project. 2 thrillers. 1 translated. 1 nonfiction.

Places I went: USA, UK, France, Spain, Croatia, and two imaginary lands.

Authors New to Me: Juliet Escoria, Susan Orlean, Simon Mawer, Sarah J Maas, Dubravka Ugresic, Jonathan Lethem, Ron Currie.

Favorites (so hard to pick these): Juliet the Maniac, Motherless Brooklyn, Sula
Least favorites: Then She Was Gone, Trapeze

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I hope you enjoyed your November books. Have you read any of these? 
Now we all need good luck on getting our reading done in December!

26 comments:

  1. I read 'Moonraker' *many* years ago.... I have a few of the others in various piles.. waiting... [grin]

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  2. i read a lot of andre norton at one time... is she still alive? she was older than me, so it's hardly likely... some good stuff in that list!

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    1. Andre Norton died in 2005. I am just getting to know her books but I intend to read many more. I think November was my best month this year in terms of excellent novels.

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  3. Like Muddpuddle, I also read a fair amount of Andrea Norton long ago. Maybe I will read some more of her work soon.

    Hopefully I will also get to The Library Book soon also. It sounds like something that I would like.

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    1. The Library Book was quite amazing, especially if you love libraries.

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  4. I've been reading less as the year winds down. I've also been lazy about keeping up with reviews (about 4 or 5 to catch up on). You had an impressive November - I haven't read any of these.

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    1. If it makes you feel any better I have 9 reviews to catch up on! I am thinking of reading some really long books while I get those reviews written!

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  5. I can't wait to hear what you think about Throne of Glass!!!

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    1. OMG, I am so behind on reviews! The short version: I loved it.

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  6. Very impressive! I haven't read any, I still want to read something by Powers, either this one or The Overstory. Which one do you think is best?

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  7. The Library Book was sooooo good!! I still have no idea if he did it or not, and at this point it really doesn't matter. The book as whole was such a beautiful love letter to libraries in general.

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    1. Agreed! I was just at my library yesterday raving about it to the librarian who checked out my books. We had a discussion about how they deal with the homeless at my branch.

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    2. It is a major issue here too, mainly at our downtown branch which is almost in the heart of the city. There is a food truck that brings feel meals downtown at least once a week, not sure exactly how often, and so they provide for anyone including many homeless people. As long as no one is disruptive, everyone can stay. It is also the only branch (we have over a dozen throughout the city and suburbs) that has security patrolling as well.

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  8. I also had recurring nightmares about Sula in 10th grade because our teacher was such a jerk. Or, he was probably a jerk in my 15 year old brain, but not actually all that bad. I should probably also give Sula a try again as an adult. I remember she annoyed me as a high school student.

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    1. I'll tell you, rereading Sula was eyeopening. I think I get her now.

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    2. I may have to reread. Maybe. After I get my TBR under control. I can make a pre-TBR list, lol

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  9. That's a diverse collection. I'll be interested to read your reviews of the books that you've not yet reviewed. I have not read any of these.

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    1. Yes, I have so many reviews yet to write and post. Just between you and me, I have decided not to review the ones I didn't like. I mean, why bother?

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  10. You had quite a variety of books in Nov. Another good reading month for you. I read Sula and Motherless Brooklyn long ago and now I probably need to read them again. The Library Book I was half thru once (when it was due) and want to get back to it. It's nice that there's snow on the mountains!

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    1. The variety was awesome! The Library Book is definitely worth finishing. I can't believe I had never read Lethem before. Always meant to. Now I will be reading more by him.

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  11. Judy, I haven't read any of these, but I always fancied trying something by Sarah J Maas and Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Happy reading in December! :-)

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    1. I have been meaning to get to Sarah J Maas for so long. I loved her book and look forward to continuing the series. For Zafon, you must start with The Shadow of the Wind!

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