November Reads

library book sale

I ravaged my local library book sale

It’s now December and there’s snow on the ground; it’s probably time to end my denial that winter is here! But before I get out the electric mattress pad (nothing better than a pre-warmed bed at night!), I’ll take a moment to reflect on a few November highlights!

– I road tripped down to Virginia to spend Thanksgiving with the boyfriend and his huge extended family for the first time. I am so thankful for the way they welcomed me into their homes and traditions.

– My blog gained its 100th WordPress follower! Thank you to everyone who reads my ramblings, and especially those of you who take the time to add your own thoughts and insights in the comments. I wouldn’t be doing this without you — or maybe I would, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!

– I received my first ARCs! It was super exciting, and it made me feel like a real, grown up blogger. Thank you to the ladies at Tinder Press for sending me proofs of Amity & Sorrow and Snapper!

Books read
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe
Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
Watering Heaven – Peter Tieryas Liu

Pages read
This month: 1,377
Year to date: 16,282

Books read YTD
Completed: 49
Progress toward 50 book goal: 98% completed, 4 books ahead of pace to accomplish goal

Books added to my collection
Bought from bookstore
Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth – Charles Dickens
Bought from library sale:
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
Winter in Kabul: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan – Ann Jones
Living to Tell the Tale  – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – David Sedaris
We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
Review copies
Snapper – Brian Kimberling (pub. March 2013)
Amity & Sorrow – Peggy Riley (pub. May 2013)
Watering Heaven – Peter Tieryas Liu (pub. Oct. 2012)

December plans

I’ve been requesting a lot of books from the library the last few months, and I have to admit it’s kind of been stressing me out. I mean, how am I supposed to read all of these lovely new releases with due dates from the library AND make a dent in my own TBR pile? To save myself the stress of this debate, I’ve decided that for the month of December, I will only read books from my shelf. I just want a nice, cozy month to enjoy the books I’ve been anticipating but haven’t gotten to for whatever reason. I might even re-read something if the mood strikes me — something comfy like Harry Potter or Norwegian Wood. I also want to finish the two short story and essay collections I started reading earlier this year; I want my year-end list to be nice and tidy without pesky half-read books!

I’m also planning on participating in the Dickens in December event hosted by Beauty is a Sleeping Cat. I decided a while ago that I would like to read A Christmas Carol this Christmas, and I’m really excited that there will be a read-along of sorts! The event also encourages bloggers to review Dickens novels and books about or inspired by Dickens, and there will be giveaways and watch-alongs of movies based on Dickens novels! It seems like fun!

What did you read in November? Any plans for December?

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10 thoughts on “November Reads

  1. Congrats on your followers and yay to your first ARCs! A bunch of your new books are ones that I want to snag too. I haven’t read Kevin or Tiny Beautiful things. Hope you enjoy them!

  2. Congrats on everything! How could your “in-laws” not accept you and like you? There is no better addition to their family!

    I read a lot this November and just finished reviewing and and scheduling posts for this week. Can’t wait for my Christmasy books to arrive and fully embrace winter, Christmas and become (as my family says) “someone who would defeat the Christmas Spirit”.

    • Thanks, Elena 🙂

      Woot, I look forward to your reviews! I need to write a few tonight and tomorrow 😛
      I’ve never done any Christmas reading before this year, but it seems like an awesome way to get into the Christmas sprit! How would you defeat the Christmas Sprit? Like in a fight, or out-spiriting it?

      • Out-spiriting it! I just get a little bit… crazy, I would be that annoying neighbour that sets the whole house in Christmas lights. But I live in a flat… sigh.

        • Hahaha I have an annoying neighbor that puts out more than 50 of those giant inflatable Christmas floats on their lawn. Some of them play music. It’s kind of ridiculous. Living in a flat is a great excuse for hanging tons of twinkly lights inside, though, which is always a plus!

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