Thursday, December 28, 2017

Books Read in November

I see most bloggers are posting their 2017 year-end summaries....and here I am, just summing up November! Yes, behind as usual, but we are - rarely - home this whole holiday week, so I hope to catch up a bit and not start the new year too far behind!

Although I didn't have time to officially sign up for the reading challenge, I did my own version of Nonfiction November and read almost entirely nonfiction last month, except for two review books:

  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen (CA), memoir
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (UT), middle-grade graphic memoir
  • Hap & Hazard and the End of the World by Diane DeSanders (TX), adult fiction, reviewed for Shelf Awareness


So, I read seven books in all in November, and 5 of them were nonfiction - definitely a record for me! The only two novels I read were review books for Shelf Awareness (sorry those reviews are not yet available - I will post links as soon as they are published). Of those seven books, two were graphic memoirs, two were on audio, one was a teen/YA. and one was for middle-grade. And I think you can see that memoir is my favorite kind of nonfiction! Oddly, it seems that almost all of the books I read took place in CA or TX last month. My favorite book of the month was Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, a touching but very funny memoir.

Progress on 2017 Reading Challenges:
This is my favorite part of my monthly summary - updating my Reading Challenges! I read 3 more books was from my own shelves for my Read Your Own Damn Books Challenge for a year-to-date total of 25. For the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge, November was Last Chance (read a book you've been meaning to read all year).
I think Mennonite in a Little Black Dress counts - I bought it over 5 years ago! No classics last month for the 2017 Back to the Classics Challenge. Nothing new to add to the Well-Rounded Challenge because the categories are almost filled now. Just China for my Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge. For my 2017 Literary Escapes Challenge, I added just one more state, Utah (I already had California and Texas!).

Finally, Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month. I filled in 18 squares in November:





Spaces filled in:
NightSun - recent release, clean shaven, detective, mystery
Spinning - purple cover,  struggle
Where the Past Begins - family, free book
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress - shopping, bad boy actually good, dinner/feast, in a series, shelf love
Real Friends - forgiveness
Hap & Hazard and the End of the World - madness, historical
Bored & Brilliant - audio book
What was your favorite book read in November? Do you still remember November? (ha ha)

4 comments:

  1. Great job on 18 squares!!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Missed some due to mostly nonfiction!

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  2. November was indeed a good reading month for you. I am going to wait until the last possible day to post my 2017 in review since I am still reading for this year :-)

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    1. Yes! That's my theory, too, Helen - how can I possibly sum up 2017 when I am still reading?? My last book could be the best one of the year!

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