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)


  1. Great job on 18 squares!!

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

  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 :-)

    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!