November went super quickly this year, and I can’t believe we’re already four days into December!!! We had a gorgeous day of weather this past Sunday, but today is dark and gloomy and cold, and winter is settling in! While I don’t like the super short days, I do love the overall cozy vibe of the winter, so I’m not totally depressed about the season change!!!
Things were VERY quiet on the blog this month, mainly because I wasn’t reading very many books! At the end of October I started reading a huge nonfiction tome about Vietnam before the Vietnam War, and it took me forever to get through it, despite being fascinated by the subject material. The problem is mostly with the way I read. I don’t usually just sit down and read. Instead, I read while I’m walking from one room to another in the house, while I’m folding laundry, while I’m cooking supper, while I’m feeding the dogs, while I’m putting on my shoes, etc etc etc. So when a book is three inches thick and weights three pounds, it’s just not really meant to be read that way, so I was mostly reading it during meals and those rare occasions that I actually was just sitting down on the couch to read! November was a really busy month as well, so that didn’t lend itself to long periods of reading either!!
Anyway, I also read a lot of terrible P&P variations (which I’ve been reviewing on my other blog), and that was about it. But I finally finished Embers of War yesterday (hurrah!) and am hoping to get back into a regular reading/reviewing groove in December!!!
Favorite November Read:
Most Disappointing November Read:
I’m actually going to link you over to my other blog for this one. I’ll do a minireview post soon on the P&P variations I read this month, but in the meantime, Going Home to Pemberley ranks up there as one of my least-favorite variations ever. It started fine, but went completely off the rails when Colonel Fitzwilliam confessed that he, also was in love with Elizabeth!! (This after E&D have been married for almost a year!) Darcy goes from being a perfect husband to going freaking INSANE and accusing Elizabeth of all sorts of verging-on-unforgivable-things… despite which, she forgives him and everyone goes on to live happily ever after?!?!?! What. Even.
Other November Reads:
- Accidentally Married by Victorine Lieske – 3.5* – fun fluff
- Blind-Date Bride by Jillian Hart – 3* – mediocre fluff
- The Bridal Quartet by Nora Roberts – 4.5* – super fun but also super smutty fluff
- Collie to Rescue by Albert Payson Terhune – 3.5* – doesn’t get much fluffier than a collie!
- Montana Homecoming by Jillian Hart – 3* – eyerolling fluff
- Reluctantly Married by Victorine Lieske – 3.5* – absurd but fun fluff
I was wrestling with a lingering bout of bronchitis, which meant I had zero energy but lots of reading time! I read the incredibly magical The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – who has also announced that her second novel is coming out next year!!! I also read the concluding book to a series that I had really enjoyed – the Jackaby books by William Ritter. Sadly, I felt like the series got weaker as it went on, and while I didn’t exactly dislike The Dire King, I thought it went an extremely weird direction.
So yeah, not as bad as it could be, considering I haven’t really read much of anything from any list!
For those of you who don’t know, I’m weirdly obsessive with organizing the TBR, and have it on a spreadsheet divided into five different tabs:
- Standalones: 881 (up 9)
- Nonfiction: 81 (holding steady, but soon to be down one!)
- Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…): 677 (up two)
- Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 238 (holding steady)
- Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 108 (up one)
Well, mostly just Embers of War at this point!
Today I started Enclave by Thomas Locke, which I received from the publisher in exchange for a review. So far, it’s interesting but really needs a map. I’m also reading another P&P variation, which I started before I finished Embers. This one is called I Met Mr. Darcy Via Luton by Fredrica Edward, and at first I thought Via Luton was the name of the author (before I saw the actual author’s name), but apparently it’s in reference to the fact that Jane and Elizabeth are involved in a mild carriage accident on their way to the TOWN of Luton, and that’s how they meet Bingley and Darcy. So.
Approaching the Top of the Pile:
Actually, just look at last month’s list – I didn’t read any of them yet! I also purchased both All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater and Bare-Minimum Parenting by James Breakwell, so I’m hoping to read both of them very soon as well!
Well, that’s the update for now. Here’s to more book reviews in December!!