Rearview Mirror // November 2019

It’s December already!!!  I can hardly believe it.  November was a weird month.  It was super, super cold at the beginning of the month, so it felt like winter appeared out of nowhere.  Work at the orchard has slowed down a lot, and I had a job interview for a spring job – I’ll be working at another greenhouse!!  I’m pretty excited about that.

Reading this month has been pretty average, but I at least have been able to post some reviews! It’s felt good to get back into a (sort of) blogging groove again.  Whenever I follow someone else’s blog on WordPress, I always set it to email me blog entries, and then I can read them whenever I get a chance.  Well, I’m still reading blog entries from back in September!!!  I really do enjoy reading everyone’s book reviews.  Maybe someday I’ll be caught up!

Favorite November Read

I think probably the final Bess Crawford book, which I haven’t reviewed yet –  A Cruel Deception.  (My review for the first half of the series can be found here.)  This series is really going from strength to strength.  This one was just published this year, so I have high hopes that more are to appear in the future.

Most Disappointing November Read

Another book I haven’t reviewed yet – Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill.  It’s a graphic novel by the same person who wrote/drew The Tea Dragon Society.  While the artwork was gorgeous, the story was quite flat.

By the Numbers…

In November:

  • I read 25 books for a total of 6254 pages.
  • My average rating was 3.76*.  I had a lot of 3.5* and 4* this month, but nothing higher than 4*.
  • I didn’t read any Kindle books this month, execpt for part of one I ended up not finishing.
  • The oldest book I read this month was  Swiss Family Robinsonwhich was originally published 1812.

November DNFs

Two this month, although since I only read the first 18 pages of  Side Effects May Vary (by Julie Murphy), I’m not even sure it counts – just… already the main character was incredibly annoying AND we find out that her mom’s having an affair, all in those first 18 pages, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

The other DNF was a free Kindle book from quite a while back called  By Magic Beguiled (by Maggie Shayne).  I got about 20% into this one before calling it quits.  I just wasn’t in the mood, and the pacing was kind of slow.  I may pick it up again at some point, but not any time soon.

TBR Update

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:  438 (DOWN one!)
  • Nonfiction:  105 (up two)
  • Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…):  654 (DOWN twelve!)
  • Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series):  235 (holding steady)
  • Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 113 (holding steady)

Awaiting Review

I have whittled the pile down quite a lot, but there are still several titles in the wings, although in fairness three of them have been read in December.

  • The rest of the Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd – I enjoyed the second five books even more than the first.
  • Strange Planet by Nathan Pyle – if you’ve never checked out Pyle’s comics, you should go do it now.  They’re perfect.
  • Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill – beautiful artwork, but basically a bunch of preaching about conservation with very little story.
  • The Stand-In Boyfriend by Emma Doherty – a little too long but not a bad contemporary YA.
  • The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere – not my usual fare, but someone loaned it to me so.
  • The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie – I always love revisiting a classic Christie.

Currently Reading

I just started Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber.  I’m involved in a crazy month-long reading challenge thingy on Litsy (seriously guys, you ALL need to join Litsy!), so I’m actually reading Christmas books at Christmas, something I pretty much never do.  I could use some Christmas spirit, so it’s probably a good thing!!

The Probable Next Five(ish) Reads

  • Fatherland by Robert Harris – because who doesn’t like a good alternate history read?
  • The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon – a book I got in a book box a long time ago.
  • The Coat-Hanger Christmas Tree by Eleanor Estes – more holiday fare
  • Come to Me Alive by Leah Atwood – it’s the first in a series, so if I like it, there are three more!
  • In the High Valley by Susan Coolidge – actually, these books should have gone on the Awaiting Review list – I read the first four books in the series back in September, but didn’t own this one.  Since it finally arrived, I just haven’t taken the time to pick it up!

Thanks for sticking with me, readers!  Here’s to a lovely December and happy Christmases all around!