Monthly Wrap Up

November Wrap Up


In November I read 19 books for a total of 3,190 pages and an average of 106 pages per day.

Of the 19, 7 were audiobooks. Yes, I’m listening to even more of them these days! I’m still mostly listening to books I’ve already read or ones I sort of want to read, but know I’ll never make time for (Narnia). I know I’m still missing out on details, especially when I listen at work because I just don’t listen as well as I actually read.

Stand out reads for me were An Unkindness of Ghosts and Artemis (two very different examples of sci-fi). I’m not loving my Narnia journey, but maybe the last few books will pick up.


An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
First Sentence: Aster removed two scalpels from her med-kid to soak in a solution of disinfectant.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
First Sentence: Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of the gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and tht only because there is still treasureot yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17–, and go back to the time when my father kept the ‘Admiral Benbow’ Inn, and the brown old seaman, with the sabre cut, first took up his lodging under our roof.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
First Sentence: You better not never tell nobody but God.

Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns
First Sentence: Despite the darkness, the pressure on every centimeter of skin, and the smooth, flat plastic in front of her nose, Adda Karpe was not locked in a coffin in deep space.

A few thoughts on Goodreads:

Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado
First Sentence: The project will only be funded if at least $5,229 is pledged by July 24, 2015, 3:41 AM EDT.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Cinderellis and the Glass Hill by Gail Carson Levine
First Sentence: Ellis was always lonely.

Kill the Dead by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: “Cilny – we are in danger.”

Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund
First Sentence: Like everyone, I am born naked.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
First Sentence: Lost in the shadows of the shelves, I almost fall off the ladder.
Notable Quote: “So it’s the surface that matters. People want things to be real. If you give them an excuse, they’ll believe you.”

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

A Box, a Pocket, a Spaceman by E. Catherine Tobler
First Sentence: The spaceman shows up on a hot summer afternoon, not the dead of night when you’re crouched in the garden peering through a telescope that shows you the endless glories and wonders of the night sky.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Reviews to come:

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
First Sentence: When you’re traveling in India – especially through holy sites and Ashrams – you see a lot of people wearing beads around their necks.

Artemis by Andy Weir
First Sentence: I bounded over the gray, dusty terrain toward the huge dome of Conrad Bubble.


In addition to my random reading habits, I’m trying to give myself a strict mini-tbr in order to actually read the books that have been wallowing on my shelves for years (so many years). I printed out a list of all the unread books I had (let’s not talk about how many) and started with the ones that have been sitting on it the longest.

I’m still working out the kinks, so I’ll do an official post on this in January. But the gist is that I’m picking 3-5 books a month and I need to read them or unhaul them. Here’s what I had to read in November:

Justine and Other Writings by the Marquis de Sade
Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
The Copper Crown by Patricia Kennealy
The Color Purple
Treasure Island

As you can already tell, I read the last three books on the list. I decided I wasn’t ever going to read Justine (or rather, pick it up again, because I found a bookmark about halfway through and I recall trying to read it in high school – after watching Quills, I thought I’d like de Sade’s work but I was wrong) so I unhauled it and picked a book to replace it.

I didn’t end up getting to Innocent Traitor or Copper Crown, so they’ve been unhauled. If I really wanted to read them I think I would have brought them on vacation. I’m also unhauling The Color Purple and Abundance, because while I enjoyed them, I know I’ll never revisit them. I consider this a pretty successful first month.

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