Thursday, December 1, 2011

Month in Review: November

Well, that was a quick month! I cannot believe it's December! I hope this month goes a bit slower so we can enjoy all the holiday celebrations.

I didn't get much reading done in November. I hope to do a bit more in December. November was the first month that I stopped doing official reviews, and started reading some of the books on my TBR pile. So it was fulfilling to get to read books I've been wanting to read for a long time, but a bit disappointing that I didn't read as much as I had hope to.

Books Read in November: 5
I read five books in November. Three were fiction novels:
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

And two were nonfiction:
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form by Dom Sagolla

Reviews Written: 5
This month, I wrote five reviews. The first is for a book I read in October: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The others are for four of the books I read in November. You can click on the links above to read them.

This is a new challenge for me, which goes until January 6, 2012. I just need to read one adult Christmas book, and I've also taken on an additional challenge to read Christmas books with the kids. So far, we've read four Christmas picture books. I plan to pick up my adult book soon.

I Want More Book Challenge
I didn't manage to add anything to this challenge, so it's definitely high on the priority list for December! I have two books planned that will help me complete the challenge. Hopefully I'll manage to read them by the end of the year!

Fall into Reading Challenge
I've been doing well with this challenge. I've read 10 books so far, and I'm halfway through the eleventh. I'm not sure if I'll finish the last five books by December 21st, but I'm going to try to read most of them.

Where Am I Reading Challenge
In November, I added one new state to my map of where I am reading. I also added one new country. I've added these places to my map:
That leaves me at 20 out of 50 states covered, plus 12 additional countries. Here's my updated map:

View My Book Retreat in a larger map


  1. I enjoyed The Forgotten Garden and LOVED Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Good luck with December!


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