Friday, November 30, 2012

November Reading in Review

Can you believe that November is over and (1) month is left of 2012.  I'm grateful that we have an extra week after Thanksgiving this year to prepare for Christmas - I think most most us need that.  We've been lucky with the temperatures around her this far, no below freezing weather yet except at night on occasion, and this weekend it is going to be in the 50's unbelievable for New England in December.

I read (10) books in November and (128) in 2012. (4) November books were kids books, for a total of (33) kids books in 2012.

Here is what my reading life looked like for November:
  1. The Cure for Grief; Nellie Hermann - 4/5 (personal copy)
  2. Live By Night; Dennis LeHane - 4.5/5 (audio and eGalley)
  3. Flight Behavior; Barbara Kingsolver 4.5/5 (eGalley)
  4. Joy for Beginners; Eric Bauermeister - 4.5/5 (audio-library) 
  5. If You Spent a Day With Thoreau at Walden Pond; Burleigh and Minor - 5/5 (personal copy)
  6. Fancy Nancy, There's No Day Like a Snow Day; Jane O'Connor and Glasser - 4/5 (library)
  7. The Christmas Quiet Book; Deborah Underwood and Liwska - 4.5/5 (library)
  8. Sally Sore Loser: A Story About Winning and Losing; Sileo and Pillo - 5/5 (library)
  9. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories; Flannery O'Connor - 4.5/5 (personal copy)
  10. Shadow Tag; Louise Erdrich - 4/5 (audio-library) - no review yet) 
Back in October, I posted my Nov and December reading plans, and for the first time in a long time, I seem to be sticking to my plans for the most part. Here's how I've progressed:

 November and December Plans - (to date - 5/10)

  1. The Cure for Grief; Nellie Hermann - 4/5 stars (personal copy)
  2. Live By Night; Dennis LeHane- 4.5/5 stars (audio and eBook)
  3. The Panther; Nelson DeMille (current audio-library)
  4. The Secret Keeper; Kate Morton
  5. The Christmas Quiet Book; Underwood - 4.5/5 (library)
  6. Fancy Nancy, There's No Day Like a Snow Day; O'Connor-4/5 stars (library)
  7. The Light Between Oceans; ML Stedman
  8. Cascade ; O'Hara (current eBook)
  9. Flight Behavior; Barbara Kingsolver - 4.5/5 stars (eGalley)
  10. Cold Light; Jen Ashworth
I still have a couple of more Holiday books I want to add to this mix in December.

How did your month go?


  1. My reading count is pretty bad this year. Thank heavens I have Jim to help contribute reviews! :--) But we have been busy moving - first from Arizona to Maryland - and then in two weeks, from Maryland to Illinois!

  2. What an impressive list! I'm on the waiting list for Flight Behavior at the library, but the Thoreau at Walden Pond book is going on my Amazon wish list--I've been wanting to read Walden Pond, but am intimidated by it. I think this might ease me into it, and the illustrations look amazing. My high school twins are ready Flannery O'Connor over Xmas break--maybe I'll join them!

    Happy reading! :)

  3. I did not have a goal list for November and December, but feel that I did not read as many books as I wanted to. I set a goal of 50 books for 2012 and so far have read 54 with 2 more almost finished. So I have met that goal. I seem to be online a bit more than necessary, but enjoy connecting with all the book bloggers in blogland.

  4. That was some month, some goodies in there!

  5. Diane, I was just saying that I was glad Thanksgiving was early this year!

    Wow! You read a lot in November, as well as throughout the entire year! As for me, I keep collecting books, to be read someday....

  6. You're an amazing reader! You must be a fast one too. Your November read titles are interesting, particularly the one by Walden Pond. I'm interested to know your Dec. selections... will they be more related to the Season?

  7. This year seemed to speed by. Looking forward to your thoughts on The Secret Keeper. Have a fun December and happy reading, Diane!

  8. Wow - you had a lot of great reads in November!

  9. You read some great books in November. I agree with what you said on my blog - as long as we enjoy what we read, numbers don't matter. But, I do wish I'd read more :)

  10. Hi Diane,

    I am ashamed at just how long it must be since I last stopped by, as I don't recognise any of your November completed list (which is impressively lengthy, by the way!).

    I checked out your reviews of a couple from your list which sounded the most intriguing and have added the Barbara Kingsolver and Dennis LeHane to my reading list, although not as audio books, of which I am not a huge fan.

    I haven't read any of Barbara's books before, but they most certainly have me intrigued and LeHane I haven't read for many years, so it would be good to re-acquanit myself with his writing style.

    Thanks for the recommendations and enjoy your December list.


  11. I have never read anything by LeHane, but based on your review of Live by Night perhaps I should take another look at his titles... High scoring month for your reads in general. Hope your December selections are just as successful.

  12. I gave up keeping stats this year for the first time in ages. I'm going to try to figure it all out in that week between Christmas and New Years.

  13. The only book I finished in November was one for book club and it was terrible. But I'm really grateful that Thanksgiving was so early this year as well. I'm still putting up the decorations so the extra days were really helpful.

    I MUST read Kate Morton!!

  14. great month! I enjoyed very much your #3 fpr November, and #4 for December. \
    here is my Nov wrap-up, and my Dec plans:

  15. Ten books in a month is impressive. Way to go!

    I swear I am the only person on the planet who was not impressed with Flight Behavior. I'm happy that others love it, but it does make me question what is wrong with me! LOL!

  16. Where has this year gone?! The older I get, the faster it seems to go.

  17. You had a great month of reading! My November was quite slow, but I'm hoping to come back in December.

  18. Oh, Diane...I am not ready for 2012 to be over. I was just whining about August leaving me, I love the summer weather here in the Upper Peninsula, and it is December! Your book list is impressive. I love that I trust your have not steered me wrong yet. I'm thinking Flight Behavior for my next read...

  19. I don't know how I missed this post - I've followed several of your recommendations, and so far so good. I'm listening to Bartenders Tale, right now, but will be sure to add some of theseto my wish list.


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