November was not my best reading month. I went into this month feeling super ambitious about finishing up 2018 reading as many books as possible, and then my plans got completely derailed. I’ve had some health issues this month – you can read all about them here if you’re curious – and basically, my eyes decided reading would not be in the cards for the majority of November. But, I still did okay this month. I participated in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, which means I read a decent amount early in the month. And I still managed to (barely) complete my monthly goals of reading one nonfiction book and one Shakespeare play. So, overall, I’m not mad about what I managed to accomplish this month. And I’m looking forward to going into December.
What I Read:
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – ★★★★☆. This was a reread for me, and I am so glad I finally got around to it! I’ve been meaning to revisit it for a while, because I haven’t read it since freshman year of high school. So it’s been a while. And I thoroughly enjoyed it! I wanted to read at least one more classic this year, so I think this counts.
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu– ★★★☆☆. I enjoyed The Three Body problem when I read it this summer, but the sequel just fell a bit flat for me. It wasn’t bad, but it was missing a few elements I enjoyed most about the first book. I do think the change of narrator made a difference. But, ultimately, the game was my favorite part of The Three Body Problem, and I was kind of disappointed it wasn’t part of this story at all. I mean, it didn’t exactly fit, but I still felt like something was missing. I’ll probably finish out the trilogy (because I already own it), but it wasn’t a favorite.
everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by johnny sun – ★★★★☆. I have been staring at this graphic novel for ages, and finally picked it up. And then, I did something I never do: I immediately got home and read it. And it was so cute! Just a fun, happy little book that made my day.
Vengeful by V. E. Schwab – ★★★★☆. I really hate to say this, but I just didn’t quite love this as much as I wanted to. And it made me so sad. Still a great book, and I am a huge Schwab fan, but, for some reason, I didn’t connect with this one as much as I was hoping to.
For Every One by Jason Reynolds – ★★★★☆. This was ended up being the only nonfiction book I managed to get to this month. But I did enjoy it! It was short, but impactful. And I am glad to have finally read more Jason Reynolds.
Measure for Measure by William Shakeseare – ★★★☆☆. Not my favorite play, but it’s not at the very bottom of my list. It reminded me a bit of Twelfth Night, but with A LOT more sex. I actually felt weird reading this on my work computer (which is where I get most of my Shakespeare reading done). Honestly, unless you’re reading all of Shakespeare like me, I probably wouldn’t recommend it. But I didn’t hate it.
What I’m Currently Reading:V
The Dead Zone by Stephen King. I am still working on my Halloween read, but I will finish it! I just finally got my eyesight back enough to read in the past week, so I’m determined to finish this in the next couple of days. It’s been too long.
The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. Another holdover from October, but it’s maybe a bit lower on the priority list right now. I’ll finish it eventually.
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. I just started this, in the hopes of getting a review up Monday. Really need to catch up on my ARCs! I love Diane Setterfield, and I have high hopes for this. I’m looking forward to a nice weekend read.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. I was really enjoying this before I was forced to put it down. I’m excited to pick it back up once I get to the books a bit higher up on my list.
When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank T. Vertosick Jr. It was probably not the best to be listening to a nonfiction audiobook about neurosurgery right before being diagnosed with a neurological condition. I am enjoying this, but I had to put it on hold for a bit because I’m just over doctors at the moment. I am planning on finishing it once I feel up to it, though.
What I Watched:
Crazy Rich Asians. I enjoyed the book earlier this year, and finally got around to watching the adaptation. It wasn’t bad, but the book was better.
What I Did:
Voted! This was such a crazy midterm election, and I finally got to vote in a local election that made a huge difference. My district went blue for the first time since I was three years old! It was exciting, and it felt good to make a difference. (Obama and Biden campaigned in my district, so it felt like a big deal.)
I hope you all had a great month! I can’t believe we only have one month left of 2018! Do you have any goals you’d like to accomplish before next year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!