November 2019 Wrap Up

november wrap up

Happy last day of November everyone! We officially have one month left in 2019. So it’s time to buckle down and read all the books. But before we do that, it’s time to talk about what I read in November. This was a weird reading month. I encountered a mild reading slump early in the month, so I wasn’t reading all that much (I blame Disney+). But even though I read fewer books than I would have liked, I read A LOT of five-star books. Which is kind of amazing. It was a good month. Ok, enough intro, let’s talk about books!

What I Read:

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari – ★★★★★. This has been on my radar for ages, so I decided to pick it up for Nonfiction November. I learned so much from this book, and I really enjoyed it. It’s such a great overview of the history of our species.

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo – ★★★★★. It’s been a long time since I’ve loved a contemporary YA book this month. I do also love magical realism, so that might be why I enjoyed this one so much.

Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen – ★★★★★. Since I was trying to read more nonfiction this month, I decided I wanted to read some true crime. This one was especially great because it follows up on another true crime book I read and enjoyed last year, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ★★★★★. This was a reread for my book club. I loved it the first time, and I loved it just as much the second time.

It by Stephen King – ★★★★★. This was my Halloween read this year (and the reason I didn’t get as much reading done this month as I wanted to) and I loved it. It’s such a weird book, but it’s definitely a great example of how talented Stephen King is. I’m glad I finally read this one.

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Young – ★★★★☆. This is all about all of the bacteria that live within us and keep our bodies functioning. Yes, it’s kind of gross, but I thought it was fascinating.

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson – ★★★★☆. I believe this has been on my TBR since it was chosen for Our Shared Shelf (at least a year ago). And I finally read it!

Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder – ★★★☆☆. This month, I decided to read something out of my comfort zone – which is kind of hard since I read almost anything – so I picked up a book about a sports team, which I ended up really enjoying.

The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone – ★★★☆☆. More dinosaurs! After I read The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs earlier this year, I had an urge to learn more about dinosaurs, especially tyrannosaurs. This book was pretty good, but nothing all that new.

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah – ★★★★★. I finally read The Nightingale, which has been sitting on my shelves for YEARS. And I loved it! So glad I finally read it! (It’s also the last of my five-star predictions, so look for a wrap up post soon!)

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I am really enjoying reading this book slowly and savoring Erin Morgenstern’s gorgeous writing. But I’m still hoping to finish it in the next few days.

What I Watched:

Noelle (Disney+). A Christmas movie with Anna Kendrick? Yes please! This was so cute. I really enjoyed it.

Fleabag (Amazon). I might have accidentally watched both seasons of this in one day. And I loved it. I was so upset when I realized I had watched both seasons and there wasn’t anymore. When is season 3?

What I Did:

Had a first successful book club meeting! My book club has existed for maybe four years, and we finally had a meeting where everyone had read the book (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) and we actually talked about it! Next up is The Night Circus and I can’t wait!

That’s it for November! I have a lot of exciting things coming up in December! I’ll be posting every day, which I’m looking forward to. And I’ll be reading a lot of great books.

What was your favorite book this month?

4 thoughts on “November 2019 Wrap Up

  1. I couldn’t finish I’ll Be Gone in The Dark because I was listening to the audio and it was just too creepy and it spiked my anxiety. It was still super interesting though. I might give Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen a shot.

    1. I can definitely see that. I listened to the audiobook while driving around Orange County, which is where a lot of the murders happened, so that was fun. Chase Darkness with Me might be a bit easier to handle since it’s not focused on just one crime or criminal, it’s snippets of several.

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