We’re coming to the end of a long holiday weekend in the US, and I’m mentally preparing myself to return to work on Monday. But it being so close to month-end, I’m also taking stock of my reading this month. As of today I’ve finished 6 books, about average for me. There’s some possibility of finishing a 7th book by Tuesday; in any case I will certainly be most of the way through it.
And it’s been a pretty good month in terms of quality as well, with half of my books rated 4 stars or better. Here’s what I read (links will take you to reviews):
- Room, by Emma Donoghue
- A Dry White Season, by Andre Brink
- Out of the Deep I Cry, by Julia Spencer-Fleming
- At Mrs Lippincote’s, by Elizabeth Taylor
- To Mervas, by Elisabeth Rynell
- The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson
Since I was actually off work all of last week, I was able to finish two books. Out of the Deep I Cry was just what I needed after realizing I needed a break from “serious” books. I don’t know why mysteries are such comfort reads, what with dead bodies turning up all over the place, but Julia Spencer-Fleming has yet to disappoint me. Then I moved on to To Mervas, which was interesting and emotional but didn’t quite live up to some of my other reads.
Also this week I did a bit of housekeeping on my blog. You can read about it in my Midweek @ Musings post; I’ve already responded to reader comments and upgraded my Projects and Features tabs. I’m always open to feedback, so have a look and let me know what you think!
And what am I currently reading? Well, I’m still putting off reading Breaking Night and won’t get to it until sometime in December. I’m part of a 75-book discussion group on LibraryThing, and To Mervas was my 74th book of the year. I want my 75th book to be something specially chosen for the “occasion.” Ever since reading Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth, I’ve wanted to read something by her close friend Winifred Holtby. I have a few of Holtby’s books in my Virago Modern Classics collection, and decided to read one of her best-known books, South Riding. I’m so glad I did! It’s absolutely wonderful. I’ll be back to tell you all about it in a few days …
Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying your reading.
What was your favorite book of November?
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