November Summary, December Preview

How is it that November always goes so quickly? Most of the month was cold and windy, seasoned with snow flurries and a bit of rain. We could use some more precipitation around here, so if anyone wants to send us some of their snow or rain, I’d appreciate it. Having fire weather in winter is not good.

But on the whole, November was a good month. I read a lot, listened to a bunch of podcasts, and spent a lot of time with Mina. I’m sure I’m more appreciative of that last bit than she is, as she is an introverted cat who enjoys spending time alone– usually on the spare blankets in the closet or under her chair next to the radiator. These long nights prompt a lot of long naps in warm spots, and I can’t fault her for that. I’d be happy to do the same.

What I Read in November:

I finished eleven books in November. Most of them were great, some were just okay, and happily, there were none that I hated.

  1. Ordinary Monsters (The Talents Trilogy #1) by J.M. Miro
  2. The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
  3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  4. O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker
  5. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  6. Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  7. Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry edited by Joy Harjo
  8. Time Was by Ian McDonald
  9. The World We Make (Great Cities #2) by N.K. Jemisin
  10. The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke: Bilingual Edition by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated from the German by Stephen Mitchell
  11. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Statistically Speaking:

  • 45.5% of what I read was written by women, 45.5% was written by men, and 9.1% consisted of a poetry anthology written by a variety of people
  • 45.5% of what I read was written by Americans, while 9.1% each were written by authors from Austria, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, and Ireland, while the remaining 9.1% was a poetry anthology written by a variety of Native American poets
  • 9.1% of what I read was in translation
  • 90.9% of what I read were physical books, and 9.1% were ebooks
  • 18.2% each were fantasy, horror, science fiction, and poetry, while 9.1% each were nonfiction, memoir, and general fiction
  • 81.8% of what I read was from my own shelves, and 18.2% was from the library
  • Publication dates ranged from 1948 to 2022

My favorite new-to-me books of November were The Hollow Places, O Caledonia, Elder Race, and The World We Make.

Dracula, 84 Charing Cross Road, and Ex Libris were rereads for me, and I enjoyed them as much this time around as all the previous times.

Owned and Unread Books, November 1: 82
StoryGraph TBR, November 1: 128

Owned and Unread Books, December 1: 74
StoryGraph TBR, December 1: 134

I love that the Owned and Unread number has gone down, as I’ve been trying to read more of my own books. I’m fine with the fact that my StoryGraph TBR has increased slightly. It’s not like it went up by dozens or anything. I’ll be doing a lot more of the Try A Chapter challenges in the coming weeks so I can pare down both of those lists to the books I’m most likely to love.

What’s on Tap for December:

December is a busy month, and not just because of all the holiday events and the preparations for that. I have a lot of reading plans for the month, so let’s get to them.

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Substacks I’m Following:

Thanks to Dracula Daily, I’ve come to enjoy substacks, where you subscribe to receive a section of a classic novel in your inbox on a given schedule, depending on the book. I’m receiving Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde once a week, and A Christmas Carol is coming to me daily from December 1-26. It’s nice to get a small portion of a book so I can really focus on it and experience the novel over a longer period of time– and often I can hop onto Tumblr and see other people’s commentary on the books. I’ll be continuing this experience into 2023, as I’ve subscribed to Letters from Watson, which will send out a Sherlock Holmes story every morning until we’ve run out of stories. I’m also part of a reading group that will be reading a chapter of War and Peace every day or so throughout the majority of the year. I’m looking forward to both projects, and will definitely be looking for other substacks to read along with once I’ve finished the Holmes stories.

Another round of Tome Topple is coming, hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. This seventeenth round is happening from December 9-22, and because I didn’t read Children of Time in November, it’s my selection for Tom Topple. I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while, so I’m looking forward to starting it next week.

I have one last book to read in December, and that is my last ARC for 2022, thanks to an invite from DAW Books. I have the next book in Mercedes Lackey’s latest Valdemar trilogy, The Founding of Valdemar, Into the West. This tells the story of the refugees from the fallen empire who fled the tyranny of their homeland to find freedom and a new homeland in a strange new place. In Into the West, the refugees have found a temporary refuge near Crescent Lake, but there isn’t enough space or resources for all of them. The bravest ones decide to take a barge across the lake into a wild, magic-scarred land long since depopulated by war. But they find that they are not as alone as they thought, and though they may find allies there, there are plenty of enemies willing to prey upon them. When Mercedes Lackey is on, she’s on and her books are fun, fast-paced, and unputdownable. I can’t wait to get to this one and see what all the great characters from the first book are up to.

  • Into the West (The Founding of Valdemar #2)
    by Mercedes Lackey
    368 pages
    expected publication: December 6, 2022 by DAW Books
    source: NetGalley

5 thoughts on “November Summary, December Preview

  1. I look forward to seeing what you think of Children of Time. I’d like to try more Tchaikovsky and intend to hop back to that one in the new year.

  2. I love when rereads are just as enjoyable as our first experience with the book. I look forward to reading your thoughts on Children of Time. Absolutely a book I’ll try one of these days.

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