November Reading Wrap Up
Welcome to my November reading wrap-up:
The total of books I read in November was: 11
Of these: 3 were Library Books, 5 were E-books and 3 were from my physical TBR pile
Then: Out of the books I read I discovered 7 ‘new for me’ authors (i.e. the first time I have read their work).
And: 5 of the books read were written by Australian authors.
Best Book of the month:
I read a couple of ‘A’ books this month. I give ‘A’s (or 5 stars) to books that are complete page turners for me, that have me reading late into the night, suck me straight into the story and leaves me wanting more at the end; and I utterly recommend it. If I give a high score to a book it means it is a top example of whatever genre it belongs to. O LITTLE TOWN by Don Reid (Christmas/Historical) along with THE ONE by Kiera Cass (YA Romance) were both top reads for me this month and are wonderful examples of their respective genres. I can’t really pick either of these to be better than the other – so they both are my best book of the month.
Least Favourite Book(s):
I say ‘least favourite’ because my lowest ‘score’ still means it is very readable, but for one reason or another I found it a bit of struggle to stay focused and finish. THE DIRTY CHEF by Mathew Evans (Non-Fiction), A SUDDEN LIGHT by Garth Stein (YA/Historical/Paranormal) and THINKING ABOUT IT ONLY MAKES IT WORSE by David Mitchell (Non-Fiction) were my disappointments this month. David Mitchell and Mathew Evans are both must watch people on their various TV productions, and I will continue to watch them as they are both fabulous at what they do. I loved Garth Stein’s previous book The Art of Racing in the Rain – it was a book of the month for me at the time – but this one just failed to grab me in the same way. Having said this all of these books have received glowing reviews elsewhere, they just weren’t for me at this time – however, this is just my personal opinion and you may find that they may very well be right for you.
Christmas is on the way and I every year starting in November Christmas themed books start to make an appearance in my reading list. Because I am an eclectic reader I read many different genres. This month the different genres covered were Young Adult, Romance, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Women’s Fiction, Historical, Paranormal and Children’s – with a couple of these having the sub-genre of Christmas. Some of the books were a blend of two or more genre and amazingly none of the books this month had a paranormal element!
My 5 Australian authors for November were 3 of the new-for-me authors Mathew Evans, K.J. Emerick and Allissa Callen; along with Rachael Johns and Fiona Higgins. Just to clarify an Australian author is defined by me as either an Australian born author no matter where they live and write in the world now, or an author who currently lives and writes in Australia even though they have been born elsewhere.
Finally, the 7 ‘new-for-me’ authors this month were my Aussie authors Mathew Evans, K.J. Emerick and Allissa Callen; along with David Mitchell, Judith Kerr, Don Reid and C.J. Carmichael. Even though two of these I struggled with this time, I would happily read all of these new authors again.
Interesting book related links that I’ve come across this month:
Links to Mystery book suggestions for Children and Young Adults:
Mystery authors.com Best Mysteries for Children:
Nice mix of old and new.
Here is another fun list for kids:
It features kid detectives as opposed to single books. I love that it includes Nate the Great.
YALSA Popular Paperbacks 2015: Mysteries:
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/poppaper/nominations (scroll down to see the mysteries). This list is still open for nominations, so will likely grow.
Mysteryauthors.com Best Mysteries for Young Adults:
I love that both Lois Duncan and Joan Lowery Nixon are on this list
So let’s get onto what this post is about – here is the list of books that I read during November (each group is in the order I read them):
A = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down
The One by Kiera Cass – YA Romance
O Little Town by Don Reid – Christmas Historical
B = Really Good Read
Man Drought by Rachael Johns – Romance
Resorting to Murder by K.J. Emerick – Mystery
Wife on the run by Fiona Higgins – Women’s Fiction
Her Mistletoe Cowboy by Allissa Callen – Christmas Romance
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr – Children’s Historical
Snowbound in Montana by C.J. Carmichael – Christmas Romance
C = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable
D = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish
The Dirty Chef by Mathew Evans – Non-Fiction
A Sudden light by Garth Stein – YA/Historical/Paranormal
Thinking about It Only Makes It Worse by David Mitchell – Non-Fiction
So onward to December –Woo Hoo! I wonder what book goodies I will discover this month? One thing you can rely on is that more Christmas themed books will be a priority!!