Dandelion – Jamie Chai Yun Liew (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022)
Good Inside – Dr. Becky Kennedy (Harper Wave, 2022)
A Room Made of Leaves – Kate Grenville (Text Publishing Company, 2021)
Away – Amy Bloom (High Bridge Audio, 2007)
Trinity, Trinity, Trinity – Erika Kobayashi (Astra House, 2022) (translated from Japanese by Brian Bergstrom)
And Yet – Kate Baer (Harper Perennial, 2022)
Our Missing Hearts – Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House, 2022)
The Good SoldierI – Ford Madox Ford (Oxford University Press, 1999)
The Other Black Girl – Zakiya Dalila Harris (Simon & Schuster Audio, 2021)
Suck it in and Smile – Laurence Beaudoin-Masse (Groundwood Books, 2022) (translated from French by Shelley Tanaka)
The Phantom Glare of the Day – M. Laszlo (SparkPress, 2022)
Did Not Finish:
This month I got brutal about DNFing books. I think this was a record for me. A couple of these had been on my To-Read list for a long time and I wanted to take a look at them but then quickly decided they were not for me.
A Snake Falls to Earth – Darcie Little Badger
(This caught my eye on my library app and so I borrowed it on a whim. The premise is intriguing but the timing wasn’t right and I had too much to read and so let this one lapse. I would not be against returning to it eventually.)
Restoration – Rose Tremain
One that had been on the TBR for a while. I think someone recommended it to me? I read the first little bit and simply found that I kept forgetting about it entirely. Not a great sign.
The Coddling of the American Mind – Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt
I saw this book a couple of times when it first came out and thought it could be an interesting exploration of modern education. But reading the introduction told me that the authors and I were probably too far apart in our opinions for me to get much more out of this than frustration.
How the Light Gets In – M.J. Hyland.
Another longterm TBR. I took advantage of the inter-library loan system to get this book about a young Australian girl who goes to the USA on an exchange. But as soon as I saw her compared to Holden Caulfeild, I began to suspect this book wasn’t for me. In the third of the book that I read, she blushes a lot, is unhappy, is super awkward, and every member of her exchange family made me extremely uncomfortable.
How It Went – Wendell Berry
The Promise – Damon Galgut (on audio)
(I really thought I was reading more books but I haven’t actually started any of the ones I’m about to read.)
Books Read: 90/80 (11 in November)
Books Reviewed: 61/90 (2 in November)
Translated Works: 11/10 (2 in November)
Reading Books I Already Own: 16/20 (And Yet)
Books from the TBR pre-2020: 23/20 (The Good Soldier has been on it since 2014)
Current TBR: 217 (previously 223)
This month seemed to fly past and I’m surprised to see how much I read because it didn’t feel like I did much reading. Perhaps because two of those books were audio books and so I was able to listen to books during times when I otherwise couldn’t have read. My initial thought about my November reading is “meh”. As in, I read a lot of books that weren’t bad but weren’t amazing either. Yet looking over my list, there were some standouts and some I definitely still hope to review here. Some of those were: Our Missing Hearts, And Yet, and The Other Black Girl.
I’m keeping my reading expectations for December super low because I know the next month will be busy. Christmas is simply a busy season in our family, as well as a busy one at work for me. However, I am excited to announce that my Annual Literary Awards will be returning next month, hopefully with the first category on Friday. Stay tuned!