Hi everyone. I can’t believe that it’s already November. How has it come so quickly? I’ve already met my Goodreads Challenge for the year but there’s still so many books that I’d like to get through before the end of the year. This month I have made the decision to start having at least one huge book in my TBR that I’ve been intimidated to read. When I say huge, I mean anything 500+ pages. There are many good books out there that have a high page count but I’ll never know if I like them if I continue to let that intimidate me. Plus, I only own one bookshelf which isn’t that large so I need to try and get through some of these tomes so that if I don’t like them I can donate them and make more room on my shelf for other books. This month, I plan on reading 11 books totaling 3,371 pages. More than my normal amount of books and pages but I am determined to get through it all.
Randomize by Andy Weir is a very short story, only 28 pages and is part of the Forward Collection and came out September 17th, 2019. I read it for free through Amazon Prime Reads and it’s one of their Amazon Original Stories. Yes I have completed something already this month but felt it necessary to include it in this post because I was already planning on reading it. It takes place in the near future where Vegas games nearly scam proof. An IT guy who works for Babylon Casino manages to get an upgrade security with a true random number generator to help make sure no one is able to scam them. However, someone does manage to to outsmart the system. I feel that this story could’ve been really good, but with how short it was, you couldn’t really get much in depth with things. It has a clear beginning, middle, and end but it all goes by so quickly that at the end I was thinking “What? That’s it?”. I only gave this but I don’t fault Andy Weir at all and still plan on reading other works of his. I feel that if he were able to elaborate more on this story by making it just a little bit longer that it would be much better.
George by Alex Gino was another quick read that I’ve already finished this month. It was published back in August of 2015 by Scholastic Inc. but I only just learned about it recently. I listened to the audiobook which was read by Jamie Clayton, a transgender person, which I think was a perfect choice for a narrator because she knows what it’s like. George is a middle grade novel about a fourth grader named George who knows he is really a she but doesn’t know how to tell others. In the beginning she is terrified of anyone finding out but as the story moves on she finally tells a few people very close to her. This book had me feeling every emotion under the sun and I was so upset when it finished because I wanted more time with George/Melissa. Many times I wanted to scoop George up, give her a hug, and tell her everything will eventually work out and to just be strong. There aren’t enough novels out there about transgender children and what they go through and this definitely sets the bar high for any others to come. You get a better understanding of what it’s like to be them and what they go through. It’s difficult enough as an adult, but as a child, oh man. One of the best books I’ve read all year and probably also would make my top 10 favorite books ever.
The Power by Naomi Alderman. I started reading last month and meant to finish it but got sidetracked by other books. I will finish this this month. I have to. I only have less than 100 pages left out of 387 so there’s no reason to put it off. This book was published in October of 2016 by Little Brown and Company and is even one of former President Obama’s favorite books. This is a dystopian science fiction book with obvious feminism throughout it. So far it is a very interesting read and I can definitely see men acting the same way as the men in this book if this were to actually happen in real life.
Holy Cow by David Duchovny looks like it will be a fun and easy read. It’s 224 pages long which isn’t that bad. Published in February 2015 by Farrar Straus and Giroux, it follows Elsie Bovary, a happy cow, and how she spends her days then one night sneaks out of her pasture with Mallory. Elsie watches the farmhouse and notices the tv talking about the “industrial meat farm” which of course has an effect on her. So she decides to escape with some of her friends. Also, the author was in the X-Files so naturally I’m curious.
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell is a memoir filled with humor and food and has been on my TBR since I watched the movie when it first came out. I know, I’m terrible for seeing the movie before the book but in my defense, I didn’t know at the time that it had been a book and I was in a time in my life when I wasn’t really reading much at all. Unfortunately, I only recently got a copy of it. This book was published in September of 2005 by Back Bay Books and is 307 pages. I’ve read about 30 pages so far and it’s pretty funny easy to read. Julie is almost 30 and not really liking where she is in her life so she randomly decides to reclaim her love of cooking and make every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year and blogging about her experience. I haven’t read anything before that includes blogging so I’m interested in seeing how it’s played out. With this being the time of Thanksgiving, a book about food and that can make me laugh was definitely in order.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding is a mixture of chick lit, romance, humor, and contemporary and is another book that I’ve needed to read for a long time and only recently got a copy of it. I haven’t seen the movie yet either and my husband says I really need to because it’s hilarious. It was published in January of 1996 by Penguin Books and is only 288 pages. I imagine this being a quick read between the number of pages and the fact that it should be funny. This book is about Bridget Jones who is in her 30s and single and feels like all her issues would go away if she could lose some weight, quit smoking, and develop Inner Poise. I decided this month would be great for it because it’s a light and fun read which is what I really want for the majority of my November reads.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is my big book for the month coming in at a whopping 642 pages. I’ve been intimidated to read this because of it’s size and I don’t even know how long I’ve had it. So I need to get through this book or at least attempt it so if I don’t like it I can donate and make room on my shelf for more books or find a new love. We shall see what happens. This book was published back in June of 2005 by Little Brown and Company. It is a fantasy, historical fiction, mystery which is a combo I haven’t heard of before and am curious to see how it turns out. Goodreads describes it as ” Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to “My dear and unfortunate successor”. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history. “
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a mixture of humor, contemporary, mystery, and chick lit and was published in August of 2012 by Little Brown and Company and is 330 pages. Yet another book that I’ve been meaning to read for a while and there’s even a movie now for it so I’m behind. Basically this woman called Bernadette is a shut in, worn out, and messes up a school fundraiser then disappears. Her daughter Bee is trying to figure out what happened and where she went. I just felt like this would be a good November read because of Thanksgiving time being about family.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson is a humorous memoir that’ll have you laughing out loud multiple times and probably feeling like shit for doing so. It was published in September of 2015 by Flatiron Books and is 329 pages. I started this as an audiobook and was just able to get a physical copy from my local library’s book sale yesterday so at some point after I’ve finished it, I will read the physical copy from the beginning because there are pictures that work well with the story that I’m not able to see when I’m listening to the book. I’m already more than half way through it which is why I’ll go back to the physical at a later time. I love how the author is the narrator and it really helps get inside the head of someone with mental health issues.
Warcross by Marie Lu is a science fiction, fantasy, YA and the first in a new series. It was published in September of 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers and is 353 pages. I can’t believe I only just this year heard about it. I get intense Ready Player One vibes from this which was one of my favorite books last year so when I read the description of this I had to get a copy of it to read. I see myself getting nostalgia feels during this which I thought was great for November. Plus, I just got this book last month and I really don’t want to wait to read it.
And the last book on my list is…
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott which is a YA, Contemporary Romance published in November 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers and is 288 pages. I love the snippet on the back “In this moving story two teens fall in love with just one minor complication — they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives.
Can you love someone you can never touch?”
I can’t even imagine what that must be like and I’m hoping that it’s written well and filled with some suspense.
So there you have it. My ambitious November TBR. A large portion of these are books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time and I think will be light hearted and/or funny. There’s a couple of darker/sadder options but it’s mostly fun reads. So what are you guys reading this month? Do you have a theme with your books? Let me know what you’re reading and if you’ve read any of these books.
As always, stay spicy