TSS: November 2009 Reading Wrap-Up

I’m pretty happy with the reading I got done in November, I must say.  I finished 19 books, including 3 audio books.  I had to stop keeping my page count because at the beginning of the month my thumb drive just stopped working and I lost my reading log for the year.  Fortunately I’d uploaded it to Google Documents a few days earlier, so I only had to recreate a small part of it.  As of November 30th I’ve finished 192 books for the year, which means I’m only EIGHT books away from hitting my goal of 200, which absolutely amazes me.  I’m starting to wonder, though what exactly I posted on my blog, because only 6 of the books I read this month have been reviewed.

After my list of what I read this month, you’ll find a list of the other reviews I posted this month, as well as an update of how I’m doing in my challenges.

What I Read:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – will not be reviewing
Now and Then by Jacqueline Sheehan

Young Adult/Middle Grades Fiction
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran (also historical fiction) – review pending
Hate List by Jennifer Brown – review pending
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – review pending
Heaven to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace – review pending (with Betsy in Spite of Herself)
Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace – review pending (with Heaven to Betsy)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – thoughts pending

The Seance by John Harwood – review pending
The House on Tradd Street by Karen White
The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Historical Fiction
Private Paper of the Eastern Jewel by Maureen Lindley
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks – review pending
Her Mother’s Daughter by Julianne Lee

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer (audio)
Lighting Their Fires by Rafe Esquith
Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnik – review pending
The Madness of Queen Maria by Jennifer Roberts

Pick of the Month:

Oh, this was a tough choice this month, and all of my top books came from the YA/Middle Grades choices.  I really enjoyed “Shiver,” adored the Betsy-Tacy books, and was captivated by “Hate List.”  However, #1 read of the month was….


Basically this book was just awesome, even if it does mess with your mind a little, trying to figure out what is true and what isn’t. (

What I Posted:

Guest Posts/Authors/Author Events
Justine Larbalestier Author Event
Literary Road Trip: James Whitcomb Riley
The School of Essential Ingredients Hot Chocolate – Erica Bauermeister

Cute Pictures/Videos of Daniel
Daniel’s First Halloween: A Story in Pictures
I’m Outta Here

Reading-Related Products
Reading Comfort Elastic Bookmarks and Glittermarks

The Last Beach Bungalow by Jennie Nash
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
Real Life and Liars by Kristina Riggle

Young Adult/Middle Grades Fiction
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Children of Dust by Ali Eteraz
The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs


Challenges Joined:
Christy Challenge
Women Unbound
Blogger Unplugged

Progress Made:


Harry Potter Reading Challenge:

I have through either the end of July or the end of August 2010 to finish this challenge.  I’ve already read or listened to the first five books, and I have the audio queued up for the last two, so I’m made in the shade on this one.


Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge:

My goal was to have 30% of my books in October and November come from TBR selections.  As in October, I just barely skated by in November on this challenge.  At least I guess that means I chose a reasonable but challenging goal!  Of the 19 books I read this month, 6 were from the TBR stacks, which gave me 31.6%.  I loaded up on the TBR books early in the month and then just sort of coasted, but it worked!

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