November really went off the rails, reading-wise. I finished only 14 books this month, versus 24 finished in October. There were lots of reasons for this, the biggest being the point in time where my entire family got sick, including the part where both my toddler and I were sick and my husband was traveling. And then there was the fact that some of the books I read were big enough they should probably have counted for two; in fact my page count for October was only about 1,000 pages higher (6,000+ versus 5,000+), so perhaps I didn’t slow down as much as I thought, perhaps I just read far more chunksters in a month than I usually do. The amazing but long Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie took nearly two weeks to read, because it was so rich and fantastic that I had to savor it – of course I was reading other things at the same time, since it was also too large to lug all over the place with me.
Despite the lower than normal title count, this was a great month in terms of quality, although interestingly only a very few of the books I read this month were actually reviewed this month, as you can tell if you look down below my “reviewed” section to the “read” section, where reside 10 of the 14 books I read. Ah, well, some real gems coming down the pike!
What I Reviewed:
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White
Pick of the Month:
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
This choice will come at no surprise at all to those who read my review.
Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, narrated by Simon Prebble
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Persuasion by Jane Austen (no review)
The Taker by Alma Katsu
Wicked by Gregory Maguire (no review)
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
Note: Some of these books were provided to me for review.