Goodbye November, Hello December 2017

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? Can anyone tell me where November went?! Except for a sunny, albeit cold, trip down south to celebrate my mum’s and stepdad’s birthdays, I am not sure what has kept me so busy for the time to fly by so quick. During this speedy month, I have read:

Fiction: 2          Non-Fiction: 1

Firstly, I read another wonderful mystery Season of Storms by, one of my favourite authors, Susanna Kearsley; which swept me away from the cold and wet of the UK to the drama of the gorgeous villa Il Piacere, Italy. Then at the end of the month, I finally finished the classic North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. It may have been a slow burner but I did find it a touching and important look into Victorian life and society. This also rounded off nicely my What’s in a Name 2017 challenge, as a title with a compass direction in it.

Alongside these fictions, I also read Christian non-fiction Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung for the return of my church’s book club. A quick, down-to-earth book that offers restful cures for our modern, crazy-busy lives. At the end of the month, I also really enjoyed our small but thought-provoking and lively group meeting to discuss it.

Pick of the Month: Season of Storms

Altogether that is three books completed in November, which makes it my lowest month of the year! However I am a hair’s breadth from finishing The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien, so I can’t feel too bad because if I counted that it would take my total up to my average four books. Also this month, I started reading an interesting history of Cleopatra by Ernle Bradford; I continued listening to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; and I am eyeing up Sandokan, The Pirates of Malaysia by Emilio Salgari, as my next classic read.

In December, I am looking forward to present buying, mince pies, writing cards, my church’s Christingle service and all the other wonderful things that lead up to the big day… of Christmas! Oh and hopefully, in between all the excitement, I have some quiet time to snuggle up with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book too!

What did you do and read in November? What are your plans for December?

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14 thoughts on “Goodbye November, Hello December 2017

  1. That still sounds like a good month of reading, especially as you’ve nearly finished The Shadow Queen and have a few other books on the go as well. I’m hoping to read the first Sandokan book, The Tigers of Mompracem soon. 🙂

    1. Helen, I actually finished The Shadow Queen this morning, so we can perhaps call it a slightly later four books completed 😉 I hope you will enjoy Sandokan, The Tigers of Mompracem 🙂

  2. I also had my lowest number of books read in a month for November. Though that often happens to me. Thanksgiving is a huge family event for me and as usual took up a whole week. Happy Reading in December!

    1. Judy, I think you can be forgiven for reading less if you had a huge family Thanksgiving to arrange 😉 Here in the UK we don’t have Thanksgiving so no such excuse for me!. And thank you – Happy reading to you too 😀

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