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November Reading Wrap Up

on December 4, 2017

Total Books Read: 14
Fiction: 14
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 2
Books On My TBR List: 2
Books in a Series: 6
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 9
Male/Female Authors: 0/14
Kindle Books: 6
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): The Last Girl by Nadia Murad
Least Favourite Books: Snowed by Pamela Burford
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 2

To be honest, I’m pleasantly surprised that I completed 14 books for November because it feels like I spent the entire month basically sick. I ended up with bronchitis, another sinus infection, enough sinus headaches from that and hay fever to drive up shares in painkillers and for the first time in 35 years, I was diagnosed with a type of asthma, triggered mostly by my allergies. It means I now have a genuine “asthma plan” with my doctor, an inhaler, a bunch of things to look out for and a paranoia about the weird sound that happens when I breathe. It honestly feels like the last 3 months have just been a never ending cycle of getting sick with various different things, or differing versions of what is basically the same thing and I’m so over it. Please let this be the end!

I think the reading month reflected my general outlook or perhaps my health affected my reading because it was a pretty ‘meh’ month in terms of memorable or fantastic reads. I read a lot of okay books – books that were fine, didn’t annoy me, books that I was easily able to finish. But I only read one what I’d call one spectacular book, which was The Last Girl by Nadia Murad, the story of a Yazidi girl kidnapped to become an ISIS sex slave. It details her simple life before IS invaded her village, her experience after they take her and how she escaped and managed to reunite with several members of her fractured family. It was truly harrowing and inspiring and I learned a lot from it. Apart from that one, there were a few good books, solid 3.5/4 stars.

My kids have just 2.5 weeks left of school before their summer break and I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone! I’m looking forward to the break to be honest, hoping for some good summer weather in order to be able to go do a few things. We aren’t going away for this Christmas but I’m actually hoping to do a weekend or two away. There’s a couple of places I’ve been wanting to go for years and I’d love to tick some off over this break. We plan to take them swimming at the local pool 2-3x a week as their swimming lessons actually break for some of the holidays but we want to keep them in the water. We did this last year and noticed a huge difference when they resumed lessons in mid to late January. We go early, before it’s busy and basically have an entire pool to ourselves. My oldest is up to swimming laps and I’d love to see him have a crack at the big pool too. See how far he gets.

I also created a summer reading list. I admit that my success with created reading lists is 50/50 at best but I like the idea of them. It’s a good go to for the times I feel a bit lost on what to read and there’s a good mix in this one so I feel as though I could possibly have some success with it. Here’s the list I have so far….

It’s a big stack! But I have a few months and I’m hoping keeping them nice and visible on my bedside table will encourage me to pick them up, especially on mornings when the school run is no longer a thing. I don’t often read in bed anymore, but that’s what summer holidays are for!

Hope you all had a fabulous reading November! If you’ve created a summer reading list or if you’ve read anything on mine, let me know in the comments.

 


One response to “November Reading Wrap Up

  1. […] ticked two books off my summer reading list that I created for myself and featured in my last wrap up – Six Of Crows by Leigh Barduo and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Both were […]

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