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November Reading Wrap Up

on November 30, 2020

Total Books Read: 14
Fiction: 12
Non-Fiction: 2
Library Books: 4
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 6
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 7
Male/Female Authors: 4/10
Kindle Books: 3
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): Catch & Kill by Ronan Farrow, A Promised Land by Barack Obama and The Shearer’s Wife by Fleur McDonald
Least Favourite Books: The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthal (a DNF for me)
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 5

Well I’m calling it early this month. Usually I don’t post my wrap up post until the first of the next month but I haven’t read a book in a week and I don’t see myself picking one up today so I’m posting this! My total is significantly down on previous months and I guess there’s a few reasons for that but mostly the first one is, Melbourne came out of lockdown. Like we have no restrictions on our movements anymore, we can visit pretty much anywhere now (except WA, hi WA) as by the time this goes up, most of the borders will be open. We have freedom of movement throughout the state as well, as the barrier separating Melbourne’s metropolitan area from regional Victoria was also removed. Cafes, restaurants and shops opened back up for eating in and browsing and we can start socialising again! Since the lockdown stages lifted, we have been back out to brunch every week at our favourite cafe, have had several of my stepchildren and their families if relevant, over for dinner or lunch and we even took a drive to a nearby city to buy something at a local business. We haven’t really done a lot of things so far though and masks are still required indoors. But Victoria has had 0 cases for 30+ days now, which is technically considered to be “elimination” from the community which is an absolutely phenomenal effort from the days where we had 700+ cases. The lockdown was tough, but it worked.

I also had a lot of headaches the last month or so, which could be from either hayfever season (I am a chronic sufferer) or needing new glasses. I was due an eye test and so I booked in for one a couple weeks ago and ended up with new glasses. So far things are ok – I’m still getting dull headaches but I feel they are sinus pressure related and they don’t occur when I’m reading so I’m pretty confident the new glasses (which I’ve actually only had about five days) are going ok so far. I got an anti-glare coating on my reading glasses for using the computer/laptop and reading on my iPad which will hopefully be beneficial.

So I read 14 books in November, most were good reads, some were really good. I also finally gave up on an audiobook I’d been struggling through, marking my first offical DNF of 2020. I’ve read a lot of books this year (thanks covid!) and to only have one DNF is pretty good I think.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 85/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 11/12 {technically complete, upgraded the challenge to the top level and trying for all 12}

Reading Women Challenge: 23/26

I have four books to read to complete all my challenges this year. I need to read my final book for the Read Non Fiction Challenge (which I actually have, it’s just very sciency and I’ve fried my brain with a lot of heavy non fiction lately, so need to be in the mood) and also 3 for the Reading Women Challenge. The 3 for that are the 2 bonus prompts, which are read a book by Isabelle Allende (I do have one I haven’t read on my TBR shelf), read a book by Toni Morrison (I own Beloved) and also read a book by a new to you or favourite publisher, which is a bit of a puzzle. Not sure what to do for that one yet. I’m finished with my Australian Women Writers Challenge – I did intend to try and reach 100 titles but I don’t think I’ll make it now, seeing as my reading has dropped off significantly.

Here’s my December TBR:

As you can see, it’s probably by far the smallest one I’ve posted all year. The Monica McInerney I actually had in a previous TBR and never got to it. It’s the December selection for the online bookclub I’m in, so it’s my intention to get to it this month before that discussion. The other 2 are books I received from the publishers – I actually did not make any requests this month and just decided to leave it to the review gods to see what appeared and I’m quite happy with the fact that it’s a {very} small selection because it’s not an amount of books where I feel pressured. I still have some library books checked out and also some books that I’ve purchased recently that I’m hoping to get to over the summer break. Plus, there’s Christmas haha. Christmas always brings books.

I’m actually really excited for Christmas this year. Lockdown was good for one thing – I did quite a bit of online shopping to pass the time and because of that, I’ve been pretty much finished Christmas wise, for a while now. Everything has already arrived and is stashed in various hiding places and I was able to be pretty sneaky. I don’t need to go out to the shops at all, which is good because malls at Christmas time always give me anxiety.


I hope you all had a great reading November and stayed safe. If you’ve read anything on my pile (small as it may be), let me know.

5 responses to “November Reading Wrap Up

  1. 14 books is amazing!! I hope December is a great month for you ❤️✨

  2. I’ve had the anti-glare coating on my glasses for the last few years and it’s excellent. I never have any issues with screens.
    I love Isabelle Allende. Which one do you have on your shelf?

    • Oh I’m glad you find the anti-glare useful! I was finding reading on my iPad a bit difficult sometimes so hopefully it helps with that.

      The Isabel Allende I have is The Japanese Lover. I’ve read quite a few of hers and somehow that one just got relegated to the TBR shelf and it’s been there a while I think. I’ll probably end up reading that one for the challenge, just because I have it here.

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