Month in Review

November Wrap

Total books read this month: 10

On the whole it was a really good reading month, in terms of some very much enjoyed books.

Book Ratings

The Secret of Bow Lane.  5 stars
Dance Away with Me. 5 stars. Reread via audiobook
Other Birds.  5 Stars
Us Against You. 5 + stars
The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey 3.25 stars
Still Life 4.25 stars
The Boardwalk Bookshop 2 stars.
Doctors and Friends. 4.5 stars
The Sunshine Girls. Molly Fader 4 stars.
Somewhere Between Luck and Trust.  Emilie Richards. 5 stars. Reread via audiobook.

New to me authors:

Serena Burdick
Louise Penny*
*Would read author again.

Top Print Book

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Top Kindle Book

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Top Audiobook

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Delighted

That I really liked Still Life by Louise Penny and I now have a new series to read. I really am drawn too, to Louise Penny as a person. Loved the interview that Anne Bogel did on What Should I Read Next this week.

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Disappointed by

Susan Mallery’s book, although maybe I was expecting to be and was even harder on it! But wasn’t for me. I know she still has plenty of fans so I won’t be missed as one of her readers!book cover

Looking forward to books publishing in December

Review of Reading Goals  for November

Read four review books.  Read 3 out of hoped for 4.

Read two library books.  Did read two library books.

Possibly five from my own shelf. Three from my own shelf.

Complete slow and steady read.  Completed “Us Against You.”  Fredrik Backman.  I now have The Winners sitting on my shelf and no doubt that will become a slow and steady read in 2023.

Start a notebook list of upcoming books I want to buy or get from library.  Did start the page and then forgot, need to keep it going!

Main Reading Goals for December

Read some Christmas books.

Choose my first book of the year for 2023.

Keep my notebook up of books I want to buy or reserve at the library.

Think about reading goals for 2023.

Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction Addiction.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Thanks for all the sympathy over my car and sharing similar stories from some of you. Made me feel better. The ants seem to have abated, a few show up and I get rid of them so hoping that will be all for now!!

What I read last week:

I really enjoyed Still Life,  so I hope I keep enjoying the series as it seems not all readers like the first few books,  then love them after that. I finally took a look/read at The Boardwalk Bookshop, and have concluded it will be my last Mallery book I’ll read. I have moved on!

Slow and Steady Reads

This year I have really taken to slow and steady reads. Generally I choose either a classic or a book I guess will be a little slow plot wise, or a book so full of lines I just want to mull over, that I assign it to the above shelf. I read in the morning with a cup of coffee and I really look forward to it. These Precious Days I am reading last thing at night and I find that’s working too.

What I am reading now:

Most likely this book if I get engaged with it.

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Listening and also a reread. I so love this series.

Somewhere Between Luck and Trust

Up next:

The Sunshing Girls 

Last Week’s Posts

Secrets in the Stacks.    Lynn Cahoon

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
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The Good.  The weather on the whole was very good. I planted some vegetables. I read good books, quilted happily, and enjoyed a great game of women’s rugby between England and NZ.  Plus I got a few jobs done I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

The Bad.  Despite having had the outside sprayed for ants, they have been appearing in the kitchen in the evening.

The Ugly. Driving into my garage on Friday afternoon I caught the passenger side of my car against the side of garage, took a chunk out of that and scratched two side doors of car. Despair!  So annoyed with myself, I just wasn’t concentrating – I’d spaced out.  So now Monday I will have to see about getting it fixed and maybe not going the insurance way as my premium will only go up. Yes I have done it once before in same car on a very unforgiving pole in an underground parking area. Worse that time. I think there was a bit of a dent as well and they replaced two parts of the side. Did use Insurance that time! Thousands of dollars for small dents!!

What I read last week:

Other Birds was very good. A little different to her previous books and still delightful and moving. Us Against You was my Slow and Steady read that I happened to finish this week. It was fantastic and maybe my top book for the year! Looking forward to reading the third book, The WinnersThe Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey will have its own review post.

What I am reading now:

Still Life

Up next:

A review book gathering dust on my NetGalley shelf. Because I was not impressed by Mallery’s last book I read I’ve been putting this off!

The boardwalk bookshop Last Week’s Posts

The Winter Garden.  Nicola Cornick

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