Monthly roundup

Monthly Roundup: November 2019

Welcome to December! Can you believe we’re in the final stretch of the year?

November was a much, MUCH better month for me than October. No major pain flares this month (although I’m starting out December with a migraine, uggggghhhhh), which means my reading picked back up to normal levels. I’ve got such a massive stack of library books right now that I feel like I’m perpetually behind, but it’s not a reading slump, so hey, I’ll take it!

November has felt like a pretty good month for me, so let’s get started on this recap, shall we? (And, of course, as always, I’m a few- heh- books behind in terms of reviews.)

What I Read in November 2019

  1. Be A Perfect Person in Just Three Days! by Stephen Manes (no review, read out loud to my daughter)

2. Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture & Identity by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

3. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

4. Things You Save In a Fire by Katherine Center

5. All the Walls of Belfast by Sarah J. Carlson

6. Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion by Danya Ruttenberg

7. Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers

8. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

9. Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl

10. Unfollow: A Journey From Hatred to Hope by Megan Phelps-Roper (review to come)

11. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali (review to come)

12. Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America by Ayaz Virji (review to come)

13. No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia (review to come)

14. Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing up Female and Evangelical by Hannah Faith Notess (review to come)

15. To Life!: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking by Harold S. Kushner (no review, this was a reread for me)

16. An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen (review to come)

17. Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life- in Judaism by Sarah Hurwitz (review to come)

Seventeen is definitely better than last month’s eleven (which included several read-alouds to my daughter and one book I’d been reading chapter-by-chapter since August). I enjoyed so much of what I read this month that it just feels like a really great month for reading!

Reading Challenge Updates

I’m not currently participating in any reading challenges, but I’m soooooooooooooo excited that the 2020 reading challenges will be here soon!

State of the Goodreads TBR

Currently, my Goodreads TBR stands at 75 books, which is pretty good for me. I have at least five books from the library out right now that come from that list, so it’ll dwindle even more (until I add more, that is). I added ten books to the list this month, which seems like a lot, but I’ve never actually looked at what I added by month, so that may be normal for me. 🙂

Books I Acquired in November 2019

I don’t think I actually acquired any books this month! I’ve had such an enormous stack of library books to deal with (including one from interlibrary loan that’s so big and heavy, the older librarian needed help lifting it down from the holds shelf! That’ll be in my reviews in December, and I’ll include a picture, because it’s hilariously enormous).

Bookish Things I Did in November 2019

Terrible photo- I’m seriously the worst photographer in the world- but my son and I were able to go listen to author Erika L. Sánchez speak about her young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, at a local high school. She’s a moving and engaging speaker, and I’m all for anything I can get my seventeen year old son to attend with me!

Not entirely bookish related, but we had parent-teacher conferences for my daughter, and her teacher is absolutely thrilled with her reading level! (The conference overall went fantastically; my daughter is doing really well in kindergarten and her teacher had only positive things to say, which was a relief!)

Current Podcast Love

I caught up on a few episodes of What Should I Read Next?, then listened to a ton of Behind the Bastards, which is so funny and interesting and informative. And just the other night, I began listening to Unorthodox, a podcast that covers all things Jewish. It’s funny and informative, and I’ve added two books to my TBR thanks to this podcast (not only that, but within two podcasts, they’d either mentioned or interviewed two or three authors I’ve read lately!). It’s a great blend of news, history, food, religion, and basically all other topics, and I’m really enjoying it.

Stephanie’s Read Harder Challenge

This is an entire mood right here. I’m currently on page 1039 of Les Misérables, and…whew. I’m enjoying the book, but the constant 50+ page asides about French history, politics, love, and apparently sewers (or so I’ve been warned; haven’t reached that section yet) drag the book down. I don’t think this book will have endeared me to Victor Hugo any more, but I’m glad I’m getting through it, and I’ll be glad to finally placed the entire thing in my brain. Crossing my fingers that I’ll finish it in December!

Still haven’t gotten any farther with my Norwegian book this month, but I will! 🙂

Real Life Stuff

Busy month yet again! My son and mother and I attended a high school performance of the play Eurydice, which was awesome. My dentist appointment went well (PHEW), and we took my daughter to her first stage play, a high school production of The Little Mermaid. She loved it and said she definitely wants to see more theater plays, which made me very happy. Thanksgiving was lovely as always- two thumbs up to the Gardein Holiday Roast- and it was nice to see so many members of my family.

What’s next in December? I need to get Christmas shopping, I only have a handful of things for my daughter and like one for my son- why are teenage boys so difficult to buy for??? My husband and I don’t really do traditional gifts, but I’ll have to think of something small for him. He’s also difficult to buy for…

I volunteered to help out with my daughter’s book fair this first week in December, but as it’s also concert week for my son, the only times that worked well for me to help out were the days where they’re setting it up and taking it down, which is fine by me. I’m a better behind-the-scenes helper anyway. 🙂 My son has multiple concerts and performances this month with his choir and Madrigals group, so that’s going to keep me busy and driving him around everywhere. He has a performance several hours away next week that my mother and I may travel to, depending on the weather. And of course, all the December holidays, which means baking and cooking and travel and the kids off school. We’ll see how that affects my reading!

May you all have a beautiful, warm, light-filled December, full of family, friends, good food, and great books!

How was your November???


One thought on “Monthly Roundup: November 2019

  1. I’ve done a lot of Christmas shopping for myself, but none for anyone else. Ha ha. It’s usually the other way around. I should probably get going on everyone else! It’s hard to buy for teenagers and young adults, so I usually just ask them outright what they want. It’s easier that way 🙂

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. Sorry about the migraine. I hope it goes away soon. My 11-year-old daughter had strep over Thanksgiving and is now home from school with a sick tummy, which I’ve also had today. Hopefully, it’s not the start of a family flu fest. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed …


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