November 2011 wrap up

Wow, here we are already in December, time to look at our statistics, wrap up all our Reading Challenges, and see what else we want to read before the end of the year, and sign up for new fantastic Reading Challenges for 2012!

In November, I read only 5 books, but with a total of 1961 pages, which is a good average for me of 65.36 pages/day; thanks Murakami, I would not have done it without your most amazing 1Q84

Sadly, it looks like I did not finish any non-fiction book this past month, I’m still in the middle of 2.

And I listened to only 1 audiobook, 11:32 hours long, which is an average of 23 mn/day. But I have 2 going on right now…

So here are the novels I read:

1Q84, by Haruki Murakami – 924 p.
In A Strange Room, by Damon Galgut – 207 p.
Departure Lounge, by Chad Taylor – 173 p.
The Broken Teaglass, by Emily Arsenault – 370 p.
The First Rule of Ten, by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay – 287 p. [ebook]

Alas, I only reviewed 1Q84 so far.

The next 2 I read to finish my Europa Challenge, not too great.

As for the last 2, they are mysteries, easy and good. The very last one will be published next year actually, it’s with of a former Buddhist monk who became a detective, with some bits of Buddhist wisdom here and there. Neat actually. So reviews upcoming for all these.

And my favorite is with no doubt, as I give it my 2011 favorite award:

 

Read my review if you have not done so yet, and run to your library to get the book!

AUDIO BOOKS

As you know if you follow this blog, my favorite female narrator is Orlagh Cassidy. Even if I had listened to another audiobook this past month, this one would probably have been my favorite anyway:

My review is here

 

Reading Challenges

2011 Audio Book Challenge – Addicted- Listen to 12 Audio Books: 12/12   DONE!
My Dewey Decimal Challenge – Master Level =4.  26/4!  DONE!
2011 Non-Fiction Challenge – 7-9 books from different categories: Future Jeopardy Champion. 22/9!  DONE!
Europa Challenge – Ami Level =4. 4/4DONE!
Japanese Literature Challenge – 1 book between June 1, 2011 and January 30, 2012: 3/1  DONE!

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I am all covered as for Reading Challenges for 2011, and am in the process of signing for quite a few for 2012 – a post will come soon.

Here are the books I would like to read before the end of this month:

– Saint Gregory Palamas As A Hagiorite [in process]
– Is That A Fish In Your Ear? [in process]
– A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs, part 2, maybe [in process]
– The Man In My Basement [in process]
– There But For The – audio [in process]
Heresy – audio [in process]

Then I would like to listen to Heresy’s sequel: Prophecy

And I plan to read these, at least:

– For The King – very good historical novel I believe
– Reamde –trying again this author, they say this book is easier than his other ones
– Books Can Be Deceiving – a good mystery
– To Say Nothing Of The Dog –famous classic science-fiction book

How was your November month?
What do you absolutely want to read before the end of the year?

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10 thoughts on “November 2011 wrap up

  1. All of your projected December reads are new to me so I will be looking forward to your takes on them-I am about 40 percent into 1q84-it is so suspenseful and exciting !

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    • Oh I will review it this month. Thanks for the encouragement, actually already The Man In My Basement by Walter Mosley tonight, and beginning For The King, by Catherine Delors, so it should be working well.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by and commenting onmy plans for December.

    Looks like you’ve got a pretty full month ahead you too! I really like the idea of translating your reading month into stats – although I think I’d rather live in ignorance most months – finding out that I average 3.2 pages a day would not be cool! 😉

    I’ll have to navigate off and look at your Murakami review now. I’ve given up mid-way through two of his books so far, and I’m waiting to ‘see the light’ about him.

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    • Yes, I like keeping statistics, other bloggers gave me the idea.
      I have to say, I have loved all the Murakami’s books I have read so far. But this one is by far superior to all, I think. Give it a try

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