2016: November wrap-up

November 2016 wrap-up

“Man proposes, God disposes.”

Well, all my beautiful reading plans went totally off in November.

Early on November 13, we received a phone call informing us that my husband would be ordained an Orthodox deacon on November 20 and an Orthodox priest on Thanksgiving!
So these last two weeks have flown in a blur, with more inner preparation and lots of things to set up, announcements to send, etc. Then living the powerful events, and many more prayer services in church before and after.

SO, I didn’t read much at all this month.
From now on, I will be more busy at the Church level.
Plus as the wife of the priest, I feel like I need to seriously revise the contents of my reading. So there’s going to be a lot of changes toward simplification for instance. I will probably no longer take part in reading challenges, apart form the Classics Club. And probably less crime fiction…
For now, I plan to really focus on the physical books I have at home as for fiction, and of course read even more of Orthodox books.

My review formats will also be simplified. Anyway, I had already announced that at the beginning of November.

So here is what I read in November:

5  books:
4 in print
with 1,021 pages, that is: 34 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 18H, that is: 36 mn/day

2 in literary fiction:

  1. The Word Exchange, by Alena Graedon – ebook
  2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith – audiobook

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Only Street in Paris, by Elaine Sciolino

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Martin of Gfenn, by Martha Kennedy

1 in graphic novel

  1. The White Cat and the Monk, by Jo Ellen Bogart


To recap in charts, inspired by The Book Date:
Book Formats:
Some books fall into a couple of categories
Print 3
E-Book 1
Audiobook 1
Published in 2016 3
Books for review 3

Genres Read

Nonfiction 1
Literary fiction 3
Historical fiction 1

My favorite in November


 Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 38/25 – FINISHED
Audiobook: 11/10-15 – FINISHED
Classics Club: 9/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 26/21-30 – FINISHED
Ebook challenge: 29/25 – FINISHED
Historical fiction: 17/15 – FINISHED
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 47/50
New Release (2016): 40/16-30 – FINISHED
Nonfiction challenge: 14/11-15 – FINISHED
Books in Translation: 26/12 – FINISHED
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Where Are You Reading?: 20/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2016 = 88/100

Number of books added to my TBR in November= 12

Blog recap

Most popular book review in November

The Tree of Man
click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Top 10 books recently added to my TBR

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Doing Dewey

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

11: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

10: Karen at Booker Talk

6: Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews

4: Freda at Freda’s Voice

2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

Blog milestones

1,497 posts
over 3,950 subscribers
over 124,00 hits

Plans for December

  • Writing reviews!!
  • Do a surprise book box video!
  • God only knows…


Come back on Saturday
to see what I plan to read in December!

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How was YOUR month of  November?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!


4 thoughts on “2016: November wrap-up

  1. Congrats to your husband, many years of study gone into it no doubt. And all the best to yourself for your new life as a wife of a priest. Challenging I would imagine. Oh yes do do a video of the book box and post here!!


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