NOVEMBER 2019 WRAP-UP
📚 It’s really unusual for me, but I had a rather meh reading month, as for quantity and content. Actually, I tend to read more slowly when the books are not that great.
But I listened to a lot of audiobook content!
📚 AND I have so far already read more books than my yearly goal of 100 books. So it’s not all that bad.
📚 PLUS, November saw my 5,000th follower! As promised, I sent a book to the lucky new follower (Shalini at Shalini’s Books & Reviews – please go and visit her). That ended up being quite an adventure. I talked about it here.
I promised another giveaway for all my current followers, I will post it in a few days.
📚 I actually did read/browse some gorgeous books published by Rockridge Press and received through The Callisto Publisher’s Club, but as they are mostly cookbooks and children activity books, I do not count them in my statistics.
Some bloggers disagree with that. I don’t mind what other bloggers do, I personally only count books what I really read from A to Z, no word skipped.
📚 Thankfully, it was #Nonficnov, so I visited lots of blogs featuring fascinating nonfiction titles.
📚 And I’m currently reading 2 great books – come back tomorrow to know more about them!
So here are the few titles I read in November:
3 in print
= with 862 pages, an average of 28 pages/day
3 in audio
= 25H10, an average of 50 minutes
5 in mystery:
- Scare Me, by Richard Jay Parker – free ebook won in a giveaway
- Sharko, by Franck Thilliez – French audiobook
- The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe – audio, for The Classics Club
- A Noël Killing, by M.L. Longworth – received for review for Criminal Element
- The Mystery of the Hansom Cab, by Fergus Hume – audio, for The Classics Club
1 in nonfiction:
- Tom Brown’s Guide to Healing the Earth, by Tom Brown – free book won in a giveaway
MY FAVORITE BOOK IN NOVEMBER
Sad, but none of the books I completely read is worth being featured as a favorite. Let me tell you a few words about the ones I have not reviewed.
The Masque of the Red Death
I listened to this short story by Edgar Allan Poe for The Classics Club.
I was actually rather disappointed by it. I didn’t think there was much to it, probably because of the short story format. I even listened to an analysis of it, that was actually longer than the book itself, to be sure I had not missed something major. I didn’t even find suspense in it, as the end was obvious from the get go.
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
And I listened to this one also for The Classics Club. I was really curious, as the author lived for a long time in New Zealand.
I was also rather disappointed. Even though it’s only 260 pages, I felt it was dragging for the resolution of the mystery. However, it was interesting to read about Melbourne in the 1880s. “A man is found dead in a hansom cab, and one of Melbourne’s leading citizens is accused of the murder. He pleads his innocence, yet refuses to give an alibi.” The reason why was also quite clear from the beginning.
I wanted to try this author, who supposedly really influenced Conan Doyle, but I don’t think I’ll read more by him.
A Noël Killing
If you want to try a Christmas mystery with a Provence setting, you may find A Noël Killing enjoyable. It was too slow for me, and as I notice the same criticism applied by other readers to the first book in this series, I don’t think I’ll stay in the company of Verlaque and Bonnet. It also contained inexact details about the region.
This is an excerpt of my review that will be published on Criminal Element mid December.
READING CHALLENGES & RECAP
Classics Club: 6/50 (until September 2024)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 20/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 104/100 – FINISHED
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 26
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How was YOUR month of November?
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Congrats on reaching your reading goal for the year!
Congrats on your 5,000th follower! That’s awesome! Hope you have a good December with better reads.
Check out my November Wrap-Up
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Still careening towards my ridiculously high reading goal for 2019. It has been like climbing a mountain but very good for making it through many of the books I want to read. November was particularly rich. Here is my post: http://keepthewisdom.blogspot.com/2019/12/books-read-in-november.html
so what’s your goal?
My congratulations also on your 5000th follower! That is fantastic news, as well as your goal reached of reading 100 books this year. I read The Masque of the Red Death also some months ago and also found it quite disappointing.
Thanks Diana, and I feel better to know that I am no the only one in my reaction to The Masque of the Red Death
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Wow, congrats on 5000 followers. I hope you have a great December!
Thanks! Happy December reads to you too!
Congrats on reaching your reading and follower goals, and I hope you have a wonderful December!
Thanks! You too!
I hate when I have a meh month of reading. I remember reading the Masque of Red Death in high school, but I don’t remember much about it. See what I read in November at Girl Who Reads
well, the fact that you don’t remember much about it seems to confirm that it’s not that great
Congrats on reaching 5K followers! And also for reaching and then going over your Goodreads goal. I also tend to read slower when the book doesn’t grab my complete attention–my mind wanders and I tend to take more breaks. Happy holidays!