November 2012: What are you reading?
By Karen Ballum on November 02, 2012
Ah, November. It's that month we start to realize that the end of the year is looming and we look at our schedules and our goals and being to freak out. Wheeee! My goal for the year was to read 150 books. It's a goal that for me is doable but just barely. I got there last year by reading the last two books on December 31 thanks to breaking out some fast middle grade reads. I have to read 26 books to meet my goal. I won't tell you how many days are left in the year because that's scary but I will tell you that I need to finish one book about every two days in order to meet that goal. It's time to get reading!
I need to read Sylvia Day's Reflected in You for BlogHer Book Club this weekend. I've been told that it's a good read. Although it's a bit of a longer book I've been told that I'll be able to read it quickly. That's also a bonus when I'm trying to crank out a book every two days! Also on tap for BlogHer Book Club is Kate and David Marshall's My Life Map. It's more of a journal with prompts than a book but I believe it will results in some really great BlogHer Book Club discussions.
I've had Daniel O'Malley's The Rook sitting by my bed for awhile and I need to get started on it soon because it's due back at the library next weekend. It's also close to 500 pages, which is another reason I need to start it soon. (Note to self: if you want to hit your reading goal you may want to start picking slightly shorter books.) The Rook sounds action-y so I'm anticipating a fast read. The recommendation for this comes from Deb Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches who describes The Rook as "a bit of Jasper Fforde, a bit of X-Files, and a lot of droll action and tongue-in-cheek dialogue."
I've been picking away at Georgette Heyer's My Lord John. It's an interesting Georgette Heyer novel. It's not a Regency romance or a mystery, believe it or not. It's her last novel and was published after her death. In fact, her husband finished it as she died before she finished it. Financial concerns caused her to put it aside and crank out another Regency novel. My Lord John is not a book that I thought I'd really like. Lots and lots and lots of names. It starts of when John is quite young, shows his father becoming the King of England (Henry IV) and his relationship with his older brother, who would become Henry V. I don't think it's the Heyer novel for everyone but I find it oddly enjoyable. It's one of those novels that makes me want to go back to the history books since I really know very little pre-1900 English history. I mean, I know the basic big things but it's not something I studied very much.
I went on a book purging binge the other weekend so I have a few genre fiction books I want to read and then get out of the house. They should be quick reads. I actually had to stop looking at my shelves because I found a bunch of books I wanted to reread! I also have stacks (and stacks) of ARCs down in the basement that I need to go through. My library request list is looking a little meagre. I think I need to go on a book request bonanza!
What are you reading this month?
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