This was the slumpiest of slumpy reading slump months.
I feel like a read a lot but didn’t finish many books at all.Â I started the month with huge goals for Nonfiction November.
My starting TBR for #nonficnov. I know that I’ve requested way too many books from the library in addition to what I have saved on Playster to get through in just this month. #book #books #bookstagram #bookaddict #nonfiction #nonfictionnovember2017
My goal was to read nonfiction that was not written by white men to try to fix my HUGE imbalance in this area.Â How did that go?
Â And then I cheated
(In my defense, I was super slumpy so I just picked this up since I had it at home.Â I figured there was no way I’d read it all in the few days left of November.Â I read it in 2 days.Â It was good.)
So, 11 books and 2 were in the last two days.Â I’m usually closer to high teens.Â I had an additional six books that I read a good portion of and then I just wandered away from them.Â It wasn’t that they weren’t interesting.Â I’d probably like all of them in different circumstances but nothing was really holding my attention this month.
The books I finished were:
- Set in Australia, Nigeria, Malawi, England/Scotland, Israel, and the United States
- 2 audiobooks
The authors were:
- Â 8 female authors, 3 male authors
- Â 6 or 7 POC authors (I’m not sure how one identifies) and the rest were white
Reading All Around the World challenge from Howling Frog Books
- Read a nonfiction book about the country – or
- Read fiction written by a native of the country or someone living for a long time in the country.
I added Malawi and Israel this month.
I was also doing the #AusReadingMonth challenge for books from Australia.Â I did read Am I Black Enough for You? which was written by an Australian author.Â One of the books I wandered off from was also Australian.Â I did find some other Australian books that I have added to my TBR.
I am challengeless for December which usually leaves me feeling a bit at a loss for what book from the vast TBR to pick up next.Â However, I think I’m going to pick up anything that catches my eye for a while to try to break out of this slump.Â
Holiday time is so hit and miss for reading time. I’ve been mixing up my books, from romance (clean) to middle grade mysteries, to contemporary YA and have found I make more time for myself to read this way. Happy holidays and here’s to a great 2018 for books.
I like clean romance the best too but it is getting harder to find. Do you have any favorite authors?
I read all three of Martina Boone’s clean romances set in Scotland this year. Book one is Lake of Destiny. I enjoyed the setting, characters, and romance in all three books. It’s best to start with the first book as the later books bring in characters from the first.
11 books is actually about my normal monthly number 🙂 although I’ll probably have less for December… busy month!
I didn’t read nearly as much for Nonfiction November as I had planned. I only finished 1 nonfiction book. I did read some good fiction though so I’m not going to beat myself up too much 🙂
I’d love to know how you liked those NF titles. I’ve heard good things about Union’s and Kamkwamba’s books. I hope reading whatever strikes your fancy helps pull you out of your slump!
I reviewed The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind here – https://www.spiritblog.net/the-boy-who-harnessed-the-wind/. I haven’t reviewed the Union book yet but it was very good.
Slumps are the worst. I hope you get out of it soon. Have a great December!
I also had a slumpy November… but hopefully I’ll get back on track. I’m currently just trying to read the huge tome that is Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. I hope you have better luck reading this month!
I hope you feel less slumpy in December. Just picking up what catches your fancy sounds like a good plan. Happy reading.
I was feeling the reading slump in November as well. Lately I have to FORCE myself to pick up books—not good!
I think you still did really good and at least you stuck to your personal reading goals. 🙂 Happy December!