I had big things to say about my plans for November.  I was totally wrong.

First off, I said that although I was going to participate in Nonfiction November’s Monday discussions, I wasn’t going to focus on reading nonfiction this month.

American on PurposeEvery Patient Tells a StoryThe Perfect HorseThe Piano Shop on the Left BankThe Wonder TrailBrave New WeedMarching PowderBeing Mortal

Wow, good to know I wasn’t going to focus on nonfiction.

Here’s the fiction I read this month.

The Chocolate ApothecaryLady KillerFatima’s Good FortuneFlygirl

That’s 12 books all together which is a little low for me.

  • 3 audiobooks
  • Set in France, Poland/Austria/Germany/Czechoslovakia, all through Central and South America, Tasmania, and the U.S.

The authors were:

  • 8 men and 6 women (2 books were written by 2 authors)
  • There were 2 black authors and 1 Indian author

I notice that my nonfiction reading does tend to drift towards white male authors.  I’d love to find more nonfiction written by women and POC authors.  Suggestions?


I also said that I was going to be doing NaNoWriMo.  I started.  This is a book that I had tried writing before and got bogged down when they have a take a trip on a ship.  I didn’t have enough knowledge to be able to write that.  I did some research ahead of time this attempt and got bogged down at the same point.  I still want to write this book though so I have some reference material coming through interlibrary loan to look at the exact type of ship I’m writing about.


So, moving on.  December plans.  I am going to be following along with a Goodreads readalong of A Close and Common Orbit, the sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.  That’s about it.

What do you have planned for December?

9 Replies to “November Wrap Up”

  1. I’ve not had the best luck with NaNo, either. I just don’t think the format works for me, with all of the pressure and time crunch. Plus November inevitably ends up too busy for me to dedicate much time to it.

  2. I love the cover of The Perfect Horse and Fly Girl. These are two books I’m new to and they look really interesting.

  3. Do you enjoy memoirs? Those are most of my nonfiction female authors, but I have also challenged myself to read something by or about each of the Nobel Women (there are several that were neither writers nor have biographies or memoirs, which is disappointing) and that has lots of nonfiction by female non-white authors alone. But I have a list of books that I’ve read that are mostly female nonfiction here: https://wordpress.com/page/feminismincoldstorage.wordpress.com/696
    Okay, several lists based on category, but I hope it helps if you are looking for something. Lots of options.

  4. Wow! You had a great reading month. I picked up American On Purpose just the other day and look forward to reading it. What did you think of it?
    I’ve heard that it is common to take several approaches with NaNoWriMo before either having a bout of success, or throwing in the towel for another writing approach that works better for you. You will get it figured out.

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