Wednesday, December 03, 2008

November in Review

Four seems to be my average despite my grandiose ideas each month that I'll somehow read much more than that. The fact that I read New Moon in only 2 days though just goes to show that if I were to stop working and cleaning our apartment (not that it's spotless as it is!), laundry and dishes and all that, and blogging(!!) I'd have much more time to read! LOL. Oh well, I'll keep trying to find a balance.

Books completed in November:
(click on a title to read my review, click on the book covers below to read more at Amazon)
48. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
49. Lighting the Dark Side - William R. Potter
50. The Book of Proper Names - Amélie Nothomb
51. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer

Favourite of the month:
That's a really hard question! I loved the writing and gothic mood of Wuthering Heights. I enjoyed the great characters and the variety of the stories in Lighting the Dark Side. I got totally sucked up into New Moon. And even though I didn't love the ending of The Book of Proper Names, it was still an engaging story up to that point. So let's just say that Wuthering Heights was my favourite classic of the month, Lighting the Dark Side my favourite collection of short stories, and New Moon my favourite vampire story! ;)

Books in: 9 (3 bought, 3 review copies, 3 won in giveaways)
Books out: 0

Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
My current status on all active challenges. See sidebar for links.
Ended in November:
Herding Cats Challenge (May 1 - Nov. 30, 2008) - completed!
Orbis Terrarum Challenge (Apr. 1 - Dec. 20, 2008) - 5 out of 9
2nds Challenge (Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2008) - 3 out of 4
My Year of Reading Dangerously (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 9 out of 12
What's in a Name Challenge (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 5 out of 6
Graphic Novels Challenge (July - Dec. 2008) - 4 out of 3 - completed!
Reading Jane Austen (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 1 out of 2
Japanese Literature Challenge 2 (July 30, 2008 - Jan. 30, 2009) - 2 out of 3
1% Well-Read Challenge (May 1, 2008 - Feb. 28, 2009) - 3 out of 10
Book Awards II Challenge (Aug. 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009) - 4 out of 10
2nd Canadian Book Challenge (July 1, 2008 - July 1, 2009) - 4 out of 13

Reading Japan - I've read 12 books so far this year (none in November).
Orange Prize Project - I've read 2 books so far this year (none in November).

Reading plans for December:
I can realistically finish a couple more challenges and have accepted that I simply won't be able to complete a couple others so I'll be posting wrap-ups for them soon along with some of the new challenges for 2009 that I've been considering. Then before I know it it'll be time to choose what to read during the long flight to Canada, where I have several books already waiting for me! Can't wait!


  1. You are doing well on your challenges! I'm hoping to finish two by the end of the year but who knows :)

    Can't wait to see which challenges you'll be doing next year!

  2. if I were to stop working and cleaning our apartment (not that it's spotless as it is!), laundry and dishes and all that, and blogging(!!) I'd have much more time to read!

    ME, TOO!! ;)

    That's right, you're heading back to Canada. Stop by Nebraska and pick me up! :)

  3. As long as you don't give up photography in order to read more. 'Cause that would just be wrong.

  4. Balance? What is this balance that you speak of?

  5. It never seems as if we get in as much reading in as we want, does it?

    I hope to get to New Moon later this month. Maybe. There's so much I want to read before the year is out, but I know it won't happen quite like I might like. More realistically, I hope I enjoy what I do get to read. And I wish the same for you!

  6. I read in the avarage of 2-3 books a month, my books have an avarage of 400+ pages this is why I seem to be a slower reader :P Anyway I am not going for 100+ books this coming year...what was I thinking...

  7. Iliana - I wish I could've completed them all but it was still fun. Choosing which challenges and the books to read for them really is half of the fun, isn't it? :)

    Les - LOL. Wouldn't it be nice to ignore all those things and just read? Oh well, the only one I could stop is blogging and I can't imagine doing that!
    It's been quite a while since I was in Canada over Christmas. I'm looking forward to it. :)

    Nancy - No, never! So I didn't even put photography in the list of things to stop. :)

    Monica - LOL. I'm not really sure either since I've never managed to find it! I'll keep looking though. ;)

    Wendy - Life does get in the way, doesn't it? And yes, there's always next year for all those books we didn't get around to this year. :)

    Sylvie - I'd probably only read 2 or 3 too if they were all 400+ pages. I always seem to end up between 50 and 60 a year since I started keeping track a few years ago. Hopefully we'll both read some wonderful books in 2009, regardless of how many. :)


Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I love hearing from you and I read every single one!

P.S. In an effort to eliminate spam, I moderate all comments, so there will most likely be a delay between when you submit the comment and when it appears on the post. Please let me know if you have any trouble leaving comments here, and you can also chat with me on Twitter, if you prefer. Happy Reading!