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My November Reading Wrap-Up

By Curlygeek04 @curlygeek04

November was a good month.  I visited my family in Phoenix for an early Thanksgiving, and then the husband and I had a quiet (and easy) Thanksgiving at home. We had November elections in Virginia, which I was dreading but all turned out well!  We have a smart, capable governor who cares about the things I care about, and Virginia elected its first openly transgender candidate.  So while I can’t do much about Alabama (ugh), or the country in general, at least I can be proud of my home state.

I really enjoyed the Nonfiction November event, which was a perfect chance to think about my reading in a year where I read much more nonfiction than usual.  I wrote this post summarizing all the great books I read this year about U.S. politics and government.

Here’s what I read in November:

I posted six reviews in November, most of them for ARCs: Birdcage Walk, Bonfire, Artefacts, Strangers in Budapest, and Dad’s Red Dress.  I’m finally caught up, whew!

My favorite read? I loved Dad’s Red Dress, a book that is moving and funny and also very timely about a teenager trying to accept her trans father.

I also adored Al Franken’s book, Giant of the Senate.  After I read it, I felt like he’s the hero we need right now in the Capitol.  Then I was troubled by the accusations of harassment against him. I didn’t want to hear it at first.  Now I’m just really sad.

Most disappointing read? Strangers in Budapest was disappointing because I was really looking forward to immersing myself in a book about Budapest, but it was much too gloom-and-doom for my taste — and the story was all about Americans so had nothing to do with the city itself.  I was also disappointed in The Stone Sky, which surprised me.  More on that to come.

What I’m reading now: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power (so good) and I just started A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.  I won’t be able to put that one down this weekend!

What’s coming up: I’m already working on my best-of-2017 and challenge wrap-up posts, and I plan to read for enjoyment this month.  I’m thinking about catching up on a few series I’ve neglected lately.

Added to my TBR: I wrote this about nonfiction I’ve added to my TBR.  I’ve also added a lot of books from Best Books of 2017 lists.  See Books are My Favourite and Best for a handy compilation of these.  I have to admit I love end of year book lists!  New York Times Notable Books is the one I like most.

Happy December reading and happy holidays!

Finally, some book deals you might be interested in (courtesy of Book Riot):

  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab for $1.99.
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor for $1.99.
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi for $2.99.
  • Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors for $0.99.
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith for $3.99.
  • Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick Dewitt for $1.99.
  • The Nest by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney for $1.99.
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout for $2.99.
  • A Passion for Books, with a foreword by Ray Bradbury for $1.99.
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker for $1.99.

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