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Introvert's Book Club: November Reading

Holiday breaks and travel made for lots of time for reading in November. This month I listened to lots of audiobooks and rediscovered a favorite childhood author. I also started a pile of what I want to read by the Christmas tree during the December holiday break.

My New Titles:

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

I started this way back in September. I flew through the first part of the book, but the middle features a backstory about the medic tents and front lines of WWI. For some strange reason, my HSP side is triggered by war stories, fictional or not. So although I love this book the middle section slowed me down. But once I got past the war portion of the book, I flew through the rest again. I loved the characters in this book, and I was surprised and touched by the ending. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series.

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I must have read L’Engle’s A Ring of Endless Light 100 times when I was about 11, but I hadn’t read many other books by this author. A Wrinkle in Time is smart, entertaining and absolutely fantastic. I so wish I would have read this when I was younger, but better late than never. I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation this spring!

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New Titles in Audio:

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

This book is short, but packs a lot of meaning into every page. Brown read the audio version herself, which I loved. I got a lot out of this book. It made me feel really hopeful without being overly sentimental. I enjoy any book that can make me laugh and cry simultaneously, and this book did that flawlessly.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I can’t believe I’ve never read the Anne series before. I LOVE Anne. I loved Anne immediately and this was my favorite book of November. I’ve placed a library hold on the second book in the series, and I really hope it’s in for me to read over Christmas. If you haven’t read this book, please do. It’s delightful. If you’re going the audiobook route, I highly recommend the Audible exclusive read by Rachel McAdams. It was wonderful and perfectly performed.

Current Reads to Finish in December:

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Books I Didn’t Finish:

Origin by Dan Brown

It bums me out that I don’t love this book, but I just don’t. I feel like I’m being strung along with not enough intrigue to keep the story going. I wanted to like this, but I didn’t, and life is too short to read books you don’t enjoy.

What’s on the shelf for December?

Lots of titles! I have lots of time off work in December, so I’m hoping to get tons of reading done. I’m especially looking forward to The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo and The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

There's nothing better than curling up with a blanket and a good book by the Christmas tree, so I'm especially excited for December reading. What's on your reading list for the month? Here’s to a peaceful holiday season, and a shelf full of wonderful books!

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