November TBR

I am so not ready for it to be cold. Fall is nice, but where I live, it’s short-lived and winter weather moves in with a swiftness that will take your breath away! I had to dig out my winter coat this week and I’m already lamenting the days where I didn’t really have to worry about putting on a jacket or not.

But, that’s life and now I need to consider what I’m going to read this month. I’ll start with my challenge picks:

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2019:

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick: This book satisfies the “Book by a Journalist or About Journalism” prompt. I decided to pair my deep interest in North and South Korea with this to find a book by a journalist about this topic. And I stumbled upon this book. I am excited to read it, because I am ever curious about what everyday life is like in North Korea, which is a dictatorship with severe censorship. I’m hoping to learn a lot from this.

It’s also exciting, because this will be the last book that I need to read to have completed this year-long challenge. I am so excited to finish a month early!

Reading Women Challenge 2019:

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich: I’ve been slowly trying to expand my reading of books by Indigenous and First Nations people. Louise Erdrich is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation (also known as Chippewa) and a prolific writer in the Native community. This will be my first book I’ll have read by her, though I have some of her juvenile fiction on my TBR, as well. I’m looking forward to seeing what her writing is like and this book sounds really moving.

This will also complete my Reading Women Challenge book list for 2019! I’ve been so good at staying on track with these challenges that it seems I’ll be finishing a month early!

ARC of the Month:

How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann: I was sent a request to read this by the publisher. I decided to take it up because I do love mystery and suspense novels. This one is set in Alaska, which is one of those states that I feel I know so little about. I think it’s the perfect read for winter weather, since I’ll basically be feeling the cold where I live as well. It will feel like I’m setting the scene for myself. I hope it’s as thrilling as it sounds!

My TBR Picks:

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

My co-worker recommended this to me and I think it sounds like a really kick-ass book about female empowerment. Something I feel I need to read right now. I am looking forward to reading about strong female relationships and hopefully this book will live up to its potential. I would love for this to be my new favorite thing. But, of course, we’ll see. If you’ve read it let me know what you think in the comments!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I know I’m late to the party on this one, but…I’ve finally got me a copy and I’m ready to see what all the fuss is about. Needless to say I haven’t seen the movie yet, because I try my hardest to follow my personal rule of not watching the movie before reading the book. I know this book has received much hype, but I’m tentative about setting the bar high because of this. I’m reserving my expectations and trying to take this at face-value until I’ve read it all.

What books are you reading this month?

If you’ve read any books from my list, let me know what you think! Do you have any of these selections on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

It’s another month of reading dangerously and I hope I’m up to the challenge!

11 thoughts on “November TBR

  1. Well done on the Read Harder challenge – this sounds like a fascinating book to end the year on. I’ve been to South Korea which was an astonishing place (such a mixture of old culture and new technology) but it is doubly astonishing to think it’s near neighbour is so vastly alien in nature

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    1. I hope to travel to South Korea some day. But you’re right, it is incredible what living under such an absolute dictatorship can do to a country to halt progress in many ways.

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  2. You do have an interesting TBR list.

    Here’s mine – Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, and A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. Currently reading Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Hoping to read more though 🙂

    Happy reading!

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    1. Kudos to you for reading Moby Dick! I’ve considered reading it, but it seems such a daunting book! Happy reading!


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