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Monthly Wrap Up: November



There's something satisfying about looking back at what you've accomplished. It can inform where to go next or a goal to add or change. It can push you to achieve more, or to change the balance in your life. For me, looking back at what I did on the blog inspires me to keep going. And looking back on what I read actually puts some perspective on my reading life. It serves as a checkmark, a period, an end and a new beginning to start a new month instead of having all the days and months just run into each other.


Here's what my Reading November looked like. (Graphs from Storygraph - an alernative to GR)

Here are the numbers:

I read 15 books

1 fantasy

3 mystery

1 memoirs

7 general fic

3 historical fic

0 DNF

3 were ARCs

3 audio books



graphs from Storygraph


I like the feature that you can click on the bar and see what books comprise that category. Those categories are not based solely on my ratings/comments but are an amalgamation of other reviewers.





Books by their ratings:



Sadly, none this month. There's always December.




Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney




Honor Among Thieves #1 by Rachel Caine

The Dark Hours #23 by Michael Connelly

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Forty Elephants by Erin Bledsole

A Land More Dark Than Home by Wiley Cash

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Taste: My Life in Food by Stanley Tucci




Beach Read by Emily Henry

A Faraway Smell of Lemon by Rachel Joyce

The Courier's Wife #1 by Vanessa Lind




Sandrine's Case by Thomas Cook




Many Are Invited by Dennis Cuesta (ARC)

Doctor Glass by Louise Worthington (direct from publisher)



My Favorite Read of November

This is a surprisingly delightful book!

Click image to go the review.

















Challenge Progress

I'm participating in two challenges at this point. The Beat the Backlist challenge to read books that have been collecting dust on my TBR. If you check my Challenges tab at the top of the page you can see my progress so far this year and.......well, it's not great. BUT, the year isn't over yet, so I'll use this wrap up to refocus on that goal. 26/50


I joined the fall season COYER challenge that I learned about from Anne at Books Of My Heart . It goes October through the end of December. Visit here for more info. I selected the "list" participation and chose 54 books for my selection pool of reading. To be successful for this particular challenge, I have to read half of them. So, I picked lots more than I knew I could read to be sure to give myself some variety. An interesting challenge. And there's a massive linky to share every book I read for this challenge. I mean MASSIVE! So many books!



Added to Goodreads in November

I added 57 books to my TBR, and read a total of 15 making a net addition to my list of 42. I've made peace with the fact that I'll never read them all, but I know just where to look when I wonder "what should I read next". (You can see my full November TBR list here.)





Hope you had a great November and now we're officially into the holiday season, which I know many of us love but which might slow our reading just a bit. But I have a few books lined up for December that I'm really looking forward to.



How did your reading life treat you in November? If you'd like to share your monthly wrap ups, link up with others at Feed Your Fiction Addiction for the November round up. Nicole puts up a new linky at the end of each month.





Welcome to Bookshelf Journeys.

It's my goal to provide real reviews of the books I read without totally rehashing every plot. I'll never spoil a story by giving away a plot twist! Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest and will discover a new book or author to add to YOUR TBR list.  Take a moment to explore, read a couple reviews, and let me know what you think.

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