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TSS: November 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

It’s well and truly winter now in my particular corner of the world; we’ve had a few frosty mornings and surely it won’t be long before the first flurries fall. We’ve actually had part of a sunny week after what has felt like a year of rain in York. We’re still recovering from the latest flood, actually. I think the river has flooded four times, at least, to the extent that it’s impossible to walk alongside it into town. I’ve never been so happy to live far enough away that we’re not particularly affected.

November has been a slow, slow month for me on the reading front. I only read two books in the first ten days of the month, and then two more in the second ten days. It’s not been the slowest month of the year, that was February, but it was going to be for a while there.

I’ve come to terms with the fact that this has been my slowest reading year since I started blogging, though. I’m only predicted to finish 134 books, and my standing goal since I started has been 200. Last year I managed 197. Close enough, I think. According to my spreadsheet, I started falling behind in February, and I never caught up, not even once. I somehow doubt this trend is going to reverse in 2013, but we’ll see!

So, what did I read in November?


  • Pandora’s Star, Peter F. Hamilton
  • The Stockholm OctavoKaren Engelmann
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Cathrynne M. Valente
  • The Book of Madness and Cures, Regina O’Melveny
  • Turn Coat, Jim Butcher


  • The Magnificent Medills, Megan McKinney
  • Winter King, Thomas Penn
  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear?, David Bellos

Favorite of the Month

Typically, I haven’t managed to review either of my favorite books of the month yet, but I will in December. I appreciated them both, but for very different reasons.

I want to catch up on everything outstanding this year in December; make sure I’ve either reviewed or decided firmly never to review everything I’ve read in 2012 and start with a clean slate in January. I desperately need one of those. I’m reading the right amount now to actually review at a good pace, if I can only get past all those pesky books I didn’t review in the last few months.

I’d also like to put together my holiday gift guide for 2012, which is the top historical fiction and history books I’d recommend this year. I’ll be doing that next weekend, for those among you who haven’t already thought about what to buy your loved ones!

What’s ahead for you in December?


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