Sunday, December 1, 2019

November in Review

My Reading

# of books read: 12

Best(s) In which I tell you all my favorite reads and make up categories so they each win something.
Best series finale: The Toll
Best interconnected sci fi short stories: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
Best middle grade novel: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
Best adult novel by an amazing YA author: Ninth House
Best super weird illustrated sci fi book translated from the Swedish: The Electric State

Bookish Events and Happenings

I went to the first meeting of the title selection committee for next year's Battle of the Books, grades 9-12 division. I carpooled with a coworker who's on the 6-8 division, so it was a nice day's outing. The committee seems very fun and of course it's a delight to talk books with people who are SUPER into YA books too. 

I also hosted my second Read-In. I had it the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which is an entire week off for my district, so I wasn't sure what my turn-out would be. I had about 8 kids, mostly Latina girls, which was especially nice since my OBOB team is super white. They read and giggled and shared snacks and did crafts and drank cocoa. I definitely want to do this again. I'm not sure if I want to try to build it into a bigger event, so more kids can enjoy it, or allow it to be small, which is much more relaxing for me.

I also seem to have caused Justina Ireland to give away some Death Divide ARCs, but I didn't win one myself. This is one of those exchanges that start from the bottom and go up.

On the Blog

I slowly came back from the dead AGAIN towards the end of the month. I blogged about not wanting to rate on Goodreads anymore, but then find myself doing so out of habit anyway. I also shared some nonfiction favorites and weighed in on Paste's "30 Best YA Books of the Decade" list. It inspired me to start some of my own listmaking, and late this month I'll share my favorite YA Spec Fic, YA contemporary, historical fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and adult fiction of the decade. 


I started the month with a three day mindfulness retreat at the coast, so that was lovely. My kid went to Anaheim for her first Synchro Skate competition. I'm really proud of how hard she works at ice skating and how much progress she's made despite her very un-Dance Moms parents. Thanksgiving is always pleasant, as is getting time off for it. I'm working on a bit of knitting, but dove into two different projects with no plan or pattern, and am having to re-start both of them. I also spend too much time on Twitter, and on sites that collate funny tweets. 

December is upon us, with all its delights and distractions. I hope yours goes well, and you stay warm and dry. 

My monthly summaries are always linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up on Feed Your Fiction Addiction, along with many other terrific blogs' monthly reflections.  Nicole usually puts together a fun scavenger hunt giveaway too, so go check it out!


  1. You read The Toll! I’m envious. I have that book on my Christmas list, so hopefully Santa brings it. Your Read-In sounds like fun. You can’t go wrong with cocoa and books. I hope you have a good December!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I need to start the Scythe series! I hear The Toll is a good ending. I hear you on the rating thing. I just wish I could do half stars, because there are so many books that aren't a 3, but I don't quite feel they are a 4, etc. I guess at least on my blog I can be more specific. Hope December is great!
    Check out my November Wrap-Up

  3. I need to start from the top. I really need to read Coyote Sunrise. It was one of my anticipated books. I need to make this happen. That's awesome you inspired a giveaway, though, it would have been better had you won. Sorry. Your daughter skates? That is so awesome. I always wanted to really learn, but, yeah, I grew up in sort of the hood, and we just played in the street.

  4. The Read in sounds so fun. Maybe a few other adults could have their own group so that the groups can stay small but more kinds can participate. See what I read in November at Girl Who Reads

  5. Coyote Sunrise is high on my list! I haven't read the first two books so The Toll is far off in my reading future. I was a parent volunteer for a Battle of the Books at our local library a few years ago and coordinated getting the team to read as many of the books ad=s they could before the battle. We didn't win, but had fun getting together and making team tee shirts. Hope your 2020 is awesome!


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