Saturday, December 5, 2020

November 2020 in Review


My Reading

# of books read: 10
Bests In which I tell you all my favorite reads and make up categories so they each win something:

Best series ender: Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Best graphic novel: Class Act by Jerry Craft
Best LGBQTIA+ book with Latinx witches and ghosts: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Best adult book that feels kind of like a practice run for the author's later masterpiece: Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson
Best West African inspired fantasy: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Bookish Events and Happenings

I ordered "Ex Libris" stamps from Etsy for my nieces. I took a couple of weeks off from being the bookmobile for my students, but jumped back on it this week. That's pretty much what passes for "events and happenings" in 2020, right?

On the Blog

I posted seven times, which isn't much BUT is equal to the amount I posted in July, August, September, and October put together, so I'm actually pretty happy with it. I reviewed a couple of books that are up for CYBILS awards this year, Class Act and Raybearer. I did a couple of not-quite-top-ten posts, one about some spectacular falls I've taken in my clumsy life, and one about a topic that was covered during my hiatus: long titles. I also posted a discussion about the audience for ratings, a Sunday Salon post, and a Classics Club choice.


A teacher I follow on Twitter had offered to create decorated quotes for anyone who sent him one, so I did, and I got this:

Thanks, @natebyr0n!

It's the time of year I start crafting. My kid chose this as our Thanksgiving day craft, then wouldn't actually do it with me. I found the one and a quarter mittens I'd knitted last year for my sister and figured out how to go ahead and finish that second one. I've also been making lots of holiday cards. One in five looks really good, but they're just paper, so I don't mind tossing the outright failures.

Otherwise, my life is basically teaching with a little bit of Catan tossed in. 

My monthly summaries are always linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up on Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight, as are terrific blogs' monthly reflections.  Nicole and Shannon usually put together a fun scavenger hunt giveaway too, so go check it out!


  1. Nice quote! I was super impressed with Class Act as well and expect to see it on some awards list.

  2. Hey, you did more than me last month. Is that a little hat? Way to complete your mittens. It's always a great feeling finishing the unfinished.

  3. November looks like it had a nice mix of reading and crafting! Wishing you a December filled with your favorite things!

  4. "My kid chose this as our Thanksgiving day craft, then wouldn't actually do it with me. " - LOL! This is such typical kid behavior. Turned out great, anyway!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  5. Ten books is a great reading month. I loved New Kid by Jerry Craft, so I added Class Act to my wishlist. For my birthday this week, my husband gave me a copy of The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter and placed the wrong gift receipt in the box (so now I know I'm getting Class Act for Christmas LOL). My daughter loves to play Catan. Happy holidays!


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