November Reading Round-Up


Hard to believe we are almost at the end of 2019 and Christmas is only weeks away.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month. I was surprised with my reading in a number of ways – I read no fantasy or paranormal and I did not read any books for two of my challenges. I also continued with my love for historical romance and romance this month – almost half of the books I read were from these genres. A feel-good reading month for sure. Guess I needed it.

The total read for November was 28 books with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 0
Historical Romance– 8
Romance – 7
Women’s Fiction -3
Non-fiction – 2
Poetry -1
Time travel -1
Graphic novel – 1
Picture books – 5

(Diverse books – 3)

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 20
TBR books –1
E-books – 6
Charity reads – 1

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads) / 52 Books in 52 Weeks
This was the first month all year that I did not read ANY books for either challenge! Now I will have to push myself in December to finish each challenge. I did some rearranging of books for the prompts and I have 5 books for Popsugar challenge and 7 for 52Books challenge. I am determined to finish both! There are a couple of overlaps so it is doable.

Monthly Key Word Challenge
I chose Have as the key words this month:
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Seasons, Elements and Weather”.  I read:
Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare

Beyond the Bookends
The theme was “Graphic novel”.
I read White Bird by R.J. Palacio. It so moved me. It should be a mandatory read for everyone, especially young people!

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was poetry. I read To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

Connect Five
I post a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. In November, my connections were:
Wallflowers, Wolf Shifters and Emotions in the Title

Favourite Books Read This Month
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.

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My top 10 though were:

2 Books by Tessa Dare:  The Duchess Deal and A Week to Be Wicked
White Bird by R.J. Palacio – A must read about a child during the Holocaust
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later by Barbara Barth (Check my review here)
Tall, Dark and Wicked by Madeline Hunter
Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones
Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle
A Dash of Christmas by Samantha Chase
Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

December Goals
I am determined to complete all my challenges and so will be focused on reading books for these. I also hope to squeeze in some Christmas romances.

I am linking with the following:


Monthly Wrap-up(At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)


Best of the Bunch(at A Cocoon of Books)

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Spread the Love(at As Told by Tina)

Monthly Review

10 thoughts on “November Reading Round-Up

  1. What a fantastic reading month and you have kept up so well with your challenges. I have fallen by the wayside with a few and just won’t make it for the first time but sometimes that is the way. Break the paranormal drought with Nalini Singh!!

    • Thanks Kathryn. I spent a lot of the summer reading fantasy/paranormal. Now I’m in an historical romance kick. I definitely plan to read Singh in the new year- I’ve read so many great reviews of her work.

    • Thanks Dedra. I’m so lucky to be retired – does give me a huge window of time to read – and I read quickly as well. I have a lot of catch-up this month to finish my last challenges done. Enjoy your reading this coming month!

  2. 28 books is amazing! I like that you had so many different kinds of reads and the books you chose made you happy. I also want to read White Bird. Right now I’m reading a YA titled Reverie and it’s really weird and is leaving me in the dark along with the POV character. It’s different than any book I’ve read before.

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