November 12, 2015

Quick Lit: The 6 Books I've Read So Far in November

It's been ages since I did a quick roundup of what I've been reading. So here you go - my November reads so far.

Wool by Hugh Howey. My friend Katie recommended this one, and then 2 days later a former coworker commented on my Facebook page telling me I should read it. So I decided to give it a go - and it's great. It's a dystopian novel (but not YA). The people live in a silo, because the outside world is contaminated and deadly. It was originally published as 5 novellas, all gathered into one novel here, and the varying viewpoints make it extra intriguing.

Buenos Aires: The Biography of a City by James Gardner. I read this one for Shelf Awareness. It was surprisingly interesting - I realized I barely knew anything about Buenos Aires before I read it. The history of its settlement and life under Spanish colonial rule was especially fascinating for me.


The Lake House by Kate Morton. I've been waiting for this one for mooooonths. I was so happy when it came in at the library! And it was just as good as I expected it to be. The way Morton intertwines a modern and historical story might be a little formulaic by now, but I still love her books. This one features Sadie, a modern day police detective, and Alice, an octogenarian crime writer whose family was at the center of a terrible tragedy when she was a child in the 1930s.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. An absolutely charming little book. The insider book industry stuff is pitch perfect - I can relate after 6.5 years in a bookstore & 4 years as a book blogger! It made me laugh out loud several times, and get all teary, which is basically an endorsement of the highest order.

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater. I'm not sure how I missed reading this one as a kid. It was super fun. I think I might try and get Eleanor to read it too - she's right at that borderline of being ready for slightly longer books like this (but she still gets hung up on not liking "books with no pictures").

Winter by Marissa Meyer. Speaking of waiting AGES - I preordered this one about 6 months ago! I was super excited when it arrived on Tuesday, and I've had a hard time putting it down. (As you can see above.) But - it's super long! 800 pages. And something about the font is hurting my eyes - it's a more embellished font than typical in books. So I'm still only about 300 pages in. But it's really good so far! I have high hopes for the rest of it.

What have YOU been reading?

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