Since I did not have a to be read post for November there will not be anything to compare my actual reading list too. However, I still wanted to post the books that I did read this month.
My overall reading goal for 2017 is 100 books. I am currently at 95, which makes me fairly happy. I typically read a few more, however, I have read a lot more books that require a longer reading time. I love genre books, but a lot of times they are faster reads then working through more literary works.
Overall read a total of seven books this month. I anticipated reading more, however, I did not have the time I thought I would.
My favorite read of the month was A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. This was a surprise to me. The reviews were so mixed that I have been putting off reading this book for months.
It was a good mix of books. I was glad that I picked up them all.
I am going to break down my reading plan in December by a few of my goals. I am still working towards finishing Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. I am near 50 books completed from last year alone (I am still updating all the reviews onto this website). However, that leaves about 50 more left to read. I am not sure I will complete the entire 50 books in the next year, however I want to come close. I plan on adding in two or three from the list each month.
In addition, I have my Alphabet Challenge. That will not start this month, however I do think it is important to read some of these books that I already own. It is so easy to pick up an eBook and forget that you have it. The same for my audio books. I want to get some of them read.
With all of the focus on Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime I feel like I have lost focus in a lot of current literature being published. I probably will not have a specific list for this, but I do want to add one or two recently released books to the list.
Of course, I cannot forget the books that I have been asked to review. They will be on my list as well. It seems like a lot - hopefully it is a formula that works for this next year. If not then I will have to reevaluate.
Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
Books I Own
I decided I want to add a challenge (or two) to my blog. I love doing challenges because they help me to get out of my normal reading pattern. I have found many new book trying to fill out a category of a challenge.
I am starting simple though, with an Alphabet Challenge that starts on January 1st. However, to make it more of a challenge I am choosing to do all the books from books that I already own. I need to clear off some this off my TBR list. The challange can be found on the novelchallenge website.
A - Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker
B - The Breading Tree by J. Andersen
C - A Case of Need by Michael Crichton
D - Dubliners by James Joyce
E - Excelsior by Jasper T Scott
F - The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen
G - Green Earth by Kim Stanley Robinson
H - Hidden Figures : The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
I - Invasion by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt
J - The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
K - The Korean Word for Butterfly by Jamie Zerndt
L - Lake Surrender by Carol Grace Stratton
M - Masques by Patricia Briggs
N - Nightworld by Maureen Noel
O - Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom
P - Parched by Z.L. Arkadie
Q - A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice
R - Rift by Andreas Christensen
S - Swords and Sorcery by Lee Tozer
T - The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
U - Unmasking Narcissism by Mark Ettensohn
V - Veined by Anyta Sunday
W - White Oleander by Janet Fitch
X - With Extreme Pleasure by Alison Kent
Y - The Yellowstone Conundrum by John Randall
Z - The Zona by Nathan Yocum