It’s the end of November, hard to believe. I did fairly well with my TBR list. There were several I just could not get into and did not finish.
- Reply to a letter from Helga, by Birgisson Bergsveinn The plot intrigued me. It’s Scandinavian. Basic plot is a man has a letter from an old lover who asked him to leave his wife. Years later he writes a response.
- Blockade Billy, Stephen King. I don’t generally read King, he scares me. I’ve read Firestarter and On Writing. I would not have checked this one out if I had noticed the horror sticker on the spine! The cover shows a baseball player. Hmmm, we’ll see how it goes.
Going to Meet the Man,James Baldwin.DNF Colonel Chabert by Honore de Balzac.DNF
- The Christmas Sweater, by Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck is a syndicated radio personality. I’ve never read or listened to his show but I keep seeing his books at the library, thought I’d give it a whirl. My guess is it’s a sentimental Christmas story. I expect Kleenex may be involved.
- Big Sur by Jack Kerouac. I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve heard a lot about Kerouac.
Edible Stories: a novel in sixteen parts by Mark Kurlansky.DNF The moon and Sixpenceby Somerset w.Maugham. DNF Music of the Swamp by Lewis Nordan.Library called and wanted the book back! The Christmas Joy Rideby Melody Carlson. It was a nice, light read. It was a bit saccharine and I was disappointed that I guessed the ending. It was a good read for a week full of depressing news events. Zanna’s Gift by Orson Scott Card.I liked this book. I found it in the adult section of the library, but I’m thinking it’s not. It’s a very quick, easy read. It was very sweet.
- The Deveraux Legacy by Carolyn G. Hart. I think this is a ghost story.
Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway.I got bored looking up all the terms I didn’t know relating to bull fighting.
The Quiet Little Womanby Louisa May Alcott. This was a sweet collection of short stories. It was a little preachy in places but very sentimental.
All through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark.I love MHC. I would steal my mother’s copies of her books and read them. She writes wonderful Christmas stories. They are a nice mix of suspense and Christmas. I started this book already and I’ve noticed she head hops a bit. It works.
- The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans. This is another author I’ve never read but have seen them.
Supernatural Short Stories by Charles Dickens.DNF The End of the affairby Graham Greene. DNF
Books I read, not on my TBR:
- The Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keiler. It was short and humorous. It reminded me of me of why I never want to live north of Birmingham. I don’t think I could survive the lack of sunshine or enclosed shoes. He took a common enough theme and added unexpected details. His humor can be heavy handed at times, but it’s funny.
- Bryant & May and the Secret Santa by Christopher Fowler. If you want a happy Christmas tale, this is not it. It’s a short story featuring the grumpy, elderly detectives in the Peculiar Crimes Unit in London. It’s a very good story, every thing you expect from Fowler. It’s a true murder mystery, so don’t expect smiling Santas and waving elves. A word of warning, the crime involves a child.
- Ho Ho Humbug by Sue Ann Jaffarian This is a collection of two short stories featuring Odelia Grey. As usual it’s funny! They were really quick reads and I enjoyed it all. This is particularly good seeing as I just braved the mall the day after Thanksgiving and they take place at the mall. These are also Murder mysteries, but they’re funny.
Not sure what will be on my December TBR list. A few of the books I didn’t get to this month may make it over to next month. We’ll see.
What did you enjoy reading in November?