Reading Recap: November 2018

November has come and gone and, with it, it’s time for another recap.  It’s weird to think this is my second-to-last one before my year-long index is complete.

I have been another painfully slow reading month.  I’m making it through less than half the books per month as the beginning of the year.  I’m definitely frustrated with myself, but life has been so busy and when I sit town to read, it has been so hard to focus.

Still, this month’s list has a lot of high ratings.  I may not have finished many books, but I loved almost everything.  I got to revisit one of my all-time favorites in Pride and Prejudice, delighted in the epic finale of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series, and enjoyed some quality poetry by Lin Manuel Miranda.

Nov 2018 Reading Recap


Overall Statistics:

  • Number of books read: 5
  • Number of pages read: 2,120
  • Number of audiobooks listened to: 1
  • Number of rereads: 1
  • Longest book: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
  • Shortest book: G’Morning, G’Night by Lin Manuel Miranda
  • Highest rating: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Lowest rating: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurine Goo

Some notes on my stats:

  • Audiobooks are included in total page count.  It takes me longer to listen to a book than read it, so I count them
  • My ratings are on a 5-star system and are ridiculously subjective

If you want more information about each book, follow the links embedded in the titles.  That will bring you to the book’s Goodreads page.


G’morning, G’night: Little Pep Talks For Me & You by Lin Manuel Miranda

  • Pages: 225
  • Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • What a delightful, thoughtful, uplifting book of poetry
    • There’s something liturgical about these wonderful little poems.  The pattern of morning and night, the repetition of structure and language, give it a rhythm that speaks to my soul.
    • The illustrations are so charming.  They perfectly complement the poems and are well-balanced with the text.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

  • Pages: 992
  • Rating: 4.75 stars
  • Format: E-book
  • Thoughts:
    • Holy cats, THIS BOOK!!!!!!!  It’s the perfect end to Maas’ epic series.
    • Maas masterfully weaves together an enormous amount of plotlines.  At the beginning of the book, there is story happening in at least four places, with multiple POV characters in each location.  The fact that she is able to bring it all together shows her skill as a writer.  If you compare the writing from the first book to the last, it’s a night and day difference in quality.
    • Some of the torture scenes in here are pretty intense.  I had a hard time reading them.  That being said, I feel like the trauma of what the characters go through wasn’t as strong as it is in some of her other books.
    • There were a few things that wrapped up a little too tightly.  I was expecting more bodies to fall.  How did so many main characters make it through without dying?

Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett

  • Pages: 288
  • Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • It took me over two months to get through this book.  Tippett’s content is readable, but there’s just so much there.  This is the kind of text that you must savor, reading slowly to catch all the details.
    • I loved this book.  I loved this book so, so much.
    • Tippett has the most fascinating career.  She brings the realms of theology, science, activism, and the arts together.  She celebrates what it means to be human and highlights all that we have in common.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Pages: 279
  • Rating: 5 stars
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Reread
  • Thoughts:
    • Jane Austen is perfect, as always.  This is one of my all-time favorite books and we read it for my coffee shop book club.  It’s one of those books that is less like reading and more like remembering.
    • Austen’s characters are so nuanced, lifelike, and well-drawn.  It’s always such a pleasure to exist within their world for a little while.

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

  • Pages: 336
  • Rating: 2.75 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • I gave this one low stars because Clara really annoyed me.  She’s really entitled, immature, lazy, and annoying.  She does grow a lot as a character, but she was the kind of person my high school self would have hated.
    • Goo’s book is predictable and easy, exactly what I needed righ now.
    • A common pattern in these kinds of stories is for everything to blow up at the end, then come back together.  This one didn’t follow the pattern.  Yes, things fell apart, but not as badly as they normally do in rom-coms and YA novels.

See you next month for another recap!

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