Books I Read November 2017

by - Tuesday, December 05, 2017

I know I said in my last book round up that I was hoping to read more books in November than I did in October. And I guess I succeeded. I read three whole books in November compared to the two I read in October.

Not exactly the numbers I was hoping for, but my Thanksgiving ended up being busier than I anticipated, which cut down on reading time.

At least I enjoyed the books I read in November!

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How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
This is a book for truly nerdy book people. It examines what we can really learn from all our favorite literary heroines (Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet, etc). This was a quick and fun trip down memory lane. It also made me want to pick up old favorites or get around to reading all those classics that I haven't yet.

Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
This was a great read about two sisters from Ireland who came to America and the sacrifices they each made along the way to establish themselves and their family. When one of their children dies, the sisters look back on all the decisions they made and how they impacted their relationship and the rest of the children.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
This book started off a bit slow. In fact, it took me four months to get through it because I kept putting it down and then picking it back up weeks later. But by the second half the book, I thought it got really good, and I didn't want to put it down. My heart broke for Zelda as she tried to deal with the diagnosis of her mental illness, and she was routinely forced to play second fiddle to her husband's attempt at stardom. While this novel is a work of fiction, it was an interesting look at what could have been going on in her mind as she tried to figure out who she was and find her own voice.

My December reading is already off to a solid start, so I'm hoping to wrap up this year with a few more books. If you have recommendations, I'm always interested!

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