Blog: My November in Books

23319015_1530041427088493_4897820902453455231_nI have been reading and writing a lot these days — one of the greatest perks of being between jobs. Despite being desperate to be employed again, I am enjoying this time. Loads of books. Loads of blog-hopping. Loads of books again. No complaints at all. πŸ™‚ I am practically broke, but how can I complain when books are my magic carpet! And that reminds me of this passage from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

Most of us can’t rush around, talking to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven’t time, money or that many friends. The things you’re looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book.

This is how my November looked in books:

Non-Fiction:
You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris, Sam Taylor (Contributor) – Five Stars
Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green – Five Stars
Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude by Kim Weiss – Three Stars
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay – Five Stars
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman – Five Stars
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling – Three Stars

Fiction:
Undelivered Letters by J. Alchem – Two Stars
I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi – Five Stars
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong – Five Stars
Maidless in Mumbai by Payal Kapadia – 3.5 Stars
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann (Translator) – Five Stars
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome – Five Stars

Poetry:
Still Can’t Do My Daughter’s Hair by William Evans – Three Stars
Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav – Three Stars
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur – Three Stars
Vertigo: There Is a Secret Written in the Stars and in the Mountains by Analog De Leon – Two Stars

Children’s Literature:
Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung Tran-Davies, JosΓ©e Bisaillon (Illustrator) – Five Stars
If a Horse Had Words by Kelly Cooper, Lucy Eldridge (Illustrator) – Five Stars
Polar Bear Postman by Seigo Kijima – Five Stars
Happy Birthday! by Mamoru Suzuki – Five Stars
Kuma-Kuma Chan’s Travels by Kazue Takahashi – Five Stars
The Snowbear by Sean Taylor, Claire Alexander (Illustrator) – Five Stars

YA Fiction:
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – Five Stars
The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis – Three Stars
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – Four Stars

21740031_1482000091892627_2288840640534506545_nI am channelising my innerΒ Sybill Trelawney to see if a job offer is on its way, and I have even asked the centaurs to read the stars for me. I hope I would hear from them soon, and I am curious to know how my reading and writing pattern would evolve after I start a full-time job. In spite of the anxieties, I am asking myself to enjoy this precious time.

And, and, and may your December be filled with light moments and bright memories. πŸ™‚

How did your November go? What was your favourite read? What do you recommend for me?

Images courtesy: Buddha Doodles

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24 thoughts on “Blog: My November in Books

    1. Hello Cookie Crumbs (MeePeeVee), I loved ‘Turtles All The Way Down’. Totally! I haven’t written about it because I didn’t feel like writing about it. Some books do that to me. They are way too close, so it’s hard to talk about it, lest the feelings might be diluted. I am a sucker for YA, and been OD’ing on it a lot. I loved Davis. Quite a character he was. And I could relate to Aza so well. Her self-absorption was so mine. From your Goodreads rating I understand it was so-so for you. What did you think of it? πŸ™‚

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      1. Ah I know what you mean πŸ™‚ Some books are just… in-describable (for lack of a better word)

        I hate how myeah Turtles was for me 😦 I was determined to love it, I really was.
        I’ve been fascinated with Green’s writing thus far, but this didn’t do it for me. I loved Aza and her hang-ups and her shenanigans. I loved the best friend (especially so), the mother, and the potential boyfriend and his struggles too. But overall, I was like “that’s it? um okay.”

        I love how much you read. Is it terrible to hope you won’t go to work so I can live vicariously through you?

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      2. ‘That’s it? Um. Okay.’ I understand that. Some of my friends were underwhelmed. The book has made me think of how I am actually in a curious-case-of-Benjamin-Button. I am beginning to like YA and Children’s Literature more as though there I don’t have to adult. ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ was 4-stars for me and ‘Turtles…’ were 5-stars. Think of that. Sigh! And I am with you on John Green’s writing. The man is really talented.

        Awwww! I don’t want to go to work. I wish my bank account was fat. Unfortunately, it isn’t. So the number of books I read is drastically going to go down. However, I am thinking of ways to prioritise reading and writing. Like ignoring colleagues during breaks. πŸ˜€

        Your blog is oh-so-full of life. Loved, loved it. πŸ™‚

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  1. I love the combination of reads you had in November. Also, that quotation speaks to me as well. I hope you have a job offer soon, although it will probably interfere with your reading and writing. However, it will be nice for funding new acquisitions. One of my favourite reads for November was a reread, a childhood favourite, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It’s been about ten years since I last reread it, but Francie is just as bookish and smart and determined as I remember her. Happy Decembering to you!

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    1. Oh! I always wanted to know what readers think when they revisit their childhood favourites. I was not a reader until I was 27. So I have been curious about how childhood favourites walk into an adult’s life. I am glad you enjoyed that book and I want to read it too. Certainly adding it to my TBR. Thank you, Buried in Print. πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow you had a good reading month in Nov. Lots of books! I think my favorite novel in Nov. was Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie — it’s a pretty intense read but interesting too. I hope we both get jobs soon. I interviewed for one on Monday and I’m supposed to find out by the end of the week, but now I’m losing hope that I’ll get it. I don’t speak French which they said was an asset for the position, ugh. Are you sending out many applications & resumes? Good luck to you.

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    1. Oh! Please don’t lose hope, Susan. I am sure something is going to work out well for both of us. πŸ™‚ I haven’t read ‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamsie. I sure want to read it soon.

      Good luck to you too. πŸ™‚

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  3. Goodness, you’ve got through a ton of books there! I’m glad you’re finding a positive way to enjoy your time but I hope something great comes up on the job front soon – it’s always worrying and frustrating to be unemployed even though the extra time is a luxury. πŸ™‚

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  4. Great reading Month. I strongly recommend the short story β€œThe Ghetto Dog” by Isiah Spiegel, it is very moving, set in the dark days of the ŁódΕΊ Ghetto in Nazi occupies Poland. It is just an amazing work. I listed twice to Lauren Becall read the story, my post contains a link to the reading. I am recommending this as as, in part, want to see your reaction to it, listening time is about 30 minutes

    https://rereadinglives.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-ghetto-dog-short-story-set-in-lodz.html

    Oh, as a Dog lover, you Will be very moved by this.

    Good luck on job search

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  5. Deepika, I just responded to your comment, which made me think more deeply sbout β€œThe Ghetto Dog”. It is truly amazing. I Will listen again, it might be a long time before a story moved me this much.

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  6. You seem to have had a fantastic November! I’m glad for you, and also, jealous. Just today, I borrowed / begged for Turtles All The Way Down from a student of mine, the same one who lent me Wonder – it’s such a pleasure to have a bookworm in the class. I see your 5 stars and I dive straight in. Meanwhile, wish you have just as a bookish a December. πŸ™‚

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    1. That student of yours is precious, Priya. I am now anxious; you are reading ‘Turtles All The Way Down’. I so want you to like it. πŸ™‚

      And you have a great bookish, bloggish December too. ❀

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  7. So many excellent books, Deepika! I am crossing all my fingers that 2018 brings yiu a wonderful job! πŸ™‚ But it is nice until then to get to read all your writing! ❀ I think we need to get you some truly excellent poetry, did the new Kaur underwhelm you? I have been trying to recreate my reading list from this year, I will start a real reading journal on real paper for 2018, or I will forget all I've read again grrr πŸ˜€ But I know this month will be wonderful because will be buddy reading ❀ All the best!

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    1. Yaaaaay to buddy-reading! I am excited, Bina. *does a happy gig* πŸ’–

      I want to read some nice poetry. I have just started Sharanya Manivannan’s poetry ‘The Altar of The Only World’ and I am loving it. I want more like that.

      Some job offers are in the offing, Bina. I want something to work out for me soon. I want money to buy books. πŸ™ˆ

      Thank you for reading all my posts! Thank you! Hugs! ❀🐾

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