November Reading

In The Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Gaber
Hearbreaking but full of hope. Difficult to read but powerful. Recommended.

The Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
Another installment in the delightful Bess Crawford mystery series. My version of book candy, for which I feel not one iota of guilt.

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
Island of Silence by Lisa McMann
Overall an enjoyable middle-grade fantasy series. Fast-paced and exciting plot but with some frustrating holes and unresolved issues. John liked both books better than me and is eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series. 

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Likely to win at least one end of year book award. (And for the most part deserving of all the accolades.)

Horten’s Incredible Illusions by Lissa Evans
I liked this one even better than the first one (which I liked a lot). Better puzzles and more character development. 

What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt
Fantastic. Read it. Enough said. 

The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch
Story of a man diagnosed with Asperger’s in his 30’s who sets out to save his failing marriage. Endearing, funny and with lessons applicable to any marriage (or relationship).

The Receptionist by Janet Groth
This memoir by a long time receptionist at The New Yorker could have been so much better. Ultimately disappointing and a little dull.

I’m currently reading The St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell. The jury is still out. I have a large stack of other things to read after that. I’m still listening to the Harry Potter series on audiobooks and enjoying them. I began the 7th book this morning on my way to the hospital. The kids and I are reading The Moffets by Eleanor Estes as our lunchtime book and listening to The Indian in the Cupboard in the car. David and I are finishing up Socks by Beverly Cleary at bedtime and will likely be reading Sword Quest by Nancy Li Fan next (by his very impassioned request). John and I have embarked on the ambitious project of reading the Lord of the Rings series together at bedtime. We’re about halfway through The Fellowship of the Ring and it’s pure joy to share it with him (and also with David who listens in for about half of the time until the falls asleep).

What are you reading?

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