Tuesday, December 1, 2015

My November in Review

My month in review. The It’s Monday What Are You Reading meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. I’ve started compiling my lists monthly instead of weekly.

So at the beginning of the month I realized that if I only were to read the 9 books I had left on my book challenge of 100 books in 2016 (although at that time I was 7 books ahead so it would be easy for me to read more, but go with me), then I had 6 books left on my last reading challenge, two books for book club, and one book I committed to for a publisher. And that would be all. It was depressing. And then I was slammed with work. And as I work as an editor, that means I was slammed with a lot of reading, and work reading is rarely fun reading, even if I do like the book I'm working on (although that's not that common.) In particular I was doing a crash index, and while I did find the book I was working on quite interesting, it was exhausting me, I was working nights and weekends and putting in 4x my usual number of hours of actual editing work (it's so taxing that I can't do it for more than a few hours per day or my effectiveness drops precipitously). The last thing I wanted to do at the end of a day was read. Let alone read a book that felt like homework. I was worried about hitting another reading slump so I preemptively tried to work my way out before I hit bottom. Therefore I watched more TV and when I did read, I read a couple of memoirs (my crack), aiming for funny or schadenfreude in the subject matter. And most importantly, I decided that two of the books for the reading challenge just aren't going to be read. I was dreading having to read a play, and a book I was supposed to read in school but didn't. I don't want to end my year by reading two things I was dreading. So I decided I'm just not doing those. I hope to do the other 4 still missing from that challenge but if I don't, that's no big deal. I am not going to be compulsive about finishing this challenge. It's one a friend asked me to do, not one I picked myself, and she specifically did it so reading would be more fun and so she'd have interesting books to talk about. That does not involve forcing people to read books they'll dislike. So I'm going with the motivation behind the challenge instead of ending the year on a sour note.

Books completed this month:
The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog by Jen Lancaster
Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm by Mardi Jo Link
A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
Golden Age: A Novel by Jane Smiley (I should have finished this but I accidentally left it at my mother's on Thanksgiving)
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
The Botanist and the Vintner: How Wine Was Saved for the World by Christy Campbell

What I acquired this month:
Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth
The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro
I am trying to rein in my book purchases but I am just addicted to the TV show Call the Midwife and I've watched all the episodes yet I want more. And I met B.A. Shapiro two weeks ago at a WNBA event (and is a member of the Boston chapter) and I loved her previous novel so this was a no-brainer.

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