november reading in review

Books Bought This Month
Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
Yummers Too by James Marshall
Luck on the Line by Zoraida Córdova (preordered last month)

Books Received/Acquired This Month
Ticker by Lisa Mantchev (Kindle First)
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman (Edelweiss ARC)
Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham (Edelweiss ARC)
Twelve-Cent Archie by Bart Beaty (Edelweiss ARC)
Infandous by Elana K. Arnold (Edelweiss ARC)
The Living by Matt de la Peña (YALSA Symposium swag)
Talon by Julie Kagawa (YALSA Symposium swag)
Panic by Lauren Oliver (YALSA Symposium swag)
Boy Trouble: Rumor Central by Reshonda Tate Billingsley (YALSA Symposium swag)
Oceanborn by Amalie Howard (YALSA Symposium swag)
Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville (YALSA Symposium ARC swag)
Inheritance by Malinda Lo (YALSA Symposium swag)
The Kidney Hypothetical by Lisa Yee (YALSA Symposium ARC swag)
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen (YALSA Symposium ARC swag)
Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke (in my mailbox from the publisher because they’re nice and found my address?)
Sing Sweet Nightingale by Erica Cameron (in my mailbox from the publisher because they’re nice and found my address?)
Between by Megan Whitmer (in my mailbox from the publisher because they’re nice and found my address?)
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer (Edelweiss ARC)
A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith (Edelweiss ARC)
The Mermaid’s Child by Jo Baker (Edelweiss ARC)

Books Borrowed This Month
Break Into Fiction: 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells by Mary Buckham
MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction edited by Chad Harbach
The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook edited by Daniel Alaracón
Things I Don’t Want to Know by Deborah Levy
Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
Capricious by Gabrielle Prendergast
Demian by Hermann Hesse
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan

Books Finished This Month
Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Tomboy by Liz Prince
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
Capricious by Gabrielle Prendergast
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Inheritance by Malinda Lo
A Cool Moonlight by Angela Johnson

I had a lot of grand plans for reading this month which did not come to fruition, due mostly to the fact that I read next to nothing over this Thanksgiving weekend, when I had expected to spend all my free time doing nothing but that. Don’t get me wrong – it was an excellent weekend spent with lots of family and friends, plus some days off of work. But for an introvert, it was also really exhausting. I am going to be very happy about winter break when it comes up in three weeks. I just hope I can make it until then.

I only broke my rule once with buying books (Wonderbook, which I read like a chapter of from the library and then instantly knew I would want to buy it), because as far as I know, Jeff VanderMeer is not a member of any marginalized group. But the book was really really cool, and he clearly cares a lot about diverse authors and especially represents a lot of women authors (and contributors, since the book has a lot of guest pieces), so that’s pretty great. And as far as what I actually read (well, finished), there’s not a single dude in the bunch, amazingly enough, and exactly half of the authors I read were women of color. Points! All the points! This is how everyone’s reading should be far more often.

I utterly failed at NaNoWriMo, but that’s partly because I was doing a lot of audition writing for various writing jobs and stuff, so that took priority. So at least I was writing something?

I am in the middle of a lot of books right now, but I’ve been moving slowly because they’re not super exciting, which is too bad. I don’t want to abandon them, because I avoid doing that when I can, and also because they are interesting, just not super compelling at the moment. I hope my reading will pick up next month. And to be fair, the books I finished this month I actually read really fast and for extended periods of time because I liked a lot of them. It’s just that all the other times, I had no free moments to read. But as I spend more time working out in the gym on boring exercise equipment (the pool is closed for the winter) and maybe take the train to work more often (trying to be green, and also I have severe anemia and often feel as if I’m falling asleep at the wheel lately, so that’s uncool), I will naturally have more time to read even while getting my other shit done.

As per usual, months of lots of reading tend to be followed by months of less reading. And yet I still make it work.

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