Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Wrap-up.

This month was pure insanity. From moving into a new apartment, to completing and finishing NaNoWriMo, I had an incredibly successful reading month.

If you recall, I decided to take a trip back to my roots. I thought that reading some childhood favorites would help rekindle my love of reading. I was beginning to get burned out on heavy classics, so a month devoted to books that I cherished so much as a child was a welcome reprieve.

And wow. I was a reading machine. My husband thought I was insane as I flew from book to book, reliving memories from reading as a child. It was utter insanity.

In all, I finished 25 books. That is the most I have completed in at least three years for a single month. It put me back on track to hit 100+ books this year. And while part of me feels guilty for devoting an entire month to mostly children's literature, I feel so motivated to move forward in my own challenge.

Anyway, here is what I read in the month of November:
  1. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  3. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  4. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  6. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  7. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  8. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  9. Thunder Rolling in the Mountains by Scott O'Dell and Elizabeth Hall
  10. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  11. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  12. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  13. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  14. By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  15. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  16. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  17. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  18. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  19. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  20. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  21. Messenger by Lois Lowry
  22. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  23. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  24. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
  25. Matilda by Roald Dahl
I feel I should also point out that I am halfway through both Barchester Towers and The Metamorphosis. So, this month was an excellent month for me.

Crazy? Yes indeed. But I feel much better about refocusing, diving into War and Peace and all those other wonderful titles I pulled for on my nightstand.

I hope you all had a great month as well-how did you do?


  1. Hi - just found your blog and since I am crazy about books and the reading of them, I am really enjoying it. I am awed by your goal of reading that long list... What a great way to regain some focus on life.

    Unemployment is tough, but temporary... :-)

  2. Goooo Allie! :) Are you loving Barchester Towers? Have you read the early Barsetshire books? I'm a Trollope fangirl. hehe I have yet to read Kafka, although I do plan to rectify that next year. I've got him and Proust in my sites. ;)

  3. It's so fun to reread books I loved as a kid. Definitely a fan of Island of the Blue Dolphins! Congrats on reading so many books this month!

  4. What a joy it must be to read all those wonderful books almost in one sitting like that! I've been thinking of doing that with the Anne of Green Gables books at some point. And I'm glad the break has confirmed your desire to keep reading for your project!

  5. Wowza! How awesome to have read 25 books in one month. I really need to reread the Narnia series... oh! and The Confessions of Charlotte Doyle!!!