I may have a problem…My TBR is getting longer and longer, my bookshelf is getting fuller and fuller, and the list of books I’ve read is not growing at the same pace. I signed up for a bunch of blog tours and have been focusing on reading those books. But soon, soon, I will read some of the books I’ve bought just for fun. Between charity book sales, the library, used book stores, and the occasional brand new book…my shelves are starting to overflow.

My November 2016 book haul includes


Print Books

Audio Books

What did I read in November?


November’s haul is much larger than I was expecting, mainly because I stumbled across a charity book sale at my work. I picked up 9 books for six dollars. Some of them are classics that will be fabulous editions to my shelf – hello Roald Dahl and Harriet the Spy! Others, are books I’ve noticed and thought looked like great reads – How to Train Your Dragon and The Luminaries. And still others are books I’ve read in audio but really wanted a print copy of – Orphan Train. And still others are books by authors I’ve recently fallen in love with – Cecelia Ahern (see my review of her new book Lyrebird)- or have heard amazing things about so wanted to try – Rick Riordan.

I’ve been reading a lot of ebooks lately (many of the books I get for review are in ebook format), and it’s been great as they are super easy to transport and read while eat my lunch. BUT, I’ve been missing reading in print. So, for the next month or so, I’m hoping to get back to reading mostly print books. It’s such a different experience.

What else is new? Audiobooks and commuting!

I’ve written about audiobooks before, and about audiobooks while walking to work. But something new has happened in my life. My husband and I are now listening to audiobooks together while we commute in the morning. We drive downtown together (to where  he works) and then I hop onto public transport to get the rest of the way to my work. We got tired of the radio and so dug around for an audiobook that we would both like. We knew it would probably be a fantasy book. And were we ever right. We started with Off to Be a Wizard by Scott Meyer.This book is something I probably never would have picked out for just me. But it is a great mix for the two of us to listen to together.  It’s freaking hilarious! My husband is a video game nerd who works in IT. This book is about an IT nerd who finds a computer file that when he edits it, allows him to do things in real life – like make things appear, teleport himself, and…wait for it…time travel! So, he goes to Medieval England to become a wizard. He’s also super awkward and one of those people who somehow causes a bit of mayhem wherever he goes. It’s so much fun. Our commute has become much more entertaining. When we finished book one, we realized there were more books in the series and we are now listening to Spell or High Water, the second book in the Magic 2.0 series by Scott Meyer.

National Novel Writing Month

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that in November I participated in the writing challenge called National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short. It’s an annual challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I started a new novel project and somehow, to my surprise, managed to win the challenge! As I was so busy writing, I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped. In December, I’m taking a break from writing, both to distance myself from my story so I can go back and start revising it and making it make sense, but also because I miss coming home from work and curling up with a book to read the evening away.

That what my November! Tell me about yours. 🙂

Tell me about your book hauls! What did you do last month?

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