I starting putting together these monthly reading plans several months ago with the idea that it is a guide that is very loose and always subject to change. It also serves as a way to let you know about some of the books that I’m interested in. November has been difficult, and I’m not entirely sure why.I think the ultimate problem is that I just don’t have a reading plan for November. I’ve looked at the piles of books beside my bed, considered my obligations and still the list is evading me.
Toward the end of October I sort of abandoned October’s plan and started picking up whatever looked good and fit my mood and began reading it. If I wasn’t enjoying the story, I didn’t give it much thought, I simply put it down and picked up something else. If you are a non blogger, you are probably thinking to yourself “Isn’t this what everyone does?” The bloggers out there know that this usually isn’t the case. Many bloggers have their reading scheduled months in advance, scheduled right down to the date. Initially, I did too and it worked for me. As my reading time has gotten more limited over the last year, its been more difficult to maintain this kind of regimented schedule. Sometimes you want to read something just because it sounds good, not because you have to.
This isn’t really news as I’ve confessed before to being a mood reader before. Interesting that it seems to happen in the fall too… Call it a rut, blogger burnout, whatever you’d like but I found that this approach has worked well for me in the last month and I’ve enjoyed a number of books that I will need to review soon. So… it will continue into November.
Having said that, here are some of the books that are strong contenders for being picked up this month.
These are my only two “obligatory” reads this month.
SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY by Joshilyn Jackson is the Hashtag selection this month. Our twitter book group began with a discusion of Jackson’s A GROWN UP KIND OF PRETTY so it is only fitting that we discuss her newest release coming out this month. (Releases November 19, 2013) I’m only about 1/3 of the way through the book but I can tell you it is worthy of a preorder! I’ve read or listened to all of Jackson’s books except THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING which I will have to remedy soon.
THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES by Allison Winn Scotch will be featured on a blog tour this month with an accompanying giveaway, so look for that. I’ve enjoyed all of the titles that I’ve read from this author to date, so I’m looking forward to reading this.
These three have been on my radar since I recieved the initial pitch from the publiscits. I’ve been hearing great things about three of them.
THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Ann Patchett- I’ve never read any Patchett (gasp!). This sounds like a very personal work. Patchett shares stories from her childhood to present day reflecting upon all aspects of life. Should be interesting.
PRINCESSES BEHAVING BADLY by Linda Rodriquez McRobbie- a new look at some of our favorite princesses, yes please. I’ve learned that I really enjoy revisiting fairy tales with a new twist (I’ve just started watching season 2 of Once Upon a Time. That show is made of some great stuff). The appeal of this kind of story is their ability to let you remember your childhood and expanding upon it with new ideas.
THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO DATING by Eric Smith has appealed to me since I first heard about it. I’ve worked with Eric a bit and his pitches are some of my favorites to read. While I may not be considered a Geek in the way Eric’s presenting it, I still feel like this is going to be quite humorous and something that I’ll be able to relate to on some level.
I added Adriana Trigiani’s THE SUPREME MACARONI COMPANY at the last minute because it is the long awaited third installment to the Valentine series. Valentine is such a spunky character, I’m intrigued to see what she’s up to now.
I’m also going to be previewing some cozy mysteries so that I can once again participate in Cozy Week with Jenn’s Bookshelves. She hasn’t made an official announcement, but has hinted that one will be coming.
Do you have big reading plans for November?