Bookends: November 2014

ZOOM!

That was my November.

In my reading life, I jumped into the Classics Club SPIN #8 and drew Plato’s The Republic, and flirted with participating in Roof Beam Reader’s 2015 TBR Challenge. I’m still flirting with it, actually. The only thing stopping me is that when I buy a book, it’s either after I’ve read it and loved it, or it’s because I think it’s a book I “ought” to read (mostly nonfiction). I assembled a pile of dusty, unread books for the TBR Challenge, and I’m not really excited about reading any of them. But I have until January 15 to decide whether to participate or not.

Here’s what I read in November:

Grown-ups’ Books:

No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel (Sisters Book Club November Selection)

Next of Kin: What Chimpanzees Have Taught Me about Who We Are by Roger Fouts

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (for my Cavalcade of Classics; review link will be live December 2)

The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan

Vegan Finger Foods by Celine Steen

(Those last two I didn’t read cover-to-cover; I just picked my way through.)

Kids’ Books:

The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2)

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (illustrated by Gennady Spirin)

Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer by Robert Burleigh

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #3)

Currently Reading

  • Called to Community: New Directions in Unitarian Universalist Ministry by Dorothy Emerson, Anita Farber-Robertson, and Mary McKinnon-Ganz

CIMG6565My To-Read List for December

  • Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Goldstein (Sisters Book Club December selection. Click the link to read along and join the discussion!)
  • The Republic by Plato (for my Cavalcade of Classics)
  • Oh My Gods by Philip Freeman
  • Whatever library books my spouse gets me for my birthday and Christmas—I can’t wait to see what he picks out from my 800-item TBR list!

What have you enjoyed reading in the past month? What’s on your to-read list for December? If you blog your answer, please post a link in the comments (and/or link back to this post, if you’re so inclined).

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