Hi all, welcome back to my blog! Hope you all had a lovely November. For me the month of November was cold, autumnal, filled with wonderful people and great new experiences. I also decided in the beginning of the month to read nonfiction books for this Nonfiction November, and it’s been a great ride. So without further ado, let’s talk about the books I read last month!
In November I didn’t buy any physical books. I also was pretty good with my NetGalley account and didn’t even open it much! I did, however, buy/got a couple of audiobooks using my Audible account.
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
This book is definitely more than just a combination of chapters in which the author tells us about her different brushes with death. From accidents to near plan crashes to small instances in which the possibility of death was very small – they all play part in a larger message she was getting across. Overall this story is about her love letter to life, and her daughters and family.
I love the writing in it. Lyrical, beautiful, and so readable, it just makes me want to keep on going and keep on reading. It’s engaging and tear-jerking, and that’s what you want in any kind of book, really. In general I love this well written and beautiful story. And I cannot wait to read more by O’Farrell.
Twain’s Feast by Audible Originals
I was never a huge fan of Mark Twain, having only read one of his books, but a (free) audiobook, narrated by Nick Offerman, about food, during Nonfiction November? Sign me up! This combination of documentary, journalism, interviews and quotes was definitely like nothing I’ve ever heard (or read) before. I love how Audible made this fairly short and how they produced it and marketed it.
Overall I thought it was a fun piece of… literature? Documentary? Book? Anyways, it is very insightful and taught me a lot about not only Mark Twain but also the history of America itself. A fun enjoyable quick listen.
The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell
I am reading this in audiobook and wanted to finish it by the end of the month but unfortunately didn’t have the time to. However I’m only around 30 minutes left of the audiobook so I’m technically finished! It’s a really good read and I really like the insight of living Danishly as seen from the author’s point of view. I’ll definitely write a full review of it once I finish it.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I only started this about a week ago and really enjoying the premise. This urban fantasy set in England is really interesting with a very complex magic system. I have not read enough to know much about the characters, but I’m very eager to continue reading this.
How to Live Like Your Cat by Stephane Garnier
As mentioned in my Nonfiction November TBR I already own this book and have been dipping in and out of it this past month. It’s not the best book ever, and most of the chapters are really short and fun but it’s not amazing or memorable. I’ll definitely finish it earlier in December, so watch out for my review of this book in my December wrap up.
I had a blast trying to read nonfiction books this November. Though technically I only finished two books this month, I also have two books in the way that are almost finished and a whole bunch of new blogs that I followed because of the month-long event. I’ve learned to enjoy nonfiction in the past few years, and my passion to read more of them has been encouraged since this month. I’m definitely looking forward to reading at least one book that is not fiction per month in 2019.
How about you? How was your month in reading?