Oh, look! Here I am again, being all consistent and posting about what I read in November!
Normally our book club reads something scary around Halloween, often something by Stephen King. The above read (which we discussed outside and distanced around a crackling fire) was not scary at all. It was well-written but somewhat unsatisfying to me, since the whole point was that the mystery was supposed to remain unsolved.
I also finished my Harry Potter re-read.
Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows is quite simply one of my favorite books of all time. I consider it a masterpiece, and I think it is the only book I ever read two times in a row, the first time from midnight to 6 a.m. the morning it was released. It was great fun reading all the books in a row, especially knowing how it was all going to turn out and being able to appreciate all the little clues along the way.
Thanks to Booktober, I got turned on to the Brother Cadfael series and this month I read the second one.
I found it even more delightful than the first one and am excited to read more. It is always fun to have a series to look forward to.
For fun, I picked up a comfort read to enjoy while soaking in the tub. (Is that TMI?)
I loved Wylly Folk St. John as a child, my favorite book by far being The Secret of the Seven Crows. Of course, I lost all those books when our house burned down, but my daughter has been buying them as presents for me. This one is as far as I know her only adult novel, and it is always a fun read.
Finally, this month I participated for the first time in the FemCatholic book club and read this magnificent book.
I did not know much at all about Dorothy Day before I read this, and I fell in love with her. What makes this book even more amazing than its subject is that it is written by Dorothy’s granddaughter, and focuses on the relationship of Dorothy and her daughter, Tamar. I read this with highlighter in hand. It was beautifully written and full of wisdom I want to remember, and it was so absorbing that I truly did not want to put it down.
So, without the challenge of reading a book a week for Booktober, I only managed five books this month. Still, I did sit down with and read most afternoons for at least a little while.
This month I am tackling a couple of Advent reads, and in January I am taking part in FOUR book clubs so I will have a lot to share then!
I’m linking up with An Open Book. Click below to see more great reads!