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November Books

I read 36 books this month with an average score of 3.53. 8 were graphic novels and 19 were YA. My most-read genres were contemporary, romance, and sci-fi.

 

My favorite book was She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement - Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey. The work put into breaking the Harvey Weinstein story was impressive to read about.

 

My least favorite book was Watch Us Rise - Renée Watson. That was one of my most-anticipated reads for 2019, so it was especially disappointing to have one of the main characters spouting off TERF rhetoric at the end of the book and give off a sense of being "not like other girls" throughout the entire thing.

 

 

5 Stars

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement - Jodi Kantor,Megan Twohey  The Witches Are Coming - Lindy West  

 

4.5 Stars

Well Met - Jen DeLuca  Fruits Basket Another Vol. 1 (Fruits Basket Another #1) - Natsuki Takaya  Ninth House - Leigh Bardugo  

 

4 Stars

With the Fire on High - Elizabeth Acevedo  Black Canary: Ignite - Meg Cabot,Cara McGee  Wild and Crooked - Leah Thomas  Ayesha At Last - Uzma Jalaluddin  Broken Things - Lauren Oliver  Fan the Fame - Anna Priemaza  

American Panda - Gloria Chao  That's Not What I Heard - Stephanie Kate Strohm  Always Never Yours - Austin Siegemund-Broka,Emily Wibberley  How to Be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi  

 

3.5 Stars

Swipe Right For Murder - Derek Milman  Nyxia - Scott Reintgen  Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis - Gail Simone,Jason Wright,J. Calafiore  Domino, Vol. 2: Soldier of Fortune - Fabian Nicieza,Gail Simone,Leonard Kirk,Michael Shelfer,Carlos Lopez,Victor Olazaba,Guru Efx,Victor Ibañez,David Baldeón,Natacha Bustos,Jay David Ramos,Ed Tadeo,Alberto Alburquerque,Juan Gedeon,Leah Williams,Dennis 'Hopeless' Hallum,Jesus Aburton,Roberto  Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars - Claudia Gray,Phil Noto  Warrior of the Wild - Tricia Levenseller  

Twice in a Blue Moon - Christina Lauren  Nyxia Uprising - Scott Reintgen  

 

3 Stars

Truly Madly Royally - Debbie Rigaud I’m Not Dying With You Tonight - Gilly Segal,Kimberly Jones  Nyxia Unleashed - Scott Reintgen  Deadlocked - Charlaine Harris  Crazy House - James Patterson,Gabrielle Charbonnet  Hungry for You: Endo Yasuko Stalks the Night, Vol. 1 - Flowerchild  

Alienated - Melissa Landers  Royal Holiday - Jasmine Guillory  

 

2.5 Stars

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe - Dalibor Talajić,Cullen Bunn  Dreamin' Sun, Vol. 1 - Ichigo Takano  I Wish You All the Best - Mason Deaver  

 

2 Stars

Super Sons: The Foxglove Mission - Ridley Pearson,Ile Gonzalez Watch Us Rise - Renée Watson 

 

 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 7
  • Female: 26
  • Nonbinary: 1
  • Male/Female Mix: 2

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 20
  • Audio: 16

 

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text 2018-12-01 21:52
November Books

I read 30 books last month with an average score of 3.88. I read 18 young adults books and 4 graphic novels. My most-read genres were contemporary, fantasy, and romance.

 

I had quite a few excellent reads. My favorite was probably Darius the Great is Not Okay - Adib Khorram. My least favorite was Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green.

 

 

5 Stars

(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health - Libba Bray,Susan Juby,Nancy Kerrigan,Gemma Correll,Reid Ewing,Clint Van Winkle,Kelly Jensen,Amy Reed,Victoria Schwab,Mike Jung,Christine Heppermann,Yumi Sakugawa,Stephanie Kuehn,Adam Silvera,S.E. Smith,Shaun David Hutchinson,Hannah Howell,Kristen Bell,Em A Sorrow Fierce and Falling - Jessica Cluess  Darius the Great is Not Okay - Adib Khorram Sadie - Courtney Summers The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic - Sara Kipin,Leigh Bardugo  When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Angela Y. Davis,Asha Bandele,Patrisse Khan-Cullors  

 

 

4.5 Stars

A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab History vs Women: The Defiant Lives that They Don't Want You to Know - Anita Sarkeesian   

 

4 Stars

All-New Wolverine Vol. 5: Orphans of X - Tom Taylor,Juan Cabal  Royal Crown: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess - Meg Cabot  Royal Crush: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess - Meg Cabot  Pride - Ibi Zoboi  A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas  The War Outside - Monica Hesse  Highly Illogical Behavior - John Corey Whaley 

 Two Dark Reigns - Kendare Blake  She Was the Quiet One - Michele Campbell  Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell,Shadra Strickland  How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You - Tara Eglington  

 

3.5 Stars

All-New Wolverine Vol. 6: Old Woman Laura - Tom Taylor,Ramon Rosanas,Marco Failla,Djibril Morissette-Phan Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa - Veronica Chambers Batman Vol. 7: The Wedding - Tony S. Daniel,Tom King,Mikel Janin  Angela: Queen of Hel: Journey to the Funderworld - Jacinto Benavente,Stephanie Hans,Marguerite Bennett  Fever 1793 - Laurie Halse Anderson  

 

3 Stars

Bleach Volume 01: The Death and The Strawberry - Tite Kubo Feed - M.T. Anderson The Girl from the Well - Rin Chupeco  

 

 

2.5 Stars

We'll Always Have Summer - Jenny Han  

 

2 Stars

Social Intercourse - Greg Howard Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green 

 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 9
  • Female: 20
  • Male/Female/Non-Binary Mix: 1

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 12
  • Audio: 18
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text 2017-12-02 00:50
November Books

 I read 35 books in November. 10 of those were graphic novels and 11 were audio books. It was a really great reading month with quite a few excellent reads and only 2 that I didn't really enjoy.

 

 

5 Stars

Honey So Sweet, Vol. 1 - Amu Meguro  Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie  The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie  Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen  My Love Story!!, Vol. 1 - Aruko,Kazune Kawahara  Autoboyography - Christina Lauren  

 

4.5 Stars

Open Road Summer - Emery Lord The Nowhere Girls - Amy Reed  

 

4 Stars

Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds  Essential Maps for the Lost - Deb Caletti  One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) - Kendare Blake  The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye - George Goulding,David Lagercrantz  Ringer - Lauren Oliver  If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout  Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me - Carrie DiRisio,Broody McHottiepants,Linnea Gear  Nancy Drew Mystery Stories : The Secret of The Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase - Carolyn Keene 

 Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa,Francesco Francavilla  How to Be Popular - Meg Cabot  Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection - Sarah Andersen  Komomo Confiserie, Vol. 1 - Maki Minami  Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection - Sarah Andersen  Warcross - Marie Lu  I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss  

 

3.5 Stars

Nightwing Vol. 3: Nightwing Must Die (Rebirth) - Tim Seeley,Javier Fernandez An Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret Rogerson  Final Girls - Riley Sager Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green  The Date to Save - Stephanie Kate Strohm  The Wild Storm Vol. 1 - Warren Ellis,Jon Davis-Hunt  

 

3 Stars

Reggie and Me - Tom DeFalco,Sandy Jarrell  Since We Fell - Dennis Lehane  There's Someone Inside Your House - Stephanie Perkins  Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy) - Kerstin Gier,Anthea Bell  

 

2.5 Stars

Secret Wars - Jonathan Hickman,Esad Ribic,Paul Renaud 

 

2 Stars

All the Crooked Saints - Maggie Stiefvater 

 

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text 2016-10-31 22:39
Must Read Books Coming November 1!
The Twenty-Three: A Promise Falls Novel (Promise Falls Trilogy) - Linwood Barclay
The Wrong Side of Goodbye - Michael Connelly
City of Strangers: A Novel - Louise Millar
The Other Sister - Dianne Dixon
Faithful: A Novel - Alice Hoffman
The Murder Game - Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple
It Is Well: A Novel - James D. Shipman
Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline - Marlo Schalesky
The Spectacular World of Waldorf: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Mysterious China - Beth Ann Stifflemire,Barbara Terry

The TBR Wait is Finally Over!  

 

Happy Halloween! 
Some Spooky Good Page-Turners Coming Nov 1
Books to keep you up ALL Night!

 

THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE

 By:  Michael Connelly 

Harry Bosch #21

ASIN: B01BU1ITMI

Publisher:  Little Brown & Company

Publication Date:  11/1/2016

Format: Other

My Rating:  TBR (Pre-Ordered) 

Detective Harry Bosch must track down someone who may never have existed in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Detective Harry Bosch must track down someone who may never have existed in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves.

 

Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?

 

Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he's seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story--and finds uncanny links to his own past--he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

 

At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking a serial rapist who is one of the most baffling and dangerous foes he has ever faced.

 

Swift, unpredictable, and thrilling, The Wrong Side of Goodbye shows that Michael Connelly "continues to amaze with his consistent skill and sizzle" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). 

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THE TWENTY-THREE  

By: Linwood Barclay 

Promise Falls Trilogy #3

ISBN:  9780451472724

Publisher: Penguin Berkley

Publication Date:  11/1/2016 

Format: Other

My Rating:  5 Stars  

From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes the third jaw-dropping thriller set in Promise Falls.

Everything has been leading to this.

It’s the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd, and the small town of Promise Falls, New York, has found itself in the midst of a full-blown catastrophe. Hundreds of people are going to the hospital with similar flu-like symptoms—and dozens have died. Investigators quickly zero in on the water supply. But the question for many, including private investigator Cal Weaver, remains: Who would benefit from a mass poisoning of this town?
 
Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is faced with another problem. A college student has been murdered, and he’s seen the killer’s handiwork before—in the unsolved homicides of two other women in town. Suddenly, all the strange things that have happened in the last month start to add up…
 
Bloody mannequins found in car “23” of an abandoned Ferris wheel…a fiery, out-of-control bus with “23” on the back, that same number on the hoodie of a man accused of assault…
 
The motive for harming the people of Promise Falls points to the number 23—and working out why will bring Duckworth closer to death than he’s ever been before… 

 

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THE OTHER SISTER

 

By: Dianne Dixon

ISBN: 1492633542

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Publication Date: 11/1/2016

Format: Other

My Rating: Currently Reading 

One sister has everything. Her twin hates her for it.

 

Would life be better without Ali? Probably. At least then people might think about Morgan. Ali's always gotten everything ― she doesn't even realize how much Morgan resents her.

 

Ali also doesn't realize that when she shuts Morgan out entirely, she will unleash a chain of events that show just how dangerous the underside of love really is. As their lives spin toward something neither one of them can control, a terrifying crime reveals how those who know us best can destroy us...or save us.

 

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By: Alice Hoffman

ISBN: 9781476799209

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date:  11/1/2016

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 4 Stars 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

 

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

 

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.

 

Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.

 

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CITY  OF STRANGERS  

By:  Louise Millar

ISBN: 1476760136 

Publisher: Atria

Publication Date: 11/1/2016 

Format: Other 

My Rating: 4 Stars 


From the author of Accidents Happen, The Hidden Girl, and The Playdate—called “a supremely accomplished debut thriller by a writer to watch” (Booklist, starred review)—comes a new, heart-pounding novel about a journalist set on discovering the identity of a stranger who has turned her life upside down.

 

When Grace and her childhood sweetheart Mac come home from their honeymoon in Thailand, they’re shocked to find a dead body beside their pile of unopened wedding presents. The police are unable to ID the man, so it is assumed that he was a burglar who died from natural causes. Little do they know that evidence for a rather different story is hidden right beneath their apartment…

 

Three months later, Grace finds a card that, in place of well wishes, bears the message: “That man was Lucian Grabole.” A newspaper reporter fearing for her job, Grace lands on an idea that could answer some questions, and save her career as well. She’ll pitch a story to her boss called “Who was the man in my kitchen?”

 

Soon Grace is trekking across Europe, talking to strangers and piecing together clues as she tries to unravel the mystery of who Lucian Grabole was, and why he met such a macabre end. Suddenly, with two more deaths linked to the case, it becomes clear that Grabole most certainly did not die a natural death. And the answer to the mystery of who the killer is, and why, lies back in Grace’s apartment...

 

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THE MURDER GAME 

 

By: Catherine McKenzie/Julie Apple

ISBN: 9781534755895

Publisher: Lawsome Books

Publication Date: 11/1/2016  

Format: e-book 

My Rating: 4 Stars  

For fans of The Secret History and How to Get Away With Murder comes an exciting new voice in suspense fiction. 

Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She’s good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm’s length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star.

 

At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension. 

Meredith, Julian, Jonathan, and Lily were a tight-knit group in law school. But now, Jonathan’s defending Julian, and Lily’s loyalties aren’t clear. And when Julian invokes a rare—and risky—defense, Meredith is forced to confront their past. 

 

Has something they played at as students finally been brought to death?

 

Years ago, when I was in law school, and long before I ever thought I might write a novel, I wondered if it was possible to plan a perfect murder. Not because I wanted to pull one off—I promise!—but as an academic exercise. That idea never went away. So when I thought about the kind of novel I might want to write, that idea stayed with me, and bloomed into The Murder Game.

 

Did I plan the perfect murder? You tell me

 

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IT IS WELL 

 

By: James D Shipman

ISBN: 978-1503939479

Publisher: Lake Union 

Publication Date: 11/1/2016

Format: Kindle 

My Rating: TBR

Jonathan Beecher, a middle-aged widower and small-town store owner, has never asked for much. But lately, all too much is being asked of him.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War II and deeply fractures Jonathan’s own family. His eldest son, a civilian contractor, is trapped on a Japanese-occupied island in the Pacific. Jonathan’s feckless younger son ignores his father’s pleas to stay home and joins the army. And his bright, devoted daughter, who Jonathan hoped would go to college, elopes with a brutally abusive man instead.

 

Jonathan has always met adversity with quiet faith, but as his emotional and financial losses accumulate, so do his doubts. In the midst of his pain, Sarah, a widow herself, emerges as a kind, compelling friend. Powerfully drawn to Sarah, Jonathan struggles to remain true to his late wife.

 

James D. Shipman’s tender, wise novel examines the paradox of human suffering: how irrevocable loss, if we are willing to let it, begets spiritual gain.

 

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Non-Fiction  

 

 WAITING FOR WONDER  

 

Learning to Live on God's Timeline

By:  Marlo Schalesky 

ISBN: 9781501820106

Publisher: Abingdon Press

Publication Date: 11/1/2016 

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: TBR

It’s easy to believe God when a promise is new. It’s hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It’s even harder when desperation strikes, your plans backfire, and still God does not fill the emptiness. But what if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?

Join author Marlo Schalesky on a unique, contemplative journey to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. Walking through the life of the biblical character Sarah, one who knows what it means to wait, you will discover a glimpse of God’s character that will give you strength to keep hoping and praying for the desires of your heart.

 

Waiting for Wonder is a journey into the heart of God where you will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about God’s true character, and learn to appreciate His divine work as you discover your own path to the promised land. Recapture your hope, restore your soul, and renew your vision of a wondrous Savior when you learn to live on God’s time.

 

Leader guide also available.

 

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Children's Books   

The Spectacular World of Waldorf: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Mysterious China 

 

By:  Beth Ann Stiffemire

ISBN: 194327763X

Publisher: Waldorf

Publication Date: 11/1/2016 

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Spectacular World of Waldorf series allows children to discover new places in the USA & Worldwide through humorous and intriguing travels for the picture book age reader.

 

Bright-detailed illustrations combined with the attention savvy stories allow parents, educators and more to introduce the world to small children in a format while grabbing their attention. This comical Labrador draws children into his whimsical adventures in search of his lost reading spectacles.

 

The poor pup has a habit of misplacing them but children will be enticed into his many travels to help silly Mr. Waldorf locate them as he discovers new friends and places in a format that small children will easily recollect and adore.

 

On this adventure, Mr. Waldorf discovers the mysterious China. The curious canine encounters fun new friends and places while visiting Beijing, discovering the Great Wall of China, climbing Mount Everest and traveling the Yangtze River. Silly Mr. Waldorf has a tendency to misplace his favorite reading spectacles and can't seem to find them while discovering The People's Republic of China. Mr. Waldorf will learn all about China, while seeking his missing spectacles. Will you help him find them and learn all about the ancient and beautiful country?

 

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text 2016-09-11 01:03
JDCMustReadBooks Coming November 2016

 

Highly anticipated lineup on my JDCMustReadBooks' List,

Coming November, 2016.

 

Pre-Order Now!

Do not miss out on this extraordinary lineup of talent!

 

 THE TWENTY-THREE

Linwood Barclay 

Promise Falls Trilogy #3

Nov 1

Penguin Berkley 

  

THE WRONG SIDE OF GOOD-BYE

Harry Bosch #21

Michael Connelly 

Nov 1

Little Brown & Company

 

NO MAN'S LAND

 David Baldacci 

John Puller #4

Nov 15

Grand Central 

 

 

TURBO TWENTY-THREE

By: Janet Evanovich 

Stephanie Plum #23 

Nov 15

Random House 

BROX REQUIEM

John Clarkson

Nov 8

St. Martin's Press 

 CITY ON EDGE 

Eve Rossi #2

Stefanie Pintoff

Nov 15

Random House 

SAFE WITH ME

K. L. Slater

Nov 4

Bookouture 

CITY OF STRANGERS

Louise Millar

Nov 1 

Atria  

STORM RISING 

Douglas Schofield

Nov 29

St. Martin's Press 

THE MURDER GAME

Catherine McKenzie writing as
Julie Apple

Nov 1

Lawsome Books 

 

Check back for more titles to be added prior to Nov, 2016. 

 



 

 

 

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