Reading Wrap Up 11: What I read in November

November may have been one of my favorite reading months of the year! It was a good mix of fiction and I really enjoyed most of what I read. Cheers for picking reads for yourself that you love! Things slowed down a bit at work, we had more time at home, we celebrated Thanksgiving in Connecticut with my family, and we spent a really wonderful weekend upstate celebrating 10 years of being together. Here's what I read throughout the month.


MY FRIEND ANNA by Rachel DeLoache Williams. I read this one for the Girls Night In book club and ultimately this was my least favorite read of the month. The story was wild for sure, but that was about all it had going for it. It felt like an article that they tried to lengthen into a book and I wasn't a big fan of the writing, repetition, and privilege in it.

RED AT THE BONE by Jacqueline Woodson. I was so excited to score this copy in the remainders section of The Strand and I'm so glad I picked this up. It's a slim novel but the writing was beautiful and the story was heartbreaking. Woodson has a way of creating vivid characters, which I loved about Another Brooklyn as well.

ON EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong. This one isn't pictured because as soon as I read it I raved so much that my husband decided to read my copy. This one made it into my top 10 of the year and I loved it for so many reasons, but a major one was the writing and the setting. It takes place in Hartford, Connecticut which I grew up just outside of. I connected so much with the setting and time period and was astonished to see how different an experience I could have from someone who was just miles away.

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes. I was hesitant about this one because I'm picky when it comes to historical fiction but I really ended up loving this one! I felt like I was in the mountains of Kentucky with the characters the entire time I was reading and I definitely got Where the Crawdads Sing vibes from this one.

THE WEDDING DATE by Jasmine Guillory. I wanted to give Jasmine Guillory another go because after reading The Proposal earlier this year I wasn't that impressed. I ended up enjoying The Wedding Date more than I expected but I still wanted a little more from the story. I like how Guillory infused food and social justice topics into her stories, though!

FAMILY OF ORIGIN by CJ Hauser. This one was floating around bookstagram earlier this year and a few people had recommended it to me so when I saw a brand new hardback copy at a used bookstore upstate for $3.00 (!!!!) I knew I had to pick it up. I read the first sentence, was completely hooked, and then proceeded to devour the entire novel. I absolutely loved the writing and setting of this one. Oh, and all the commentary on the experience of Millenials aging.

SORRY I'M LATE, I DIDN'T WANT TO COME by Jessica Pan. I listened to this one on audio during my commute this month and all I can say is that if you are an introvert you should absolutely read this book. It really changed my perspective on certain aspects of introversion and I actually got some good tips and reminders on why it's good to leave the house *every once in a while* :D

So, overall, an excellent reading month! What were your favorite reads of the month?

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