November 2023 Reading

November was a great reading month for me when it came to the number of books that I read. However, a good portion of them were easy-to-read Christmas fiction.

Stack of November reads on mantel

I did read a few nonfiction books, two of which were slower, thought-provoking books.

I read fourteen books in November. That means I have now read over one hundred books this year. I think I am going to have a record reading year.

This is where I will remind you not to compare your reading life to others. I had a great reading year for a not-so-great reason.

My health has not been great this year. I had days and weeks where reading was just about the only thing that I could do. I am glad I had a record reading year. I just wish that it was for different reasons.

Now for what I have been reading.

November Reading

This month was heavy on the Christmas reads because I was working on updating my list of books that read like a Hallmark Christmas movie. I have mixed opinions on most of them, so be sure to click on the title for the full review.

Fiction Reads

Faking Christmas book review

Faking Christmas by Kerry Winfrey. When I heard that this book was inspired by the movie Christmas In Connecticut, I knew that I wanted to read it. I liked it, but I have mixed feelings about it.

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas book review

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Susan Wiggs. I bought this for my daughter and decided to read it before giving it to her. It is a cute Christmas read.

A Cross Country Christmas book review

A Cross Country Christmas by Courtney Walsh. This was a cute and fun read, but it was a little too PG-13 for me.

Alaskan Holiday book review

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber. This book was unrealistic and predictable but cute.

Our Darkest Night

Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson. This WWII historical fiction book is one that I will be thinking about for a long time. It was so well written.

Act Like A Lady Think Like A Lord book review

Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Lord by Celeste Connally. This one is getting good reviews, but it was not for me. I almost didn’t finish it.

Christmas At Shelter Inn

Christmas At Shelter Inn by RaeAnne Thayne. This was predictable yet fun. I love that RaeAnne Thayne’s characters have a little more depth than many Christmas books. 

The Secret Adversary book on audio

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie. I listened to this one on audio. I liked it but didn’t love it. It definitely is not my favorite Agatha Christie book.

A Traitor In Whitehall book review

A Traitor In Whitehall by Julia Kelly. This WWII historical fiction book will make my list of favorites for the year. I loved this book. It is so well written and such a creative story. I hope this becomes a series.

Nonfiction Reads

The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel book review

The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel by Douglas Brunt. I would describe this book as a biography of the diesel engine and the man who developed it. This would make an excellent gift for an engineer or anyone who loves to learn about mechanics and engines.

The Lady's Handbook For Her Mysterious Illness books

The Lady’s Handbook For Her Mysterious Illness by Sarah Ramey. This medical memoir won’t be for everyone, but I have never felt so seen in a medical-type book. I will be sharing more about this book in the future. It impacted me in a way that is hard to describe.

Nonfiction Christian Reads

Sarah Edwards Delighting In God book

Sarah Edwards by Sharon James. A short biography of Johnathan Edward’s wife, Sarah.

And So I Began To Read book review

And So I Began To Read by Faith Cook. Faith Cook is one of my favorite Christian biography authors, so I enjoyed this one. I think that you have to be familiar with Faith Cook’s to enjoy this one, though.

Lessons From A Hospital Bed book review

Lessons From A Hospital Bed by John Piper. I was given this book, which is more of a booklet. It was a good reminder about what our attitude should be when dealing with sickness and hospital stays.

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